Let’s Go Blue: Chambray + Denim

Here’s a history lesson for you: we got denim and chambray from the French. It’s believed that chambray fabric originated from Cambrai in France in 1595, and although it can be dyed into different colors, its most common iteration is blue from indigo dye. Denim fabric came from the French town of Nimes. (Get it?) The California Gold Rush saw the popularization of denim dungarees (A.K.A. jeans), and chambray shirts became standard-issue uniform tops for the U.S. Navy through World War II. And thus classics were born.

Today, blue is typically voted as the number one favorite color in the world, fifty-three percent of flags in the world contain blue, and everyone from Kate Middleton to your mom has worn chambray and denim at some point. But more than anything, we especially love it when ladies turn what used to be primarily menswear into something more than just “borrowed from the boys.” Check out our collage of women pairing chambray and denim into dozens of unique looks.

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How do you style your chambray and denim? Let us know in the comments! Here are some versatile GoJane picks which can be worn season after season.

Microtrend: Overalls

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1. Destruction Manual Denim Shortalls, 2. Mineral Wash Denim Overalls, 3. Crazy Paisley Denim Overall Shorts

Wondering what a mechanic, a farmer, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air all have in common? It’s simple. They all sported what’s now considered a reoccurring, ahead-of-its-time trend. And trust us, this 90s (not to mention 80s, 70s, and 60s) throwback is just enough to make you want to bust out those old Olsen twin VHS’s. If you haven’t quite figured it out yet, we’re talking about a pair of classically cool, tried-and-true overalls.

While the bib-and-brace look was once only worn by the working class as protective gear, the fashion world eventually managed to rear in its pretty little head and turned this once drab look into a fab denim statement that just won’t go away (we’re not complaining). The best part is that anyone can strap in and give this trend a whirl. So if you plan on buckling down…

Here are six tips to reach overall perfection:

1. Keep it simple. A crisp tee (solid or striped) and sneaks or heels should complete an effortless look.
2. Go for glam. If you’re looking to dress things up, don a blouse, a blazer, a pair of heels, and some statement pieces, like a necklace or clutch, to bring it all together.
3. Fashionista vs. farmer. If your goal is to look more like a fashionista than a farmer (ahem, it should be), avoid traces of flannel or plaid. Unless, of course, you’ve got a killer pair of booties or heels to complement the look.
4. Be loud. Don’t be afraid of different textures, colors, or prints on your overalls. If the dungarees you’re sporting can make a statement all on their own, refer back to tip number one for the rest of your outfit.
5. Strap on, strap off. It’s totally okay to rock the strap on, strap off look. Not only will you be paying homage to the late, great Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, but your confidence will also shine through (even if you’re faking it).
6. Top off on. We don’t care what anyone says; wearing a top underneath is an absolute must. So, unless it’s for a special project, say an editorial photo shoot for Vogue, let’s leave that oh-so-bare look to the Chanel Imans and Karlie Klosses of the world.

Now that you’ve got this trend locked and loaded, take some cues from some of our handpicked street styled ladies and get to shopping!

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Images courtesy of Pinterest

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Inspiration Gallery: Light Denim

After seasons spent wearing crisp and structured looks, we’re quite happy to slip into something a tad more casual. One of the best ways to do it? Light denim. It’s a super modern way to do denim, and it’s perfect for spring. Check out our gallery of stylish ladies in light denim and let us know what you think.


What do you think? How do you plan to wear distressed denim this year?

Photos courtesy of Damsel in Dior, eat.sleep.wear., Cannibal’s Find, Fated to Be Hated, Girl with Curves,    What is Reality Anyway,  Le Happy, Jak & Jil,  Sincerely, Jules, 9 to 5 Chic,  Song of Style, Lookbook, Vintage Virgin,  Neon Blush, and Pinterest

Inspiration Gallery: Denim

Are you ready for our last trend of the week? ‘Cuz it’s a good one. Chances are, you’ve been wearing some form of denim most of your life. Whether you rocked overalls in fifth grade, had denim scrunchies, or wear jeans on a regular basis, you probably own something in the casual blue hue. But lately, denim has made its way to center stage, and its ready to lead us all right into fall. Hello comfy shirts and stretchy jeans! We are happy to welcome you back into our lives. Just to give you a little denim inspiration, we’ve compiled outfits from some of our favorite bloggers who totally rock the trend.

And just so we’re clear, we are not suggesting you dress like America’s favorite pop stars circa 2001. Not a good moment for Britney and Justin.

How have you been rocking the denim trend?

Photos courtesy of Pinterest.

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