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6 Perfect Denim Outfits, From NYC To L.A.

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    Go to any new city and you'll likely have a few fish-out-of-water experiences — from getting lost navigating the transit system to botching the local lingo — all the while trying not to stick out like a sore thumb (read: wearing flatforms outside of New York). Yet, while trends can ebb and flow (or never catch on at all) from city to city, no matter where you go, you can rest assured that denim is in. It's true: Blue jeans are the universal style language. After all, what other garment has been so widely worn across decades and destinations? But, just because we all "speak denim," that doesn't mean every city — or individual — expresses it quite the same way.

    Curious to see how cool girls wear their blues across the country, we teamed up with Levi's® to scope out the jean scene in three different cities — Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco — and took notes on six women's regional, professional, and personal style influences. While we weren't surprised to learn that Angelenos have a penchant for cutoffs, we were totally floored by the denim gurus we encountered, including a woodworker who DIYs her own overalls and a fashion exec who owns a whopping 30 pairs of vintage 501s® (yes, really). Ahead, we dig into their denim obsession — epic style tricks and quirks included — and cross our fingers that one day we'll be able to "speak overalls" like they do. 



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    Stop 1: Los Angeles, CA

    L.A. originated the idea of easy glamour: a place where the weather allows for a languid, laid-back approach to dressing (cutoffs, band tees, 24/7 beachwear). And, when it comes to low-key style, chef Amanda Chantal Bacon — owner of the ultra-popular Moon Juice — and musician/artist/textile designer Kilo Kish have it in spades. From Bacon's breezy all-white ensembles to Kish's rocker-chic vibe, here are two women who have truly made denim their own.

    Levi’s sheer white long-sleeve button-up; Sam Edelman boots.

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    Amanda Chantal Bacon, Owner of Moon Juice

    Denim MO: White all over

    The L.A. jean scene:
    "California allows you to dress like you're always going to a day-to-night beach party — there's no real distinction between dressing up and dressing down. I wear white denim all year round here, but when I wear white jeans in New York, especially in the winter in the snow, I always get a comment."

    My grab-and-go pair:
    "I’ve been wearing white jeans for over 10 years. And, even though I work in kitchens, I have this uncanny way of keeping them clean! I feel like I can think more clearly in white; I feel happier in white. It leads to a more expansive day and life."

    My unique denim styling trick:
    "I’ve been toying around with adding some white embroidery on my white denim. I’ve been practicing with this rainbow yarn from my son’s school, doing this simple rainbow embroidery on the back pocket. It’s a good way to dress up a pair of jeans."

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    The pair I'll never part with:
    "A pair of cutoffs that belonged to the son of a friend of my mom’s. He was so cool, so handsome, and always had these jeans. When he passed away, his mom gave them to me, and I’ve worn them ever since, though they’ve been getting shorter and shorter throughout the years. You can see a bit of butt cheek from a certain angle. I even wore them when I was pregnant — they were the last thing that fit me."

    The ultimate fit test:
    "Always squat when you’re trying on new jeans! That way you know whether you can bend over in them. A good pair of jeans should fit well in the waist, allow you to squat comfortably, and look good in a boot or a flat."

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    Kilo Kish, Musician

    Denim MO: Slouchy and trouser-inspired

    How Angelenos wear denim:
    "I feel like L.A. people stick to trends or will wear jean shorts. There's a ridiculous amount of cutoffs here!"

    My unique denim styling trick:
    "I like my jeans to look more like dress pants or slacks. So, I've been adding a nice crease down the middle of the leg to look more dressed up, particularly on looser pairs of jeans. It adds detail."

    How I do denim for a night out:
    "If I’m ever wearing blue jeans at night — like here — I'll wear a tucked-in button-up shirt or a black sweater, black shoes, and add a polished leather jacket."

    Levi’s customized denim jeans with patches; American Apparel shoes.

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    How I keep my most worn-out pairs in play:
    "I love taking my old jeans and making them fit whatever is the trend now or just altering them a little. I'll often cut, crop, and hem them to whatever length I'm feeling at the moment. When I was younger, I would add patches and cut jeans into shorts."

    My current denim uniform:
    "Because I like to wear more sparkly stuff when I perform, I live in jeans when I'm off-duty, and I love the comfort of having a uniform. Right now, I'm working on a new album and doing some random art projects, so I'm dressing really simple: striped shirts and blue jeans with loafers every day. I'm not mad about it at all."