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Denim might be one of the ultimate wardrobe basics, yet it’s anything but for autumn/winter 2016. As shirts, skirts and even culottes get an indigo blue makeover this season, we show you how to master the looks that go beyond humble jeans


The jeans you need now

Death to the skinny? Surely not. It’s a story that’s been making headlines this year. While the beloved classic of the past decade still has prime appeal, new styles are coming through that feel more directional.

Embellished, flared, ripped – when it comes to jeans, designers have tried everything, but the overarching winner is the straight leg (). Gently tapered, it’s retro without being overtly so and has a little extra room to give. Keep the styling and palette simple to bring it bang up to date.

Another new hero silhouette is cropped jeans (). Whether you buy them pre-cut above the ankle or roll the hem to achieve the look, pair with flat loafers – think preppy chic – or chunky-heeled ankle boots for a slick finish.


Degrees of denim

There was a point in time when head-to-toe denim was considered a fashion faux pas. Today, it’s a guaranteed style statement. The key is knowing how far to push it. For a masterclass, look to the Miu Miu catwalk to see the renaissance in full (basically, the more the better).

If a matching shirt and jeans feels too much, throw on a cardigan and cinch it to define your waist and break up the blue (). Take it to the next level by coordinating with your son (he’ll also feel like a rockstar).

For those who just want a hint of the trend – layer a knitted dress over an upsized shirt, allowing the cuffs and collar to poke out from underneath (). Try it with trainers to channel fashion’s minimal mood: it’s the difference between simply getting dressed and styling prowess.


Everything but the jean

Ever since the Seventies revival a few seasons ago, the midi skirt has become a mainstay item in the modern woman’s wardrobe. And with good reason: it flatters every figure (if you’re short, wear with block heels), adheres to any dress code and makes the wearer look effortlessly cool.

For a contemporary take, tuck in a striped cotton shirt and finish with trainers (), adding an unstructured overcoat or Crombie-style cover-up when the temperature drops.

Next in line are culottes (). Also prevailing as a key item this season, they’ll give you a structured A-line shape, but with all the comfort of normal jeans. A natural partner to grey cashmere – to dress them up, team with a longline black blazer, crisp shirting and your finest pair of heels.


Photographer: Daniel Thomas Smith / Stylist: Chloe Forde / Make-up artist: Kim Jacob / Hair stylist: Christos Kallaniotis
Models: Georgina at Next; Zachary and Caroline W at IMG / Writer: Charlene Barton

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