Denim Diary, SF Edition: The Sexy Boyfriend
Yes, we have a new boyfriend. And yes we love it way more than our ex-boyfriends. With its perfectly balanced boy-meets-girl silhouette, the sexy boyfriend jean is understated and gloriously open to interpretation. To prove the styling possibilities, we asked three of the coolest girls in the company—all designers, of course—to wear it their own way.
Here’s SF-based, Old Navy women’s fleece designer, Jesse Wardlow, in the sexy boyfriend denim chino.
On Jesse: Uniqlo sweater. Pendleton scarf (Portland collection). Gap 1969 sexy boyfriend denim chinos. Fidelity peacoat (from Reliquary here in SF). Opening Ceremony shoes. Vintage turquoise jewelry from New Mexico. Squash blossom necklace from Reliquary. Photos by: Tug Leeder.
"My wardrobe revolves around classics, basics, stripes and neutrals. Although that combo doesn’t scream excitement, keeping things simple makes me feel confident, comfortable, and kind of surprisingly powerful. I also have a gigantic love—and beautiful collection—of turquoise that my late Mom passed down to me and that my boyfriend gifted me during our previous life in New Mexico. It’s kind of funny—I almost always feel uncomfortable in an outfit full of color, but I’m completely at home in a black T and five pounds of bright blue stone.
Creating a look around the ‘sexy boyfriend,’ I loved that I could throw on my easiest basics and the jeans’ fit and tailoring helped me look more put together, more fashionable even, than in my basic five pocket jeans. I also just picked up those Opening Ceremony heels (at the Barney’s year end sale) and I love how the jeans matched their simple elegance but brought down the sexy factor, making them appropriate for daytime.
It was raining when we took these pics so I was layered up with my favorite scarf and peacoat. You could throw those two over anything in my closet. They are definitely my security blanket.”
Check back tomorrow to see our NYC designer’s take.
Gapeteria: Look of the Day
Rainy days make for good people watching in the caf. We’re always on the hunt for new ways to work a wellie. First place goes to Fred for styling his duckboots so adorably. They’re perfect with the flannel. But actually, every piece is key. Sign of a solid layered look.
Adidas Originals jacket. FTC flannel. Hanes T. Gap 1969 standard fit jeans. Native duckboots. Booth & Bruce glasses. Hat from a shop in London.
Hidden Gems: Brights, His Way
This season, you can’t hide from color—the brighter the better, especially for the kiddies. Let’s face it, lively color schemes are the new black. Some of our fave pops of color come to us from the boys (we’ll be stealing…). Here are a few hidden extras we just had to shine a light on (as if they weren’t bright enough!). Looking cool like his big bro is easy in a pair of striped blue aviators, while perforated slip-on kicks rock in a handful of fun shades (we love neon yellow!). For the time-obsessed lad into counting down ‘til Friday, a standout sports watch makes a great starter timepiece. Go bright boys, we dare you!
Word on the Street: A Weekly Round-Up
You know when something’s so wrong it’s right? This plaid-clad video is still cracking us up. [YouTube]
Who doesn’t love a good find? We’re looking to score this leather tote (cobalt for us, please!) before it’s too late. [The Vault Files]
Spotted! Momma-to-be Jennifer Garner taking a stroll with her little one in our jeans! [DenimBlog]
Trend Alert: Red x stripes, his and her way. We L-O-V-E her way with our striped sweater. [Wear it Both Ways]
We adore this blogger’s prim & proper look that pops with color and this textured knit pick. [Dear Andi]
Work Together, Wear Together: Oxfords
From the first time we laid eyes on the samples last fall we’ve been lusting over Gap’s version of the new It shoe. Simple yet sumptuous, our über-soft lace-up oxford is foot-flattering and feels like you’re wearing slippers (REALLY, they do!). To be worn with everything from rolled-up boyfriends to knitted knee highs to bare legs, these extremely versatile, hill-friendly flats (SF-biased, of course), are making us think it’s time for something a little more down-to-earth and walkable. It’s hard to pick just one shade (trust us, we know) so stock up in a few colors before they all disappear…
On Christine: Gap oxfords in taupe. DKNY tights. H&M shorts. On Allison: Oxfords in blue. Gap 1969 sexy boyfriend jeans. On Nina: Oxfords in gray. Look from London tights. Organic by John Patrick dress. On Sommer: Oxfords in fuchsia. Forever21 tights (cut into leggings). Alternative Apparel dress. Vintage cardigan.
Gapeteria: Look of the Day
Lia does her hair herself, and it’s the first thing that caught our eye. But she has a clever way with clothes, too. Love this. An unexpected mix in a graceful silhouette with a retro wink.
Gap cardigan. Unknown denim shirt. Skirt from Etsy. Hue tights. Banana Republic heels.
Hey Guys, Just Curious: To Scarf or Not to Scarf?
We know that scarves were originally worn by men in ancient Rome but times have have obviously changed. Now we (women) have taken over adorning ourselves with the highly coveted accessory. But we have noticed a scarf surge in menswear recently, especially within the current Americana rage, with designers adding tartan, wool, and even silk options on the runway. There will always be a few cynics out there who view scarves, snoods, and neck wraps as ‘too feminine’ and who, in an emergency (read: near freezing temperatures or blizzards), will don the accessory in only the most neutral color palette. But what do you think? Should a guy wear anything scarf-like around his neck?
Word on the Street: A Weekly Round-Up
Tell us, what’s in your bag? This blogger keeps a notebook, iPhone, scarf (us, too!) and our city flats in hers. [La Petite Peach]
Say yes to socks and tights. We’re really into that little extra layer of style. Try it with winter shorts like this blogger. [Sorelle in Style]
We’re feeling pants of style jealousy. We love how she took our men’s jacket and made it into a completely covetable vest! [The NYC Streets]
What do you buy the baby who already has everything? We’re talking about Beyonce’s Blue Ivy, of course. This blogger says our furry jacket is best! [Fader]
This ladylike look rocks! We adore that little bit of edge this blogger adds with our layered necklaces and skirt. [Sidewalk Ready]
Inside Peek: Kids + Baby Spring Photo Shoot
We love getting scooped on the latest shoots from our photo team. OK, that’s an understatement….we really love it. From the moment they start packing up the shoes, clothes, and props, we’re already anticipating their return. Visions of mini models posing, fans blowing, and cameras flashing dance in our heads—we want all the deets. This time around, the kids/baby shoot was all about bright color (those shoes!) and so-cool handmade papier-mâché props (hand over that giant fortune teller, please). Check out a few behind-the-scenes snaps. We dare you not to be as excited as we are!
Inside Peek: Spring Photo Shoot
COLOR was certainly the theme of our spring photo shoot! In typical Gap fashion, it played out like a Broadway show with its cast of highly skilled artisans—photographers, models, seamstresses, stylists and the list goes on. Walking around the buoyant set filled with rows of shiny accessories, racks of handpicked garments, and very attractive people (what? You don’t want us to lie, right?), makes it hard not to consider a career change! Of course they make it look so easy but we’re fairly certain orchestrating this caliber of a shoot takes a TON of work, patience, and finesse (think hair, makeup, years of experience, natural talent…need we go on?). We know we are excited for spring (weather and wardrobes, of course)—how about you?