How To: Style Denim for Spring & Summer

You don’t need us to tell you that denim is a 365 thing and maybe even a 24/7 thing because we have actually been known to fall asleep in it (though we probably don’t recommend it). But despite its perennial appeal, there are some things that can peg a pair of jeans to a specific season, and when it comes to summer, that’s where a lot of the fun lies. Contrasting panels, exaggerated silhouettes, exposed hardware…the pieces that have been catching our eyes incorporate a sense of whimsy and F-U-N because, well, summer. Allow us to explain how we’ve noticed these warm-weather blues being worn.

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How to Care for Your Leather Sandals (And Keep Them in Brand-Spanking-New Shape)

You know what time it is, friends? It’s the most wonderful time of the year (aka spring). And with it comes new shoes (!). Sandals, specifically, are the unsung heroes of sunny days. Dresses get a lot of fanfare (they’re scene-stealers, indeed), but sandals—utilitarian, cool, outfit punctuators—really do earn their keep once the weather warms up. Think of it this way: They’re likely the things you reach for every single day. So right now is the perfect time to prep yours for all that inevitable wear. Our design team helped us compile a list of tips that will keep them in tip-top shape.

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Noticed: Stripes on Stripes

If we, say, held a contest for “warm weather’s official pattern” and we were the betting type, our money would be on stripes. It’s a humble, basic graphic that doesn’t require too much finesse to get right and channels all the things you want to be doing once the sun starts shining regularly: hanging beachside (maybe even on a boat), strolling the Seine in Paris, drinking a soft drink out of the back of a pickup, [insert other iconic warm-weather activity here and likely the idea of wearing stripes will seem entirely apropos]. So the look that’s been catching our eyes this season isn’t the stripe itself—no, that would be too obvious—it’s the pairing of stripes, particularly horizontal with vertical varieties.

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Style Recipes: Pants + Sandals, 3 Ways

Like all great dishes, you’re going to want to start with quality ingredients. In this instance, we’re talking about jeans and sandals that get better the more you wear them (think: denim and leather that develop perfect patinas by the season’s end). Once you’ve got those, all you need are a few foolproof pairings that’ll take you from spring to summer without too much trickery. Here, our top three combos.

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How to: Summon Spring Break Vibes (Sans an Actual Beach)

One of life’s cruelest clichés is that you rarely appreciate something fully until it’s gone. Even more cruel is the fact that, in this case, knowledge is not power: If someone tells you to “appreciate this while you have it,” that does nothing to heighten your enjoyment of the moment. Take spring break, for instance. If you, like us, are stuck in a still-chilly spot that’s showing minimal signs of spring, this is for you. Or if you’re somewhere warm but still going through your usual daily grind, this is for you too. Because don’t we all deserve a little reprieve-slash-reward for making it through winter? Our team shared their tips for channeling some of those chill vibes, even if spring break is a thing of the past, from sensory deprivation to smelling like the beach (in a good way).

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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: 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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Ground Level: Three Boot Styling Tricks

We follow very few rules when getting dressed. In fact, we’d say it’s more fun to do away with guidelines altogether. Right now, we’re all about mixing something a little laid-back with something more polished. (And since the point is not to match, it could be called an anti-rule.) We asked our stylists for advice on finding that sweet spot with our newest fall boots.

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