STYLE GURU STYLE: Jean Genie

I have a firm belief that jeans will never grow old. Ever. House of Holland’s resort 2016 denim-heavy collection acts as proof that the definitive American cool-kid staple will continue to evolve and prosper.

With that sentiment as my guide, I’ve taken the liberty to pair some dark wash skinny jeans with my light wash denim jacket. Daring, yes, but the variation in fabric—my jeans are a cotton blend, while the jacket is 100 percent cotton—and wash helps me to avoid the Canadian tuxedo look that’s scarred us all (Justin Timberlake circa *NSYNC, I’m looking at you). Adding a simple graphic muscle shirt gives the look a personal touch, as well as ramps up the edge factor. It being summer and all, I’ve opted for Birkenstocks instead of boots—they give off the same clunky counter-culture vibe as Dr. Martens but aren’t as stifling for your feet. Throw on a few wrap bracelets and a pair of versatile sunglasses and you’re set.

The jean and vintage band T-shirt combo is definitely having a moment now. However, as a music enthusiast, I’ve developed a handy guide for deciding whether or not you should wear a particular band shirt. Rule number one for band shirts: don’t wear the shirt if you don’t listen to the band. Rule number two for band shirts: don’t wear the shirt if you don’t listen to the band! Seriously. Fashion is about expressing yourself, not just buying into one singular trend. So if you don’t like The Doors, put the Doors T-shirt down. It’s okay! Nobody will think less of you for it. Junk Food Clothing Company has tons of vintage T-shirt options for every musical taste, as well as distressed sports or witty graphic T-shirts if those are more your speed.

Get My Look: 1. Light wash jean jacket. 2. Graphic muscle T-shirt. 3. Clubmaster sunglasses.