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Style Spy: Denim and Sporty Outerwear


New (and Classic) Ways to Wear Denim

This wardrobe staple is as American as apple pie. From dark to acid wash, ripped to flared, denim is a fabric that constantly reinvents itself. It’s become synonymous with American style and pop culture (e.g., Brooke Shields and her Calvins, Britney and Justin’s matching denim outfits). No matter what the occasion, denim is versatile for both work and play. Check out the traditional and new ways to wear denim. 


For a playful spin on the classic ballet flat, slip your feet into a pair of denim Kelly & Katie Zoe Ballet Flats ($39.99). The tapered, pointed toe flat comes in a dark denim wash that works well with chic, laid-back outfits. After a summer of flip-flops and open-toed sandals, no one looks forward to cramming their feet into confining shoes. But with Kelly & Katie’s flexible, comfortable synthetic sole, these flats make the seasonal transition a little bit smoother (and cuter). (DSW, Christiana Fashion Center, 894-1103)


A straight silhouette is the most flattering jean for all body types. Levi’s Men’s 514 Straight-Fit Jeans line ($59.50) is one of the best. Great for both the office and happy hour, washes range from light to dark to black, and even fun colors like sun-dried tomato (a vibrant red) and kale. (Macy’s, Christiana Mall, Newark, 366-5800; Dover Mall, 736-0974)


A classic jean jacket is a wardrobe staple. For women, Charlotte Russe ($34.99) offers a super affordable version that just grazes the waist. Just be careful not to pair it with denim of the same hue—you could be wading into Canadian tuxedo territory. We like to pair ours with contrasting denim in black. (Charlotte Russe, Dover Mall, Dover, 741-2470)

Meanwhile The Gap’s 1969 Icon Denim Jacket ($79.95) offers a classic bomber look in denim for men. (The Gap, Christiana Mall, Newark, 454-8090)


Chambray is denim’s lightweight doppelgänger, and is perfect for those Indian summer nights. The Teagan Chambray Blouse ($38) is easy breezy, and looks great paired with white denim. The best part about chambray: It’s light enough for both spring and fall, making it a great transitional piece throughout the year. (Francesca’s, 3801 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 655-5222)

Men who are looking for a denim shirt can head to H&M ($34.99). Pair with khakis for a look that will work for Sunday brunch and happy hour. (H&M, Christiana and Concord malls, 855-466-7467)

MUST HAVE: La Belle Studio Eyelash Extensions

Imagine waking up with eyes framed by lush lashes without a swipe of mascara. Make the dream a reality with eye lash extensions by La Belle Studio. Owner Tiffani Mitchell, a certified makeup artist and master aesthetician, offers a choice of classic mink or volume lashes. Full sets start at $130, with re-lash starting at $30. Most clients receive fills every three to four weeks to maintain a fuller appearance, making upkeep easy. (La Belle Studio, 18B Trolley Square, Wilmington, 656-0555) 

Sporty Outerwear for Men

Layering season is here. Whether you’re attending a bonfire, football game or teeing off, it’s important to have a quiver of lightweight jackets in your arsenal. Wilmington Country Store carries a variety of sporty men’s outerwear. Designers include Castaway Clothing, Peter Millar and Rodd & Gunn, just to name a few. Here are some of our top outerwear picks for men this fall. 


This classic line combines preppy New England charm with sporty functionality. The Survivalon Classic Jacket ($295) is a stylish all-weather option. The Survivalon’s windproof and water-repellent fabric will keep you comfortable no matter what the weather brings. With an inside cell phone pocket, large tablet pocket and sunglass stash, you can carry all of your accessories with ease. Go from the golf course to the country club by throwing on a Spinnaker Navy Blazer ($198). The casual seersucker jacket boasts a center back vent and horn button details. (www.castawayclothing.com)


Transition from a casual outing to a formal event with the Canton Reversible Jacket ($225). One side is a safari silhouette for an informal look, the other a sport coat. It’s versatile, giving you more bang for your buck, and makes packing a breeze. Cover the range of fall temperatures with a Houndstooth Geneva Lightweight Packable Windbreaker ($98). Stuff it into your golf bag, in case that game runs a little late. (www.petermillar.com)


Don’t need full coverage? Consider donning the Cullen Vest ($245), which features adjustable tabs, diamond quilt padding and a hidden hand warmer. An ode to collegiate style, the Charlcott Jacket ($395) is a water-resistant garment that provides lightweight insulation. You’ll stay dry and warm as you cheer on your favorite football team.(www.roddandgunn.com)

​MUST HAVE: Longchamp 2.0 Wallet

Longchamp’s line of leather goods melds fashion with functionality, and its wallets are no exception. For a professional look with a stylish twist, see the Longchamp 2.0 men’s wallet ($190). The hot-stamped pale golden logo and “necktie” tip add touches of sophistication. Choose from classic black, black-blue or terracotta-black. (Peter Kate, 3830 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 656-7463)

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