A pair of lived-in denim, a favorite tee, sneakers and a cellphone in hand—the unofficial uniform of New Yorkers got a seasonal update this summer. City dwellers kept their denim short and frayed, or cropped and wide.
Women’s weekend looks spans distressed cutoffs to perfectly frayed shorts. Button-front denim skirts and frayed minis added a flirty look. The summer staples were paired with T-shirts, tote bags and sneakers. And in true Manhattan fashion, often head-to-toe black.
Boyfriend jeans and straight cut jeans replaced the skinny this season for women. The roomier shapes were dressed up with menswear-inspired blouses, designer loafers and luxury cross-body bags, and down with basic flats, sneakers and logo T-shirts.
White jeans took on an edgier look with rip and repair. They also looked fresh and crisp with this season’s most important top for men, camp collar button-down shirts.
Patchwork, shibori-dyed jeans and colorful paint splatter were a bold look. The effects were seen on relaxed fit jeans with rolled cuffs, cropped wide leg jeans and wide leg high-waist jeans.
Looser silhouettes with drapey fabrications offered a break from heavy rigid denim. The effortlessly cool look carried into items like denim’s take on the slip dress.
Photos by Marcy Swingle