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Mix up your look with durable denims

Try wearing black jeans or skirts with a faded-out vest, or a light denim jumper with a punk-rock, studded jacket.

May 11, 2009

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Denim in a variety of styles looks great together. Doing double-denim looks that match too closely can look dated, though.

Denim in a variety of styles looks great together. Doing double-denim looks that match too closely can look dated, though.

Hot denim looks

• Marc by Marc Jacobs for a great denim dress

• Report Signature for platform denim sandals

• Banana Republic for fitted denim blazer and (my favorite) Heritage Collection belted jeans

• Earnest Sewn for ‘Wellesley’ super high rise full trouser and ‘Zazo’ super high-rise straight leg.

This year, blue jeans are more multifaceted than ever. Explore all of the great new shapes created in jean materials — fitted blazers, wide-leg trousers and pleated skirts. Tailored denim can be dressy or casual. I say wearing jeans to work beats business attire any day (not saying it’s allowed ...) The trend doesn’t stop merely at clothing. Check out funky clutches, heels and bangles all wrapped up in this cotton twill fabric.

Double-Denim:

I often receive questions about jeans and jean jackets, cut-offs and denim vests. How do we make wearing two parts denim look classy?

Vests featuring studs, faded washes and paint splotches put a spin on double-denim. Denim hardly washes the same, and an exact match is tricky—and too well-planned. The best feature of denim is its personality, versatility and spontaneity. Don’t attempt to coordinate too much, or you’ll end up looking hokey, cowboy and far too uptight. Try wearing black jeans or skirts with a faded-out vest, or a light denim jumper with a punk-rock, studded jacket. Denim caters to far more genres than cowboys, so don’t be ashamed to mix-and-match for the perfect look.

Distressed Denim:

All I have to say is, “Already, so soon??!” I feel like an eighth-grader at Abercrombie & Fitch all over again.

Watch out, this trend can be fabulously ’80s with a poof-sleeved jacket and spectacular pumps. Or it may end up looking like you worked too many days on the farm and ripped up your jeans pulling weeds and feeding cows.

Wearing distressed denim dressed up is one of the easiest things to do. If you wear ripped jeans, flip-flops and a t-shirt, your outfit doesn’t look stylish, it just looks raggedy; however, ripped jeans with big hair and a glam-rock top speaks true to this trend.

Styling your denim:

As Americans have recognized for decades, jeans can be worn all different ways: preppy, rock ‘n’ roll, dressy.

Look for speckled, spotted jeans to stand out. Pair your denim with a blue, chambray shirt or a gingham patterned top for an old-fashioned look.

Darker denim is easily dressed up. It looks more sophisticated than washed out, dirty-denim. (Sometimes jeans that are distressed almost appear greenish.)

The right cut is key. Belted trouser jeans, harem jeans and cigarette jeans are my favorite pant shapes right now. A trouser jean is an excellent nod to menswear, and fitted, cigarette jeans feel sexy with your favorite going-out shoes.

Still, recognize that a popular style you like may not be figure-flattering. Trend or no trend, above all, choose a jean in which you feel comfortable and one that flatters your individual figure.

— Caitlin Donnelly can be reached at go@ljworld.com.

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