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5 ways to wear white denim

Denim is the cornerstone of any great closet, yet white versions can be a harder sell (for obvious reasons); while one is the epitome of everyday dressing, the other is usually reserved for special occasions and makes us doubt our dexterity – especially when it comes to handling coffee or red wine. Yet it’s easier to wear than you might think, and a sure-fire way to elevate your on- and off-duty look

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L-R: Emmanuelle Alt, Jeanette Friis Madsen, Tine Andrea

HEAD-TO-TONAL

In a matter of seasons, tonal dressing has gone from a bold sartorial statement to a tried-and-tested styling trick, and it’s easy to see why. By pairing similar colors with a style-by-numbers approach, you can create an impactful outfit in minutes. Consider Grlfrnd’s bright-white, straight-leg jeans the jumping-off point for myriad laid-back yet luxe looks. Finesse your WFH uniform by pairing yours with a tan blazer and barely-there sandals and you’re guaranteed to be the best dressed on any Zoom call – and still have time to hit snooze in the morning.

Jane McFarland

THROW IT BACK

For all its emphasis on newness, the fashion industry is powered almost as much by nostalgia as innovation. And if there’s one decade that provides a constant wellspring of inspiration for designers, it’s the 1970s. This season was no exception, with many of our favorite labels championing flared jeans, including cult LA brand Slvrlake. Play up to the retro overtones of this leg-lengthening style – and channel icons including Stevie Nicks and Ali MacGraw – by pairing them with a simple tee and suede jacket, all topped off with a pair of aviators for a look that’s both timely and timeless.

L-R: Caroline Daur, Maartje Verhoef, Chrissy Rutherford

ONE STOP

White might not be the first color that comes to mind when you’re trying to put together a practical look, but it’s a fail-safe way to put a chic spin on utilitarian pieces. Case in point: the jumpsuit, or, more specifically, Citizens of Humanity’s highly covetable iteration. Cast in ivory denim, this throw-on-and-go piece becomes something infinitely more elevated. Admittedly, you might be limited in terms of the places you can actually go at the moment, but treat your jumpsuit right and it’ll be a sartorial savior for seasons to come.

Sylvie Mus

BUSINESS CASUAL

You’d be forgiven for thinking that denim shorts were synonymous with hot pants, but over the past few seasons we’ve seen a different – and frankly, more flattering – style dominate the runway. The new denim short – easily identifiable, thanks to its cinched waist and knee-length cut – has the same mood-boosting summer associations as its predecessor, but also boasts endless style mileage. For example, you could never wear denim shorts to work, right? Wrong. Worn with a classic blazer and modern mules, Agolde’s ivory jean shorts make for a polished nine-to-five look, whether you’re back in the office or working from your kitchen table.

DRESS IT UP

A closet staple for over a century, the jean jacket’s endurance is a testament to its endless versatility. But, despite the fact that this humble piece has had an haute makeover in recent years, the true allure of a denim jacket lies in its utilitarian heritage. Take The Row’s understated style: combining clean lines, classic design and an elegant ivory hue, this piece is sure to slot effortlessly into any woman’s existing closet. We’ll be shrugging this trophy piece over floral summer dresses to give them year-round appeal.

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