#HERSSENTIALS: Gucci-inspired Jeans


Recently, I was on vacation in Milan and everywhere I went, the Gucci effect was all over the racks. Store after store had the most outlandish things imaginable: marabou sandals, impractical bag shapes (e.g. Dolce and Gabbana’s ice-cream straw purse) and Dr. Seuss-esque fur coats at the 5-lettered fashion house. Thank goodness minimalism has finally died! But here’s something that no one really knows about what’s been brewing: I have been dressing like this for the past 3 years. To be exact, it was one year before Alessandro Michele became the main designer for Gucci. Truth be told, I am all Gucci.

As someone who loves the new maximalism of Michele, his take on patched denim is forever inspirational. However, I feel that there is no need for me to drop $1K on a pair of jeans that I can simply do at home.

Here, I take up a pair of Levi’s orange tab bootcut jeans,  plunged my scissors against the surface and cut out the pockets and back panel. Then, I just glued and ironed all of my favorite patches. See how simple that is? You can simply get your dream denim for less!

And why do I like patched denim? It’s so easy to pair it with anything imaginable: an off the shoulder crop top, vintage graphic tee, crystal choker, red sunnies, fishnet tights, sneakers, backpack and any shade of millennial pink!


Garrett Leight x Clare Vivier sunglasses | Rodarte choker | Vintage Backstreet Boys tee | Are You Am I top | DIY jeans | fishnet tights | Fenty x PUMA sneakers | Mansur Gavriel backpack

What is your favorite outfit go-to with patched jeans?

All photos by Hallie Geller

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Michelle Varinata

Lapis - (n.) a layer Shrek once said that "onions have layers" as he was peeling one. Like an onion, I have layers. Born in Jakarta and raised in Singapore, I grew up being surrounded in a multicultural environment. Then, I moved to the States, where I lived in NYC and L.A. The creativity, hustle, bustle and vibe of those cities inspired me to become a blogger, journalist and influencer. Writing by day and living it up by night, I slay in the streets one OOTD at a time. Full-face makeup included, too. ;)

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