Denim has been a clothing staple for decades. It’s championed for its versatility and durable quality. But how do you wear denim in 2017? Recent trends have provided a revamped take on classic denim looks. Once known for its simple no-frills aesthetic, denim has undergone a stylised transition. This complements the maximalist looks of 2017. Continue reading to find out how you can wear denim in 2017.
Rethink your next pair of jeans with a two-tone colour combination. Separate piece-cut combinations provide a subtle contrast along the hemline of your jeans. Or, if you are feeling brave, along the outer length of the legs! Shadow pockets are dark coloured impressions in place of regular pockets. They provide a simple, yet chic, contrast to light wash denim. The beauty of this look is the ability to dress it up or down. Throw on a pair of sneakers for a more casual look. Or pair your jeans with a blouse and high heels for something more formal. Stick to solid coloured tops and neutral patterns to avoid clashing with your jeans. This look is popular with celebrities Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Nikki Reed.
Images left to right: Street style courtesy of Trendstop
The Longline Denim Jacket
This jacket provides a new denim staple in the form of versatile outerwear. Worn with turtleneck knits in the cold or a simple T-shirt on a breezy day, this oversized jacket suits any style. It is a perfect transition piece between seasons. Wear the jacket with black boots for a militant, grunge look, or slip on a pair of high heels to dress the look up. Let the blue denim speak for itself in colour. Stick to neutral blacks or whites underneath. A bright pop of colour from one item of clothing can appeal to a vibrant, warm-weather look. Rihanna, Selena Gomez, and Alexa Chung have all rocked this style.
Images left to right: Street style courtesy of Trendstop.
The OTT Flare
The Seventies have returned full force. Jump on the trend with a re-imagined take on a Seventies staple: flare jeans. They feature a dramatic flare at the knee. These jeans can range from classic and formal to distressed styles. If you’re looking for a less extreme option, consider a more subtle flare. A ruffle also works in a more formal setting, paired with heels and a fitted top. Bold patterned tops or simple neutrals work well too with the cut of classic flare jeans. If you want to make a statement with minimal effort, consider wearing a distressed flare. Wear these jeans like any other pair in your closet. Pair them with a simple tee or your favourite blouse and know that you will make a statement regardless. Celebs, Victoria Beckham, Karlie Kloss, and Heidi Klum have all worn this timeless look.
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The Fur Collar Jean Jacket
You can never go wrong with a simple collared jean jacket. Wear this look in dark, light, or classic blue denim but let the fur collar do the talking. This oversized, boxy silhouette works with a range of styles, but is best executed with a casual look. Stick to a light wash or classic blue for a basic look, or try a dark wash jacket and matching fur collar for a chic upgrade. Stick to casual boots or trainers to fit with this style. Wearers of this look include Diane Kruger, Lily Collins, and Victoria’s Secret Angel Elsa Hosk.
Images left to right: Street style courtesy of Angel Chen, Isabel Marant, Louis Vuitton.
Acid Wash Outerwear
Make a true statement with an acid wash jacket. First worn as jeans by Californian surfers in the Sixties, acid wash is now a timeless style. It provides a lived-in edge to a variety of looks. Enliven your look with a classic-cut acid wash jacket for a grunge appeal. Or create a vibrant summer look by mixing clashing prints and colours. Steer clear of any obvious accessories when wearing this style. Instead try a pair of bold sunglasses. Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian and Kate Upton have sported this look.
Images left to right: Street style courtesy of Trendstop, Cristiano Burani, Lutz Huelle.
Undone Denim Shirt
Create a classic double denim look with a simple shirt and jeans combination. A loose fitted silhouette tucked in or out of a pair of jean shorts or pants gives a denim favourite a low key approach. Leave the top few buttons undone on the shirt. This creates a more feminine appeal. Style it with a simple gold necklace and strappy sandals. For a more formal look, swap a pair of jeans in favour of a fitted denim midi skirt and a pair of heeled sandals. Demi Lovato, Kate Hudson, and Olivia Palermo are celebs seen wearing this look.
Images left to right: J.Crew, Street style courtesy of Trendstop.
The Denim Midi
Hark back to the Nineties with the return of the midi jean skirt. Wear this timeless piece as a monochrome, streamlined look. Or pair it with a punchy coloured jacket and crop top for a sexier take. Make an impact with cut-outs or two-tone colourisation of the skirt. Style with boots for a classic Nineties vibe, or pair with heels to embody summertime style. Poppy Delevigne has worn this look. Kylie Jenner and Beyonce are frequent wearers of the trend too.
Images left to right: Street style courtesy of Trendstop, Each X Other, Street style courtesy of Trendstop.
Now go rethink the denim in your wardrobe!