Friday, July 31, 2009

Shanna's Elements of Style: Denim

This week Shanna gives us her third set of thoughts on her Elements of Style. Today, her topic is denim. As I understand it, denim is a staple in any well-balanced style diet. It's a must-have, so eat up! Here's Shanna.
My Elements of Style -- Denim by Shanna Cookson

Dressed up or dressed down, jeans are the heart of style. Jeans also offer an assortment of options. Although not all jeans work for every set of legs, there’s surely a style that works for you. Here are three of my favorite types of denim.

Bootcut. These are the most basic of all denim, and they come in every wash, fit, rise, and color under the sun. Believe it or not, the online store at Victoria’s Secret has a great selection of denim. The jeans come in inseams ranging from 30” to 36,” size 0-16. You do not have to have a supermodel’s body to wear their jeans. Now that’s something worth celebrating!

Image taken from www.victoriassecret.com

Skinny. If you’ve got it, flaunt it, baby! Skinny denim looks great tucked into boots or worn with flats. For a casual winter look, tuck those jeans into Uggs, or into a heeled boot for a dressy night on the town.

White. Every girl can rock a pair of crisp, white denim. Pair white jeans with a tank, t-shirt, or blouse. White jeans are versatile. Are you reluctant to try them for fear of getting them dirty within seconds? Don’t worry. The benefits definitely outweigh the costs; white jeans look especially chic. When your jeans need a little love, add a little Oxi-Clean to your load. Even though Oxi-Clean works well, my favorite product for keeping whites bright white (and to prevent them from turning yellow), is Mrs. Stewart’s liquid bluing. All you have to do is mix a few drops of bluing to a quart of water and add the mixture to the wash water or final rise. It’s that simple.

This is the last Friday -- at least for a while -- that we'll be graced by Shanna's Elements of Style. Next Friday, we return to some writing tips.

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