Hello, blue jeans! Denim is a global textile that you can find in fashion of all kinds around the world. From high-fashion runwayshows to store racks, designer labels to up-and-coming brands, and every store department, boutique, online, or thrift, denim is everywhere. Sewport, a garment production platform that guides brands from sketch to stitch, say this about denim, “No other clothing item has endured within American culture like blue jeans…”
Obviously, this is a fabulous fabric we know and love. Denim is a universal language—when you’re speaking in terms of fashion, of course. Vintage, flared, fitted, oversized, high-waisted, boot-cute, 90s…there are so many options for denim. And that’s just pants!
“Jeans are like fries—you can’t just have one.”Unknown
The history of our beloved denim dates back to Italy and France hundreds of years ago! Originating in the South of France in a historic town called Nîmes, this special weaved style of unique reinforced fabric became well-liked and moved into many other parts of the world!
“The city of Genoa rapidly became the world’s biggest producer of serge de Nimes. Since the French name for Genoa is ‘Genes,’ the name ‘jeans’ stuck when this fabric gained popularity during the American Gold Rush” (Sewport). (I got the chance to dance in beautiful Genoa, Italy last Summer, and I did spot some fashionable denim!)
You can really just have so much fun with creating outfits in denim fabrics! There are so many different fits, sizes, lengths, shades, and shapes. We have cool denim fashion options to style for pretty much forever! It doesn’t stop at jeans. There are denim dresses, skirts, shorts, jumpsuits, tops, jackets, shoes, and even accessories in this extraordinary fabric.
“Denim has always been an everyday symbol for style,” says fashion designer Ritu Kumar. It is a key piece of fashion no matter your style or aesthetic. Let’s explore some different ways to style denim for summer.
Blue Jeans, Baby!
Your classic indigo denim is a closet staple. Blue jeans for with everything! Just about everyone has a pair of jeans as part of their wardrobe! Durability, comfort, and lots of fashionable variety and range make blue jeans easy to slip on and even easier to look great in. When it comes to styling your jeans, denim is a neutral that pairs will with other fabrics, exciting prints, and every color.
“In the right denim, a girl can conquer the world.”Razelle T
In these beautiful blues, you can dress up for a special occasion or wear them daily for an effortlessly cool look.
A Denim Twist
When planning your summer denim fits, keep it classic or put your own unique spin on exciting styles. With different variations of denim, including printed, multi-tone patchwork, and even colorful denim. Who knew one fabric could be so vividly versatile?
The latest summer fashion trends are vibrant and fun Refinery29 says of colorful denim, “We’re suggesting you chase the rainbow with the latest colored options [to] brighten up your summer.” Saying there are lots of chic design options here is an understatement.
Denim on Denim
a fierce favorite, this style trends around the world. Pairing denim with even more denim is always a groovy way to create an iconic outfit. Vogue sees highlights the denim-on-denim look in street styles around the world, “Make the style your own by pairing
complementary denim washes from head to toe, as seen in Seoul, or mix and match your hues like Parisians.”
Try out this trend by pairing your own unique go-to denim pieces. Then it’s all in the accessories! (I had to go pink cowboy hat for this one!) So hip and glam.
The Denim Impact
As you try out new denim looks, don’t forget to celebrate the versatility of this fabric by keeping it around! It’s inspiring to see how brands and companies are finding ways to produce beautiful fashion while looking out for the impact it has on our environment. Collections of denim are being released by amazing designers that emphasize reworking vintage denim and producing denim using safer materials for the environment. Real, quality denim is meant to last!
Vogue has this advice for fashion enthusiasts that want denim in their wardrobes: “So invest in the pairs you really love, wear
them often, and take pride in the rips, the frayed edges, and the faded washes.” There are some really awesome denim options here in fashion right now that focus on sustainability and also being kind to our earth!
“Denim is a love that never fades.”ELIO FIORUCCI