Denim that Rocks

Leandra Medine | March 29, 2012
An easy fix, if you will. Don’t you ever find that just a little bit o’denim can go a whole long way? Samesies! Twinsies! Chic to the next lev! My shopping rule of thumb remains: if in store you can’t style the garment in question with at least three items you already own, you likely shouldn’t be buying it. The common denominator, I’ve learned of the three items that I for one own is a denim shirt I picked up from the mens department at American Apparel. Looking back I theoretically could have opted for oh, I don’t know, a size XXS but a medium just seemed more appropriate considering the nature of my existence at the time. There’s a point to all of this somewhere.I’m just not sure where it is. But here you have it, dun dun da dun: the denim shirt. I’m plain in that I’ll always put something big over a fairly form flattering dress like the photographed. It just reads lame sauce when on its own. Buckley buck buckles are a decent contrast too because really with a yellow sundress that gives the arm definition and the hip(s) illusion of tiny-titaki, what the shit else do you do?

American Apparel blouse, Thakoon dress, Altuzarra wedges, Tom Ford sunglasses, Proenza Schouler purse. Photos by Naomi Shon. Finally, this is my street style pose, it’s called “the street style pose” and what I do is stand upright and then gently move my left leg forward, bending my knee while I proceed to give it just a hint of certified pigeon toe. Offers heel shape dimension and a small dose of cool (read: weird.) Do ya like it?

How about this? Check out my calf.
  • .Tinacious Me.

    I like! Nice calf! 😛 love the yellow & red combo!
    xo, Tina

  • Jessica

    OMG I TOTALLY forgot about yesterday and just NOW remembered! My roommate sprained her ankle and came home from her dance tour 2 weeks early so I was running around Manhattan to get her keys. Ah! How did it go? I'm so sad I missed it!

  • Carla

    oh my God, the wedges and the bag … !

  • emnn

    I love, its kind of like an individualized take on color-blocking.

    P.S. I love your blog title, it's hilarious.


  • Aurélie and Angelo

    Love the colours! Great look!

  • Sharon

    Love your sunnies!


  • ANIK L.R.

    Hahah! You always have that perfect quote that makes me burst out laughing! Great calf btw!

  • Ylenia

    look at those shoes!!! i love them 🙂

    Love, Ylenia from Longuette

  • Xeana

    Cool stylish look. The jeans shirt and white color – favourite this spring!


  • modelovers

    You look always so great! Love your Looks!

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  • Hannah

    Love your PS1!!

  • Melissa

    just went out and got myself a demin shirt yesterday from the thrift store, I could never style it as awesome as you though

    La Vie à Mon Avis

  • christina

    Love the copious buckles x

  • Monse Fuentes
  • anna

    this dress is really beautiful (and expensive too)!

    ps: pigeon toe? what is this supposed to mean? hehehe

  • Ms.Fashionista

    This is amazing. I love a great denim shirt but it's so hard to find one. Loving how you layered with that bright colored dress which I am also obsessed with!


  • WearAbouts

    i love the street stye pose. (one of) The special things about you is that you're not always picking modelesque pictures. You opt for the funny ones, and that adds a little lightness into our days! In a world of serious faces, perfect poses, and pursed lips, a big grin and an awkwardly stuck out leg is the perfect dose of Man Repeller 🙂
    Enter my giveaway!!!

  • Eliza

    The denim shirt is always a great pick, dressing down outfits and allowing you to wear a cute new dress without looking too styled. Great work!

  • Audrey

    Yay!! I actually pulled out my old Gap men's denim shirt from 1991 the other day. Glad I didn't throw it away!

  • RaspberryBlonde

    great look!

  • Diana

    I wear my denim shirt with everything: with skirts in the summer, with jeans and boots in the winter, and the list goes on and on. Thank you denim shirt: you're the purchase that just keeps giving.

  • Romina C.

    It gives me a good idea how to mix my denim shirt.

    x Romi

  • LCM

    I'm loving this. Need to pick up that shirt immediately.

  • Lolita in the Mix

    Love it! But then again, love almost everything you wear!!


  • Molly

    On the one hand, I really like denim shirts. On the other hand, I still associate them with the 90's, when I wore them with floral stirrup stretch pants. And on the (third, alien) hand, I'm afraid that if I wear them I'll fall into the habit of not washing it because it's denim and everyone knows denim is better when you leave it unwashed for a few weeks and then I'll smell bad. But I'll probably get one.

  • Chila

    OMG!!! fabulous!!!! the boots are beautiful and well the rest of the look is amazing! I love it

  • Rosemary

    There is nothing that can't be improved by a denim shirt, and that is a fact. I think I like the second look better. Calves are for showing off, especially in summer.

  • Vasilieva

    loving it with a denim shirt

  • Lydia

    Hilarious post, as always. I love your words. And this outfit is awesome too.

