Colored Denim! (And ways to wear it…)

This month my Five Tips for the Denver Post are about colored denim- it’s a hot trend this spring so I wanted to share some ways of wearing it.  Check out the brief article in the Denver Post and then come back here to read more and see lots of outfits!  Enjoy!  (And please click the “Subscribe” link on the top right of your screen to receive blog posts with style tips every month!)

Five tips:   (Click to see the article) Today’s Denver Post Five Tips: “How to best wear colorful spring denim”

More tips…

It may be spring, but if your weather is anything like Colorado, you know not to put away your jeans just yet. And good news – the delightfully exuberant colored-denim trend has been a great way to transition your wardrobe from winter to spring, and remains a fun alternative to regular blue jeans as the weather warms up. The head-to-toe bright color blocking that’s everywhere in spring magazines may seem intimidating, but done right, colored denim is a deceptively easy trend to wear: keeping the look sophisticated by using soft shades and tonal color blocking is the key. With options in every hue of the neutral, pastel, and bright rainbows, you’ll no doubt find a color (or three) that flatters you. Be prepared to hear a lot more of, “I love your outfit! I wish I could wear that.”

Colored Denim Jeans
Colored denim jeans paired with patterns

Neutrals. These are the perfect starting point for the trend-wary. Not only do they play well with every color already in your closet, but color blocked with other muted shades like cinnamon or mauve, neutral jeans offer the same casual elegance as a monochromatic outfit.

Speaking of playing well together, camel denim also offers a great opportunity to incorporate coral into your outfit – spring’s hottest shade. A classic blazer and printed scarf in this juicy hue give your black staples the boot until next fall.

Pastels. Easter-egg hues are a fresh alternative to white. Complement buttery yellow cropped jeans with a stone-colored wrap cardigan, gold jewelry, and a smart structured wooden clutch. Or top peach denim with a frothy tiered lace tank top under an oatmeal cardigan – more creative tonal color blocking.

Brights. Not for the timid, neons and brights borrowed from the 1980s are the boldest choice for colored denim. Tomato-red jeans add punch to a soft peach tie-neck blouse, while navy and turquoise tops perfectly complement cool ocean-hued bottoms. Channel lush flower fields in bloom with a purple-and-lavender ensemble, or go pretty in pink with head-to-toe magenta and deep rose. To avoid a little too much ’80s nostalgia when accessorizing your brights, forgo black and instead go with modern neutrals and metallics.

Pattern. For a chic alternative to tonal color blocking, pair bright jeans with a pattern in an unexpected dark neutral, like bright pink with a nautical navy-and-white striped knit top, to keep the denim grounded.  Keep the look pulled together with accessories that match one of the contrasting hues – a mixed-print polka-dot and striped scarf in the same navy and white will instantly add that extra little something to your outfit.

Keep in mind…Colored denim deliberately brings attention to your bottom half. If that’s not your favorite feature, this is a good trend to skip. However, for the adventurous, a deep jewel tone like eggplant or teal will still slim and flatter your hips – nobody can tell you not to have fun!

Shop the looks:

