Like bread and butter, denim remains an evergreen staple for every wardrobe. Originally designed as men's workwear, it has risen to fashionable ranks, as bell-bottoms of the hippie era, 90s-style low-riding bottoms, to narrow skinny silhouettes. The denim of today has evolved to embrace diversity and functionality. From street mod to sophisticated bohemian, check out how some of Instagram’s trend-savvy elite have rocked 7 iconic denim looks.
1. Cover swag
A well-loved sibling of jeans, the denim jacket has its own charm that makes for an understated street-style staple. Whatever look it’s paired with, you can count on the jacket to work with anything and everything. It’s also one of those rare pieces that put comfort and trendy hand-in-hand. Helenness Chong tosses her jacket around the shoulders, and paired with matching jeans – the key here is colour coordination.
The products: Gucci Spiritismo denim jacket | Versace Greek Key Logo cropped undershirt | Louis Vuitton Logomania bracelet | Givenchy metal and acetate sunglasses
2. Leg room
Jeans don’t discriminate: Regardless shape or size, there’s a perfect fit for everybody. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley gives her pair of cropped jeans the supermodel treatment, punching up the casual style with a feminine accents of silky blush blouse, gold earrings, and pointed shoes.
The products: Stella McCartney cropped wide leg jeans | Salvatore Ferragamo Flower Heel Sling Back pump shoe in silver | Shiatzy Chen Stunning Tones Collection embroidery trimmed bomber jacket | Elsa Peretti x Tiffany & Co. diamond hoop earrings in 18k gold
3. Modern flair
If there’s one way to describe flared jeans, it’s that it has 9 lives: Each comeback is tailored to narrate women’s lifestyle and needs of that time. Loved for its lengthening and slimming effect, flared jeans of today are slender and straight thanks to Victoria Beckham’s take on it, and flatters the most casual of basics.
The products: Victoria Beckham slim flare in deep indigo denim | RE/DONE camo slim tee | Coach western mule with Prairie Rivets
4. One-piece wonder
Grown-up dungarees are a tricky trend to master, but when done right, makes for a sophisticated upgrade. The one-piece style has has a hidden femininity to it that’s gracefully portrayed by Datin Sri Eannes Chop, who paired her overalls with delicate frills, a cute mini bag, and elegant sneakers.
The products: Frame Palazzo denim overalls | Self-Portrait ruffle-trim broderie-anglaise top | Roger Vivier La’Bel sneakers in white | Prada Elektra leather shoulder bag in red
5. All dressed up
An extension of denim is in this versatile shirt dress, a rising wardrobe staple that presents many ways to style. It can be worn as a long top, a light jacket, or do as Jeanne Damas did – a denim-on-denim suit. She added French-girl panache to it with a touch of cateye sunnies, clogs, and boho bag, which excels with flying colours for fancier dresscodes.
The products: Warehouse Patch Pocket tie front dress in mid wash denim | Fendi Mon Tresor brown leather mini bag | Polaroid leopard sunnies | Michael Kors Silvana leather platform sandal in peanut
6. Slender ambitions
Figure-hugging skinnies were all the rage couple of years back, but the slim look of today is more relaxed and allows some breathing space. Skinny jeans are bold, casual, and, in Ameera Khan’s case, comfortable. The young fashionista pairs her roll-up jeans with a white sweater and statement sneakers, crossing athleisure with street.
The products: Emporio Armani stretch-cotton denim skinny jeans | Louis Vuitton Archlight sneaker | Saint Laurent New Wave 213 Lily sunglasses in ivory acetate | Stella McCartney white Arlesa top
Denim doesn’t always have to be blue – when added with colour, denim takes on a whole new dimension and moves up in styling ranks. In the case of Kavita Sidhu, the model and actress opted for a white pair of wide-legged jeans for a white-out uniform, and a long jacket for good measure in an elegant layered look.
The products: Tory Burch Caroline jean in rinse wash | Paul Smith women’s yellow & prink floral jacquard Epsom coat | Pedro leather ankle strap pumps in white | DiorLadyStuds sunglasses in black
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