Denim Diaries by GUESS
“It’s a classic look: a basic skinny jean, a white blouse and a cool fringe jacket,” says Shea of Peace Love Shea. The West Hollywood blogger set off her otherwise casual dark-rinse denim with a collarless, faux-suede jacket with fringe trim and on-trend white pumps.
Mastering the vintage look is all about the details: a rich hit of color in a luxurious material, beading on the shoulder of a worn-down tee, or cut-outs on a sky-high bootie. “Totally into moto skinny jeans right now, and these skinny waxed red ones are definitely my go-to for fall,” says Julie Sarinana of Sincerely, Jules. This tee comes in two colors and two sentiments: vintage grey (“Better loved than lost”) or blush pink (“Edgy, trashy amp cute”).
Military styles are getting called up again this season, and the best way to salute the look is with a little RampR-style sparkle. This jacket for instance—with epaulettes, a mock collar, patch details and crest buttons—is set off by these stone-washed shorts with nailhead studs and twinkling rhinestones in a Western-style motif. “These shorts have a lot of cute embellishments,” says Sincerely, Jules's Sarinana. “And I absolutely love this military-inspired look.” Complete the effect with these subtly metallic booties, which are definitely more nightclub than boot camp.
Flirty Shades of Grey
Basic black has a new soul mate this season: smoky grey, which adds a layer of visual complexity to your day-to-night ensembles (but is also completely versatile). Soften the tough-luxe look of a grey fringed jacket with a bandeau layered underneath a ruffle-trimmed chiffon top, as seen on Sarinana of Sincerely, Jules.
Jump to It
The jumpsuit has come a long way since the days of disco. These one-pieces—like this version in distressed denim and with a racer back—can elongate your look and also transition seamlessly from day to night. “Overalls have been such a trend this year,” says Shea of Peace Love Shea, “and kind of playing off that same one-piece look is this sexy little denim jumper.”
Like the shirtdress or a sweater set, biker-chick style is its own kind of timeless classic. Channel this season’s black-and-white trend by pairing a zipped-up bustier and leather-like leggings with white pumps and a boyfriend cap. “To make it a little more casual, I tie a denim shirt around my waist,“ says Shea of Peace Love Shea.
This fall, enhance your city weekend look with a few pieces that really stand out, like a bold color or a cheeky black cap. “This oxblood-colored jacket is perfect for fall" says Carolina from Fashion Squad. Armed with details like sleeve zippers and an off-center closure, “this moto jacket is perfect to pair with any denim,” like these perfectly worn-in pair with a signature whisker pattern.
When buying jeans, Danielle from WeWoreWhat always goes by “FIT, FIT and FIT. Color and wash can always be changed, but the way a pair of jeans fit your body is key!” These ultra-skinny jeans do just that and create after-five panache when paired with this charcoal fringe jacket and pumps.
Tuxedo styles are back in force this season—but who says a tux has to have a blazer? This Moto Jacket—with a leather-style finish but lighter in weight—has black-tie elegance against a sleek, lace-up blouse and super-stretch jeans.
The ultimate old-school denim look—overalls—gets a 21st century update with a tweaked silhouette and blingy details. “This pair is just so different and so cool,” says Danielle Bernstein of WeWoreWhat. “Pair them with a gold watch and gold accessories.” After that, all you need to finish the urban cowboy look is a simple tee—this one has an extra-soft feel—and some sleek aviator shades.
“The denim-on-denim trend is definitely one of my favorites,” says Fashion Squad's Carolina Engman. Play with a few shades—like this work-wear-inspired shirt, along with vintage-style jeans made of Italian, power-stretch denim—for a mix of textures. Accessorize with hits of gold, like these statement feather-drop earrings and chunky watch.
Dress up your everyday showstoppers: an iconic jean jacket, a black mini with a unique cut and a not-so-basic tee with sparkle—like this Southwestern graphic tee with rhinestones. "I really love this faux-leather skirt! I'll definitely pair it with just a plain white tee tucked in" says blogger Danielle from WeWoreWhat.