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Everything you need to know to buy denim for the new season ahead.
ALL IN THE DETAILS
Denim is moving beyond a typical pair of jeans. Here are some new ways to wear the hardworking fabric.
1. Raw edge
Tough meets chic in the latest take on distressed denim. Sure, blown-out knees and randomly placed rips and tears are stick kicking it, but it's the unfinished hemlines that are making major waves.
Sweater, $78, roots.com. Jeans, $278, fidelitydenim.com. Earrings, carolineneron.com. Bandana, gapcanada.ca. Watch, linksoflondon.com. Ring, jenny-bird.ca. Shoes, callitspring.com. Image by: Genevieve Caron
2. Sole mates
Denim is the hottest material for accessories this spring.
3. Mini works of art
Looking to add some flair to your jean jacket? The latest trend in accessories is enamel pins; some are grounded in pop culture, while others are original art.
Vest, $130, winners.ca. Emoji-heart pin, $12, pintrill.com. O hai all-seeing-eye pin, $9.50, heatherbuchanan.ca. LLAP hand pin, $10, robineisenberg.com. Eye pin and lipstick pin, $20 each, georgiaperry.com. Gumball-machine pin, $8, pennypaperco.com. Image by: Genevieve Caron
4. Denim skirt
The current jean-skirt styles have fresh updates with polished touches and an array of silhouettes. For a modern throwback to the '70s, try one with a middle slit and buttons down the front.
Customize your topper by ironing on some DIY patches—or opt for the quick-and-easy approach by purchasing a vest or jacket that's already decorated.
Jean jacket, $267, tommy.com. Image by: Genevieve Caron
6. Denim squared
Denim on denim has earned its right to be considered a modern-classic way of dressing. A good rule is to mix up your washes: Wear lighter denim on top, with darker on the bottom. The deeper shades helps create a slimming effect.
This spring, no one style dominates. Choose from a wide range of silhouettes and cuts.
1. Short and sweet
Flood pants—with a flare—are back. This denim cut is a throwback to Jane Birkin, but today, keep the hemlines frayed, as it's the only amount of distressing you with this style.
2. Retro revival
The '70s silhouette enhances curves and helps elongate legs. Get maximum length by keeping hemlines long and wearing a platform heel—the trick is concealing your shoes.
Vest, $100, gapcanada.ca. Sweater, $40, hm.com. Jeans, $100, winners.ca. Marc Jacobs sunglasses, thebay.com. Necklace, carolineneron.com. Bracelet, bananarepublic.ca. Belt, braveleather.com. Bag, eccocanada.com. Shoes, joefresh.com. Image by: Genevieve Caron
3. Off the cuff
Cuffing your jeans isn't a new concept, but this season, the statement is bigger and bolder than the usual fold and roll we're accustomed to. The exaggerated look brings a bit of edge to any ensemble.
Jacket, $45, oldnavy.ca. T-shirt, $15, uniqlo.ca. 7 for all Mankind jeans, $298, nordstrom.com. Marc Jacobs sunglasses, thebay.com. Earrings and bracelet, carolineneron.com. Sneakers, eccocanada.com. Image by: Genevieve Caron
4. Skinny dipping
It's hard to remember a time when skinny jeans weren't the standard in denim. The slim silhouette is still the shape du jour and can be found in just about every wash, colour, pattern and level of distress.
5. Crop it to me
Wide-legged cropped denim is a new take on the trouser jean. Hems vary, but the most flattering length is about an inch above the ankle. Always pair the look with heels—the daintier the better.
Your Oscar invitation got lost in the mail and you don't fancy watching at home? Head to the nearest bar that’s hosting a viewing party. Fun fact: Sipping on cocktails exponentially increases the snark factor of armchair fashion critics. Keep your duds casual yet polished with elements of sequins, leather and denim, and ground the look with something risky, like these leopard calf–hair kitten heels. Low rise indigo jegging, $29, joefresh.com. Calvin Klein sleeveless lace sequin blouse, $40, thebay.com. Lisa black biker leather jacket, $690, mackage.com. Ice crystal 360 double-side stud earring, $50, bananarepublic.com. Spotted calf hair kitten heels, $150, anntaylor.com.
If you’re lucky, you’re celebrating the Oscars at a friend’s house with a nominated movie–themed eight-course menu. Show up in an elegant LBD with subtle yet effective accessories. Side note: If you want to be invited back for 2016, bring bubbly, lots of bubbly. Dress with over skirt, $70, zara.com. Editor’s pouch, $268, elabyela.com. Celestial drops, $34, baublebar.com. Cobalt suede pumps, $100, aldoshoes.com.
If a few bottles of Merlot, a couple good friends and a pimped-out cheese tray sound like your dream Oscars night, host your own viewing party. Fight the urge to wear sweats—instead, opt for an outfit almost as comfortable, but way more stylish. We love this striped sweater and loose trouser combo. Add a wee bit of bling and a ballet slipper and you’ve got yourself a sweet, sophisticated and comfy combo. Half stripe sweater, $30, joefresh.com. Wilfred ‘Viala’ pant, $110, aritzia.com. Concerto layered necklace, $44, baublebar.com. Leather ‘Blustery’ ballet flat, $80, ninewest.ca.
Take your award-show viewing to the next level by splurging on a ticket to an Oscars’ party hosted by a lavish hotel. The extravagant setting calls for black-tie attire, so go for a long dress. Impress with a floor-grazing chiffon gown in a smoldering crimson and accessorize with gold-toned jewellery, shoes and an embellished clutch. Saloni ‘Irina’ halter neck chiffon gown, $300, matchesfashion.com. Phoenix wing earring cuff, $28, baublebar.com. Cuff bangle $7, hm.com/ca. Kotur ‘Margo’ metallic jacquard clutch, $225, theoutnet.com. Badgley Mischka ‘Giovana’ T-strap sandals, $292, shopbop.com.
Skip hours of heartfelt speeches and just watch the good stuff—the red carpet. Judging from this award season’s red carpets so far—Emma Stone in a dazzling Lanvin jumpsuit at the Golden Globes and Gwen Stefani wearing an Atelier Versace jumpsuit at the Grammys—this is the year of the romper. Take in the glitz and glamour with bevies and besties while wearing your very own inspired-by-the-red-carpet sleeveless jumpsuit—best-dressed list–worthy! Hayworth gem drop earrings, $32, baublebar.com. Sleeveless trench jumpsuit, $168, jcrew.com. Pin Up Stars shrug, $140, yoox.com. Court shoes, $50, hm.com/ca. Lulu square stone clutch, $194, bcbg.com.