5 Days of 50 Ways to Wear Denim

5 Days of 50 Ways to Wear Denim

I've never done this before. 

I mean, I've never shared photos like this of myself on My Closet in Sketches! Normally I'm more comfortable hiding behind a sketch...

But today is an important day. Today kicks off the official "5 Days of 50 Ways" blog tour! First, I want to tell you a little bit about some my personal favorite looks from 50 Ways to Wear Denim, and then keep scrolling for an amazing week of giveaways with some of my favorite bloggers. You can also peep this post on the Chronicle Books blog

On the above look, The Captain: I love to wear white jeans all year long! Worn with a cozy cream sweater and some colorful extras, I imagine wearing this look for an early fall ride on a friend's sailboat. (First step, find friend with sailboat.)

The Point and Shoot: A crisp chambray shirt always works well in a photograph. I added a turquoise cuff from my grandmother to "talk" to my blue eyes. Adding jewelry that complements your eye color adds a unique sparkle to any picture, whether it's a portrait, passport photo, or selfie.

The Rabble Rouser: A denim jacket can be worn over just about anything! I enjoy combining it with something dressy in order to bring the look down to earth. I topped this ultra-special dress with my well-worn and well-loved jean jacket. (I've had it since high school!) Paired with an alligator clutch, also from grandma's closet, and heels, this ensemble is ready for a dressy event. 

The Siren: True story. I wore this outfit to meet friends for dinner the very day I finished illustrating 50 Ways to Wear Denim. First, walking to the restaurant, a very cute gentleman stopped me on the street and asked for my number. Minutes later, someone passed me on the street and said, "You look like you're in a jeans commercial." If that doesn't speak to the confident, flattering power of this look, I don't know what does. 

The Truest Blue: There are myriad ways to wear denim on denim! I love mixing different shades. Here, adding a splash of leopard print with a belt breaks up a denim skirt, sleeveless blouse, and again, my go-to jean jacket.

*All photos by Emma McAlary

Ok, now for the really good stuff! I've partnered up with Chronicle Books and some of my absolute favorite bloggers, including Style of Sam Jane MarieShopping's My CardioSo What If I Like Pretty Things, and Web Haute Jas to see how they styled their favorite looks from 50 Ways to Wear Denim - and to share an amazing 5 Days of 50 Ways giveaway! Each blogger will be giving away a copy of the book along with a $25 Madewell gift card. Plus, if you follow along for the whole tour schedule (below), you have multiple chances to win! Visit the other participating blogs to see more denim-inspired outfits, plus, each blog post will offer a chance for you to win a copy of the book and that $25 Madewell gift card (to go towards some fresh new fall denim, perhaps?)   

September 12 - Style of Sam (The Meow Mix – pg. 26)

September 13 – www.SeeJaneMarie.com (The Hobbyist – pg. 47)

September 14 – www.shoppingsmycardio.com (The Siren – pg. 25)

September 15 – www.sowhatifilikeprettythings.com (The Wasp Waist – pg. 42)

September 16 – www.webhautejas.com (The Modern Redux – pg. 43)

I think this is the most thrilling part of writing and illustrating a book about denim: it truly comes to life for me when I see how other readers interpret a look and make it their own. I can't wait to share more 50 Ways to Wear Denim love with you, and I sincerely hope you share your love with me as well at @50waystowear and #50waystoweardenim.

Your truest blue, 




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