DIY Denim Distressing: Here’s how to do it

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We love a good recipe. But our favorite kind is less stirring and sautéing, more ripping and repairing. Yep, we’re talking denim distressing recipes, aka how to get that loved and lived-in look you want (and play denim designer at the same time). Below, you’ll find three of our tried-and-true denim distressing formulas, for right-now details like raw hems and artful tears. You’ll need: scissors, a seam ripper, a Dremel rotary tool (not as scary as it sounds, Google it), elbow grease and confidence. You got this.

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GOT YOU COVERED: TRAVEL STYLE WITH MODEL & VINTNER MICHELE OUELLET

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This year we like to think we’ve really got your back—from gifts to buy, to what to wear, to how to make present wrapping not totally terrible. We’re sitting down with our team to glean a little pro advice to get you through the season with flying colors (blue being a nonnegotiable, of course). Next up is our friend, model and vintner Michele Ouellet. She divides her time between the East Coast (modeling) and the West (working for her family’s winery, Lorenza). So she knows a thing or two about schlepping from here to there. And not looking like she’s, you know, schlepping.

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GOT YOU COVERED: OUR STYLIST LISA ON HOW TO WEAR A BODYSUIT

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This year we like to think we’ve really got your back—from gifts to buy, to what to wear, to how to make present wrapping not totally terrible. We’re sitting down with our team to glean a little pro advice to get you through the season with flying colors (blue being a nonnegotiable, of course). Next up is our stylist Lisa with a seasonal style hack you’re gonna want to get in on.

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GOT YOU COVERED: OUR DESIGNER JOYCE ON DRESSING FOR DAYS IN + NIGHTS OUT

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This year, we like to think we’ve really got your back—from gifts to buy, to what to wear, to how to make present wrapping not totally terrible. We’re sitting down with our team to glean a little pro advice to get you through the season with flying colors (blue being a nonnegotiable, of course). First up is our head designer, Joyce…

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HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR WINTER COAT: 6 TIPS TO KEEP IT IN SHAPE (LITERALLY)

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From now until April, it’s likely your coat will serve many purposes: armor against the elements, critical piece of your daily uniform, a blanket on a long flight, a pillow on a car ride—you get the idea. Needless to say, it’s going to require some love to make it through the season.

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The “Je Ne Sais Quoi” of 4 Iconic French Pieces

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That French women are effortlessly stylish isn’t a new idea to anyone, but as our Paris-born model Rebecca Dayan (that’s her, above) told us, it’s not entirely true. That lived-in dishabille is no accident—it’s basically heirloom style that’s passed down from grandmothers to moms to daughters. And our latest collaboration with Sézane wouldn’t be complete without four of those timeless styles that each generation’s lived in. But how’d these pieces reach icon status? And how are we wearing them now? To learn about their origins, we stopped by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute collection (a massive archive of clothes from throughout history) and then strolled over to our photo shoot in Central Park to find out more.

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How To: Turn Yourself Into a Morning Person (Or At Least Fake It)

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Get this: You can be happier, calmer and a zillion times more productive starting tomorrow, before you even leave the house. And with a few simple tweaks, you can turn yourself into a morning person (or a morning-ish person). Here, Team Madewell shares their tips—hot lemon water, solo dance parties and really great pajamas included.  Continue reading

In Defense of the Bold Winter Coat

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Writer Irina Aleksander muses on its merits.

The winter coat is an inherently fraught piece of clothing. Not because it’s a particularly interesting sartorial invention (like a bikini) or the most versatile (like jeans), but because wearing one is not a choice, but a necessity critical to survival. And since dressing is about options, this makes it both a psychologically and logistically burdensome garment. If you have the memory of a parent zipping you into parkas that incapacitated your limbs on the playground, then you know what I mean.

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