As per tradition, each of us here always styles a look for an occasion, whether it’s Halloween, New Years Eve or Independence Day (like this one), we always make sure that the look is centred around the theme. Since the 4th of July is very patriotic and American, these looks are made up of red, white and blue pieces, just like the American flag. Each of us took a shade of denim and this is what we came up with!
For my outfit above, I chose the Frame Denim Le Color Rip skinny jeans in Blanc as the base as my denim option was white. I think these are a great white skinny and the rips just add that little bit of casualness to the overall feel. I then paired the jeans with a sleeveless Equipment shirt in red, and chose a YSL Navy Clutch, completing the red, white and blue combination. For the shoes, I wanted a classic black heel to dress things up so I went with the Gianvito Rossi black suede pumps. I wanted to keep the jewellery minimal, meaning I only opted for a single gold bangle by Jeweliq. Finally, as I’m being very patriotic (despite being British), I chose an American flag headband, just to have some fun with the look.
As 4th of July is a holiday that basically revolves around BBQ and the pool, I did a look that will suit both activities for the men. I chose a more affordable denim shirt choice by River Island to pair with a pair of swimming trunks by RVCA. I absolutely love RVCA’s trunks, so I definitely recommend these. As many will be going in and out of the pool, practical shoes are a necessity. I chose a pair of driving shoes by Tod’s. Then of course to finish it all off, a pair of classic Ray-Bans. It won’t be a summer event without sunglasses.
I wanted to focus my 4th of July outfit around a casual setting and style something that would be perfect for the beach or a BBQ. I chose this Isabel Marant print dress because the blue and white print is so fresh. It is a great light piece that would work both as a dress or swim suit cover up. I layered this red Marc by Marc Jacobs denim jacket over the dress, which would be perfect for when temperatures drop during the evening. I loved the patriotic touch of the gold and stars on these Loeffler Randall sandals and the functionality of this straw cross body bag from Scoop. I added a little luxurious touch with these gold and moonstone earrings from Monica Vinader.
I find that in the summer, I tend to gravitate toward simpler, more casual looks. The last thing I want to do when it is hot out, is to put on lots of tight fitting clothes. For my weekend look, I chose these slouchy Rag & Bone boyfriend shorts in Rebel because they are great for wearing to the pool or out running errands.
I chose this Ralph Lauren gingham shirt because the linen is great for hotter days and can be worn a few different ways. I then went with these blue striped espadrilles from Soludos to add another bit of pattern and contrast to the outfit. I finished the look with these white Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunglasses and a splash of color with this Reed Krakoff bag.
Smart & Classic
Denim shorts are an absolute must have for Summer as they are incredibly versatile, pairing with anything, while keeping you cool at the same time. There are so many variations of denim shorts, from longer to short, looser to tight, cuffed to raw and more! There’s literally a pair for everyone. I have styled four different looks here using four very different shorts and have created outfits for each occasion, including something smarter and classy, a festival look, colour blocking and a tomboy style.
The first look above is definitely something you can wear to a meeting (if you work in fashion) or even to a concert and lunch out with friends etc, it’s very versatile. I was inspired by Ashley Tisdale’s most recent look for this one, but I wanted to show that boyfriend shorts don’t just have to be paired with baggy clothes and worn casually. They can definitely be dressed up! Layering over a cream blazer and wearing some ankle boots, with chic jewellery is the way to go!
The Mercy style by J Brand is their most popular since the Houlihans and since the original version, J Brand has released the Chrome wash that has already become a favorite for celebrities like Kourtney Kardashian and Elie Goulding. They are one that I can only see getting more popular along with the rise of grey denim. As being one of my favorite choices this season, I decided to style them three different ways this week.
Just because these are distressed and have a raw hem, it doesn’t mean that they can’t look smart. Think of them in a Geraldine Saglio sense when styling them. I chose to pair them with a classic white button down from TOPSHOP and pumps by Alexander Wang. Then for the accessories, I wanted pieces that were clean, like this Diane von Furstenberg clutch and Cartier bracelet. You can wear something like this to a meeting or even a night out for some cocktails.
Grey denim and stripes go hand-in-hand as we should all know by now with the help of Kate Moss and recently Harry Styles. I chose a t shirt by R13 for its luscious feel and the width of the stripes are on point. I then wanted to get a bit more inspired by Harry by pairing them with a pair of Saint Laurent boots and a TOPSHOP beanie. Then as we all have things to carry, the amazing Chanel backpack.
Here is a look that is a mix of both smart and casual above. As you know grey on grey is a favorite of mine. I chose a t shirt by A.P.C. to pair with the jeans as I found the slightly different tone to work well with it. I then chose a blazer by Rag & Bone to smarten it up and some Marant boots to keep it more on the casual side. To finish it off, a Balenciaga because you really can’t go wrong with this bag.
-How many of you own these jeans and how have you been wearing them?