Denim will always be held close to a fashion girl’s heart. We love our denim and our denim loves us; it’s a closet staple as trends come and go. But there comes a time to experiment and step outside of the fashion box. I’ve been noticing a lot more trousers over denim on my blog roll lately, and I, for one, am all for it! I’ve been swapping out my denim for more trouser styles too. Styled with tees, sweaters, blazers, and bodysuits, trousers are a sophisticated, refreshing change to your wardrobe.
Check out these seven denim-less blogger outfits to inspire you this week!
Style Me Grasie
To say that I would live in Grasie’s striped pants, bodysuit, and leather jacket ensemble might be a bit of an overstatement—but I am loving this comfy combo!
Comfy, casual, and trendy: Luanna’s military-inspired trousers can be remixed so many different ways.
This Time Tomorrow
Krystal stuns in winter white with these chic oversized cropped trousers.
Brace yourselves: cargo pants are coming back! It’s true—an updated wide leg cut and dark wash keeps this trend modern.
What Olivia Did
You can’t go wrong with a graphic tee beneath a fitted gingham suit.
Le Dressing De Leeloo
I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of cords this winter, and it looks like Leeloo found them for me! I am loving the modern cropped silhouette.
How fun are these gold satin trousers? Talk about a statement pant!
We’ve spent most of the summer obsessed with everything and anything pom pom. Clothing, accessories, bathing suits—you name it. If it was dripping with multi-colored pom poms, we said “take my money!” Then it dawned on us that pom pom trim accessorizing would be the perfect DIY!
What you will need:
1. Pom Pom Trim
2. Assorted sizes and colors of poms
4. A ruler
5. Fabric adhesive or a glue gun
You will also need plain accessories and clothing to adorn with pom poms! Today, we’ll be adding pom poms to a pair of gold hoops, a sun hat, some red slides, jeans, a black crop top, and a bonus item!
Pom Pom Hoop Earrings
I’ve seen hoops with pom poms available for $29+, but with this simple DIY you can accomplish the look for less than $10!
You’ll need to use hoop earrings that have threaded closures, not hooks. Pick your desired color of pom pom and start threading them directly onto the earring! It’s that easy. Add one pom or five, then space as desired—either way you’ll end up with a festive pair of hoop earrings!
Sun Hat with Pom Pom Trim
Add some flare to your boring sun hat with a pom pom trim! Simply use a binder clip to hold the trim in place, then wrap the trim around the brim of your hat and glue it down as you go. Secure with another clip at the end, and cut off the excess trim. Wait 2-4 hours to dry and voila! Beach-approved headwear.
Slides with Large Pom Detail
Leandra of The Man Repeller would approve of these big time. They’re bold, they’re bright, they’re downright gaudy, and we love them.
Plug in your glue gun and grab your largest poms! Simply decide where you want to place your poms first, then just start gluing! Dry for an hour minimum.
Crop Top with Pom Pom Trim
To accomplish the perfect pom pom trim on a t-shirt or crop top, just begin as we did with the sun hat by clipping down the edge of your trim to the seam of your top. Then just glue and wrap around the hem of your top, and clip off any excess! Let adhesive glue dry for 2-4 hours.
Jeans with Pom Pom Trim
Last year, we did a DIY on frayed hem jeans, but this year we’re going full pom pom! Clip, wrap, and glue, and you’ll end up with a pair of sassy-bottomed jeans for summer! I’ve seen jeans with pom pom trim retail at $100+, but we made these for just $2.50 using jeans we already owned.
That’s a wrap! What did you think of this super easy DIY?
BONUS! Headband with Pom Pom Detail:
The options are endless with a bag of poms poms and some glue, so don’t pay for pom pom trim—do it yourself!
Please help me welcome Courtney of Pretty Little Fawn to the Crossroads Style Council! We’ve been following Courtney both on-screen and via her blog rather obsessively this year, so—needless to say—we’re a bit giddy. It’s no secret we get our fair share of denim inspiration directly from Courtney, and lately we’ve been equally mesmerized by her covetable collection of neutrals, basic tees, and killer shoes.
Denim-obsessed with a love of vintage.
While Courtney is a skinny denim enthusiast, we can only call her recent play with voluminous trouser silhouettes masterful. Her dreamy vintage-inspired style mixes richly hued pieces that play up her red hair and leave you wondering how to get an ounce of the personal style she evokes with seemingly no effort!
We are so excited to welcome Courtney on board and can’t wait to see her style diary evolve with Crossroads!
Gone are the days when skinny jeans and boyfriend jeans were the only denim staples you owned. If you’re looking to upgrade your wardrobe, get things rolling by adding frayed hem denim to your closet. The style options are endless!
Nail frayed hem style by trying these looks below.
There’s something about denim mini skirts with frayed hems that comfortingly reminds us of our middle school wardrobe. We love how tag-team bloggers Alice and Hannah of Belle and Bunty styled their skirts with button-downs to update this nostalgic trend.
One of the best things about frayed hems is that they instantly elevate a casual shirt-and-jeans look to be fashion-forward! If you’re looking for a pair of pants that are stylish enough for Sunday brunch with your gal pals, jeans with frayed hems are the way to go.
This trend is all about maximizing on the details. That being said, the thicker the fray, the better!
Nothing is more now than a pair of black denim jeans with frayed hems. Step your fashion game up a notch by donning them with black loafers, glasses and a hat.
Try this trend with over-sized outerwear for an easy, cozy look. Frayed hem jeans peek out alluringly beneath a long cardigan or coat.
Create a sophisticated look that isn’t too over-the-top by styling this type of denim with a minimalist blouse.
Secondhand stores like Crossroads can be overwhelming, even for veteran thrifters. Making a plan of what you’re looking for beforehand can save you some anxiety, but don’t expect to find everything in the first store you walk into. The magic of shopping a secondhand store is the possibility of finding unique pieces from a brand you may never have discovered otherwise, or brand-name pieces you love but can’t justify purchasing at original price.
I want you to love the adventure of thrifting as much as I do, so I’ve put together a guide to the best secondhand bargains to spend your energy on!
The first thing I look at when walking into a recycled fashion or secondhand store is the shoe selection. I scan all sizes because brands fit differently and shoes often get moved and put back incorrectly throughout the day. It is not uncommon to find like new or brand new, unworn, and high-end shoes that are already broken in for less than half of the original price.
Coats and Jackets
Living in Los Angeles, there are only a couple of months in the year that a coat is necessary, so I often find it hard to justify the high price of a new one. Coats are an item that I have not paid full price for in years. I’ve been able to find everything from a vintage, oversized denim jacket to a never worn, trendy duster coat.
While I still shop good-quality fast fashion brands like Forever 21, H&M, and Urban Outfitters at secondhand stores, the best bargains will be with high-quality brand name labels. The prices will be significantly lower than the original. And at buy-sell-trade stores, they’ll only be slightly used or, in some cases, brand new with the tags still attached!
I like to keep on top of clothing trends, but I definitely do not buy into all of them. New, trendy pieces can be expensive because of the high demand. Trends tend to come in cycles, so you may be lucky enough to find current trends at a secondhand store from the previous cycle. I personally think the original run of the trend is always best; for example, vintage Levi’s will forever be favored over newly manufactured copycat “mom jeans.”
Does anyone really enjoy shopping for new denim? Finding the right size for you depends on the brand, the cut, the shape, and the style of the jeans (or jacket). For me, the worst part is how the denim’s shape changes after a few wears or washes. Finding a perfectly worn-in pair of jeans or a denim jacket at a secondhand store will guarantee that the fit in the dressing room will be the fit for life!
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