Jessica Alba may have been wary of colored denim at first, but as these 77 flawless examples prove, Jessica has more than mastered the ever-popular trend. During everything from coffee runs to family park days, Jessica has proved the power of denim separates, delivering an array of Cali-cool ensembles time and time again. Though she has a soft spot for colored and printed jeans, Jessica has no problem playing double denim duty (yes, you heard us, denim on denim that looks amazing!), working her bold bottoms with jean jackets, denim vests, and chambray shirts. Her balance of fashion and function is not only inspiring, but easy to re-create with items you already have in your closet. So dust off your favorite denim pieces and add a cool-girl twist with 77 Alba-inspired denim, chambray, or jeans looks.
No woman's wardrobe is complete without the perfect pair of jeans. For Fall, we'll admit there are many worthy of adding to our closets — the kind that will make even the most classic straight-leg-denim fans converts to this season's bolder textured and printed pairs. That's not to say there isn't a place for the tried and true, like a great pair of skinnies or a leg-flaunting pair of flares that you'll return to again and again, but Fall also means embracing moodier florals; embroidery; waxed and leather-coated denim; and rich hues like olive green, burgundy, and cherry red. We know it sounds like a lot, but click on. You're just moments away from finding your perfect pair(s) with the help of our Fall denim field guide.
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Thanks to Anne Hathaway's recent outing in LA, we culled a quick style remedy for all of your transitional dressing woes. Listen up: pair a denim dress with ankle or cowboy-inspired boots for an effortless yet seasonally appropriate daytime look. Anne took to the streets with fiancé Adam Shulman wearing a chambray rendition from Madewell — shop her complete outfit here — styled with black Western boots. The results? An irresistibly cool midseason outfit that's sure to garner instant style cred. Inspired? We culled five of our favorite denim and boot combos for you to shop now.
Thanks to some killer street style and the creative efforts of J.Crew and Madewell's styling teams (just check out Solange's Mix Well campaign), denim on denim doesn't carry the connotations it used to. In fact, the "Canadian tuxedo" has gotten a pretty chic makeover, as evidenced by this street-style crew, proving that with the right accessories and proportions, denim on denim is a total do. The key to making it all work — and avoiding any styling clichés or faux pas — is all below.
- You can pair similar shades of denim, but the safest way to avoid looking like you're wearing a giant denim jumpsuit is to pick varying jean hues. Look for a lighter chambray button-down to partner with a darker-wash denim bottom, for instance; or break up similar denim hues with an undershirt or tee underneath an open denim button-down on top.
- Proportions have a lot to do with how your denim-on-denim style will fare. Avoid going totally oversized on both top and bottom. Instead, top a pair of boyfriend jeans with a more closely fit denim top. Or, if you want to show off your legs, choose skinny jeans with a looser chambray topper. Playing with proportions will give your look a more stylized edge, while going totally baggy will lose any of the sophistication — not to mention totally disguise your figure.
- Adding in polished accessories will help balance the dressed-down effect of your denim on denim. Just like Jenna Lyons and the street-style crew above look to loafers, pumps, and cool-girl ankle boots, you, too, should look for standout footwear to jazz up your monochrome ensemble. Likewise, opt for bags in rich hues or prints to enliven your look.
Here's the shortlist of why you should probably stop reading this and jump right into this Summer's best denim sales happening now: Acne's jean-infused LWD is 30 percent off; Current/Elliott's blue, leopard-print skinny jean (we've got Miranda Kerr to thank for this one) is 40 percent off; and Paige Denim's floral Lola short is a whopping 50 percent off. We've scouted out key denim pieces from every category — ankle-cut, studded, patchwork, ultrarelaxed, patterned, frayed, and everything in between — at a spectrum of budget-friendly prices for you to pair with your favorite sandals and accessories. In fact, there's no better time to stock up on the slouchiest, the brightest, or the most flared iterations you've had your eye on all season. Let the jean-ius shopping begin!
The blue denim skirt is having a serious moment this Summer, and we've got seven stylish celebs putting their personal spins on the jean staple. It's a laid-back piece that packs a versatile punch, as proven by Poppy Delevingne's sophisticated silk blouse-and-glitter Givenchy sandal combo, Katie Holmes's cool-girl boot accents, and Olivia Palermo's beach-perfect open weave sweater complement. Since we know that denim anything is an every-season must have, it's time to take a closer (read: weeklong) look at how the quintessential blue jean skirt can go from day to night, casual to cocktail ready, and retro to modern day minimalist. Courtesy of Eva Mendes, Kirsten Dunst, and Rebecca Minkoff, and more, here are seven days worth of denim skirt ensembles right at your fingertips.
As part of our Summer denim refresh series, we showed you the best ways to update your most-loved denim pieces for the season ahead. Denim cutoffs are definitely a Summer staple, and whether you buy them prechopped or take a pair of scissors to them yourself, they're a standard part of your warm-weather wardrobe and deserve to be worn whenever, wherever. We're showing you three examples of how to dress up your usually casual denim cutoffs for Summer — click through to shop them now.
Without a doubt, jeans are essential to any style-setter's wardrobe. But like any great fashion staple, there's a new batch of covet-worthy iterations and silhouettes to sift through every season. Thus, we've culled the latest and greatest, along with more classic styles, to offer up a well-rounded mix of cuts, prints, lengths, and everything else in between. But to make this denim rundown even sweeter, we called upon six seriously cool denim experts — the designers (read: masterminds) behind some of our favorite denim labels, including AG Adriano Goldschmied, Gap, Paige, MiH Jeans, and J Brand — to provide you with some pretty jean-ius advice. It's safe to say, we've got the tools and more than 50 pairs of jeans to help you find the best fit for your body. Our ultimate Summer denim guide is just a click away, so jump right in.
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If there's one thing we can all agree on as a wardrobe staple, it's denim. It's the one thing that will never let you down, and because it's such a timeless textile, there are tons of trends and iterations to choose from, which is especially handy when it comes to updating your denim pieces for a new season. With Summer well upon us, it's the perfect time to give yourself a denim overhaul — so we're taking five classic denim styles and giving you updated, Summer-ready alternatives, whether you're a skinny jean fiend, denim jacket enthusiast, or boot-cut buff. Click through to see and shop each example now.
Patchwork denim is back in a big way: we saw the look on the Spring runways from designers like Ralph Lauren, Isabel Marant, and Charlotte Ronson, but rest assured: these aren't your mom's patchwork pieces. The sewn-together look of today may still have that inherently '60s feel, but can also be made more modern with the right accoutrements, like structured separates and minimal accessories. To help you get started on trying the trend for yourself, we've taken three key patchwork denim pieces and styled them up three ways; for work, weekend, and party time. Click through to see and shop them now.