STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Back to Blue, Blue Denim That Is

Denim, the fabric whose name came from the French city of Nîmes, was first seen in the 1870s when Levi Strauss first started making blue jeans that were originally designed for cowboys. A couple decades later, they resurfaced following an image revamp from iconic brands, such as Levi’s and Calvin Klein. Since then, blue jeans have turned into a fashion revolution, and everyone from Hollywood actresses to college students sport varying styles.

While various cuts of jeans come in and out of style every year, one thing we know for sure is that denim will never go out of style. Other forms of denim that have been in vogue over the years include skirts, button-up shirts, jackets and vests. I cannot begin to tell you how happy I was to see denim jackets pop up on campus again this year. They’re versatile, and since the material lasts for so long, even if they’re not in style every season, you know you can always keep it hanging in the back of your closet, waiting for their next comeback.

One big hit I have noticed this season that has not been around in a while is the high-waist denim shorts. While denim shirts and jackets have phased themselves in and out through the years, I can’t say I’ve seen the high-waist shorts since the '90s; however, I must say I am a huge fan of their return. There’s something classic about denim, and while I can’t recommend denim shorts for the dressier occasions, they are awesome for casual summer days. Take this Fashionista in particular, she paired her high-waist denim shorts with a V-neck tee, and a pair of Converse (sneakers are also a huge hit this season).

You can also opt for a girlier look with high-waist denim if you’re like me and sneakers aren’t really your thing outside of the gym. Try buying a pair with studded detailing on the shorts to give it a little more edge, or pair the look with a pair of peep toe sandals to give it a feminine touch. You can even play around with a more grunge look with a pair of cut up denim shorts. Whatever you decide to do, just remember denim is versatile, and the sky’s the limit with all the different looks you can rock with this one fabric.

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