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Wearing the blues

Jan Shure's pick of the best denim buys


Denim is the instant way to signal a Spring 22 sensibility.
In 2022 “Denim” does not mean mainly jeans as it would have a decade ago. Denim is currently attempting a wardrobe take-over, so it means almost any piece crafted in denim, available high end to high street.
Tailored, wide-leg denim trousers offer a fresh take on denim legwear. They share jeans’ DNA and are labelled “jeans,” but are more polished. And that ability to look perfectly polished (or effortlessly relaxed, depending on cut, styling, etc) is a property we cherish in denim. Another is how cleverly trans-seasonal denim can be: in spring-summer we can pair jeans or denim skirt with a sweatshirt, blouse, tee or vest and in winter with a chunky knit; while a denim dress can be worn alone or over a tee in spring-summer and over a polo-neck, plus boots and faux fur gilet in winter.

For an instant denim update, there are kitten heel courts (Russell & Bromley; Valentino); espadrilles (Castener at Matches); bags (Chloe; Dune); blouses (Whistles; Arket; Ganni); blazers (Saint Laurent, Nili Lotan at Matches, Holland-Cooper and Massimo Dutti); jackets-with-a twist (Alexander McQueen; Givenchy; Carolina Herrera; Gucci); jumpsuits (Whistles; Reiss); skirts (Ganni; JW Anderson) and denim dresses at many brands including Boden, Kin and Monsoon.
Find classic jeans jackets that will become wardrobe staples, at Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, and at many high street brands including Oliver Bonas, Monsoon and M&Co.

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