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How to wear your fave jeans and denim clothes

Author: Canadian Living

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How to wear your fave jeans and denim clothes

Ah, denim. What else is more comforting or more familiar than looking into your closet and seeing those cotton-twill pieces, dipped in indigo and reinforced with rivets? I’ve had a lifelong love affair with the fabric, starting with my Gap 1969 sparkle-wash denim at age eight and continuing to present day with my vintage Levi mom jeans. No matter my profession, I’ll always be a blue-collar girl.

Blue jeans have influenced generations of Canadian culture, and countless books and blog sites have been dedicated to recording the history of denim, how to wear it and legendary celebrities who loved it. Occasionally, it will be a key trend of the season, but generally it’s a classic staple that can find a place in any wardrobe. With a few styling updates, you’ll always be fashionable. Here are our best tips to freshen up your denim favourites.

1. Dress for your body type

It’s important to understand your body type and choose denim washes accordingly. Like black and white, dark-wash denim will help you achieve a slimmer look, while light-wash denim will draw attention to specific areas. Avoid whiskered details and heavy denim around areas you wish to minimize. Invest in a good-quality pair of high-waisted jeans, which will go a long way, especially on days you wish to tuck everything in.

2. Mix tones
Create visually appealing contrast by mixing darker-hued clothing (such as black or burgundy) with light-wash denim, and dark denim with lighter colours (think beige or white).

3. Consider your height
Shorter gals, look for skinny denim or slim-cut boyfriend jeans to avoid looking swathed in too much fabric. If you have a pair of looser boyfriend jeans you’re dying to wear, consider pairing them with heels, a white tee and a slouchy leather jacket for a casual yet chic look.

4. Opt for unconventional denim

An instant way to modernize your denim collection is to stock up on items with unfinished edges, stiffer weaves, subtle dip-dyed accents or patchwork details. It's also fun to try unique cuts, such as the Gap raw-edge drop-shoulder denim coat seen above.

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11 key denim pieces starting at $17

Denim shirt

A denim shirt in a versatile medium wash is a staple wardrobe must-have that will quickly become your daily go-to piece. TNA marshall denim shirt, $95, aritzia.com.

Image by: Canadian Living By: Laura Gulshani Source: Aritzia

11 key denim pieces starting at $17

Boyfriend jeans

These slightly destroyed jeans with patchwork detailing are a low-key, sophisticated way to participate in the 'worn-in denim' trend. Boyfriend jean, $168, jcrew.com/ca.

Image by: Canadian Living By: Laura Gulshani Source: J.Crew

11 key denim pieces starting at $17

White denim

Want denim in something other than trusty blue? Start a clean slate with a classic western-style denim jacket in fresh white. White denim jacket, $59, joefresh.com.

Image by: Canadian Living By: Laura Gulshani Source: Joe Fresh

11 key denim pieces starting at $17

Denim trousers

Take these flattering denim trousers from day to night by ditching the office-appropriate blazer and flats and donning a silky top and strappy heels instead. Denim trouser, $110, bananarepublic.ca. Click for more fall fashion buys.

Image by: Canadian Living By: Laura Gulshani Source: Banana Republic

11 key denim pieces starting at $17

Chambray jumpsuit

A chambray jumpsuit takes the work out getting dressed. Chambray jumpsuit, $128, anthropologie.com.

Image by: Canadian Living By: Laura Gulshani Source: Anthropologie

11 key denim pieces starting at $17

High-rise skinny jeans

Not only will a high-rise cut help to define your waistline, but it will provide extra lift for your booty, elongate your legs, and keep everything tucked in when sitting or bending down. What's not to like? Gap 1969 high-rise skinny jeans, $39, gapcanada.ca.

Image by: Canadian Living By: Laura Gulshani Source: Gap

11 key denim pieces starting at $17

Patchwork denim shirtdress

Layer this patchwork shirtdress over tailored pants or tights in the fall, or tuck it into a pencil skirt in the summer. White Chocoolate patchwork denim shirtdress, $97, asos.com.

Image by: Canadian Living By: Laura Gulshani Source: Asos

11 key denim pieces starting at $17

Raw-edge denim coat

A denim coat in a modern cocoon shape with the luxury of a warm shearling lining will envelope you in warmth and style, without looking bulky. Gap raw denim drop-shoulder coat, $168, available in stores mid-November. Click for more of our favourite coats.

Image by: Canadian Living By: Laura Gulshani Source: Gap

11 key denim pieces starting at $17

Denim bermuda shorts

If you're not a short-shorts girl, a boyish bermuda is a great alternative, and is especially flattering on curvier bodies. Denim bermuda shorts, $17, asos.com.

Image by: Canadian Living By: Laura Gulshani Source: Asos

11 key denim pieces starting at $17

Indigo shirttail top

A hem that hits just below the hips, a boxy shape, and a light chambray material make for a flattering and forgiving wardrobe addition. Indigo shirttail top, $50, gapcanada.ca.

Image by: Canadian Living By: Laura Gulshani Source: Gap

11 key denim pieces starting at $17

Denim tube skirt

Consider thie stretchy denim tube skirt with a zipper vent an alternative to the typical constrictive black pencil skirt. Denim tube skirt, $40, zara.com/ca.

Image by: Canadian Living By: Laura Gulshani Source: Zara


5. Make head-to-toe denim your go-to look

For the ultimate Canadian tuxedo (no longer a cringe-worthy combo!), mix and match denim washes while keeping in mind the tones that best flatter your figure. Add a plaid accessory to the mix and expect to receive the Order of Canada for your patriotism.

6. Look to the past for inspiration
Feeling a little ’70s? Vibe it out with bell-bottoms in a dark wash paired with a boxy short-sleeved denim top in a lighter wash. Top with a floppy hat and you’re good to go.

7. Show off finishing details
Instead of tucking your shirt completely into your waistband, tuck in only one of your shirttails at the front, allowing you to show off any interesting waist detailing or a cool belt with a statement buckle. Add extra visual interest by letting the cuffs of your jeans rest above—not tucked into—your boots, especially if the inner fabric is stamped with a print or the seams have contrasting stitching.

8. Don’t underestimate the power of white

Nothing is more seasonal than sporting crisp white denim from head to toe in summer. Break up the look by pairing different textures or varied shades of white. To transition your white jeans into fall, look for colourful separates or those with heavier materials. Be wary of cropped white denim trousers or those shortened too high above the ankle, which will shrink the appearance of the length your legs.

9. Make denim a part of special occasions

Dress up denim by pairing dark-wash jeans with separates in luxe fabrics, such as a tweed blazer with strong shoulders or a lace top with a statement bib necklace. Finish off the outfit with your pointiest heels.

Before going on a shopping trip for your dream denim, make sure you know how to select the right jeans for your body type.
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