Denim is easily one of the most wearable materials out there – from jeans and skirts to shirts and shorts, there’s not a whole lot that hasn’t been made out of denim.
But wearing more than one item of denim at a time, or opting for the wrong shade can cause a whole heap of style mishaps.
The secret to wearing denim is all in mixing it up; not wearing every shade under the sun, and knowing what suits you best. Some of our favourite pieces come from Topshop for this reason, as their constant flow of ever-changing denim styles and staple classics keeps wardrobes fully stocked up.
This is how to wear denim with a few of our favourite pieces…
Mom Jeans and Chunky trainers
Bleach Stone Premium Mom Tapered Jeans (£45.99)
Pulling together a classic 80s look has never been easier when you go for some light blue denim mom jeans, with a few iconic pieces that you can chop and change depending on the occasion.
For a go-to daytime look, pair mom jeans with a white t-shirt or shirt, a thick black belt and chunky white trainers. Accessorise with a gold chain and earrings.
To go out for the evening, swap the trainers for boots and sling a blazer over the top, add a silk scarf, and you’re out, out.
Skinny Jeans and Sandals
Zip Front Button Detail Jean (£35.40)
At the beginning of 2020, it looked like skinny jeans were about to slink off the radar with straight legs across the shelves. But this is a style that will never fade because it’s so versatile.
Pair skinny jeans, black or blue, with sandals and a strappy top for a relaxed outfit in the summer. Opt for cats-eye sunglasses and a bandana if you’re feeling the heat and want to indulge in more of a retro style.
Whether it’s because we’ve spent months working from home or because we’ve finally realised that there are some of the comfiest outfits around, jumpsuits are back – BIG time!
Mid Stone Short Sleeve Boiler Suit (£20.00)
So go hard or go home with a denim jumpsuit. Pair with trainers or sandals for a laid back day time look, and boots and a black jacket for a night time walk-about.
Black Tie Die Fray Bucket Hat (£5.00)
Straight out of the 90s, double denim has made a massive comeback over the last couple of years. It’s one of the easiest ways to stylishly pull off denim, as who doesn’t own a denim shirt and a pair of funky jeans? RiRi does, and that’s the look you’re going for here.
The key to double denim is don’t wear the same shade together, so a light blue shirt with dark blue jeans or vice versa – the dark blue denim makes you look slim, so if you want to accentuate your features go light denim if you’re going to understate go for darker denim.
Add rhinestones for effect and get on that stage at Glastonbury.
Denim Dresses for all Seasons
Denim Dress (£102.00)
Denim Zip Front Dress (£113.40)
Denim dresses are fresh and sexy, and Karen Millen has a whole range of them. We love this off-white cotton dress. Perfect for any occasion, a fitted dark denim dress, classic button-down styling. Wear with white trainers or funky ankle boots in the autumn for an updated look.
Perfect Denim Jacket
Pale Blue Oversized Denim Jacket (£39.00)
Levi’s Women’s Jacket (£40)
A jacket makes an outfit. The best is always going to be Levi’s classic-fit jacket; never out of fashion and still in style. Pair your perfect jacket with a summer dress for autumn. Underrated and understated but the ultimate cool wardrobe staple.
The denim industry is massive, and the designer jean market is bigger still; so what’s the difference? It’s the quality of the denim, and the cost per wear can be less than a high street pair. Some style detail also helps to define your bottom; small pockets make your bum look bigger, so nicely placed pockets are a prominent feature in designer jeans.
7 For All Mankind Women’s Jeans (£124.91)
J Brand Jeans Women’s Alana High Rise Crop Skinny Jeans (£174.54)
Citizens of Humanity Women’s High Rise Rocket Skinny Jeans Glory (£279.99)
Check out J Brand, 7 For All Mankind and Citizens of Humanity for perfectly placed pockets and season-busting design and quality.
Make Them Your Own
Everyone wears jeans; so if you’ve bought them from a major retailer, then it’s also likely that everyone will be wearing the same jeans as you. So, liven them up a bit, whether with a big marker or badges.
And if you don’t think you’ve got the artistic skills to pull it off, go for an already-customised pair. These white ones from Topshop are a unique style and have great designs to set you out from the crowd.
Add a denim bucket hat, add a Lulu Guinness bag for best effects – send pics and tell us about your favourite denim combo.