From the changes in your body after you’ve had a baby to trying out a brand new denim trend, your relationship with your jeans is constantly evolving. Charlene Barton shows you how to find the perfect pair, whatever stage you’re at
Getting back to your pre-baby body is no mean feat. You want to look and feel your best again, but when time is limited and your little bundle of joy demands attention, fitting in to your favourite skinny jeans doesn’t exactly rank as a priority.
For a quick-fix solution, try a pair of jeggings – think super-comfy, stretchy fabric, a slimming dark wash and a mid- or high-rise waist to create a smooth silhouette. When your legs look longer and your stomach flatter, people will soon be asking just how your body bounced back so quickly.
Of all the trends in the fashion sphere, denim is one that doesn’t discriminate. But as you get older, it’s important to keep trying new fits, washes and shapes – you’ll be amazed how stylish an updated silhouette or colour can look.
The must-have style for autumn is flared at the hem, tapping into this year’s ongoing Seventies vibe (add a floaty boho blouse if you want to take on the look from top-to-toe). Another great option is coloured denim, especially white for winter. It’s crisp, fresh and looks incredibly sleek with a monochrome palette, day or night.
Fashion’s love affair with slouchier, boyish denim doesn’t seem to be waning anytime soon. A firm favourite with style editors across the globe, the allure of looking relaxed, nonchalant and totally comfortable in what could be your boyfriend’s jeans has become completely irresistible.
Pair them with the right pieces (a white shirt always looks great) and you’ll be surprised by how elegant the results are. A crucial tip: if you’re dressing them up, make sure you wear pointed or open-toe heels to help elongate your legs.
Denim should be personal to you, so if traditional indigo jeans just aren’t cutting it, it’s time to branch out. What might seem like the most basic item in your wardrobe can actually provide a platform to project your own style.
If you like a skinny silhouette, swap your go-to pair for this motocross design (above). The faded colour and seam details add a cool edge – a look that’s just asking to be teamed with a leather jacket. Alternatively, don’t stop at jeans; dungarees have been making headlines ever since Alexa Chung was spotted in them. Team with classic staples – vests and T-shirts in white, black and navy – and you can’t go wrong.
Photographer: Henrik Bulow / Styling: Niki Brodie / Hair stylist: Jose Quijano at D+V
Make-up artist: Lucy Hart at D+V / Model: Lily Taylor at Baby Grace, Astrid at Next, Hannah Dakin at Models 1 and Leo at Nevs