Fashion

The Future’s Bright The Future’s Denim Part 2

Selfridges have a collection of jeans as part of their ‘Denim Studio’ department.

‘Denim Studio’ do anything from stone wash, ripped, coloured and patterned jeans, so you can find the right pair for you depending on whatever shape, style, occasion and personality.

Midrise or short leg or cigarette jeans combine beautifully with wedges or stiletto heels, providing the perfect smart casual combination; wedge heels especially go well with cropped trousers, making the legs appear longer but also it’s the perfect spring/ summer look.

To go super casual  jeans for ‘vegging out’ as I say, boyfriend midrise is the way to go. Although I would highly recommend that flats/ pumps or trainers are the only recommended footwear I would wear with boyfriend jeans, however during winter they go nice and comfortably with standard UGG boots or if you’re on a budget ‘FUGGS‘ [fake UGGs]

For patchwork jeans or embroidered patterned jeans, I would personally opt for stitching on my own sewn on badges which you can purchase from Claire’s Accessorries, Top Shop, River Island or New Look. Patchwork jeans maybe opt for two shades of the same colour, although I think too many colours on jeans make the denim look over done.

Wide leg high rise jeans go great with a plain top, preferably a blouse and maybe some ankle boots, making the legs appear longer and slimmer. Cropped skinny jeans I would customise with wearing sandals or flats.

Military styled jeans are great as they come with additional pockets to the side, formulating additional detail and it is a more simplified style if embroidered roses or patchwork is not to your own personal taste.

Fringed bottomed jeans seem to be in-vogue at the moment, I remember seeing a Rachel Comey pair for £320 from Selfridges ‘denim studio.’ If you want the fringed jeans look but you are either on a budget or are not fussed about designer labels, you can get a pair of fabric scissors and cut the bottoms yourself to make the fringed look. For cheap or a affordable jeans, the cheapest in good quality I would opt for is maybe Select or Forever 21.

Ripped jeans are amazing, I think that even an unintentional rip you could get away with, as that is the beauty of denim, it can be disguised as the ripped jeans look. Ripped jeans can go with nearly most styles ankle jeans, skinny jeans, high rise, low rise and dungarees, however the only style of jeans you possibly wouldn’t get away with is possibly skater or wide leg jeans.

Jumpsuits in denim are perfect for comfort, you can wear them with either flats or heels. They come in sleeveless, short, long sleeved.

Denim dresses are perfect for the summer wear and can be suggested to be worn with heels, mainly wedges or even flats like casual sandals. To break up and emphasise more shape you can dress it up with a belt around the waist to compliment the dress, as a way to accessorise and compliment the dress, exaggerating the waistline as petite, providing that pear or hour glass shape.

Denim dresses I find are better in blue. You can have again, same as the jumpsuits different styles of denim dresses. You can wear short sleeved, dungaree, off shoulder, sleeveless.

Sleeveless or dungaree style instead of a belt, you could possibly get away with a slogan t-shirt underneath as a substitute for customising instead of using belts or jewellery.

These items are extremely rare, but I find you can purchase them off ebay or amazon, are denim wedge heels that are very 90’s.

Denim shirts are also great as casual wear, I actually have one in short sleeve and long sleeve, you can wear them with a long gypsy style top, hippy top, vest top or slogan t-shirt underneath and you can also use them in the summer instead of a woolly cardigan or hoodie as you can easily tie them around your waist when it gets hot and then put them on again when that summer breeze comes along at night. I have noticed now though in All Saints you can buy sleeveless denim tops and you can buy from any internet clothes outlet like ebay or bohoo denim strappy crop tops which go great with bandeau pants or ‘Ali Baba trousers.’ or maybe a pair of shorts.

denim halternec
A beautiful halter denim crop top suitable for both smart or casual.
denim stud crop
This is more a going out style top, however you can dress it up with shorts, a skirt more or less anything.

denim co-ord

 

 

Denim jackets are great as well and available with sequins, studs or buttoned designs, they are amazing for casual jackets and go well with anything. Denim waistcoats are amazing with a long gypsy skirt customise with s straw cowboy style hat with a t-shirt, which is what I term the festival look. Denim waist coats are also perfect for the biker look, with a slogan t-shirt and leather trouser, perfectly inspired Joan Jett style look. You can also use a denim waistcoat with a long fringed top, ankle boots or cowboy boots with denim shorts, creating that prairie style look. Denim waist coats you can also wear as part of your beach look over your bikini too.

 

michelle keegan in denim jacket
Michelle Keegan  dresses with style wear trainers with ripped skinny jeans and this denim coat is also great for autumn/ winter wear with faux wool on the inside and collar stitching.

Victoria Beckham does an amazing clothes range, dresses, jeans and of course embroidered jeans, True Religion, I also find does comfortable designer brand jeans, however these are on the more extortionate pricing range unless you were to get them on sale.

Jeans I have found are popular and extremely notable for denim wear. Denim material provides a lot of historic symbolism.

I find that even certain places to this ban jeans. Back in history, I found out that a lot of evening places for nights out, like theatres, restaurants banned jeans as a form of wear, this due to society associating jeans with rebellion. A fact as well this is especially in the form of dark blue or black jeans to this day that in fact the original colour of jeans was in fact indigo coloured to cover dirt and stains. Levi Straus producing the first ever jeans brand during the 19th century colonial period in America during that time, denim is the most time-honoured classic material in history throughout many decades.

 

Fashion

”Schwing” Back to the 90’s for top range ways to customise!

