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From a night out to a busy day on the road, stylist and fashion writer Alexandra Fullerton shows us how denim works for all she needs to do


Meeting with clients:
“As a freelancer, I spend a lot of time running around town, so comfort is paramount. I might be in designer showrooms on Bond Street or East End vintage stores, so high quality, versatile skinnies are a good shout. The raw-hem detail gives them edge, which I’ve balanced with chic tailoring in the form of a jumbo cord blazer (my go-to for polished ease). A bright bag lifts the grey tones of this outfit.”

In the office:
“Jeans at work might have lost their shock factor but there is still some denim etiquette involved and I like to save my chicest pairs for the office. A dark wash looks more professional and choosing a classic silhouette like this straight-leg pair feels most polished. Now that leopard print is officially a neutral, I’ve been looking for a new animal print to adopt and love this snake-print cashmere knit. Worn with tonal courts and a mock-croc tote bag, the prints work well together because they are in similar – rather than clashing – shades.”


Casual weekend:
“Build volume on the top half of your outfit to showcase the eternally chic silhouette of skinny jeans. This is my top tip for volume – focus on just one area of the outfit (an alternative would be wide-leg trousers and a slim-fitting top). Tartan and plaid took centre stage on the 2019 catwalks, so this jacket is a great buy.”

Styling on a shoot:
“Wearing a dress over jeans is a major trend right now, and styling like this always feels cool and surprising. Start off with a bottom layer of jeans (I like this soft, stretchy pair) and a T-shirt, then choose a shirt dress to layer over, wearing it open like a coat so your jeans are on show. Extra points if you mix stripes and an abstract print – it might seem scary but if they share a similar shade the two patterns will work brilliantly, and the denim base acts as a foil for the printed eclecticism.”


An evening out:
“Lingerie-inspired details are a major trend, but I don’t want to look like I’m going out wearing actual underwear! A wide lace-trim vest embraces the trend via baby steps while the polka-dot scarf makes the outfit feel less ‘boudoir’, as does the quilted bag. Authentic grey denim teamed with black silk provides a really pleasing textural and tonal contrast. The flash of pink from the peep-toe shoes feels fun and celebratory, and breaks up the darkness of the rest of the look.”

Editor: Sophie Hines / Images: Morgane Lay and Jonny Cochrane / Styling: Alexandra Fullerton / Hair: Halley Brisker
Make-up: Karina Constantine / Nails: Charly Avenell