Lauren Ralph Lauren tan cardigan
£135 – johnlewis.com

Silvian Heach purple top
€75 – welikefashion.com

AllSaints cotton cardigan
$130 – allsaints.com

Green top
€70 – welikefashion.com

Ralph Lauren scoop neck blouse
£89 – farfetch.com

By Malene Birger silk tie neck blouse
£209 – farfetch.com

Tiered tank
$22 – amazon.com

Uniqlo short sleeve tee
£15 – uniqlo.com

Wallis denim jean jacket
$56 – wallisfashion.com

MiH Jeans denim skinny jeans
$184 – piperlime.gap.com

MICHAEL Michael Kors zipper jeans
$80 – nordstrom.com

Habitual skinny leg jeans
$225 – nordstrom.com

Talbots denim cropped jeans
$80 – talbots.com

MICHAEL Michael Kors zipper jeans
$80 – nordstrom.com

MICHAEL Michael Kors zipper jeans
$80 – nordstrom.com

7 For All Mankind yellow jeans
$198 – bloomingdales.com

ZELDA JEAN LEGGING
express.com

Chloé slip on shoes
$450 – net-a-porter.com

Topshop flat shoes
$44 – topshop.com

Azzedine Alaia suede high heels
€810 – montaignemarket.com

DV by Dolce Vita silver shoes
$47 – heels.com

Steve madden handbag
$98 – zappos.com

Summer straw handbag
$50 – warehouse.co.uk

Stella McCartney snakeskin handbag
$1,295 – stellamccartney.com

Zara bag
$30 – zara.com

Bottega veneta handbag
$2,320 – barneys.com

French Connection brown handbag
£112 – vanmildert.com

Oversized clutch
$20 – dsw.com

Kate spade necklace
$148 – piperlime.gap.com

Wallis copper necklace
$28 – wallisfashion.com

Disc necklace
£20 – fashionunion.com

SHANKA resin jewelry
$256 – notjustalabel.com

Miso acrylic necklace
£12 – republic.co.uk

MTWTFSS Weekday copper jewelry
$12 – weekday.com

Wallis copper jewelry
$3.50 – wallisfashion.com

Kenneth Jay Lane cuff bangle
$112 – charmandchain.com

Banana Republic sparkle jewelry
$45 – bananarepublic.gap.com

Metal jewelry
$38 – nordstrom.com

Kate spade jewelry
$98 – katespade.com

Floral shawl
$36 – topshop.com


Donna Karan black and white top
$1,180 – stylebop.com

Bird by Juicy Couture graphic tank
£50 – theoutnet.com

Ralph Lauren stripe shirt
£110 – farfetch.com

Slimming pants
express.com

Castaner bow heels
$163 – boutique1.com

Carvela shoes
£130 – debenhams.com

Yves Saint Laurent studded handbag
£2,765 – net-a-porter.com

Mulberry oversized handbag
$1,550 – lagarconne.com

Balenciaga string bag
$1,545 – balenciaga.com

Yves Saint Laurent leopard scarve
£660 – harrods.com

Bajra oversized scarve
$298 – intermixonline.com

Oasis striped scarve
$17 – oasis-stores.com
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Please check out today’s 5280 blog post with my tips for storing your winter wear…

“Clothing Care: Winter Wardrobe Storage”, 5280, The Denver Magazine BLOG by Georgia Alexia Benjou

http://www.5280.com/blogs/2012/04/04/clothing-care-winter-wardrobe-storage

And also please scroll down for more tips and details about storing your winter wardrobe…

Say goodbye to winter (delicately)

Time to store your winter wardrobe
           

As the weather continues to warm up, we are approaching that time when we need to make room for our tees and tanks by transitioning our closets for the new season.  How exciting that spring is finally here and we can start pulling out our light, spring wardrobe.  However, as we put our favorite frocks front and center, we need to take extra care with our coveted cashmere and cozy winter wear.  Here are some tips for preparing them for storage…

Knitwear:

Before storing your knits and sweaters for the season, be sure they are thoroughly cleaned according to the care label inside the garment.  If you are to hand wash the garment, do so in cold water with a detergent for delicate fabrics.  Then make sure that all the detergent is rinsed out.  And instead of ringing, remove the excess water by laying it carefully on a large towel and rolling the garment and towel up together.  Then lay the garment flat on a mesh sweater dryer to finish drying: http://www.containerstore.com/shop/laundry/dryingRacks?productId=10000496 (Be sure to carefully place the sweater on the drying rack so that its shape is in tact.  For example, “finger-press” ruffles down, adjust the hem so that it’s even and lay it how you would like it to look when it’s dry.)  If the garment is to be dry-cleaned, then be sure to remove the plastic at home and let it air out to remove the chemicals, let the fibers breathe, and to take it off the wire hanger.

