How to Do Denim This Spring like a ’00s Revivalist

In which our ride-or-die wardrobe staple gets a cool-girl upgrade (and a major throwback). In collaboration with Bergdorf Goodman.

By: Meagan Wilson
Styling: Laurel Pantin, Meagan Wilson
Photography: Jake Rosenberg

This spring, we’re marrying a few (hint: four) of our favorite trends with the style archetypes that just won’t quit. Here are the girls we’re taking cues from while we get dressed this season, where they’ll be wearing it, and how you can pull it off, too.

 

In case you were wondering (we know you were) denim on denim (on denim, in the case that you go the extra mile and pair your Canadian tuxedo with blue jean accessories, too) shows approximately zero signs of slowing down.

No one better exemplifies this than what we’ve come to refer to as The ’00s Revivalist. You know the type: she’s always in some flurry of painfully cool items from her closet, but with one constant. If you guessed denim, you’re—ding, ding, ding!—absolutely correct. Here’s the where, how, and why of how she’s wearing it.

 

The girl: The ’00s Revivalist

Think... Veronika Heilbrunner, Jayne Min, Caroline Brasch Nielsen

She never leaves the house without: Her vintage gold Zippo.

The beauty product she swears by: Rosewater face mist.

Her slightly under-the-radar getaway of choice: Bogotá, Colombia, where she’ll drink local birra and Snapchat from La Candelaria, much to everyone's complete FOMO.

 


Pair a striped or graphic tee underneath a jean jacket and denim skirt combo to keep things from feeling too samesie.

Top, Frame Denim; Skirt, Frame Denim; Jacket, Frame Denim; Shoes, HERE | NOW
 


Pairing patchwork jeans with a chambray top only sounds impossible in theory. By mixing washes, you’ll actually look perfectly pulled together. If playful’s more the vibe you’re after, try an embroidered pair of white sneakers, like these gold palm tree (!) laden ones by HERE | NOW (which you should honestly just go ahead and buy anyway).

Top, J.Brand; Jeans, J.Brand; Shoes, HERE | NOW
 


It sounds weird, but we swear it works. Take a slightly sheer ruffled blouse, and pair it with slashed boyfriend-fit jeans (ideally with a tiny hint of embellishment, like these incredible Jonathan Simkhai ones). Feel totally frumpy? Bear with us. Add a pair of flamenco-ready Ranjana Khan earrings, and slide into your strappiest nude stilettos—these are Jennifer Lopez x Giuseppe Zanotti, in case you had any doubts; they absolutely scream ‘sexy.’ See? Like wed ever steer you wrong.

Top, LAgence; Jeans, Jonathan Simkhai; Earrings, Ranjana Khan; Shoes, Jennifer Lopez x Giuseppe Zanotti
 


Dress, See by Chloe; Shoes, HERE | NOW... Read More

Keep a denim dress from getting all Laura Ingalls by pairing it with cha cha slides (like the ruby red Avec Moderation ones worn here). Add another pop of color in the same family up top with a pair of statement-making earrings, like these gold hoops dotted with embroidered fruit by Mercedes Salazar.

Dress, See by Chloé; Shoes, Avec Moderation; Earrings, Mercedes Salazar

 

Shop the trend online or in-store at Bergdorf Goodman (212.753.7300; 5th Avenue and 58th Street, New York, NY or email [email protected]).

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