Denim has become a favored fabric for clothing and accessories of all kinds. Once solely the province of laborers due to its durability and ease of maintenance, today, people of nearly all occupations routinely wear denim in some form. Consider that denim pants, that is, blue jeans and overalls are still worn daily by carpenters, house painters, electricians, plumbers, mechanics, and farmers. They are also favored by fine artists, college students, and – let’s not forget “dad jeans” – parents. Still, professional adults can dress fashionably as well as comfortably in designer jeans. They are available in a variety of styles, colors, and fits. If jeans don’t suit your taste, there are denim jackets, denim vests, denim shirts, denim skirts, and denim dresses. Then, there are accessories such as denim tote bags, denim shoes, and denim belts.
Of course, fashionable denim clothing and accessories aren’t just plain vanilla. After you have established your preferences for skinny, straight leg, boot cut, or wide leg jeans, there are more choices. What are your preferred styles and placements of pockets? How should the waist of the jeans fit, that is, do you prefer high-waisted jeans or low-rise jeans? Styles of shirts, dresses, skirts, and jackets are even more varied. Just thinking of length, there are tunics and crop tops, maxi, midi, and mini dresses, and bomber and lumber jackets.
Access to this abundance of choices is no longer limited by geography. No one has to drive long distances to a mega-mall or major city to shop for clothing. It isn’t even necessary to fly to Paris or Milan to buy designer fashions. Thanks to the web, they are available for purchase to whomever has the interest and the means. So, how to choose? Fortunately, there are search engines on the web that can narrow your selection of merchants and brands. It does help to set a budget; boutiques and department stores do try to appeal to customers in given price ranges.
Once you have selected your favorite designers or brands and stores, it's time to choose your items of clothing. Even though the fabric is denim, first consider the purpose and place for which you are dressing. If denim is permitted at the office, you will still want a denim outfit with more style than plain blue jeans. Consider a denim skirt, dress, or jumper. Save the jeans, denim shirt, or denim jacket for a movie, grocery shopping, or gardening. That denim tote bag will fit in nicely at the beach, a picnic, or a sports event. As for style, choose the cut of jeans and the length of a skirt, dress, or top that best suits your figure. Choice of tote bags is better determined by the volume of articles you need to carry with you. Just be sure your chosen tote bag is constructed of heavyweight denim, has zippered interior pockets, a bottom that has been set in, and a sturdy strap. Probably, you already have a preference for the color of your denim.
While these choices are foundational or important, what will truly establish your signature style will be the extras. I have at last arrived at the embellishments. They are the reason that denim is so fashionably versatile. Those skinny jeans become presentable for the barn or community center dance if trimmed with buttons, bows, or embroidery. Wear your denim vest with the appliqued stars, flowers, or butterflies to an art fair or harvest festival. Jeans with colorful, embroidered geometric trim are suitable for a barbeque or casual restaurant dinner. They truly will reflect your taste if they are designed and created by hand. Machine embroidery looks and is mass produced. Even buttons can be handmade or, at least, vintage. Although not one of a kind, they are likely few in number. Of course, such designs and trims are not sold in department stores or even boutiques. Consider purchasing your denim articles for hand finishing by a fiber artist. Meet them at a local art fair or use your favorite search engine to find them on the web. That will be time and money well-spent in nourishing your own creativity, self-expression, and self-esteem.
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