Denim is a fashion essential. That’s a known fact.
No matter what your style is, there is at least one piece of denim in your closet. It could be bottoms, tops, outerwear, or if you’re really funky, maybe even a handbag or purse. It’s a classic fabric.
I live in skinny jeans, but I cannot deny the love I have for denim jackets. There are unlimited possibilities on how you can style a denim jacket. Since I am a city gal, the urban vibes denim jackets tend to ooze off perfectly suits me. It’s one of my go to pieces, and have been for the past few years now.
I filmed a denim jacket lookbook back in April, which you can watch here, and had so much fun filming, editing & styling it. Since denim jackets are super versatile, i decided to do it again this fall season.
In this lookbook, I styled 3 different types of denim jackets: my fitted jacket, my oversized jacket, and the latest piece added into my collection, my DIY distressed, denim jacket.
Which look would you rock?
I’d love to know how you typically style your denim jacket. Comment down below & tell me!
I hope y’all are having an amazing week; my week’s been pretty hectic since I’m currently dealing with midterms. I thought it was only appropriate to take some time off and enjoy a brunch date with my best friend, Oscar*. It’s been a while since we’ve ventured off and just chilled – it was definitely needed on both our ends.
We started our date in Williamsburg eating at one of my favorite diner’s, Kellogg’s, off of the L-train on Lorimer, and ended up in Dumbo. Dumbo is one of my absolute favorite spots to spend my down time. Oscar & I have been coming here for years – it’s where we first started modeling & shooting photos, back in High School.
I don’t go out often, so when I do, I always find myself trying to put a bit of effort into my look. I decided to pair my basic high-rise jeggings with my favorite basic white tee. It’s often said that investing in quality basics is a must, and I couldn’t agree more. The amount of times I have worn both of these pieces in the past few months alone, is ridiculous. I’m honestly very impressed that both of these items are still going strong! When you invest in quality basics, you can mix & match them with SO many looks, no matter what your vibe is. It’s simply amazing.
I was feeling a bit bohemian, as usual, so I decided to throw on this ankle-length cardigan. For accessories, I paired my outfit with my suede, fringed cross body bag and this faux-fur hat. I completed the look with these nude boots because I thought the neutral color matched well with my overall boho vibe. I’m obsessed with how ‘rough’ the soles of these shoes are; they toughen up any look, while being super easy to strut in.
I’ve been seeing Raiding my Boyfriend’s Closet type videos all over YouTube lately, and I am totally into it.
I wear my boyfriend’s clothes all of the time, so when I saw that this was an actual thing, I needed to get in on the action. I might do a full lookbook soon, styling some of my boyfriend’s pieces, but as a test video, I decided to stick with just two outfits – a day and a night look.
I styled my boyfriends Jumper for my day look because it’s something a lot of girls steal from their boyfriend’s closet. It’s oversized, comfortable, and there’s no better feeling than smelling like your boyfriend is with you all day.
For my night look, I went with his hockey Jersey – I love how it’s also a bit oversized, so I can definitely pull it off as a dress. I added shorts underneath, though, just to keep the look modest.
Here’s my video on how I styled a day and night look stealing pieces from my boyfriend’s closet:
For the next few Friday’s, expect lots of lookbooks on my YouTube channel.
The best thing about fall, in my opinion, is definitely the fashion – I’m a total sucker for outerwear. I simply love how the added layer creates a playful element to any look. Another layer of clothes is another layer of fun. It’s why I’ve decided that this year, I will be doing a series of lookbooks for this fall season, starting with this staple: the moto jacket.
I’ve been obsessed with moto jackets for the past few years now, and have been accumulating them – here and there -whenever I find one at a really good price.
TIP: Buying these jackets during the summer season is the best time – you’ll get them at a super discounted price.
My list of moto jackets shown [in order as they appear]:
Cropped & Denim: Urban Outfitters – $20
Long & Tailored: Forever 21 – $20
Oversized & Faux-Fur: Unif – $40
Vegan Leather: American Eagle Outfitters – $40
I hope you guys enjoy this video; which outfit would you wear?
There are certain prints, in the fashion realm, that are totally timeless – prints that can be rocked every upcoming season, endlessly.
Stripes, polka dots, floral.
If you’re an urban soul, like myself, camouflage is definitely on that list.
I love camo for many reasons. My main: it toughens up any look, but not in that bad ass way a moto jacket would. It’s more of a chill, cool girl feel – the I may be sweet, but i’ll take it 0 to 100 if need be vibe. Know what I’m talking about? The best fit for rocking the camo, in my opinion, is the classic ol’ military jacket. I picked mine up at a local thrift store for 15 bucks. I found it in the mens section, so it’s perfectly over-sized. I love wearing this jacket over girly pieces; the juxtaposition perfectly describes me.
