twist and dye

Being a female bummer #679: short season.

Why less denim, and no hem would cost more then a finished pair of pants, will NEVER be ok with me.

Thus making your own shorts, makes more sense. Sometimes it works out. Sometimes it doesn’t.

Today it did.

White oversized pants. Scissors. Rubber bands. And silly little dye kit from Michael’s, a well spent $8.99. (you will be overwhelmed by the tie dye aisle CHOICESGALORE). I chose the neon color set that came in squirt bottles, made by s.e.i. According to the box, it had one direction, squirt dye on clothing. SOLD!

I wet the shorts first and decided to rubber band off sections of my shorts to get concentrated color on certain spots, but that was my personal tie dye preference. You, of course, may or may not have differing tie dye preference. Cause Lord knows, we all just sit around and think what type of tie dying we prefer.

I let it dry for at least a day in the rubber bands. Then cut them off, and let the shorts dry flat for another 24 hours. Popped them in the dryer for 30 minutes, and presto. PARTY TIME.

And now you have a very good excuse to go to the craft store and cruise the tie dye and puff paint aisle. I know you were looking for one…



Denim Nation

 I finally have done what I thought I may never do, I washed my favorite pair of raw denim by Simon Miller Jeans.  It has been three years since I first started breaking them in.  They were so tight and stiff I got bruises on my hips.  Several times my feet fell asleep while sitting from lack of circulation.  Range of motion was so limited I once fell over trying to stand up after kneeling down to pick something up.  What can I say, it was a labor of love, and totally worth it.  They are now superbly worn and formed to my body, I love these jeans.  I was really nervous about washing them, but I felt it was time.  It was like sending your child off to their first day of pre-school.

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before and after

they turned out pretty darn good

This monumental event got me looking at all of my denim.  I’m a bit of jeans freak and believe you should have a pair for any occasion.  Here are a few of my favorites currently rounding out my closet.

Denim Stack, Stack of Denim, Brick and Black
Gap 1969 jeans, Adam Arnold Jeans, Custom Denim, Bespoke denim, Brick and Black

L: I don’t wear these but will never get rid of them.  My first pair of “nice jeans” Gap 1969 boot cut.  Wore them pretty much every day my Jr. and Sr. year of high school.  Broken zipper, ripped to shit, thin as paper, I may not wear them but they will always hold a place in my heart.

R: Newest pair, custom bespoke skinny/straight leg raw denim by Adam Arnold.  Made to measure so they fit like a glove.

Denim Trousers, Acne Jeans, Acne Denim Trouser, Vintage Levi's, Levi's Flared jean, Brick and Black

L: Denim Trouser by Acne.  Gotta dress it up sometimes.

R: Vintage high waisted flared Levi’s.  Skin tight 70’s cool.

Gray Denim, Gray Nudie Denim, Nudie Denim, Aqua colored jeans, Adam Arnold Jeans, Brick and BlackColor! (sort of)

L: Gray denim by Nudie.  So comfy and less severe than black.

R: Light aqua denim by Adam Arnold.  The quirky unusual color is so good.

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L: Black skinny jeans by Cheap Monday.  Perfectly simple and basic.

R: White skinny jeans by Adam Arnold.  You can go about white jeans in one of two ways.  One stressing and trying to keep them perfectly white.  Or two, wear the hell out of them and don’t give a damn.  I choose option two.  Mine are dirty, wrecked and perfect.

Slouchy jeans, Seven for All Mankind, Denim Shorts, Denim cut off shorts, Simon Miller Cut off Jeans, Brick and Black

L: Slouchy customized denim by Seven for All Mankind.  I got these a couple sizes too big, chopped them off at the lower calf and pegged them.  They are my answer to sweats.

R: Cut off denim shorts by Simon Miller.  These were my first pair of Simon Millers, I needed shorts one day so I chopped them off, never once regretted it.

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 Levi’s 501, the original denim.  Nothin’ like a classic.

shirt: Tr0vata
boots: Justin


The Blue Line

Denim started out as the working man’s uniform and quickly has become the all American fashion staple. Dress it up, dress it down, denim has transcended all forms of clothing and invaded our closets with its infectious shades of indigo.

I love wearing denim on denim on denim on denim. Who ever says that you can’t is a big fat liar. Mixing and matching different shades, textures and weights of denim help break up a Texas Tuxedo.

Styling note: Stand next to complimentary colors. Don’t have a sweet graffiti train car? Hang out at an Orange Julius.

Lauren freshens up her denim assault with a colorful scarf and Mexican beads. Her ripped jeans are paired with smart platform wedges.

Custom reversible denim bow tie by Adam Arnold

DIY Mexican bead bracelet


On Brady:
bow tie, vest, jacket: all by Adam Arnold
shirt: cool hunting people
shoes: cole haan
leggings: awesome vintage nike
jeans: vintage

On Lauren:
shirt: vintage
jeans: F21 (eww we know, but hey, we’re real people with a budget)
wedges: H&M
jacket: Maverick Western Wear
scarf: unknown
bracelet: DIY