Blue­print for the hip

Fash­ion: Denim is cool again — if it comes in the light­est blue, says Sarah Tankel

The Jewish Chronicle - - FEATURES -

IT ’ S O F - F I C I A L : denim i s hav­ing a bit of a mo­ment right now. Yet, with the darker hues fad­ing into fash­ion ob­scu­rity, this spring’s denim has been pushed to new lim­its with su­per-light shades, dis­tressed fin­ishes and (alarm­ingly) a whole lot of rip­ping. It is not just jeans that have light­ened up — the denim jacket has made a come­back in the palest of shades, while light denim jump­suits, skirts and dresses give the cult fab­ric a girly twist.

For those who swore off-pale denim years ago (in­clud­ing me), this is the time to make amends and em­brace all things pale. Take note, th­ese shades were all over the spring run­ways. At Chanel, mod­els pa­raded in ev­ery­thing from biki­nis to one-pieces in soft-light denim, while at Christo­pher Kane we were cap­ti­vated by pre-washed frayed jack­ets and stonewashed ra-ra skirts.

So, how do you wear it? The cur­rent in­car­na­tion of the jean is sim­ply pale and comes in a mul­ti­tude of shapes. Su­per­skinny and ripped led the way at Christo­pher Kane, Cavalli’s were flared and high-waisted andDol­ce­andGab­bana’s den­ims were bizarrely patch­work — any­thing but mun­dane! Thank­fully, th­ese styles have made it on to the high street. Fash­ion fron­trun­ner Top­shop gets prime po­si­tion with its slashed skin­nies, but beware, they do re­quire con­fi­dence. Wear them with a loose top and killer heels for that laid-back sum­mer vibe.

For those want­ing to keep things slim but with­out half your leg on show, Ware­house’s pale skin­nies are a to­tal must-have. They look ul­tra chic paired with spring’s favourite flo­rals or clas­sic prints, such as stars, stripes and spots. If you are not a sim­ple jeans and T-shirt kinda girl, ’80s denim dresses and skirts are fash­ion for­ward, yet wear­able at the same time. Rock them now with thick tights an­daleather­bomber,and opt for bare legs come sum­mer.

Do you still have that old denim jacket lurk­ing in your wardrobe? Then lucky you, es­pe­cially if it is shrunken and ul­tra pale. The denim jacket is the coverup du jour, par­tic­u­larly teamed it with sum­mer dresses, high-waist skirts and even wide-leg trousers. If, like me, you binned it some­time in the last decade, Dorothy Perkins has the an­swer with their cropped denim de­light. Hur­rah! Sarah Tankel is a GMTV stylist and fash­ion writer

1. Rip it up with Top­shop’s dis­tressed jeans, £45 2. Re­vive the denim jacket with this cropped ver­sion from Dorothy Perkins, £25 3. Ware­house’s pale skin­nies, a musthave at £40

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