Denim in Demand

In praise of a favorite fabric’s fashions
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L’Agence frayed denim jacket and Gilli top from CK & Co.; Sanctuary high-neck blouse from rosegold; Rock & Roll Denim flares and Dingo booties from Tener’s; bolo and rings by Moth Wing Metal Works by Brittany Jacobs.

 

Let’s hear it for denim; always in style, forever a favorite and most definitely a classic. Who among us doesn’t have at least one denim piece – the perfect-fitting pair of jeans or a beloved jacket – in the closet, where we reach for it again and again? Denim is getting even more attention this season. Mention denim and jeans immediately come to mind. They’re the workhorse in many wardrobes, easily paired with athletic shoes, loafers, boots, pointy-heel pumps or strappy flat sandals, and worn with anything from a white T-shirt to a tailored blazer, silk blouse or flirty top. Jean styles usually get refreshed or reintroduced every few years. Skinnies have claimed the most popular title for a decade, but women ready for a change are reaching for straight-leg and wide-leg jeans, as well as flares. They look good, modern. Add a collared shirt and fitted jacket for a low-key but sophisticated vibe.

 

This year, slightly distressed and vintage-inspired styles, sometimes with paper bag waists, pleats or leg-lengthening front seams, command much-deserved second looks. 

Denim isn’t just about jeans, though. Skirts, mini to midi lengths, are unexpected with a nod to the past while embracing what women want today. Denim skirts are fun, even chic at times, and not already in every closet. They’re versatile, just like a perfect pair of jeans, and can be elevated with a statement belt, chunky necklace, peep-toe bootie, strappy sandal or tucked-in top. 

Skirt styles range from simple A-lines to slim versions to full and ruffled. Side slits, front slits, frayed hems, faded wash treatments and patchwork keep them from looking stuffy, serious or boring.

Other denim looks ready to tempt include jumpsuits, culottes and knee-length shorts. So play with different styles, layer on several pieces to add a bit of interest and let your personal style shine. And always say yes to denim on denim.

 

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Pistola jeans fashioned into a head wrap and Pistola jumpsuit from Cayman’s; Lucky Brand denim shirt and Wrangler jean jacket from Tener’s; Ateliers white boots from Betsy King A Shoe Boutique.

 

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MSGM sheer and metallic bow blouse from Gretta Sloane; Elie Tahari front-seamed jeans from CK & Co.; JUST belted denim jacket from rosegold; Kat Maconie sandals and Sondra Roberts bag from Betsy King A Shoe Boutique.

 

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Helmut Lang cobalt crop jacket and miniskirt and L’Agence snakeskin blouse from CK & Co.; Veronica Beard jacket with button detail from Gretta Sloane; necklace by Moth Wing Metal Works by Brittany Jacobs.

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