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Trend of the Month: “Dazzling Denim”






TREND

This is glitter for grown-ups, so get ready to up your denim game this fall. It’s all about day-to-evening denim with surface detailing and opulent embellishment that’s most definitely meant to be noticed. If Sex in the City comes to mind, you’re close to being on the right track—think back to how Carrie Bradshaw’s casual outfits transitioned effortlessly into evening. That’s the look. The beauty of doing dressed-up denim this way is that it’s perfectly balanced: neither too pristine-shiny nor too pretty-pretty, it’s ever so slightly tough-girl-chic, while still sophisticated enough to rock at cocktail hour. Perfect. So add a touch of street couture to your own look—blitz your jeans with crystals, elevate an ordinary sweater with a crystal motif, wrap your wrist in a dazzling denim cuff, and sparkle while you do the chores in an apron with more than a touch of Cinderella!

TECHNIQUES

Sewing This couldn’t be any simpler: thread a needle and sew your Swarovski crystals onto your denim either by hand or using a standard sewing machine.

Gluing Lay your choice of Flat Back Hotfix crystals out on a table alongside tweezers, a tube of glue, and a soft cloth for wiping away any excess. Make sure your denim is completely clean, dry, and free from grease or oil. Now get gluing!

Patchwork This is a wonderful cheat’s way of doing patchwork. Why? Because you shortcut the whole process by sticking silk and adhesive foil onto the cuff using double-sided tape. Next, you sew together the bits of denim to form a single piece and use double-sided tape to stick that onto the cuff too. This forms the base that you can then decorate with scraps of denim embellished with sewn-on Crystal Pearls and Flat Back Hotfix crystals.

Designs

The Create Your Style Trend & Design team created the designs inspired by this month’s “Dazzling Denim” theme. As usual, they come with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Each week we’ll come up with a new design, so stay tuned.

SPARKLING INSPIRATIONS

Check out our Pinterest board to get into the mood for this month’s special theme.

  • Denim Cuff

  • Denim Jeans

  • Denim Apron

  • November 27

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