As the fashion world gears up to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of blue jeans on May 20,we look at the different denim styles in vouge right now.
Distressed, vintage, pale, washed denims are the ones which are processed in a manner that make it seem worn out. They are intentionally given a pale shade to seem vintage and as if they were passed on to you like a prized family heirloom. The denim manufacturers are now selling pairs in this style created using new age treatments.
Effects like paint stain; bleach discoloration, burn marks, stone wash, etc are some of the effects that can be seen on these styles of denims. This look is a high fashion favourite and made popular by brands like Diesel. It is a favourite amongst celebrities who want to exude a ‘cool’ effortless rock and roll attitude. These denims deliver that outlook very well without really having to try and live the rock star lifestyle.
Last decade we were introduced to the cropped skinny jeans style which was seen in different shades of blue, black and white. Continuing that popular trend, the denim brands have now created a series of pastel shades of skinny jeans in colours like lilac, lime, lavender, seafoam, coral, turquoise, peach, pink, yellow and many more.
This style may seem too outrageous to be tried by the classic lovers, but they could easily replace the blue and black styles. The best way to know if you’d look good in one is by trying on a pair. Wear with a white or navy blue shirt and metallic heels and you will see how seamlessly the pastel shades blends in with your look. Sure the choice of shades will be personal varying from different tastes and skin tones. But the pastel skinnys are definitely a fashion step-up from the last year’s trends.
Cut like a pair of trousers but made out of denim material. The denim trousers are the most formal way denim could sit on your hips. Not to say that denim trousers should only be worn for office or formal events. In fact, the denim trousers add an element of nonchalant easiness to any look. Pair these with a clean shirt and closed shoes and you can wear it to work. Pair them with a t-shirt and sneakers and it is a perfect weekend look.
Or pair them with heels and a light jacket and this could be a great cocktail or evening look as well. How are denim trousers different from jeans? The denim wash and pocket styles that are found on jeans are missing from these trousers. Also a lighter fabric from traditional denim is used at times to give the look of light fabric trousers.
Denim on denim
One cannot miss out on a denim-on-denim look while scrolling through any good street-style blog or website today. Denim-on-denim is a style of wearing a denim shirt/top over a pair of denim trousers. This idea was not something that was always considered fashionable. In fact, even today, it is a tricky look to pull off and there are some unwritten rules to this style that could be followed. For example do not wear the exact same material and wash denim from head to toe.
One can wear this in different shades of blue, for example light blue denim shirt worn with dark denim jeans. A good rule of thumb would be that the head to toe look should not look like a one-piece denim suit. There should be a break between different layers which draws the eye to the details of each denim garment individually.
This style has been brought back from the punk fashion era of the 1980s. Denim shorts that seem like they were created by cutting off the jeans. The ragged edges of its hem add to the element of rebellion of these denim styles. The cut-offs are the ones made popular by Rihanna in her music video ‘you da one’ and can be seen in her live performance at the Coachella music festival earlier this year. Speaking of music festivals, this style is particularly popular at outdoor summer festivals.
The cutoffs reflect a very free- spirited, could-not-care-less attitude which people wear to define their non-serious side by putting on a pair of cut-off denims. The shredded denim edges reflect the age of the denims from which the shorts were created and hence add to the value of the garment. Due to the popularity of this style, many brands have introduced this style so that people do not have to create their own pair by cutting off their pair of jeans. Though this style may not seem as the easiest to pull off, they definitely attract due attention.
The writer is a fashion blogger (www.lovestruckcow.blogspot.com) who attempts to bridge the gap between creator and consumer. As a fashion writer, she hopes to promote Indian fashion among Indians and on a global level too.