Happy Hump Day! Denim has truly become a staple in our wardrobes in its many forms: jeans, skirts, dresses, and tops. Ever wonder where denim came from?
The name “denim” derives from a sturdy French fabric, serge de Nîmes, meaning ‘serge from Nîmes’. Denim was traditionally colored blue with indigo dye to make blue jeans; the terms jeans was named after Genoa, Italy, where it was invented. Denim became popular during the California Gold Rush, when Levi Strauss, a dry goods store owner, and Jacob W. Davis, a tailor, joined forces to make heavy-duty pants or jeans for miners panning for gold. Strauss patented the process they developed in 1873. Today, designers continue to find fashionable ways to use this fabric.
SO, today I am styling a dark denim dress. Today is a typical “May Gray” day here in Southern California so a heavier fabric like denim was a perfect choice.
This is a very versatile dress and can easily be dressed up or down. As you see here, I styled it with some Paul Green woven sandals and a braided leather belt.
The dress was an inexpensive one from Lands End that I wore to work in the past. On other occasions, I styled it with sandals and a brightly colored scarf for a belt. That is the beauty of denim wardrobe pieces–they can be styled so many ways.
To add interest, I tied a cheetah-patterned skinny scarf around my neck to tie the whole look together.
So, how do you do denim?
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