I thought as the 1990’s was years ago and I of course grew up in this era, I have noticed it is coming back in- vogue as they say.

The girl power generation due to the formation of the ‘Spice Girls’ who dominated the charts throughout that time, showed that it was fashionable to express and embrace individuality. Each one of the girls sporting their own fashion and images. Mel C a.k.a Sporty Spice made sports gear and crop tops cool. The crop top has now entered back into the fashion world. Britney Spears, in the late 90’s new how to accessorise with her crop tops, by styling up her stomach with eye catching belly button rings.

The 1990’s was also great for co-ord sets. Many 1990’s style icons like girl groups ‘Destiny’s Child’ and ‘TLC’ , wore matching co-ord sets, and they had paved the way for R’n’B girl groups of the 90’s.

Britney Spears’s revealing crop top and stylish belly button rings have made a return to the fashion and pop scene. Britney is seen wearing a revealing white crop top flaunting her belly button and stomach on the front of her comeback single, ‘Make Me.’

For me, Britney Spears has always been a retro fashion icon to me, she has always expressed and appreciated fashion. In an early commercial she did for Pepsi, she wears a range of outfits from the 1950’s – Millenium; showing that fashion constantly changes but always has the same journey, going round in circles, but the individual remains the same in personal identity.

However, if you are looking for co-ords check out a site called prettylittlething.com and they have some matching sets, produced from well made materials with flamboyant and extravagant design patterns, in a wide range of colours. You can also buy co-ords from many well known popular high street stores, for example, River Island and Miss Selfridge.

Other sites for crop tops in an extensive collection of colours and styles are Boohoo.com and Missguided.com. Again prettylittlething.com and Ebay also have some great affordable retro clothing.

For 90’s accessories, especially elaborate belly button rings, check out Blue Banana and Claire’s Accessories. Not only do Claire’s Accessories do flamboyant and 90’s trend setting bellybutton charms, but have a lot of extravagant and low cost varieties of different styles of chokers. They have velcro, plain and patterned, colourful chokers. A very popular 90’s accessory, nowadays brought back into fashion by style icons, i.e. Rihanna and Taylor Swift. My fashion advice and personal opinion is, don’t wear too many necklaces and extensive and vibrant patterned necklaces whilst wearing a choker; as it can cover up the neck, causing too much distraction from the rest of the out fit ensemble. Any retailer on the high street, pretty much do a wide variety of chokers.

In this topic of bellybutton jewellery, I discovered an Australian based site called bellylicious.com that have really affordable and unique compilations of belly button rings and charms.

Back in the days of the era that gave us Girl Power, also contributed ‘Brit pop’ and ‘Madchester’, creating of the grunge look. The grunge look of female ‘Blur’ and ‘Oasis’ concert goers often consisted of oversized baggy t-shirts tucked into a pair of denim shorts or jeans, with maybe a branded sun hat. The brands of Ellesse, Adidas and Nike were of few assortment brands often worn around that era.

Dungarees and denims were also popular around that time. I always wear my dungarees for casual wear, you can wear them with most things and they look trendy with a pair of converse style shoes. I find dungarees really comfortable, I can wear almost any style of casual, coloured or logan top/ t-shirt with them.

I find that denim skirts are also coming back into fashion. I find with denim skirts, sandals or wedged heels combine really well, sparkly or brightly coloured wedged heels can easily work well with denim skirts, accentuating the legs and adding more colour to the outfit.

Speaking of shoes, the 1990’s was also a time when jelly shoes were in fashion. I think jelly shoes are perfect with denims, but I personally think jelly shoes are more suited to the early adolescent. You can purchase jelly shoes from any foot wear retailer.

The 90’s generation also saw the growth of Cremefields and rave, providing popular dance acts like ‘The Prodigy’ and ‘Fatboy Slim.’ One of the main symbols for rave was the yellow smiley face. You can get yellow smiley face jewellery from almost any high street retailer.

Accessories wise, from amazon and Ebay you can buy almost any once 90’s famous Baby G style watches and blow up bubble backpacks.

In Claire’s Accessories you can also buy many jazzy style backpacks, they sell furry bags and also care bear cuddly backpacks.

For anyone that lives in the North or Midlands, for vintage or rare buys check out the Vintage Hideaway in Digbeth’s Custard Factory in Birmingham. For the Birmingham area, my friend Katie told me the other day about charity shops in Moseley and Kings Heath area for great retro buys.

 

 

 

There is also a time-honored shop in Manchester called  Pop Boutique, located on Oldham Street, Manchester City Centre. Located on the same street, there is also  Retro Rehab.

Also there is a 90’s grunge section on this amazon vintage site, with really good quality and cost effective clothes, shoes and accessories and that is http://www.beyondretro.com .

For style inspirations and ideas, I highly recommend the article ‘The 30 Most Memorable Fashion Moments Of The 90’s’ at http://www.marieclaire.com .

I also recommend these iconic 90’s chart films for fashion ideas.

  • Baz Luhrman’s ‘Romeo and Juliet.’
  • ‘The Craft.’
  • ‘Clueless.’

I also recommend the following TV shows for style inspirations from the 1990’s, where you can look them up on Youtube.

  • My Mad Fat Diary.
  • This is England 1990.
  • Sister Sister.
  • Clarissa Explains It All.
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
  • Bay Watch
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

I would like to thank you guys again for taking the time to read my blog and I hope you enjoyed it! Until next time, I am signing out. Please leave any comments after you’ve read this please.