What I love about being in the tropics is the necessity to bare skin. I love the look of super washed out denim and when multiplied by two, even better. Here I styled my favorite ripped jeans from THPSHOP.co with a bleached out BF shirt from the Gap. And of course, my always-hardware the Bound Cuffs.
Hurrah for double blues. And before we jump to conclusions, allow me to clarify that this doesn’t qualify as a ‘Canadian tuxedo’ (the blazer is Chambray not denim). Tomato, to-mah-toe. But I digress. Now nestled back in the west coast I’m grabbing for those all too familiar sunny-ssentials including a super light pair of distressed denim and anything nude. CUE SUMMER.
Could be better, right? Even so, I love this outfit. The cape, the shirt, even the color and fit of the jeans (skinny but a little slouchy – there’s an art to it) – the whole ensemble totally inspires me. But when you take a closer look, don’t you think the zipper is a little too short? Isn’t the stone wash a little too exaggerated? Isn’t the double pocket detail a bit too much?
Am I going too far? You tell me.
Anyway, you’ve probably figured out by now, I’m a little crazy when it comes to jeans. And I’m the one who used to love buying jeans at Zara, closing my eyes to any of the little details that I was not crazy about. But I ended up getting tired of the pockets being too small, the slightly dubious inscriptions, and the weird mustache lines (you know – the faded creases right at crotch level!).
But even so, I never became a purist. The 501 jean material, for example, is way too thick for me. I like thin and stretchy jeans – not pure at all ;)
So white jeans are usually my fall back (it’s hard to mess up the color). I like MiH, Mother, Current Elliott, etc. And I don’t wear blue jeans. But actually, with spring arriving, I kind of feel like expanding my jean options…
What do you think? What are you like when it comes to jeans – super purist or are you more relaxed about them? Do you have any tips for me?
Why is it the simple things that seem to be so hard? Bed head locks, a smudged smokey eye… and denin on denim. I see it everywhere (most recently at J.Crew this season) and it’s something that works all the time (no snow or sleet can stop it) but it’s not always easy to get it right.
There have been maybe a few times that my denim mix has looked a little more farmer than fashion editor and it all comes down to perfecting the mix.
So, what’s a girl to do?
- If you’re feeling like you are on denim overload, add a non-denim layer, like a leather vest or jacket.
- To kick the farmer feeling, go for a pair of heels (the ones here are Gianvito Rossi).
- Layer it on. Here we have overalls, a denim shirt and a denim vest. The more denim, the merrier.
- Try a total look and do all the same color denim (if you’re feeling a little less bold, mix dark and light).
So I finally broke down and bought a pair of jeans from the A.P.C. Butler program. I’ve tried buying faux-aged, faux-washed, faux-faded, faux-whiskered(?) jeans in the past, but they never seem right. I’d rather wear jeans that someone else broke-in (hopefully not commando style) than a manufactured version.
This photo first sparked our Studio crush on model Emma Leth…
And then we started to see her on the Zara site (we were always asking each other, who is that girl?!) and most recently we spotted her in the Sophie Bille Brahe lookbook and it made our crush official. According to my Google stalking, she is also an actress and DJ, which is a pretty lethal combination of cool.
We are crushin’ hard over here.
PS: The photo is from Cover Magazine Denmark by Rasmus Skousen.
Last week we asked if you wanted a post on Britney, the comeback kid (who came back and back again)
So, here you have it! In the vein of our bellybutton ring post (yep, that happened) here is a brief history of the Britney Comeback:
High Point (1998-2002): All is well. Britney Spears dances into our hearts with “Hit Me Baby,” and manages to snag Justin Timberlake. The two wear matching denim outfits and Britney gives a number of awesome VMA performances. What could go wrong?
Low Point (2002): The denim duo break up. The world mourns. Justin’s “Cry Me A River” music video stars a Britney look-a-like who cheats on him — everyone is on Team Justin!
Comeback (2003): Remember a little song called “Toxic”? Yeah, we need Britney in our lives again.
High Point (2003): Britney and Madonna kiss on stage at the VMAs. Our minds are blown and Christina Aguilera is pissed!
Low Point (2004-2007): Let’s call this the “Chaotic Phase”. Britney’s shotgun Vegas wedding and annulment followed by her marriage to Kevin Federline leave fans less than happy with the pop star. A few Frappuccinos and barefoot gas station stops later, Britney finally comes out with a new album! We are excited until… The VMAs. SRSLY how did it go this far??!!! And how do we turn off our eyes?!!
Comeback (2008): Britney slowly reappears in the world and then: “Womanizer”. Need we say more? (okay we’re going to say one more thing)
High Point (2011): Britney is hired to be a judge on The X Factor. Meaning that millions of viewers trust her opinion of singing!! (Hello? Anyone?)
All this and her new single came out yesterday. You tell us, high point or low point?
So on Friday, you voted… Tomboy !!!
Here are a few notes on the debate, thank you for participating, it was really nice (and interesting) to read :)
#1 – Some of you found that the high waisted version and the cheek-peep (I made up that one) was vulgar. Some others found it anti-hygienic.
I think that, as a few of you said, this way to wear the shorts is fresh and sexy – everybody was doing it in the 70′s, it’s just cute!
The only thing is to wear it with flats…
About hygiene, I agree that I wouldn’t feel great wearing them in NYC with the taxis and stuff… But on holiday, oh yeah !!!
#2 – I’d wear the tomboy, as you know me, but I actually really love it both ways.
#3 – Some of you found that the model was too skinny on the left side (wearing the tomboy shorts)… But it’s the same model, the same pants, and not retouched! It’s only that worn without a belt, the shorts fall very low (almost to the knees), a place where leg gets skinnier… It shows how different the perception is (wearing it the tomboy way definitely makes you look skinnier), which I find super interesting.
The other day on a shooting, we played with the model’s jean shorts. They’re the same in both pictures.
On the left, very low on her waist for a tomboy look, and on the right, with a belt, super high and extra sexy.
I met Allison at J.Crew, where she is a stylist, when we did our Hello World collaboration.
I love her style, the way she mixes everything and interprets the trends (very J.Crew)… As our studio is 5 steps away from her office, we invited her to come visit on Friday to make a couple pictures.
That’s when we learned she was actually making a lot of her clothes, or personalizing them, like these jeans below that Alex loved so much she’s going to try to reproduce them (I’ll let you know how it goes).
We are getting a few questions about her style ready, let me know if you have anything you want to ask her !
Denim shirt, J.Crew; Denim pants, vintage; Loafers, J.Crew; Handbag, handmade in Italy; Peplum top, handmade; Jeans, Levis; White shirt, Muji.