Denim is a classic wardrobe staple, obviously – who can live without the perfect pair of skinny jeans? Since Levi Strauss Co. introduced its first jeans exclusively for women, we’ve had a love/hate relationship with denim. For spring, though, you better prepare your wardrobe for an all out denim invasion.
Designers have been showing a lot of denim in their recent collections – from double denim, triple denim, dungarees to the humble denim shirt. A denim or chambray shirt is set to be the transitional piece moving into spring, and we’re here to show you three ways to wear it to maximise your fashionista points.
For the ultimate in casual chic, go for an oversized denim shirt. This look is all about a laidback nonchalance – very off-duty model, ladies! Perfect for daytime shopping trips, brunch with the besties or for when you want to look put together without too much effort while running errands, pair your shirt with black jeans and ankle boots, or a pair of super on trend trainers (think Adidas or Vans). If you are screwing up your face at the idea of denim-on-denim, don’t! It’s a certifiable trend, now, so throw out your old rule book!
A denim shirt? On date night? Surely not? Surely yes, lovelies! It’s time to rethink everything you think you know about denim. Once a casual staple, stolen from the workwear of the boys’, it can now be a classy and more interesting alternative to your standard date night attire. The key is to balance the toughness of your shirt with delicate, feminine details – like the lacework on the midi skirt above. Look to classically girly shapes and detailing – full skirts, lace, floral prints – to contrast with the rough and ready appeal of the denim shirt.
This one can be a little trickier to pull off, just because we are all used to a denim shirt giving off that super casual vibe – but there are ways to dress it up for work. Go for a mid-colour shirt, firstly, nothing too light or too indigo, to keep it fairly neutral and not too attention-grabbing. Then, layer up with a cute solid-coloured knit (perfect for those still-chilly spring days, too) and pair with skinny trousers or your smartest skirt. Throw on some patent loafers or a pair of brogues, in an eye-popping colour if you’re feeling bold, and strut into work safe in the knowledge that you are the best dressed in the office.