Style Icons: Blue Jean QueensAugust 24, 2017
There’s no wardrobe essential as versatile as denim. The twill textile has traveled through the decades seamlessly, showing up in endless forms, from bell bottoms and overalls, to skinnies and cut-offs. The six icons below represent what it means to be comfortable in your own skin.
It may have been her signature smile that first put this American model-turned-actress on the red carpet radar, but soon enough it was her signature style — the ability to embrace classic color palettes and flattering silhouettes through favorites like tailored jackets, wide-legged pants and slinky dresses. Her skill for melding feminine elegance with menswear all started in the late ‘60s, when she’d frequently wear denim head-to-toe via jumpsuits or jacket-pant sets. Just one look at the 73-year-old’s recent Calvin Klein campaign proves that her impact on the aesthetically inclined is as strong as ever — and that bold comfort is the key to any outfit.
No one radiates in our ’70s-style index quite as strongly as the inimitable Farrah Fawcett. It may have been her feathered, California-dreaming hairstyle that first landed her in the celebrity spotlight, but it was her vibrant and playful attitude towards all things sartorial that helped keep her there — including her approach to denim. High-waisted and mega-flared, her jeans of choice were a reflection of the actress’s lovable personality — bigger-than-life, fun and impeccably of the moment. Her ability to kick off a Nike Cortez style revival more than four decades later gives her extra points.
Zoë Kravitz has helped put — and keep — street style on the map, thanks to an innate ability to wear the most fundamental of fabrics and make them cooler than ever (right down to the basic white tee). It could be her rocker lineage or model background, of course, but don’t overlook her approach to an average day in LA — one that’s as laissez-faire as it is tuned-in. Denim-wise, she’s always channeled that laid-back edge with a straight-legged pair that’s as day-to-night, on-the-go and ready-for-anything as the woman wearing them.
Miss Chung’s foray onto the frontline of fashion may have had modest beginnings (we first laid eyes on her on MTV’s Real World), but she’s stopped at nothing to prove she has staying power. Whether she’s sporting a pair of pretty platform pumps with a beaten-up biker jacket or stylish flats with a flowy vintage dress, Chung has high-low down to a science. There are lessons we can learn from blue jean Jamie. 1: When wearing double denim, ensure half of your ensemble has a lighter wash than the other. 2: Tan suede is denim’s true soulmate. 3: A dark red lip is the ultimate final flourish to any outfit.
Whether you more admire her eye for classicist-meets-cutting edge cool, Francophile fashion inclinations, or willingness to flaunt white at any given opportunity, one fact is undeniable: this English-born tastemaker brought to life a style that was so iconic, it compelled fashion circles everywhere to know her name. Her denim preferences followed suit, by way of one look in particular: a perfectly-worn flared pair that went everywhere the long-limbed model did— reminding us that, when it comes to our own denim inventory, less can be far, far more.
If there’s any A-lister that defined the look of the ’90s, Drew Barrymore is it. With a prowess for owning confidence in the decade’s biggest grunge looks while imbuing them with her own feminine flair, she has continued to inspire women worldwide to do the same. Whether the washed-out denim she favored was in an oversized jacket or a pair of ripped jeans, she wore it with a spirit that was at once rebellious and sweet . Thank you, Drew, for proving that the girl-next-door can be the alt-girl just the same.
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