No spring wardrobe refresh would be complete without a denim update. Whether it’s rebuying the high-waisted jeans you wear to smithereens every year or trying out a new trend, you can always make room for new denim in your closet.
Some of the biggest styles for spring 2019 are more practical than ever with coveralls/boiler suits you don’t have to overthink and clothes that are actually appealing to the eye
Jeans are the skeleton of any wardrobe – so you have to get it right. We’ve all got our favourite pair that we live in almost like a second skin! No other piece of clothing can be worn in as many different ways, for different occasions – and always look good.
With so many styles, shapes, cuts, washes and fabrics to choose from, it is a minefield. My experience has found that each brand of jeans and denims will be specific to them. In turn, it means you will find that sizes will vary with different brands. With everyone having unique body shapes and sizes, the key is to find a pair that suits you individually.
Comfy and sexy, fitting nicely around the bottom.
Flattering but also trendy, fitting you in all the right places.
If you add one piece of denim to your wardrobe for spring/ summer, make it a pair of cropped wide leg jeans. They are cleverly cut higher at the back so that they do not gape.
If fitted well, these are great on most body shapes, ending just at the point around the heel of the shoe.
Blue jeans will never, ever go out of style. At its core, a good pair of denim is timeless and boundary-transcending, able to anchor almost any outfit you can imagine.
What to look for: straight-leg jeans in a medium or dark wash with a cropped hem that shows off your ankles. They look great with a blazer or simple sweater, but once the weather warms up, try them with a basic T-shirt.
For shoes, pair them with boots or chunky heels and come spring, sneakers or sandals are ideal options.
And as with any new denim trend, it’s important to style your outfit to flatter the silhouette. This casual jean looks great with tailored pieces, like blazers and button-down shirts that balance out the look.
Traditional, mid-weight denim with no stretch is your best bet. It’s classic, masculine, and holds its shape nicely. A heavier loom-state selvedge denim is fine if that’s what you like, but don’t play up the dated urban woodsman look by turning up the cuffs to show the red seam.
Fashion-forward men today are demanding a slightly higher rise that gives a nice secure fit around the waist with plenty of depth to tuck in a shirt and a bit of extra room in the crotch. When shopping, simply look for a medium rise.
The cropped jean is fading away and the proper contemporary fit demands a bit of length that creates a small break, or, if you prefer, just grazes the top of your shoes. Rolling or cuffing your jeans can be a bit dated so if they’re too long, simply taking them to the tailor can help you to get the perfect length.
A slightly wider, straight leg is the optimal cut today. They should be tailored but should not be too tight. You’ll know your jeans fit properly when you can grab an inch or two of extra fabric around the thigh when you stand up. The bottom opening should be as wide (or almost as wide) as the thigh of pants. No extreme tapering or boot-cuts here!
Dark, unwashed denim will always look cool and give you years of wear, so if you’re unsure of what you want, stick to that. Still, you should be aware that ‘90s-style light washes are all the rage amongst the cool kids. Evaluate your tastes and choose accordingly.