Yves Saint Laurent once famously claimed, “I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.” Man, was he was right.
Made popular in the late 1960s by denim experts Levi’s, the simple blue jean has since become the cornerstone of any good wardrobe. While fashion powerhouses like J.Brand, Frame, and Acne are known for their classic cuts, the list of luxury brands branching into denim is growing rapidly. The last five seasons have seen designers such as Marques’ Almeida, Balmain, and most recently Christian Dior champion the fabric on the runway, changing any misconceptions in the process.
Once reserved for the weekend, jeans, denim jackets, and denim skirts are now proving to be suitable pieces for all occasions. Here, Savoir Flair makes a case for wearing denim everywhere, so keep scrolling to discover the best way to make it work for all types of events.
When it comes to denim for the workplace, it’s all about that high-low balance. If your bottom half says casual, it’s best to keep your top half corporate (but cool), and the ultimate way to nail it is in one of this season’s biggest trends: suiting. Try a structured blazer and, if you really want to go for FW17 feels, make it a checked one. Finish with smart heels and a ladylike bag.
If the dress code says “smart casual”, it’s the perfect opportunity to mix your denim with dressier pieces. A fitted dress (midi looks smartest) paired with a well-fitting denim jacket is a great way to wear denim without looking too dressed down. It’s also a good light layer for when evening chill strikes. Sandals, heels, or fall-ready boots all complement this look.
Party time doesn’t have to mean cocktail dresses. Darker denim works best for the evening (steer clear of stonewashed boyfriend cuts), while a structured, wide-leg shape strikes the perfect balance between trousers and jeans. High waists pair well with fitted tops and do wonders for elongating your legs, especially when paired with towering heels.
If you want to make a little effort on the weekend, well-fitting indigo jeans go a long way. They look great paired with a casual tee, silky cami top, or loose shirt and manage to look just the right amount of polished. Lengths that cut just above the ankle are popular amongst the sartorially savvy – try them with a fun printed sandal or classic leather loafers.
For Weekend Errands
The denim skirt has had a revival for 2017, but if the thought sounds a little too noughties for you, there are so many chic new styles to try. A front-split pencil shape is a chic replacement for your go-to skinny jeans and looks great when worn with a loose-fitting shirt that is tucked in, like this printed number. An investment belt takes this outfit up a notch, while casual sneakers or flats keep it cool.