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January Blues: Five Looks with Six Favorite Denim Pieces for 2015
January is one of those months that can be a little tough: back to work and school; festivities over for the time being; a zillion articles on how to lose weight, dry out or get in shape for the new year. While you yourself are getting healthy, why not also get your closet in shape for 2015? The latest “new neutral,” denim, is making a major splash on the runways this spring. Here are a few of my favorite looks that give a fresh perspective to this closet staple.
The return of the long denim skirt was prevalent on runways from Stella McCartney to Kenzo, sweeping in with a sophisticated style that is a far cry from the “prairie skirt” days of the late 1980s. Chloe’s Denim Skirt with its patch pockets and higher waist is among my favorites. I would wear it with this Topshop Daisy Paisley Shirt tucked in so that the skirt’s front is emphasized. My friend Monica has this chevron print faux fur jacket from H&M and I love it for its cool pattern and shorter style. The rag & bone Kent Printed High Tops are a great update of the iconic sneaker style. Grab the Rebecca Minkoff Mini Waverly Crossbody to keep you hands free while you strut your stuff. I am always on the lookout for original jewelry pieces and was lucky enough to get a vintage Chanel button ring from my friend Kacy at a holiday gift exchange. Chanel buttons can also be reinvented into a very covetable pair of earrings. I found these on Etsy and loved them.
Frayed, distressed, patched and destroyed denim is also on the must-have list this year. Marques’Almeida has cool, contemporary designs that are perfectly on point. Their grey denim jacket has frayed edges that give a nod to the 90s and a current body style that is boxy yet fitted. The COS jersey skirt is designed with clean raw cut edges and the technical coating on the fabric gives it a sporty vibe. The not-so-basic Vince color block tee is a great little piece to add to your look, especially with the femininity of the Franco Ferrari scarf in a pretty burst of floral. Tie it loose so you don’t hide the frayed details on the neck of the jacket. I love mixing in animal prints, and French handbag designer Jerome Dreyfuss is spot on with this grey Momo Leopard Print Crossbody. Mules are back from the 90s, joining the host of shoes that are actually comfortable and have been updated with cool details. The Madewell Loeffler Randall Linette Perforated Slip-On Sneakers are so versatile, you will live in them.
Many designers have worked fresh approaches to denim into their collections this coming season. What does that mean for the consumer? Whether you want sleek and sophisticated, distressed, retro, or colored pieces, let denim be the starting point of your look this season. Choosing a great piece that shows style and originality of design will increase the likelihood of its wearability right now and into the warmer months. It is the perfect way to kick those January blues away and give your closet a fresh 2015 update.