Jeans therapy

Jeans have gone from closet staple to catwalk trend. Jule McClean delights in this season’s unstoppable denim takeover
The Community By Jule Mcclean
Published on May 1, 2014

There are trends that fade in and out, and then there is steadfast denim. Jeans have always been a go-to staple but, not content with legs alone, there’s a head-to-toe denim takeover this season. From jean jackets to smart dresses, you can indulge in denim to your heart’s content. The good news is that your denim investments are unlikely to look dated after one season so, with durability on its side, you can actually recycle them quite confidently again and again. Therefore, stand by to do denim everything this spring and summer and enjoy the comfortable feel.


Just put your sleek black leather biker in storage and get the blues with a denim jacket. Let your style dictate the type of cover-up you opt for — classic numbers if you favour busy prints and brights, or detailed jackets if you’re more likely to wear plain or dark colours. This season, jean jackets have undergone a blinged-up transformation with embellishments, studs, sequins, patchwork and even catchy slogans if you really want to make a statement. For a real jeans twist on a classic, look for a denim tailored trench coat.


Denim has gone to the (after)dark side with evening wear options. Even tailoring has been constructed in structured, indigo form for a smart take on denim. Swap your LBD for an LDD — that’s Little Denim Dress. Avoid floaty silhouettes better suited to summery days, and look for form-fitting shifts or crisp shirt dresses. If you prefer separates, look for denim skirts with fish-tail hems or peplums for a more feminine silhouette. Dress up in darker denims; they tend to look less casual than pale washes.


Double denim is not the easiest look to pull off but obsessives may want to dabble. The first rule is to contrast your denim shades — wearing a lighter shirt tucked into darker jeans will balance out your shape if you’re bottom heavy, for instance. An unbuttoned denim shirt is a less committed look. Try skinny jeans, a white tee and loose-fitting denim shirt worn open. Shirt pocket details in the right places will also boost your bust. If you’re top-heavy, try different styles to see what’s most flattering and comfortable. Adding tan accents, like boots or a belt, is a spring-friendly way to break up the blue. Feeling brave? Try all-in-ones or dungarees in a fluid fabric that allows for movement.


It’s never been easier to find the perfect pair of jeans, that you just don’t want to take off. There’s a silhouette to suit every body shape, and some have even employed slimming technology to help nip and tuck in all the right places. While skinny bootcuts look smart, distressed denim with purposeful rips will instantly pare down a smart top or jacket. For versatility, look to boyfriend styles where you can wear the leg rolled up with flats by day or worn down with towering heels for night.


If denim just isn’t you, wear it in the most subtle of ways — on your feet or shoulder. Once confined to the jeans racks, denim has spread to accessories with stonewash-style shoes and bags. Dial down the tomboy factor with pointed flat pumps or heels in blue denim. If you want to work a jeans-inspired bag, ensure it looks worn and well-loved. The easiest way to do this is with a patchwork duffle or tote that looks as though you’ve sewn together panels from your fave redundant jeans.

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