Monday, 20 May 2013

Denim: Have it Your Way

The humble denim jackets is one of those key wardrobe items that looks set to never go out of fashion.  It has weathered many decades and many changing trends, seen waves rise; fashions fade and had multiple incarnations, and it remains a style favourite.  Being denim, it is versatile, but will always retain that slightly rebellious 'devil-may-care' attitude, thanks to James Dean and Paul Newman to name few.  

Here are three very different girls, with different body shapes and skin tones working a denim jacket in three individual ways.

E - left - wears denim from a charity shop in Bristol // shirt and cardigan: charity shops // bag: Kanken // 

E is a summer skin tone, meaning blue, muted tones look great on her, so this washed out pale blue denim does wonders for her, creating a soft-hued palette, and making her face and hair shine. With her college style backpack, E makes the jacket work for her preppy Americana look, the pale tone and rolled up sleeves topping off the style nicely.

J - centre -  wears denim from a lost and found in Oxford // shirt: H&M // jersey dress: H&M // shoes: ASOS Marketplace //

Like E, J is a summer skin tone, but has darker features and hair than E.  This means the same blue tones suit her, but she can carry deeper shades.  This heavily saturated but faded blue denim then is perfect for her and brings out the bright blue in her eyes. J throws her oversize jacket on over a relaxed shirt silhouette to create a perfect chilled but chic weekend look.

R - right - wears denim stolen from her Mother's wardrobe // shirt and necklace: gifted from parents // shorts: Next // bag: Autograph at M&S // shoes: Dr Martens //

With her Snow White colouring, R is a typical winter, so clear, blue-based tones suit her perfectly.  Winters are also able to wear both black and white and look brilliant.  This heavy black denim jacket creates a clear, clean look keeping her bright eyes and lips the focus. R styles the jacket into a post-punk rock-chick ensemble, keeping it monochrome, mixing in a bit of faux-leather and a sprinkling of studs.

Usually the best, pre-worn and pre-loved, denim is to be fond in vintage and charity shops, but if you're struggling, then organic denim brand Nudie Jeans have some beautiful pieces and the ever-reliable Topshop stock some good versions too.

How do you wear your denim?

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