Call them what you may — denim cut-offs, Daisy Dukes, even jorts — there is so much to love about denim shorts this spring. Denim shorts have been a long-standing staple in my wardrobe. And while you may be cringing at the thought of wearing these shorts around town, let alone on campus, let me assure you that they have come a long way since their days of hillbilly exclusivity and The Dukes of Hazzard. Different cuts, styles and washes offer versatility, enabling you to wear these denim duds almost all year round — which is definitely something to celebrate.
When I spotted this Fashionista around campus in her simple cuffed denim shorts, I jumped at the chance to prove that not only are these shorts comfortable and casual, but they can still be on trend, without conjuring up a mental image of Jessica Simpson, to boot. A simple wash with light distressing adds texture and detail to this simple pair of shorts without being over the top, and the white t-shirt with a boat neckline maintains a casual, all-American feel. What could be more classic, and effortless, than throwing on a cute pair of denim shorts and a white top to hop to class? Simple accessories, like this Fashionista’s handmade friendship bracelet and a bright pair of neon sandals add personal flair to this basic duo and keep the outfit on trend and unique.
This spring offers numerous denim short styles to choose from. If you’re feeling risky, a pair of extra distressed denim, trimming and all, could be just what you’re needing for that weekend trip to the lake. Or if you're feeling classic, there are several tailored options. A bold, high-waisted turquoise denim short could be just the kick of color you've been needing this spring. So whether you're feeling all-American with a simple short, or you're feeling adventurous with colors and patches, denim is definitely a do this spring.
Even though we're only a few days away from fall, summer's still here, so don't pull out those sweaters just yet. This Fashionista shows us how to rock out the last few days of summer in style. Her black skinny jeans are perfect for cooler weather, but when paired with her denim sleeveless button down, this outfit has an effortlessly cool summertime feel. Her look is paired with strappy black Chacos, a super cute structured black cross-body bag and a few colorful bracelets (no doubt left over from fun summer music festivals).
While it may seem impractical to be investing in sleeveless shirts as fall rolls around, you should never underestimate the layering power of denim. If Man Repeller has taught us Fashionistas anything about denim, it's this: the more the better. As layering season gets closer and closer, follow this Fashionista's lead and stock up on multi-tonal denim to layer together. Other than your basic pair of jeans or denim jacket, there are all sorts of ways to implement denim into your wardrobe. If you're nervous about multiple denim items in one look, go with a sweet denim dress; Old Navy is a good place to look, as they have quite a few options in-store that they don't sell online. If you're feeling more adventurous, try pairing a denim shirt, like this one from Levi Brand Jeans, with black jeans. And for the most daring of Fashionistas, go all out denim – try something like this short-sleeved chambray shirt from J.deCrew with some classic off-white skinny jeans and a cool hooded vest like this one from Forever 21. If monocrhomatic blue isn't your thing, try adding black or white pieces or colored denim into the mix.
If you're worried about how to layer your denim without looking like Britney and Justin circa 2001, check out runway collections for some styling inspiration. Stella McCartney, Céline, and Chloé have all done denim on denim super well in the past, so take cues from them.
With Labor Day comes an ancient rule (really, it is, I looked it up!) forbidding the wear of white clothing through the fall and winter seasons. I have always been a follower of this rule, and although "winter white" and creamy hues of "off-white" are now acceptable during this time, I will still stand firmly behind the restriction of white jeans. I don't know if this seriousness comes from the fact that I wear black on a daily basis, or that I actually agree with the rule, but regardless, my white denim is taking residence in the back of my closet until next summer.
Blue denim, on the other hand, in all its versatile glory, is most welcomed. And what better way to do that than in a shirt? You may be tired of my ranting on interchangeable or neutral items, but deal with it! You can accessorize this darling however you'd like, and this week's Fashionista is a perfect example. Accentuating her waist with a belt works perfectly here, and you can switch up the belt to convey the look you’re wanting.
Hint: Pair it with leggings like she did here, black shorts or a cotton pencil skirt like this one. When the weather cools down simply add tights! You can rock this look with boots or opt for a trendier heeled-clog like these from Steve Madden. This basic piece allows a wide range of possibility, so let your individuality shine through!