Denim. Your jeans. They are your basics. Your staples. Listed in your 'easy casual' day category in your wardrobe. Folded up alongside your basic tee-shirts. Its changed. This season, denim has had an upgrade. Its been given that 'statement' listing.
What am I talking about? Well. You've hopefully now got your skinnies in a variety of colours. Smart indigo, black, black coated, khaki, chocolate brown and of course grey. They fit in with your wardrobe. Merge with your tops. Complete your outfit. Sit inside or outside your statement boots and work with your heels on a night out. Well now, we've got this new denim emerging. Its not about sitting alongside your outfits its about making your outfit standout. Frankly speaking, its a new attitude to denim thats on trend now.
Confused? Pictures will help.
Customisation and Embroidery
Jeans are being customised with embroidery and badging. You'll see these on denim dresses, denim skirts and jeans. You can go for pretty floral ones or bold and big.
Click on the pictures for links. I adore these Zara ones and particularly love the slit at the front. These would work with so many colours and the cropped length will work with heels for a night out or trainers in the day.
1. Above we have a dress from Zara with badges. Fab for warm autumnal days worn with bare legs but also would look great with tights and boots when it gets colder .
2. The multi floral jeans from label Glamorous by ASOS are a bold attempt at the trend as the flowers travel all down one leg. I bought these back in May (see below 3 ways to wear)
3. The skirt from Oasis is a soft pretty way to work the trend and lovely fresh way to wear a denim mini.
4. Limited Edition for M&S have produced a pretty softer style with blue flowers on the leg.
Here I am in mine in the incredible Marni store in NYC in May . Worn for a night out with a cropped green ruffle top, red biker and suede shoe boots.
Whats so super is you have lots of colours to pick out from the embroidery. Below I'm wearing my embroidered jeans casually with long gathered burgundy t-shirt and trainers. When the weather gets chillier I'll throw over a heavier knit jumper in this colour too.
2. Patching and Wide Leg
Another new look for denim is wearing your jeans very wide and flared and adding to that ! patched denim. So you've two or three colours of blue denim being worked on the legs and they are really flared. WOW.
I love these long flared ones by Sonya Rykiel. Totally chic (rather pricey!) with the suede belt and soft blouse. These would be perfect for an evening out with heels or if you are tall enough with some flat-form shoes in the day.
1. French Connection have added patching and wide leg denim selling a double denim look. This is a perfect way to do top to toe denim without wearing a jumpsuit. The patched denim shirt is a great upgrade for your wardrobe.
2. Limited Edition at M&S are working the patched denim look with these super jeans which are slimline and tapered. I think the darker patch of denim will look smart and also slimming (I will defiantly be ordering these!).
3. Stella Mc Cartney works the patch wide flared jeans in a cool way teaming with the a sport style jumper and leopard. A fab mix which reminds me of 90's cool tribe hanging out Portobello market - add trainers but these would look so smart with a pair of velvet platform heels in the evening.
4. If patching really isn't your thing but you fancy a good pair of flares - these £40 ones from ASOS are great. Lovely fit, high waist and soft denim colour. Worn simply with white trainers and a top this an easy way to work the trend.
Cropped flared are a great new shape. These are brilliant for this time of year when the weather is still warm enough to wear ballet pumps, sandals and shoes without socks! Its also a lovely way to show off your summer tan thats still hanging around.
These jeans are all about the ankles so your shoes are accentuated so make sure your footwear is in good nick. Its the perfect jean to show off a new pair of loafers, kitten heels, mary janes or leopard print kitten heel.
In the winter, work some block heeled tight fitting ankle boots.
These are my vintage levi flares turned up to create a wide cropped flare. I've teamed with check shirt from Hobbs and Loafers from Clarks (last year)
Above I've show all different ways to work the cropped flare jeans. Heels for night out, trainers for daytime cool, double denim, and pointed ankle boot.
Click on all the pictures for more info.
You will be surprised how versatile this jean style is but it will take a while to get your head around not wearing a skinny (but lets be honest it took years to get into a skinny)
The upgraded denim dress.
If jeans aren't your thing and you'd rather stick with skinnies then why not upgrade your denim with a dress. Ruffles! I've been so inspired by this amazing ruffle denim creation by Sonia Rykiel. A feminine approach to denim with tiers, ruffles, pussybow. Just gorgeous! If only my bank balance could stretch to this!
For a more high-street price I've found some great alternatives.
1. Warehouse have a simple slightly high-waisted design. This is a blank canvas for belts, boots, scarves, waistcoats I see a 70's vibe with this look ..(they are so many possibilities for this which I feel will be a whole new blog)
2. Red Herring (for Debenhams) have put their ruffled denim dress in the sale so a great one to add to the basket now.
3. Limited Edition for Marks and Spencer have produced this ruffle shirt dress. For £39.50 this is cute denim dress with girly twist and a fresh approach to the denim shirt dress we've all be wearing for years.
4.The high ruffled blouse by Stella Mc Cartney takes the denim shirt to another level. I love the ruffle sleeves. This would work perfectly along side some wide legged denim flares or sit along some bright tailored trousers for a smart casual look.
So, has this made you re-think your denim? There's a lot of DIY denim fun to be having right now.
Make room for some denim statement pieces to hang in your wardrobe this season.. My skinnies can stay folded and kept for dog walks as they are 'so last decade darling..!'
(....off now to order those patched M&S ones and to cover up my ripped jeans with some old curtain fabric!)