I originally wrote this article for a friend who is Publisher/Editor in Chief of an online publication, Trade Secrets, but thought it would be fun to share with all of you!
When I first received my assignment, I thought I should take a peek in my very own closet to see all the denim I own. Wow! Let’s just say, I might need Denim Anonymous (DA). To let you know, I was born & raised in Oklahoma. I can’t begin to count the number of reasons why I left… one of them being the fashion sense of a small country town. So, for God’s sake, steer away from the cowboy look! Not sure what I’m referring to? Do not, & I repeat, don’t finish your look with a cowboy hat, cowboy boots or that huge buckle belt that you won at the recent rodeo. I do apologize if I did offend anyone who leans towards this design aesthetic.
I think we owe a huge thank you to Rihanna for putting the “Denim on Denim” look back on the map. With her cute leather baseball hat, chambray shirt, distress pencil denim skirt & killer, sleek nude pumps, that was casual glam done like a pro!!!
My mind started to swirl with the infinite number of styling ideas when you begin to mix the textures & silhouettes of your denim pieces. Think about all the options for different washes, colors & various weights to each piece. There is also so much more beyond just jeans… flared culottes, fitted over-alls, cami dresses, baseball jackets, crop tops (remember Beyonce’s look?!?!). So many styling ideas to share, so scroll down & hope you enjoy the read!
Since my statement necklace, well, was making a statement, I didn’t add any other jewelry. I kept the rest fairly simple & liked the monochrome look of the denim dress, culottes & sock booties.
You have a month of outfits just when you calculate all the different fits, color & washes available, so I had to control myself & choose a few of my favorite options to share.
- Let’s start with simple, go-to styling. Straight leg or skinny jeans in a dark wash can create such a glam vibe with a light-colored, fitted chambray button-down, sexy, sleek pumps & structured bag. Note: Pairing different shades of blue create contrast.
- My personal favorite is flares & they are having a comeback moment! High-rise jeans paired with platform heels will make you look like you got legs for days. Create that 70s vibe with a long-sleeve, high-neck peasant top paired with a black denim jacket. Note: Denim jackets come in array of colors & fit. Think beyond cropped & blue.
- Newest member in my personal collection is coated denim. It is such a great low cost option to leather, unbelievably slimming & comes in a host of colors. Add an off-the-shoulder sweater, loose denim jacket, ankle boots & hit the road.
- 2 great options to help break up the blue on blue combo are jet black/grey jeans, & unexpected favorite, camo! Jet black jeans & light-colored chambray shirt with ballet flats is such a polished look. While camo jeans with a distressed, graphic t-shirt, shearling denim jacket & combat boots is super edgy.
- Fan favorite is the boyfriend jean! It’s so versatile, perfect for any body type & super comfy. Don’t be scared to try a pair with rips & heavy distressing through the front of the leg; it adds to the overall vibe. Create a casual day look when you add Adidas Stan Smiths or any colorful street sneaker. Finish the look with a bright colored sweater & denim parka with fur collar.
Below the Belt
You just doubled the denim on denim options! Most of you have owned or maybe you are still rockin’ your denim mini skirt! Ahhh, but let’s lower the hemline & you’ve created so many options that become office-appropriate, perfect for a date night or after-work event!
- An A-line midi denim skirt with a lightweight, sleeveless cropped top, espadrilles, silver metal accessories is an easy, low-key day look.
- Add your dark denim, high-waisted pencil skirt with polished leopard print top, denim blazer, slinky heels, burgundy computer tote & you are ready to head to work.
- Nail a great date night look with a fun frayed, round neck denim top. Style that with a high-slit, maxi denim skirt, gunmetal hardware belt & over-the-knee boots.
I’m a sucker for all the denim dresses popping up everywhere. It is such an easy, trendy, on-point way to nail denim on denim. You only need to focus on one piece & then have fun with your accessories. Look past the basic shirt or shift denim dress. Take the time to hunt for unique silhouettes, lightweight, flowy, supple chambray to pull off an effortless look.
- Keep your denim overall dress from looking too Huck Finn by adding a fitted tank, long-sleeved shirt or crop top with moto ankle boots.
- For a sophisticated look that is great for work or brunch, go for a knee-length, A-line, sleeveless, collared dress with a wrap belt. Complete you look with delicate jewelry, sandals & neutral bag to elevate the look. If the weather is chilly, add a turtleneck & knee-high boots.
- Going for a little more edgy vibe? Try a black frayed v-neck sleeveless straight-cut midi dress with front slit. Try leather bracelets & studded chunky-heeled booties making this look perfectly cool.
- A maxi dress with button-down front shows off just enough skin & cinched waist breaks up proportions for a flattering fit. Adding platform sandals elongates the look.
- The latest version spotted on the street is this contemporary fresh take that’s been reimagined with oversized dolman sleeves, a boxy silhouette featuring a lace-up front. I would add, from my personal closet, platform heels with denim patchwork detail & accessorize the outfit with a camel-colored, fringed crossbody bag that will add to the 70s flair.
With limitless options from casual to polished, it will be impossible for you to go wrong. Oh, by the way, my closet count is 32 & growing! How are you spicing up your denim collection?
Denim Culottes found HERE
Denim Dress found HERE