Fashion’s laid-back approach to dressing has brought with it an ocean of denim for spring. Spotted on the catwalk: high-rise pressed flares at Stella McCartney, slouchy denim dresses and skirts at Chloé, and rock-girl-chic silhouettes at Saint Laurent. There’s a multitude of forms and finishes to update your denim making this a truly versatile and easy to wear trend.
Our love affair with the indigo hue goes way back. The fabric was created in the French town of Nîmes in the 18th century, and in 1853 it was wielded by a young tailor named Levi Strauss into a sturdy trouser reinforced with rivets. These first Levi jeans were made for American factory workers. Now, some 160 years on, we’ve all got a favourite piece of denim in our wardrobes.
Oh-so versatile to wear for plus size - these cuts suits any shape. Experiment with head to toe denim and team with an over-sized denim shirt and flats for day. For evening, pair with a chiffon top and wear a delicate sandal and leave a trail of admirers in your wake.
Straight-leg or boyfriend jeans slim the hips, minimise the bottom and are great for hourglass or apple figures. Balance this masculine cut with something feminine. The yellow, fluid chiffon mac from Collection by Evans will tick the neon trend box. Add a vertiginous metallic heel – a winner for all shapes – to make your legs look longer.
The bootcut is fitted at the thigh, kicks out from the knee and is ideal for Busty and Pear shapes. Look out for Evans Pear cut denim. Designed especially for pear shapes, Pear Jeans are cut with a smaller back and higher waist for the perfect fit and come in straight cut, bootcut and jegging styles. Proportion is key: keep your upper half slender. Night owls should pair with a décolletage flattering racer-back top, complete with sequined straps for some Studio 54, disco-inspired extravagance.
Classic Hollywood has given us iconic denim-clad leading ladies. To pick up some styling tips, watch Marilyn Monroe smoulder in Levi’s 501s in the 1961 film The Misfits.
Modern bombshells also choose denim. From Apple to Pear shapes, there’s a fit for everyone. Star of the hit TV series Mad Men, plus size Icon and face of Clairol Nice 'N' Easy Christina Hendricks (left) is a classic Hourglass. She wears slim-fit jeans with a waist-nipping shirt to highlight her shape. Pop princess Beyoncé rocks out in dark-wash boyfriend jeans, which flatter her lower body, while Jennifer Lopez showcases her superior posterior in flared cuts.
With denim, there’s no need to play snap. Layer varying shades for a more contemporary feel. If you want just one piece to update your wardrobe, an essential denim jacket will work with smart black trousers or midi and pencil skirts. Feeling blue looks good this season.