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Denim delight and a birthday in sight

Wednesday, 13th March, 2019 4:40pm

It’s my birthday week this week - well technically my birthday is next Monday but it’s a bank holiday so I’m just going to tack it onto this week and maybe also drag it out into the following week.

Just to be that little bit extra, which of course is very unlike me. I’ve actually been very low key in my celebrations this year, as I haven’t really made a fuss about March being my birthday month and I take this as a sign that I am now terribly mature.

I won’t bother you with the details of my actual age except to say that I feel about 28 at heart but might be a few years older than that. A lady never tells and all that.

Another mature aspect of my life is that I now make very carefully considered purchases and tend to buy very practical items.

One thing I have been thinking long and hard about recently is denim. A sartorial staple that transcends fashion and seasonal trends, the fashion editor's favourite that you’ll find in every single persons wardrobe. What’s not to love about denim in all it’s various incarnations?

While some styles are a constant, it’s also true that certain shapes and colours of jeans go up and down in popularity but here are the most popular styles for spring summer.

Move over skinny jeans because the straight leg jean is this season’s hottest denim trend. It’s slowly crept into our wardrobes the last year or so but this season it’s a firm favourite even for the most die-hard of skinny fans.

I personally like this style because it’s comfortable and roomy and you don’t feel like they are moulded to your skin in the summer. They generally are high-waisted so keep all the muffin tops at bay and they look effortlessly cool even if you just wear them with trainers and a t-shirt.

My personal preferences are the high wait straight leg from Topshop as well as its new Editor style which are very versatile and go with everything. I also am very taken with a black and a light denim pair of straight legs I got in H&M. They look quite smart and like the ones in Tophop come in different leg lengths.

I also bought a pair of mom jeans from River Island and I must say they fit like a dream. I sometimes find the waist on mom jeans, for me, can be too tight and if I size up I lose all shape at the bum and at the thighs, but these ones seem to fit just right.

I haven’t tried them myself but I have it on good recommendation that if you’re more of a pear shape then try go for the Levi’s Wedgie fit jeans. They’re a vintage inspired shape that’s straight leg but still fits nicely on the hips and waist and doesn’t have that dreaded waist gap.

Another denim trend which is big for spring and which I have yet to fully embrace is double denim. We may still be scarred from memories of double denim looks from the '70s right up to the early noughties, but in 2019 it’s a look that we need not fear anymore. Just check out how the street style/Instagram set are rocking their looks.

Use a mid-wash denim as your base and then work the look tonally around that. I bought a soft, light tone denim shacket (shirt/jacket hybrid) from H&M and while I’ve only worn it with white denim for the moment, I may be tempted to pair it with my Topshop straight legs and a Breton tee in the summer. I may be older but perhaps not that much wiser after all!

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