Cot­ton on to­denim

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE - BY TA­MARA CORIN

DENIM IS a god­send of a fab­ric. We all have at least one piece of denim cloth­ing hang­ing in our wardrobe — no mat­ter what your age, style or shape. Al­though denim is the most ver­sa­tile of fab­rics, the denim skirt can cause many style dilem­mas. Get the wrong length and you’ll be look­ing more frumpy than yummy mummy. I see this mis­take time and time again.

First and fore­most I highly rec­om­mend you shop for a denim skirt instore rather than on­line. There are so many styles that look dread­ful on­line but sur­pris­ingly pleas­ing in the flesh. Get­ting it right is cru­cial es­pe­cially to avoid gath­ered fab­ric and baggy waist­bands/tight hip com­bos.

It’s im­pos­si­ble to avoid denim on the high street and in de­signer stores. The choice is end­less; mini, midi, maxi, A-line, full, straight. The list goes on.

Prac­ti­cally you want your skirt to be com­fort­able. I’ve learnt the hard way, I have a gor­geous 70s in­spired denim skirt that I love dearly but I need to swing my legs 90 de­grees or yank my skirt up just so I can get into a car. (Not ideal when you’re in a rush for work in the morn­ings).

You also need to con­sider what you’ll be match­ing your denim with and for what oc­ca­sion — that is, day­wear, work­wear? De­con­structed de­signs give a nod to the 90s and look re­laxed teamed with a slim rib or chunky knit and boots for week­ends. High waist­bands and darker shades of denim work well in the of­fice and look stylish teamed with a crisp shirt and sharp jacket. Shorter styles and light denim hues scream week­end fun but most are suited to the younger crowd. Take in­spi­ra­tion from celebri­ties who work the denim rule ef­fort­lessly.

Lastly, re­mem­ber a denim skirt will never date, so it’s worth shop­ping around and try­ing on sev­eral styles to see what suits your body best. As a rule of thumb an A-line style that skims your knees will com­pli­ment all body shapes and you’ll be able to move in it too.

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