Once your knits are thoroughly cleaned and dry, I recommend folding them carefully with acid-free tissue paper:  http://thelinenlady.com/acidfreetissue.htm  This will create a soft roll in the fabric on the fold lines to help prevent creases, especially on thin sweaters.  (I recommend using this method of folding with tissue paper for packing a suitcase, too.)  Then store them away in canvas fabric storage bags.    I do not recommend plastic storage cases for long storage periods of your knits and sweaters, because the fibers of the garments need to breathe, and they will not be able to breathe in plastic.  For cashmere, use individual canvas storage bags.  Inside each storage bag for your knits and sweaters, be sure to place a sachet or block of cedar or lavender (though not directly on the fabric) in order to prevent clothes moths from feasting on your finest cashmere!

Leather:

Leather garments should be cleaned before storage.  Only go to a reputable professional leather cleaning service who will have the proper tools and knowledge for cleaning leather.  Although it’s important to clean your leather goods before storage, there are some risks that you need to be aware of.   A leather garment is made up of several actual animal skins, and so each one will be slightly different and may react to the cleaning process differently.   There is the possibility of discoloration, texture changes and more, so be sure to ask your leather care professional for all of the details.  Some leather professionals may recommend conditioning your leather before storing, too.   When your leather garment is clean and dry, hang it on a substantial hanger- either a padded one or cedar wooden hanger.  Next, stuff it with acid-free tissue paper to keep the shape, which may have formed to your body over time.  Then store it in a cloth garment bag:  http://www.containerstore.com/shop/closet/storageBags?productId=10000084&N=72587&Nao=20 or in a cotton bed sheet made into a garment bag.  Never store leather or suede in plastic.  Leather and suede are natural materials from animals and these materials need to breathe in natural storage bags.  Also, be sure not to fold your leather garments for storage.

Shoes/boots:

Go through your fall shoes and boots to discern which ones should be tossed, donated or kept, based on whether they are outdated, uncomfortable or too worn out to keep, or whether they are still a favorite and in good shape or at least easy to repair and polish up.  Then take the “to be kept” pile and be sure to get them in tip-top shape for storage.  Get some polishing tools and creams for a “D.I.Y.” (do it yourself) project, or bring them all to a shoe cobbler to have them repaired, dyed, cleaned and polished up.  Then stuff the insides with tissue paper or cedar shoe trees in order to keep their shape.  I always keep the shoe boxes and boot boxes that come with the shoes, in addition to the cardboard inserts (especially for tall boots.)  These are perfect for breathable storage that’s just the right size for each pair.  (Though they are transparent and convenient, I do not recommend plastic storage boxes for leather shoes, because for longevity, the leather should be allowed to breathe.  To see your shoes better while stored in their original shoe boxes, attach a photograph of each pair on the outside of its box.)

High-tech winter outerwear:

For ski and snowboard jackets, pants, gloves, etc, wash in cold water on delicate, with an athletic wear detergent such as Sport Wash: http://www.penguinapparelcare.com/sport.html.  Then you can add an extra coat of water-proofing to each garment before storing for the season:  http://www.nikwax.com/en-us/products/productdetail.php?productid=267&activityid=-1&itemid=-1&fabricid=-1  Carefully follow the care instructions on the label for washing and drying.  Avoid fabric softeners and dryer sheets on high-tech fabrics.  Then store in a clear plastic bin all together so that your expensive outerwear and accessories are in one place and easy to find next winter.  (Plastic storage containers are fine for synthetic materials such as high-tech polyesters, just not fine for natural fibers such as wool, cashmere and silk.)  Have your skis and boards spruced up and waxed by a pro, then store upright with a thin towel between them.  Be sure your boot liners are all dry, then store your ski boots with the buckles closed, inside your padded equipment bag.

Wool coats:

Dry clean, then remove the plastic at home, change the hanger to a cedar wooden hanger and hang in a cloth garment bag or off-season coat closet until fall.

Time to bring out your spring attire for the long-awaited warm weather!