  • Meganne

    I have to say I love oversize shirts (menswear ususally works the best and costs a whole lot less) but I don't like denim shirt much, I feel like denim should be worn in the form of pants, maybe a jacket, but that's it. I'm old fashioned that way.
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  • Natasha Fatah

    Oh I definitely going to steal this look for my yellow and white dress!
    Nice one!


  • EmerJa

    Denim rocks, yeah! But you're really the one that rocks!! Love your blog, the way you write, yor style and coming here is always a pleasure, it makes me smile!

  • nadja

    amazing combination! love the dress

  • Ría
  • Leira Zetroc

    "if in store you can't style the garment in question with at least three items you already own, you likely shouldn't be buying it."

    YES! We all need to find that "common denominator."

    The Quiet Spaces

  • Tu – Stealing Style

    I love your street style pose, I have mine too, and it looks similar. LoL
    check out my blog Im sure you'll like it

  • Estherina
  • Styling Black

    I put jean shirts over everything… the best way to go


    LOL i love this post – that denim shirt is definitely an awesome staple. plus, i love that it's oversized.

  • Jamie Gillingham

    I just want you to ride a horse and spear someone in those shodals (shoe sandals). We have the same button down! You look great!

  • chu eva

    love the yellow white dressss and the denim matches so well!!!

  • sonia de macedo

    Why, what a beautiful calf indeed! This has to be one of my favourite man repelling outfits yet!


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  • fickle sense

    ohhhh you always make me laugh haha. Love the outfit lady xxx

  • KimChicSisters
  • The Vintage Scene

    That piece of denim is as ambiguous as being Jewish. Is it a shirt or is it a blouse?

  • Danielle Hueston

    I am a BIG fan of the denim shirt. So much so that I created a round-up of my favorite looks. Sadly you are not in any of them.

  • harperandmonroe

    OMG those shoes! i love how you paired your denim! very very very structured!!

  • Jennifer Booth

    I'm currently going through a phase of buying everything two or three sizes to big myself, so I feel you there. There are days when my outfit feels a bit too perfect, so I throw something oversize into the mix and it balances things out beautifully.

    You look incredible, btw! I'm dying over that Proenza bag and the color of your dress. I'm not really a brights kind of girl, but you may have just convinced me that I need something sunflower-like to shock the hell out of everyone I know.

  • Helena

    The shoes and shirt are a great way to mix up an otherwise girly outfit. Sunnies are amazing. And love the leg pose. haha nice calf. Just found your blog and love it. Glad that you don't take yourself too seriously. xxx

  • Bonnie,Clyde and Marni…..
  • Creativity&Chocolate

    Love this outfit and those shoes rock!

  • YoUngLiNgToN

    Totally agree with this rule of buying. Me, I never bother myself with knowing that if what I buy can style with clothes I already have. Why ? Because I always take the same patterns of colors, even if I buy some original clothes I now that it won't be bad.

  • TeuntjeVDW

    You rock everything! Seriously.

  • Xoxo ☺

    Too cute denim rocks! Xo

  • Chrissy

    Your Street style pose is dead on. And the calf looks good too. I really do heart those shoes though. Have a fabulous weekend.


  • Vision of a Dreamer

    Loving your outfit but i don't like the shoes… You're awesome!

  • Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle

    Love the outfit, especially the shoes–but you are too chic to the next lev to do the pigeon toe thing!


  • Gabrielle

    Love this outfit.. especially that PS1 bag, that colour is amazing !!

  • lauren at sequined sprinkles.

    so with you on this one. pretty much everyone who knows me/ sees me often is sick of my denim shirt.

  • eb’s factory

    i really want that bag, amazing!

  • monkeyshines ♥

    love the color mix and mesh!


  • Inés

    Your looks always rocks, dear!

    Have the best weekend!

    Big hugs!

  • Splendid Little Thrills

    Love the shoes and the street style pose. It's ideal for those of us who can't do the "serious editorial" face. My face just doesn't work that way. Believe me i've tried!

  • Anonymous

    dude, can the whole world just admit that the whole pigeon toe pose is nothing more than a way for our thighs to look not-touching,for our legs to hit camera with their slim face, and as tommy wolf so aptly put it; to give us some of that "sprocket-hipped model-girl gait"

    And though often mistaken for the initial intent, the whole littlegirl factor only gets thrown on After. ( because it's the only look that would match pigeoned toes anyway .. )

    oof !spleen vented. thanks. sweet look btw – good that all the red is at the edges. wrists, toes, bag…..

  • Amy Rose

    I have a denim shirt EXACTLY like that. Medium, from the men's section. You're certainly stylin' your one up!

  • Sally

    Yellow and red with coral undertones is one of my favorite combinations — oh, and two colors and I can't wear as well as the next chick… Gorgeous on you!

  • Jennifer

    I love layering denim shirts over dresses as well.. Why would I want to show my shape!? Haha 😉 Lovely as always!

    xo Jennifer

  • Maj

    Where do you get the denim shirt from? 

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