Fashion column: Fall into denim
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 21:09
Welcome to Everyday Runway. My name is Madison Fertell, and I am a senior English and fashion merchandising major. Last summer, I was a fashion intern at Cosmopolitan in New York City where I was responsible for maintaining luxury and other apparel, assisting on photo shoots by styling and dressing models and creating trend reports and mood boards. Exposure to New York fashion was incredible, and not too far afield from that portrayed by Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex in the City.” Through this column I hope to share what I learned and bring a bit of Carrie from the big city to Newark. The closet in my head is full of Monolos, Louboutins and Chanel; let me give you a tour...
What was the best part about being a fashion intern at Cosmopolitan this summer? Playing dress up in designer clothes of course—but shh! That will be our little secret. The second-best thing was seeing all the new trends three months in advance. Along with luxury items, my boss primarily dealt with denim. I knew that denim rack like the back of my hand. On a weekly basis I would see denim of all colors, styles and price ranges, from American Eagle at $39.95 to James Jeans at $125 to 7 For All Mankind at $225.
Well, fall is officially here and like most girls, I love any reason to buy new clothes. There’s nothing better than pulling a price tag off a fresh pair of jeans or wrapping yourself up in an oversized sweater on a cold Newark morning.
It is never bad to have piles on top of piles of denim sitting in your dresser drawers or in your closet, because denim never goes out of style. Every girl—and guy—should have at least one pair of dark wash denim; this is an easy way to dress up any outfit in case you have to give a presentation or are grabbing dinner with a friend. Another staple: light wash denim. Opposite to the dark wash, this can make any outfit casual. Going to the grocery store and want to look semi-put together? Throw on a light wash and call it a day. The one thing to throw out—destroyed denim. I’m not talking about the small rips that have become standard; I’m talking about the huge holes where it looks like you’ve been mauled by a bear.
Clearing the distressed pairs of denim in your closet makes room for fall’s newest trends, and now you have the perfect excuse to guiltlessly swipe your credit card. Interested in venturing away from the classic blue shades of denim skinnies? If so, keep an eye out for this fall’s newest styles of red denim, embellished, coated denim, tuxedo stripes and moto jeans.
Of the new styles, pulling off red may be one of the trickiest. There may be some bias from my end as black clothing is my comfort zone, but red is sometimes screaming for attention. If you’re brave enough to rock the red denim trend, please make sure you do it right. Maybe match it with a light or hot pink tee, as we are still on that summer/fall edge, so wearing bright pinks in September and early October isn’t going to confuse anyone.
Embellished denim can go one of two ways: over the top or simply stated. Over the top can work if paired with a black or white tee or anything monochromatic as to not compete with the embellishments.
Of all of these styles, my guess is coated denim will be the easiest to find, as it is not a departure from any one company’s brand recognition. This twist on regular denim will instantaneously make any outfit look more stylish, even when wearing a simple plain white tee and a pair of flats as the coating makes you glimmer subtly throughout the day. Gap stores carry these coated denim pants for $69.95. If you are feeling extra chic, why not opt for the pair with zippered ankles?
For the height-challenged, the tuxedo pant, while instantly dressing up an outfit, gives the illusion of longer, skinnier legs. Right now I am loving the Tuxedo Pieced Moto Skinny in Camel from 7 For All Mankind.
Like the coated pants, the moto denim adds something extra to even the simplest of outfits. Try wearing an oversized sweater with DL’s Hazel in Ducati moto denim.
It is said that a new school year brings about new beginnings. Why not start off the semester right by shopping for the perfect fall wardrobe? The best place to start: the denim racks.