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The Denim Jacket

23 Oct

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I get asked often whether denim jackets are still in fashion. A client might have one in their wardrobe, that’s been hanging unworn for years, because they’re unsure whether or not to let go of it or hold on to it.

My answer is always yes denim jackets are still in fashion however, like everything, shapes change and some can become outdated – particularly those that are made of treated denim (perhaps stone washed) or have zips, studs or rhinestones.  So if you have an old Sportsgirl version from 1995, chances are it may well be dated and either needs reinventing (if possible) or retiring.

Because I’m always encouraging people to try and work with what they already own before racing out and buying anything new, I thought I would talk about how you can determine whether your denim jacket is right for you and whether to keep it or not.

Consider..

  • firstly, whether a denim jacket is your style.  It’s certainly a classic piece, but not for everyone.  Don’t just wear it because it’s there.
  • whether your particular jacket is flattering to your shape.  Is it too short and boxy or too long?  Is it too wide across your back?  Are the sleeves too full making your arms appear bigger than they are?  Is it making your shoulders and/or bust look broader/bigger than they are?
  • whether the denim is dated.   1980’s distressed denim and 2000’s distressed denim are not the same
  • whether it’s worth having it altered by a tailor to make it a more modern, flattering shape for you
  • whether the style is still current or if it’s dated. (ie. if it’s acid washed with bat-wing sleeves and suede fringes, unless your style is Eighties Rocker, I’d say it’s probably time to donate it)

…and in case you’re wondering, yes, denim jackets can be worn by all ages.  But just like anything, it’s not what you wear, it’s how you wear it. For instance, unless you want to look like Dolly Parton, avoid wearing your rhinestone embellished denim jacket with your jeans of the same denim. Wear a dark denim jacket to lunch with a stripey tee, navy linen pants and espadrilles or throw one over your shoulders when you’re wearing a cool summer dress, while you’re on holidays.

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*You can see me wearing my denim jacket (a Levi’s Trucker I’ve had for about 18 years) here     *As you can see I’m wearing my denim jacket with denim jeans – but they’re a different color.

Here are a few pictures to give you some ideas for how you can wear your jacket.

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Labels On Sleeves – Remove or Not?

17 Sep

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Don’t spoil the look of your lovely new coat or jacket (or scarf) by leaving the label on the outside of the sleeve.

They should be very carefully and gently removed.  (You might want to invest in one of these to do the job)

All the label really says is the type of material the garment is made of and in some instances it mentions the brand of the coat.

If the jacket is beautiful and was expensive, there’s no need to expose the label.  The garment and the quality of the fabric will speak for itself.

If for some reason you wish to keep the tag for any particular reason (it may include care instructions) you can reattach it to an inconspicuous area of the coat.

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Don’t Forget To Remove This

5 Jul

Before you wear your new coat or jacket, make sure you’ve removed the vent stitch.

The stitches are designed to stop wrinkling and creasing as the coat or jacket is moved between where it was made, to the shop floor and it is meant to be carefully removed before wear.

If the stitch is not removed it means the jacket sits differently to how it’s intended and may pull across the hips and even the tummy.  (And it will look silly!)

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How To Reinvent Your Blazers

27 Feb

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If you’re like me and you have a collection of blazers you’ve gathered over the years, you might consider trying this new(ish) look for autumn.

A logo/print/band/statement t-shirt, under a blazer.

It’s a casual (yet smart) way to wear some of your blazers that have in the past, felt restricted to just wearing to work.

It means reinventing an old piece from your wardrobe and wearing it in a new way.  (Like I did with this sentimental old jacket)

(You can see how I wore my velvet blazer with a Mickey Mouse t-shirt here)

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For those wondering, I don’t think this is a look that has an age restriction.  Everyone can do it.  You just need to find a tee that represents you and your style. (And of course, one that’s flattering)  For some it might be a favourite band (ACDC?) and for others it could be something with an artsy pattern or some sparkle on it.

If you fancy the idea of a gingham blazer, this is one that I like in the stores at the moment.  You can buy it here  *It’s $299 or $209 when you shop with me (With my stylist discount).

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