One of my favorite looks for myself is definitely denim on denim. And I love it on everyone from cowbois to fashionistas, but don’t ask my sweetheart what she thinks of the look, let’s just say it’s not her idea of style.
Yet I think it is one of the sexiest, yet casual-yet can be dressy styles anyone can master and it is most fabulously worn with a great pair of worn, battered, but still completely butch as heck, boots. But that’s just me. And of course I would be remiss (and behind the trend) not to single out the most durable and honored king/queen of all the denim icons – the classic jeans jacket, it is oh so truly cool.
Now most of us already have one, or two, or even more than we’d care to admit of these “image of Steve McQueen provoking” jackets in our closets. Perhaps you completely forgot you had it or have unwisely decided it was too worn out or frayed to even wear anymore. Au contraire dear Dandi, now is the perfect time to pull it out and style it up.
Got rid of yours years ago? Well here are some new designs to spruce up an old idea. The jean jacket for S/S 2013 is not just made from old school denim, designers are serving us up new fabrics and more than just your basic blues to chose from.
Or no color at all as seen here with Public School’s coated denim with leather sleeves.
Not into leather? Black Apple makes this wonderful distressed number with pleather. But what makes denim and the classic jean jacket design look it’s best, to me, is the personal touch. So here are some street-wear inspirations to stir up your sartorial juices.
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Fall is upon us and that is always a great reason to go out and replace last season’s jeans with something new and fresh.
And by new and fresh I am not just referring to just a new pair of the same-0le-same-ole that you know makes your butt look great. No, I’m encouraging you to do something different and daring and seek out a new designer. Challenge yourself this season, get out of your designer ruts and go try on and find a new muse to excite your way of Dandi-ing up your wardrobe.
Thvm (them) Atelier is based out of Los Angeles and is the husband and wife team of Olga Nazarova and Brian Kim. They keep the collections simple and they are very reasonable for any Dandi’s wallet.
What I love about them most is that they also have a photo driven magazine that goes along with each collection called Thvm Rag. Gotta love ‘em for that!
Check them out at thvm.com
- THVM Atelier Fall/Winter 2012 Campaign (thisheartsonfire.com)
- Thvm Rag (reschmolze.wordpress.com)
Denim is one of my favorite things to wear and Ladd Denim knows how to do it right.
I particularly love the fit and the fabric; they are made from raw Turkish denim that give these jeans a unique and Dandi fit that all of your friends will envy.
Their design signature is a four button opening at the back of the leg that can be adjusted to wear with any length boots or with your favorite shoe.
And one of the best thing about Ladd Denim jeans are that they are made in America by a Los Angeles based design company. These babies will go well with just about anything and are the right price at $198.
Available at ladddenim.com
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I can’t believe it, but Armani Exchange is turning 20. Where has the time gone? I remember when I walked into my first A/X. I had been and still am an huge fan of Armani and I was thrilled beyond belief to finally be able to buy more than one piece every blue moon.
A/X is always very easy to wear. It compare to its bigger, older more elegant brother in quality and design, yet it is a lot edgier. The 20th anniversary collection shows us that A/X has also grown up a little through the years. Losing a bit of it’s Gap-plus look of t-shirts and jeans, giving the Dandi buyer more sophisticated selections of basic items.
The 20th anniversary collection is made from a bevy of luxe fabrics; leather, suede, oil-coated cotton and moleskin. The silhouettes are fabulous. Cowl-necks, suede trimmed blazers along with aviator pants in several different colors that transition easily from day to evening.
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I have been remiss in not doing an article on jeans and today is no different , well, except for this paragraph. Jeans didn’t really trend spring/summer but then the truth here is that jeans have become like underwear in a Dandi’s wardrobe (no, not to be worn under clothes) but the commonality of them, the everyday-ness of them means that you are supposed to follow the fine print of each season just to see what denim wash you should be wearing, how many pockets and who the new ‘hot‘ designer is that then makes the ’hot’ designer you bought last year only good for the donation bin (not really, but some fashionista Dandi’s feel that way). The small print gives you the latest wash, cut, stiff or relaxed. It tells you whether you should roll the bottoms into small or ginormous cuffs, or just leave them as the gods intended.
And then there are the fashion cycles of colors trending on jeans. I can’t do colors other than black so I never play when they insist that red, yellow or some other primary color is ‘in this season’. And quite frankly I couldn’t do the lighter wash that was popular earlier this year. I just couldn’t do it, it took me too far back to the 90’s and it frightened me. I like dark blue jeans with a cuff (here I go with yet another uniform statement) and I am sticking with it. That is the one thing about style versus fashion. We’ve all seen Fran Leibowitz in the same blazer, white shirt – starched within an inch of its life, jeans, and cowboy boots for decades and she always looks dapper, because it’s part of her brand.
When I think Diesel I think jeans but they are a company with so much more.
And you can thank this Diesel Black Gold ad for finally getting me to mention jeans though there aren’t any in it.
I loved the fabulousness of the androgynous model and styling. I love this wide-collared overcoat and the knit turtleneck. I don’t, however, suggest you go dig up those workout pants you buried last year – torn and awkward fitting – and add them to your look. Corduroy pants will go great with this look and sadly I think jeans would actually be too simple. Since this is for your Fall/Winter look you can do a pair of wool blend pants with a dressier cut. Leave the tennis shoes in the closet. Open up your new box of fabulous boots for the season and tuck the bottom of your pants in them (like you didn’t do it on purpose) and you will be quite the Dandi for Fall.
Diesel Black Gold – diesel.com
If you are wanting to look like a rock star then you have to know that dark sunglasses are not all there is to it. The classic signature of rock, going back decades are the ‘tight pant’, and for today’s rock musician it is definitely the tight jean (which are not for the faint of heart)!
As Jamie Hince shows here you can rock your jeans with a pair of dusty old boots and compliment them with a great jacket, t-shirt and if you’re really feeling bold cap it all off, particularly as the temperatures get colder, with a fabulous scarf. The one pictured here is a 14 footer. If you are a crafty Dandi it would be really cool if you knitted it yourself, now that’s a conversation starter!
Photo courtesy of GQ Magazine
If it weren’t for the beard this guy could be a typical Dandi. This photo is courtesy of Esquire and the look they have put the musician Ben Blackwell in is one of the best looks for Dandi’s of any size. I could bother to list all of the designers on this but its basic styling. Get yourself a great pair of jeans, a few inches too long, cuff them. For me the darker the better. Reach in the very back of your closet and resurrect those great black boots you used to wear all of the time, give them a once over with your shine kit and if their lace-up, afford them a new present of laces.
The jacket is linen. It’s perfect if it looks a little slept in. For the skinnier Dandi buy it to fit, meaning you can button it and it doesn’t pull in the back and it fits nicely at the waist and hips. But you may have to have the sleeves adjusted depending on how small you are. If you are a bigger size like myself you have to compromise closing it because of the ‘girls’. Don’t get it too big because if you do get it big enough to fit the ‘girls’ or around your beautiful derriere chances are it will be way too big in the shoulders and will look like you are four sizes bigger in the waist plus the arms will be hard to tailor proportionately. The shirt is cotton, like this one pictured here a chambray would be great. F_Hxcm6DRHvFc-ebiNBEf_iGM4Y
This definitely dyke dressing 101. It is simple yet striking and can make you look great to hang out with your friends or a first and even your 100th date. It also works for work and can be dressed up by adding a tie or dressed down by wearing a basic t-shirt or by changing the boots to sneakers.