"Blue jeans, white shirt"
The first line of Lana Del Rey’s classic hit describes an outfit - more than that, a uniform - worn by countless generations. From James Dean to Charlotte Gainsbourg, the jeans and white T-shirt combo has casually dressed some of the most charismatic and stylish people on the planet. And lo and behold: denim is back, and not just in pants form, in jacket, dress and jumpsuit form, too.
A wardrobe essential that’s been gathering dust since our college days, the jean jacket is making its big comeback this fall. Firmly in tune with the Western Girl trend, it mixes patchwork denim with leather to flaunt its wild side. Bleached or raw, a jean jacket is the new kid on the block that’s perfect for layering. Wear it over a shirt and chunky wool sweater, or under a khaki parka, leather bomber jacket or pea coat to channel a Casual style.
A jean jacket is also perfect for a total denim look. Team it with Vanessa Wu leopard print ankle boots for a boyish silhouette, or a long dress or pleated skirt for a more feminine vibe. You could even add a pair of neo-cowboy boots, Velcro sneakers or studded ankle boots to hit your style sweet spot.
Time to turn denim’s androgynous nature on its head and give this fabric a feminine twist. A denim dress is best worn belted and paired with a camel coat and black strappy ballet flats à la Parisian, or with a chunky-knit long cardigan and suede ankle boots for your own take on Country Chic. But never wear a denim dress with other denim pieces! Opt for animal print or sensual fabrics instead to contrast with the raw fabric.
Here, denim is back in familiar territory as it revisits its roots as workwear. But keep your inner mechanic in check with a feminine edge. Accessories are the key to feminizing a utility look, with bandanas, berets, designer sneakers and classic pumps all good options. Boost your coolness factor by making this look your own and drawing on denim’s rough-and-ready heritage. From garage to catwalk in one easy step!
(c) Photos credits:
Photo 1: Comment porter sa veste en jean en hiver - Les Eclaireuses
Photo 2: Défilé Sacai Automne-Hiver 2018/2019 - Madame Figaro, credit: Daniele Oberrauch
Photo 3: Robe Rayure-Jean Printemps-Eté 2018