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March 10, 2011 - Image 42

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-03-10

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Megan Docks of Wixom has a closet full of boots to wear with her collection of
"I have suede boots, boots for the snow, leather over-the-knee boots and leopard-
colored boots," says Docks. "I wear high-heel boots with boot-cut jeans and ballet
flats and sandals in the summer with jeans. I bought a vintage pair of cowboy boots in
Chicago that I wore with jeans a lot last fall."
"Boots are huge this year," says Robin Hoffman, manager and buyer for Sundance
Shoes in West Bloomfield. "Expect to see the gladiator style with lots of straps for the
spring and summer with jeans:'
Janice Cherkasky of Gourmet Parties in Franklin says when the economy is down,
parties become more casual and wearing denim becomes more appropriate.
"I've seen mothers at a bar mitzvah dressed in upscale jeans with a great top;' says
Cherkasky. "One bar mitzvah we planned was at a ranch and everyone wore jeans. We
used denim tablecloths embroidered with flowers, and bandanas for napkins. Denim is
here to stay."
"I've used denim for chair backs at a party and even treated an entire ceiling with
denim fabric," says Dee Dee Hoffman of Party Design in West Bloomfield. She has an
idea for a denim party centerpiece that won't crimp your party budget:
Take an old pair of jeans and cut the legs off so there's only about 5 to 10 inches
of leg remaining. You can also buy a pair of kid's jeans or something at Goodwill. Dip
the jeans in starch so they stand up. Stuff them
with tissue, costume jewelry, fabric or flowers and
use as a center piece.
For men, the boot legs and boot cuts that touch
the floor are stylish and remain the denim favorite.
The straight-legged zip fly is preferred more than
the button fly. And the slimmer jeans give a more
classic look, which men like.
For women, large cashmere tops that fall off the
shoulder work with the wider-leg jeans that arrived
last fall.
"Depending on what type of event you are
attending, women are wearing beaded tops, lace
shear tops, tube tops, low-back tops and tank tops
with jeans this season," says Julie Feldman, co-own-
er of Guys N Gals with her mother Lois Levenson.
"The big change in jeans came when stretch was
added to the fabric. There are jeans today that
Bruce and Inky dress for any
have power stretch and hold you in so that you
look great and you're still comfortable.
"The new thing in jeans this year is the coated
denim, which makes denim look like leather. Look for hot denim shorts this summer
and lots of white denim."
Accessorizing denim is half the fun of wearing jeans. Add a hat, a belt or a fitted
blazer to a denim skirt to reflect your style.
Ariana Blumenfield, manager at Rear Ends in West Bloomfield, says it's unusual to
go out to dinner, even to a fine restaurant, and not find men and women dressed in
jeans with a great pair of shoes or boots and an appropriate top.
"Jeans can be worn at every age, whether you're 16 or 75," says Blumenfield. "I
advise our more mature customers to go with the darker blue-dye jeans, but the only
restriction in style is what looks good."
Marla Spaulding, special event planner at Tam 0 Shanter Country Club in West
Bloomfield, says she's never seen anyone wearing jeans at a wedding, but they are
everywhere else. "The younger the women, the higher the heels worn with the jeans, but
stylish women of all ages are wearing jeans to parties, dinner and special events."
It's amazing when you think about it. Denim, once worn while doing tough physical
work because of its strength and durability, has now become a fashion item worn by
celebrities and models wearing spiked heels and expensive tops.
Once thought of as casual wear, denim has reinvented itself. It comes in all colors
and is worn by people of all ages, at any occasion, place and time. Fads come and go
but denim never seems to go out of style.

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