Iconic Fabric: Why Denim Is A Must Have

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Can you imagine a wardrobe without one piece of denim in it?  Seriously? Imagine not owning a pair of jeans? This incredible fashion icon has been going strong since the 1950’s, earlier than that if you count the years before it hit the catwalks.  Any fashionista worth their credentials will have some kind of twist on this design classic.

As mentioned, when you think of denim the first thing that will spring to mind is probably the good old jean.  Levi Strauss were the first manufacturer to bring the jean to our attention and to add detailing for pockets, making the fashion item a must have for style and utility.  We have seen a range of styles from bell bottoms to flares, high waist to low slung, boyfriend to skinny jean and we just can’t seem to shake our love affair with it!

For women, the skinny jean is like a daily saviour.  Dressed up or down you can always rely on a solid pair to get you out of a fashion fix, or to carry you through from day to night.  There are a variety of styles that are on trend today including the biker look which adds heavy detailing and a more worn appearance.  However the best style to go for is a classic cut, skinny black.  This will compliment pretty much every item you have in your wardrobe.  

The boyfriend jeans gives a slouchy relaxed look, perfect for summer lunches or chilled out shopping.  Rolled up you can at the bottom and worn low on your waist, we are talking ultimate comfort and maximum cool.  It’s simple to bring this look in line with a more glam affair, a simple tight t-shirt with a sharply cut black jacket and teamed with a pair of heels, will be a far cry from the trench coat and fedora lunch outfit or the slogan tee and bomber jacket chillaxing vibe.  

Since the 1950’s we have started using denim for a number of other wardrobe dailies.  The denim dress is a key spring / summer look and can be layered up with tights and chunky knits or stripped back with bare legs and sandals.  Be bold with your accessories, chunky golds, tribal bolds and colour pops all bring this style to life.  You can give it a serious bohemian twist for a little festival flair or style it up with some extra tailoring for a great workwear look.  Check out different colour options from oxblood to stonewash and beyond and for a little diva attitude you could opt for a denim playsuit instead.  Little hotpants with some summery wedges?  Sounds perfect to us!

Another twist is the denim shirt.  With a variety of options when it comes to length and fit, you can really have some fun.  Go super relaxed with a loose fitting light blue denim, gather it up and tie it at the waist.  With a white tank underneath and a long line gold pendant you will have laid back chic on fleek.  Or dare to go denim on denim?  There are a few rules to follow here, David Beckham has pulled off the look but a bin bag would look great on Golden Balls, if you want to look on trend and not like a Bros tribute act then follow the golden rules.

Always mix colour.  Do not match denim accessories with a double denim look.  Break it up with a really cool, ice white t shirt and get your attitude turned up.  Double denim is a really easy style to get wrong.  So be confident before stepping out!

Mentioning accessories is important, because this fabric has found it’s way into just about every item you can imagine and it is definitely worth investing in some key pieces.  A leather tote will compliment just about any outfit you can pull together.  You don’t have to go full on, just a little detailed panel will add a hint of icon to a simple lunch outfit. Denim shoes are another cool look.  Consider a pair of tennis shoes or a high platform wedge and wear them with a floaty white dress.

There is no way denim is going out of fashion anytime soon.  So embrace it and freshen up your look.  Whilst on the subject of freshening it up, when those black skinny jeans start to fade out, why not get back to another old trend?  A little bit of bleach and a lot of elastic bands can give your old jeans an awesome tie dye look.  This started to hit the catwalk back in 2012 and is still going strong.

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Aprill Coleman is an award-winning beauty, lifestyle and wellness blogger and freelance writer based in Jackson, Mississippi.

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