I was feeling a bit girly on this day, which is why I threw on a T-shirt, that happens to be long enough to pull off as a dress, and my black ankle booties. If you guys havent noticed, I’m obsessed with these booties at the moment. They glam up any outfit without trying to hard. For a bit of sass, I added my HUF socks because they are life. Literally my favorite pair of socks.
Thanks a ton to Oscar Rivera for shooting & editing these photos, and for choosing this dope location. It was super nitty gritty and dirty, which was perfectly fitting.
Do you guys like my posts to be more photo based? Let me know what you think! I’d love to get your input for future posts.
Am I the only one who thinks 2015 just came, and went?
It’s amazing to think about all of the changes I’ve experienced in my life in that past year: I’m officially raising a toddler, am a full time student and full time entrepreneur. If you have a small business of any kind, you know how hard it is to maintain it. I am beyond blessed for all of the progress I’ve made this year – in all aspects of my life. I’ve learned so much about myself and my capabilities that I honestly can’t wait for the new year.
I can’t wait to see all that awaits me in 2016.
School has officially become my main focus – I explain that further in detail in my video, located at the end of this post. I want to thank everyone who has supported me thus far both on YouTube and here, on WordPress. Though my blog is relatively new – I’ve only been doing this since May – I have gained a few friends in the time I’ve been blogging. My life has been significantly happier since.
I’m also stoked to announce that I have been accepted into the Teen Vogue x Parsons: The New School’s new fashion certificate program. I explain what it’s all about in my video – I can’t wait to embark on this new journey.
I also briefly touch on my feelings on shaving bald – let’s just say that it’s definitely going to be happening sooner than later.
I have a love/hate relationship with New York City.
As a born, & raised, New Yorker, I can’t help but love this concrete jungle. I’m always bringing up the idea of moving to another state where suburban life is the norm, but as soon as I imagine it being my reality, I can’t help but feeling scared, and nervous. The city life is my life – it’s all I know.
But with the serious issue of gentrification currently happening in the city, this home doesn’t really feel like my home anymore. Brooklyn is my hometown, and though, historically speaking, gentrification has happened here before, experiencing the change that my neighborhood is currently struggling with – Brooklyn is literally a mini-Manhattan now – is the worst feeling in the world. Local bodegas are being replaced with coffee shops, and beautiful homes, with classic, New York architecture are being replaced with huge condos, filling up the neighborhood with baby skyscrapers. It’s insane.
The moment they built a Starbucks down the block from my house, was the moment I realized gentrification won.
There are still a few places in Brooklyn that completely captures my feelings of home; this location, a train yard in Bushwick – now known as East Williamsburg – brings me complete comfort and bliss. My boyfriend introduced me to this yard a few years back, and it has since become one of my favorite places to spend my down time.
It isn’t the most safe place, though – I’ll be honest. My boyfriend has told me some wild stories of violence, sex and drugs taking place here. But, as weird as this may sound, growing up in the projects of East New York, Brooklyn, that is home. It’s rawness brings me feelings of familiarity. Those are qualities of my New York, the New York I grew up knowing.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for living a safer lifestye, but I can’t deny that there is a culture dying due to gentrification. It’s a hard adjusment when all you’ve known and who you’ve known*, disappears.
*Blame the increase in rent; the average New Yorker needs to make 26$ an hour to afford a 2 bedroom apartment.
This tee, which I mention in my September Favorite’s post, was given to my boyfriend by a local graffiti artist who I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I really wanted to style this tee because it’s a color that I normally wouldn’t gravitate towards. My boyfriend still hasn’t worn this tee for that reason – we genuinely like to stick to our dark colors. Either way, I was up for that challenge, and immediately thought of this location as the perfect environment to style it.
I wanted this look to be relatively casual – with the basic jeans & tee combo. I threw on this specific flannel because the yellow, vertical lines in it matched perfectly with the tee. For shoes, I added my lace-up booties because they have been my latest obsession, and, because I love adding a bit of boho into my everyday life, I topped off the outfit with my black Brandy Melville fringe cross body.
My initial plan was to get this post up yesterday, but to be completely honest, school has been seriously kicking my butt; And I know it’s only going to get worse as the semester progresses.
I will survive. Glendaly, you will survive.
I talked about making this video a year ago on my YouTube channel, when I first started seeing distressed denim jackets everywhere. I loved the looked, but hated the price tag; some places were, and I’m sure still are, charging hundreds for this type of denim jacket. It’s insane.
It’s insane because, from the moment I laid eyes on this jacket, I knew I could recreate it myself. The only con about that is that it’s a bit of a tedious project. But good things come to those who wait, and slow & steady always win. Putting in the time and effort guaranteed that I would have a one-of-a-kind, personalize denim jacket – something that no one would have but me. That alone made this project worth while.
In total, this specific denim jacket took me 4 sessions, an hour to roughly 2 hours long each session. Am I in love with it? Was it worth it? Yes, and definitely yes.
Here’s how I DIY’ed & distressed my thrifted denim jacket: