STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Dress Up Your Denim

Style Advice of the Week

Denim first emerged as the working man’s clothing. It is durable and good for daily jobs because it does not wear out quickly. Originally donned by gold miners, denim only became fashionable in the ’30s, when actors wore them in Western films and Levi Strauss emerged. Denim has an illustrious history in the fashion industry, but it’s still regarded as a casual style.

Denim on denim has been spotted on numerous Fashionistas/os this season, including Kanye West and Katie Holmes, and is generally worn as weekend wear. It is rare for a light wash denim to be sported in a formal or evening setting; however, this Fashionisto shows that a staple denim shirt can be easily dressed up for more than a run to the grocery store.

Worn with a navy knit tie, cream cardigan, trendy oxblood pants and classic Clarks desert boots, the shirt ties in seamlessly. While the jewel-toned pants initially catch your eye, the textured detail in the shirt and tie truly distinguish the ensemble. By pairing the tie with a more casual chambray, this Fashionisto dresses up the denim. This look could be worn on the street or on a dinner date. It is important to make sure that your clothes can be worn transitionally, from day to night. Light-wash denim’s versatility has rarely been explored as an option for formalwear, but this Fashionisto does it right.

For Fashionistas, translate this look by subbing out the tie for a pair of high-waisted leather shorts, like these from ASOS. Pair a light wash chambray, like this one from Madewell with a statement necklace, some tights and booties to create a fashion-forward outfit that revolutionizes the traditional usage of denim. Not ready for that kind of adventure? A simple pair of black jeans with a peplum top and heels can easily be worn to an evening event.

So, next time you think you have nothing to wear, go through your denim. Diane von Furstenburg once said, “accessories are the punctuation.”  A little black dress is known for being formal, but paired with a cardigan and printed flats, it can be a daytime look. While a denim shirt may not be the first thing that comes to mind for an evening ensemble, the accent pieces transform this working -an look into that of a professional. All you have to do is be a little creative.

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