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Trend Alert: Denim Vests

Now that the weather has been hitting the low to mid-60s, it’s time to toss aside our jackets and start thinking about more Spring-friendly outerwear. Reminiscent of the 80s, the fashion industry has been reviving the denim vest.

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Since a lot of my friends are metalheads, it’s not unusual for me to see them rocking theirs with all sorts of band patches and button pins. And that’s the beauty of this trend – you can be as creative as you want, and tailor it towards your own individual style. If you’re the arts and crafts type, or just plain adventurous, you can make it a DIY project. There are plenty of tutorials on the internet for refashioning denim: acid washing, cropping, lace paneling, and installing studs/spikes, just to name a few.

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DIY: Studded Lace Denim Vest [photo credit]

Since I prefer a little feminine touch to everything, I decided to purchase a embellished denim vest from Hong Kong on eBay. With its silver sequins, chains, rhinestones, and deconstruction, it was practically screaming my name. And for less than $15 with free shipping, I wasn’t going to pass it up. :P

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Personally, I have a rule when it comes to denim: Only one piece at a time. I’m not about that blue collar look, if you know what I mean. With that said, this trend makes a simple outfit look edgier. I can see it working well with black leggings and a casual t-shirt or tanktop, but wearing it over a colorful patterned dress or skirt this Spring is just as chic.

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Since the weather was gorgeous this past weekend, le boyfriend and I took a walk by the local marina before going out on a sushi date. Predictably, I brought my camera in hopes of finding an opportunity to snap some photos. I wore my new vest over a black maxi dress that I’ve had since high school.

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Japanese Dekoden

Dekoden is a term referring to a trend that was made popular in Japan among young girls and women involving the decoration of their cell phones, usually with very girly rhinestones and charms. Nowadays, it can mean “blinging up” pretty much anything practical in your purse. I’ve known Korean girls who deco their phones, iPods, contact lens cases, glasses cases, compact mirror, etc.

I was first introduced to dekoden by accidentally coming across some kits being sold on the Tokyo Rebel website, and wondering why they cost so much. After looking up its role in Asian pop culture, I began taking interest, mostly because my mother raised me to be creative – I was always doing arts and crafts as a kid. Besides, how could I resist with all the pretty/shiny/fabulous possibilities?

After doing some research on different dekoden suppliers, and watching this YouTube video, I finally decided to try it out for myself. This morning, I made a small order for silicone adhesive glue, faux pearls, and wine red roses from Strapya World. I was actually surprised at how cheap the total was, compared to other websites. (Only $8!)

Of course, I’m expecting the package to last me a couple of uses and items. Some of the dekoden I see on Google Images can be a little over-the-top, and so are the young women who claim to spend well over $60 on decorating one small gadget. (A little ridiculous, in my opinion.) In the meantime, I’ve been deconstructing some of my old jewelry that I never wear anymore with a small pair of pliers. I thought that maybe I could recycle the charms for this little project. : )

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