Andy Warhol once said that he wanted to die with his blue jeans on, and musician Lana Del Rey wrote one of her biggest hits about them (perhaps because it rhymed with James Dean): it’s tricky to find an item of clothing as widely embraced, worn and loved the world over as jeans. There’s something so inherently timeless about the perfect pair of blues that they’ve become the ultimate wardrobe mainstay – and the topic of many iconic style quotes.
2016 is the year of denim, with the trend extending way beyond our trusty indigo jeans. It’s become an art form in its own right (of which Warhol would surely have approved), with designers ripping up the denim rulebook and showing off endless new techniques, silhouettes and creative cuts. So what to choose this season?
Alexa Chung was recently spotted in a pair of reworked vintage jeans by Parisian label Vetements (and worth £800) and a cult frenzy took off. To the humble eye, they have uneven
hems, mismatched seams and a very expensive price tag, which, in fashion terms, is denim gold. For those of you who don’t want to spend a month’s salary on jeans, our Limited Edition pair (pictured below top left) looks every inch as stylish, for a fraction of the price.
What else is news-worthy? The illusion of pockets on everything from skinnies to midi skirts and dresses. White washes, distressed hems and patchwork details are making headlines, too. Remember being a kid and putting embroidered patches on everything? Well, now you can take a trip down memory lane and your DIY jeans will be considered the height of fashion.
The options are endless, but the best part is that everything still looks as effortless and classic as your favourite pair of blue jeans. I’m sold.