5F Friday: Printed Denim

4 6 2012

Rag & Bone Turquoise Tweed Legging Denim with Ash Colorblock sneaker, 212 872 2887

Each Friday we seem to find ourselves browsing sunny 5F for the latest looks to complete our weekend look.
It only made sense to turn our regular tradition into a regular date on 5th/58th.

This week’s focus? Printed Denim.

Call it a 90s throw-back… printed denim’s all the rage right now.  And when we mean printed, we mean python, zigzags, floral, ikat, tie-dyed, acid washed (yes, acid washed), sci-fi colorblocks and even faded printed cherries.  At first, printed denim can feel a bit nostalgic or even overwhelming but, in actuality, they’re quite modern and fun.

A printed denim newcomer should approach the look with confidence and a dash of minimalism.  In other words, consider pairing your prints with a grey or black tee (lately we’ve been keen for the super thin easy and super soft styles from Monrow, 212 872 2843).  5F Denim Expert Alexis recommends that you try starting with something darker, featuring smaller patterns.  Citizen of Humanity’s Mandy floral in blue is a fantastic place to begin – especially with its high-waisted, retro feel.

Most important: don’t tell yourself that only 5’11″ beanpoles can wear printed denim.  That’s not true.  And, to prove this, we called the girls in the office to model for 5th/58th.  Representing all shapes and heights (Lauren in PR is just 4’11″!), they discovered that the right print can delight.  We kept tops & shoes simple because we wanted the focus to fixed on denim.  And, like all of our in-office photo-shoots,  they’re photographed during a break in our co-workers’ work day – so the styles may be a bit too long on the short girls.

TEXTILE Elizabeth & James, 212 872 2887

Speaking of denim delights, we’d like to invite you to 5F on Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13 (from noon to 7pm) as we work on our latest 5F video, featuring you.  We understand that denim discovery is a difficult process and so we want real women of all ages, shapes and heights to help our BG Films crew with their latest video (RSVP HERE).  But, before you strike your pose, find inspiration in the styles seen below — because, no matter how tall or short, curvy or curveless you are, printed denim is something we all can consider this spring.

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Florals: 

Left:

CURRENT/ELLIOTT The Stiletto Blue Rose, 212 872 2887
Good for a short girl – this one’s 5’1″!
MONROW Gray Tee, 212 872 2666
CHARLES PHILIP Loafers, 212 872 8941

Right:

CITIZENS OF HUMANITY Navy Petite Rose Denim, 212 872 2887
Perfect style for a printed denim newbie
RAG & BONE Tank, 212 872 2666
CHARLES PHILIP Loafers, 212 872 8941

 

Left:

J BRAND Lola Sugar Cane Denim Shorts, 212 872 2887
Always keep your denim shorts on the loose side… or else they’ll be reminiscent of summer camp
MONROW Black Tee, 212 872 2666
ACNE Jodphur Ankle Boots, 212 872 8941

Right:

CITIZENS OF HUMANITY Petite Rose Natural Denim, 212 872 2887
RAG & BONE Tank, 212 872 2666
CHARLES PHILIP Loafers, 212 872 8941

 

 

Left:

CURRENT/ELLIOTT Stiletto Haystack Floral, 212 872 2887
MONROW Gray Tee, 212 872 2666
CHARLES PHILIP Loafers, 212 872 8941

Right:

J BRAND Tan/Black Floral Capri Denim, 212 872 2887
MONROW Black Tee, 212 872 2666
Lauren’s Own Ash Wedge Sneakers (her feet are tiny)

MOTHER DENIM Black/Red Cherry Denim, 212 872 2887
MONROW Black Tee, 212 872 2666
ACNE Black Pistol Boots, 212 872 8941

 Animalia:


 Left: 

TEXTILE ELIZABETH AND JAMES White Python Printed Deb Denim, 212 872 2887
Perfect for the curveless lass
MONROW Gray Tee, 212 872 2666
CHARLES PHILIP Loafers, 212 872 8941

Right:

AG ADRIANO GOLDSCHMIED The Legging Ankle in Yellow, 212 872 2887
MONROW Black Tee, 212 872 2666
CHARLES PHILIP Loafers, 212 872 8941

 

TEXTILE ELIZABETH AND JAMES Green Python Printed Deb Denim, 212 872 2887
MONROW Gray Tee, 212 872 2666
ACNE Black Pistol Boots, 212 872 8941

Lessons in Geometry:

Left:

RAG & BONE Surf Knit Legging Denim, 212 872 2887
MONROW Gray Tee, 212 872 2666
ACNE Jodphur Ankle Boots, 212 872 8941

Right: 

RAG & BONE Goetz Print Legging Denim, 212 872 2887
MONROW Gray Tee, 212 872 2666
CHARLES PHILIP Loafers, 212 872 8941


CURRENT/ELLIOTT Black/Red The Girlfriend Cosmic Shorts, 212 872 2887
MONROW Black Tee, 212 872 2666
ACNE Black Pistol Boots, 212 872 8941


RAG & BONE Turquoise Tweed Legging Denim, 212 872 2887
Good for curvier girls – sewn pockets prevent extra bulk
MONROW Gray Tee, 212 872 2666
ASH Color Block Wedge Sneakers, 212 872 8941

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