Dressing up Denim

Unless you’re existing under a rock, you have heard Ad nauseum about the MetBall this past Monday evening. There were hits and there were misses, but mainly misses, and even though the invite stated “white tie and decorations”, clearly not everybody listened. The only dress that was even on my radar was the black and white Oscar de la Renta number worn by the always fashionable Sarah Jessica Parker.

What. The heck. Happened?  The red carpet of our lives are weddings, graduations, and Bat-Mitzvahs. So what do we wear for a black-tie invitation?

My take-a-way here is to pair a dressy top or a bow-tie with my favorite denim. Now I know what you’re thinking, you can’t wear jeans to a wedding! Or a Bat-Mitzvah! I get it. But how about pairing a pair of silk shorts with a fancy top instead of going the ball-gown route? I’m all for dressing down while everybody else is trying so hard to impress.

There are so many things to love about a classic pair of skinny jeans. They’re versatile, they’re chic, and they’re easy to find at every single price point imaginable. However, I find that I have come to rely on the denim pieces in my wardrobe so much, I often pair them with the same things over and over again,  so we sometimes need some fresh outfit ideas when it comes to how to wear skinny jeans. Put on a tuxedo jacket, and the craziest shoes you own, and you’re ready to walk your own red carpet.

how to dress up denim

black blazer white shirt

Here’s how to go all out. Don a pair of tom ford cat-eye sunglasses // put on a white shirt // throw a tuxedo jacket over it // tie or clip on a bow // put on your favorite skinny jeans // top it off with a pair of black sandalsthe higher the better, and Voilá!

bow tie


black blazer

saint laurent bow tie

black strappy sandals

Photography: Lydia Hudgens 

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