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!
Once fall arrived, I realized my denim game could use a much-needed upgrade. I knew exactly where to go for some serious denim inspiration: self-proclaimed denim junkie Courtney of Pretty Little Fawn, because she’s my personal denim guru.
A great pair of dark denim is the perfect beginning to any fall/winter outfit. Courtney and I both naturally gravitate towards high-waisted skinny cropped denim, but this season I’m equally attracted to cropped flares, edgy distressed, and vintage-inspired styles too!
Courtney’s denim motto (and ours) is “MORE DENIM. ALL DENIM ALL THE TIME,” so I picked out a couple of styles right off our sales floor featuring brands that she swears by, including BDG, Levi’s, Zara, and Madewell.
Not to worry, fall denim will never be out of style. In fact, it will probably always be a mainstay, transcending any trend, forever being classic and timeless. But there comes a time when the best has a bit of competition, and this season, the stars of the show are every other types of fabric and pant cuts.
Fall is my favorite season to have fun with my style. It’s a great time to experiment with heavier fabrics, larger shapes, and bold patterns. Check out my round-up of some of my favorite denimless street style outfits that are perfect for fall!
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