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STYLE ADVICE

How to style your denim

By Anna Heaton, 7 September 2015

It’s the start of the autumn term and ‘back to uni' is the phrase on everyone’s lips. So, naturally, denim is the fabric that’s being ripped off the (in our case, virtual) shelves in a disorderly fashion. You might think that jeans are jeans, but we’ve got a whole bunch of fits to choose from. Here’s our decoded guide on what they are and how to wear them.

how to style your denim

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Ripped


Ripped

The holey grail of denim (see what we did there?), ripped jeans are a versatile look. The DIY feel is reminiscent of back-to-school days, so wear with a checked shirt and DMs for a smarter uni feel or style with a laidback tee, Converse and leather to make it top of the class.

how to style your denim

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Extreme skinny


Extreme super skinny

The extreme super skinnies don’t mess around. As they’re skintight, you’ll want to keep the fit of your top half balanced. Opt for something loosely fitted that (at the risk of sounding like Goldilocks) isn’t too tight or too oversized to avoid mismatched proportions and lightweight shoes that don’t give the illusion of size 20 feet in comparison.

how to style your denim

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Tapered


Tapered

The tapered fit looks particularly good in a light wash, if we do say so ourselves. Thanks to the wide-leg fit, they’re great layered up and look right at home with slightly oversized pieces on top. A thick woolly knit does the job nicely, or a boxy denim jacket if you’re a fan of the Canadian tuxedo.

how to style your denim

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Straight


Straight

Safe and reliable, straight jeans have been a constant in our lives since the dawn of time (or, at least, since 1853 when Levi’s was founded). These straight-talkers go with anything on top but a cosy jumper will keep out the chill and a tailored look like this one works just as well. Turn up at the ankles and wear comfortably above a pair of trainers.

how to style your denim

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Drop-crotch


Drop-crotch

Perhaps the trickiest style to work into your everyday look, drop-crotch is all about playing with proportions. Make like number one advocate Justin Bieber and choose something longline to go with your pair, or keep it simple with a plain tee and bomber to let the crotch do the talking, as it were.

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