RIPPED, distressed, skinny, high-waisted and white washed – denim is the most versatile piece in your wardrobe. It is also a 365-days-a-year item that can be worn, up or down, and with just about everything that you own. Right up there with thick scarves and slouchy sweaters, denim is essential for your winter wardrobe. There are countless ways to do denim, from shorts – yes, denim shorts in winter – to jackets and button-up shirts. Chances are you have a few tried-and-true blues in your closet. The Cape Argus took to the streets
to find out how six Capetonians styled their outfits. Pictures by Cindy Waxa [This feature was first published in the Cape Argus on the June 17 2014]
Lydia Levendal, 21, from Gardens, wears denim shorts
from a Cape Town vintage shop. “I prefer jeans from vintage shops because they
are usually better quality, cheaper.”
Edwarren Jameson, 23, wears jeans from Markham and a denim
jacket from Topshop. “I like to mix and match denim, one shade
lighter than the other,” he says. “Black denim is the colour for this winter – from the washed-out look to the plain black.”
Lerato Mapoga, 24, of
Observatory, is wearing Barrington Jeans, which she inherited from her mother. “Most of my jeans are vintage as I collect
them from my mother’s closet. “I have 10 to 15 (pairs of) jeans, of
which five are denim overalls.”
Jade Adams, 19, of Mitchells Plain wears skinny jeans from LEGiT. “I was in a hurry this morning and just threw everything on. A lot of people are wearing black denim now. I‘m in love with this denim jacket with a hoodie I saw the other day – I want that for winter.”
Arnaldo O’Shea, 29, of Green Point,
wears dark jeans from French brand APC. “They are made of raw Japanese cotton and you are not suppose to wash them for a long
time, to maintain their look.”
Kauthar Jacobs, 19, from Mitchells Plain, bought her vintage ripped jeans from Mr Price. “I like the laid back vintage denim look and that a good pair of jeans goes with just
DENIM QUICK FACTS
●Denim was first worn by workers in the 18th century and was a wardrobe staple during the American gold rushbecause of its durability. Levi Strauss originally wanted to sell his denim material to miners to make tents and wagon covers.
●May 20 is celebrated as the birthday of blue jeans, as that was the day it was patented by Levi Strauss.
●Indigo dye was first used for jeans because of its durability and ability to hide dirt.
●US soldiers in World War II wore jeans when they were off duty, and so introduced them to the world.