Ever stared at someone, trying to pinpoint what it is that makes them so chic? When it’s not as obvious as a designer slip-on, it can be hard to decipher exactly what was mixed and matched to create the covetable finish. Enter our new series, Mix Masters, dedicated to cracking the style code of our favorite It girls. We’ve teamed up with 7 for All Mankind to ensure that we address the one thing we all wear on rotation: denim.
Things I like about Charlotte Groeneveld include: Her ease at wearing loud colors without yelling; her ability to turn classic pieces into chic showstoppers; and her knack of generally looking polished without giving the impression she spent any time getting ready. The New York-based founder and editor of THEFASHIONGUITAR.com is originally from the Netherlands, which is entirely unsurprising since Dutch girls rival Danes, Swedes and Parisians for the title of Planet Earth’s Most Stylish, Low-Key Babes.
Groeneveld is a fixture in fashion week galleries for good reason: She effortlessly combines runway trends with good old-fashioned practicality—the very definition of great street style. Her secret (which is actually pretty obvious when you scroll through her Instagram on a daily basis)? Really good jeans.
I cornered Charlotte to find out what jeans she can't live without (it's B(air)), where she eats in New York, and what her denim-saving wash cycle settings are.
On the perfect outfit for running around New York:
"A pair of cropped straight jeans and a belted coat— an accent on the waist makes it look feminine, and not slouchy. It’s the perfect look for a casual meeting in the city or running errands. Chic but functional."
On wearing dresses over jeans:
"Make sure the dress is not too long—you don’t want it to cover up your jeans completely. It’s hard to tell exact measurements, but you get a feel when you try it on. Move a bit back and forth to see how the dress floats. I love layering a long airy dress over a pair of jeans with a rough hem, then wearing a bomber jacket [on top] ... perfect for this time of year."
7 for All Mankind B(air) Denim High Waist Ankle Skinny with Released Hem in Sunset ($189)
On where she eats in Manhattan: Waverly Inn is still my fave for drinks and dinner. Ludlow House for work, Joe’s for a quick coffee fix, Dean & Deluca for a delicious sushi take-out for lunch, Bluestone Lane in the West Village any time of the day – but I still like an everything bagel and Americano from Starbucks from time to time!
On the must-have denim: These black skinnies. We all need black skinny jeans, and they get better and better with every time you wash them! You get endless legs when you wear a skinny that’s cropped so it doesn’t touch your shoes.
On how fashion week looks are sometimes better when they don’t go to plan: Last fashion week in Paris it was pouring, and all the looks I was sent for the Elie Saab show didn’t work because I would have been dragging them over the streets in the rain. So, I combined one of their tops with a pair of jeans, really high pointy heels (not that you could see those well, but they were there) and a leather jacket draped on my shoulders. The look was great, it became a real ‘me’ moment with the addition of my jeans.
On her online shopping hacks: I always shop online. With jeans, if I don’t know the brand I’ll order my size and a size up or down to get the fit just right.
On the five things she’s wearing on rotation right now: A denim shirt, my Gucci furry slip-ons, a statement logo t-shirt, and a pair of sunnies.
On a great denim moment from season’s past: Two summers ago, it was all about double denim. I wore denim culottes and a denim shirt, messy hair, a pair of sandals and tan. It was one of the best looks at the time.
On her ‘nerdy’ obsession with laundry: I just bought my first washer/dryer which is super high-tech and has a denim function’ on it. I love doing my own laundry, it relaxes me. The smell afterwards… heavenly!
On the best thing about her 7 for All Mankind jeans (that you can’t tell until you put them on): The crop is perfect and the fabric divine. So light and stretchy, but without that ‘stretchy’ look.
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