The key shapes
If you haven’t embraced it already, then you’ll want to get involved with the high-rise, straight-leg jean, currently doing a good job of ruling the runway, front row and the closets of pretty much every influencer you care to name. Not working for you? The ’90s-inspired wide-leg jean is popping up everywhere too, and is a great warm-weather choice thanks to the loose, airy fit and how brilliantly chic it looks with sandals. Make sure you go slightly cropped to keep the effect streamlined.
How to wear it now
The message this season? Don’t hold back: emerging and established labels alike are encouraging us to wear denim from head-to-toe. Effortless yet high-impact, the key to nailing the look is getting the wash right. Our advice? Find a label that works for you in terms of fit and color, then invest in a few different pieces that you can mix and match. If you’re after a more directional look, tap into this season’s ’80s nostalgia and try Miu Miu’s stone-washed co-ords. For something a little more elevated, forgo classic blue washes in favor of Matthew Adams Dolan’s tailored white two-piece.
The essential shades
When it comes to blue, you’re aiming for a slightly faded Californian shade for everyday denim, with less of a focus on rips and frayed hems than in previous seasons. If you want to take a more polished, work-appropriate approach, then take your cues from the likes of Khaite and Goldsign and opt for crisp, clean-lined shapes in raw indigo denim. Isabel Marant has been flying the flag for white denim (especially in those relaxed, wide-leg jeans), while for feminine dresses, Co is your new go-to. And, if you like your denim in technicolor, look to Ganni’s pastels or Eckhaus Latta’s tie-dye designs.
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