Fresh off of the front rows of New York City’s Fashion Week, the UK singer-slash-rapper was recently spotted in this acid-washed and Grapes of Wrath-inspired denim, a look that prominently graced the Ralph Lauren Spring 2010 show.
Estelle shows you how to take washed denim (that if worn wrong can look like a vestigial relic from your mother’s closet, circa 1986) from frumpy to fashionable. Check her use of black accessories like her belt, bag and shoes to add sophistication. It’s a look you should stay on top of–it’ll be a big part of the work-wear resurgence coming once the groundhog sees his silhouette.
Another way to interpret the trend is to simply throw on a pair of distressed jeans with a power-shouldered tuxedo blazer. Be sure to contrast with more statement pieces like a chunky heel or studded bag and you’ll be fly enough for your American Boy to take you to New York, L.A. or anywhere between. —Adrien Field