Denim had surely become a part of our everyday lives, and it’s hard to walk down a street these days without seeing at least a dozen pairs of jeans on different people. Denim was originally used in manual professions that require a lot of labor, since its durability meant it wasn’t as easy to rip and would provide protection on the workplace. But, it has quickly moved from being a work material to a fashion staple, with most designers using it in their pieces in one way or another. But if you are looking to get yourself some denim, let’s see what you should pay attention to:
As you know, not all denim is alike. It differs not only in the look, but in the actual way it was woven. When talking about colors, you have the classic, light wash, dark wash and mixed; but there are also mixtures of different styles. The so-called stone wash was discovered by accident, when someone tried to wash jeans with pumice stones in order to soften them. Afterwards, many different methods have been discovered by using different chemicals in the wash cycle. If we turn our attention to the weave type, we are looking at two options: selvedge and classic denim. Not going into too much detail, selvedge is woven in a way that requires more work, but creates a much more durable fabric, that has a distinct robust look because of the different colored seams. It is softer and stronger, with less stress on the fibers of the material. On the other hand, classic denim is made with a quicker method without much attention to detail and is considered one of the most common high-street fabrics.
When looking at the actual pieces to wear to show your love for denim, there are a few classics and a few newcomers on the block. To start with, a quality pair of men’s jeans will never go out of style. You can choose between a relaxed, straight or skinny leg, depending on what look you are going for. The second item most commonly seen is denim jackets, which can add an edgy, grunge look to almost any outfit. However, if they are solid, non-distressed denim that is fitted properly, they can also elevate the outfit to a whole new level of class. As for something new, what we’re really doing is taking a step back into the old: denim smock tops are a great casual look for both men and women that will most likely make you instantly look like a fashion blogger.
An important thing to know about true denim (one that’s not mixed with other fabrics) is that it relaxes over time. This means that when you are buying a new item, especially something that is fitted around your body, you shouldn’t get it in a “comfortable” size, because in a few washes it will become loose and ill-fitting. If it has buttons, they should be snug, but able to close. When talking about length, in a choice between too short or too long, always go for the latter, because denim looks amazing when cuffed or rolled up, helping you create an effortless look.
The amazing thing about denim is that it is a blank canvas for absolutely any style. You can wear regular denim for a business-casual look, distressed denim for a relaxed look, or even go full out with patches, paints and studs to create something artsy and unique and show off your style. It also works well with a host of different materials, giving you endless outfit options and style inspiration. Make sure you wear it your way and don’t be afraid to show your personality.