Rey Vakili: Denim done three ways
Jeans are the cornerstone of every wardrobe. When styled correctly, a great pair of denim jeans can transcend seasons, trends, time of day and occasions. Call it magic or just plain jean-ius, but your favourite pair of jeans can fulfil your every fashion need.
Whether you’re working from home, relaxing on the sofa, picnicking with friends, or glamming up for a night out, here are a few styling tips to ensure you get the most out of your beloved denim.
1. Picnic perfect
Spring is in the air, and that means it’s finally picnic season! For a picnic-perfect look, I’ve styled my denim with a breezy, oversized shirt, a pair of fresh white flats and finished it off with some playful accessories.
There are a few things to consider when choosing the perfect outfit for a picnic, the most obvious being that you will probably be sitting on the floor – so comfort is king. When it comes to picnic attire, opt for a pair of mid to high-rise jeans that are not skin-tight. You’ll want to be able to stand and sit comfortably for a good time.
Choose a pair of shoes that are covered, but easy to remove. You’ll want to be able to sit barefoot on a rug, but not get your feet dirty while you’re locating your perfect picnic spot!
The final factor to consider with any al fresco dining is the weather. Be prepared for anything. I love a great cotton shirt because it’s lightweight, breathable, and just as effective in protecting you from the harsh sun or a dip in temperature.
2. Leisurely lounging
My go-to uniform on the weekends is almost always a pair of jeans styled with a tank and sandals. For the ultimate lounge look, I’ve styled my denim with a cute, fitted knit tank and brown leather slides.
When lounging at home on the weekend, I like to feel prepared for anything. You never know who will pop their head in to say hi, or when you will need to run to the shops to stock up on groceries for Saturday night. An effortlessly chic but comfortable combo is the way to go.
3. Elevated evenings
For an evening out with friends, I’ve elevated my day denim look by styling my jeans with a crop top and a crisp white blazer. A crop and blazer combo is sexy yet subtle for a night out. It shows some skin, but not too much to make you feel overly exposed. The perfect transitional outfit from dinner to the dance floor, you can throw off the blazer whenever you’re ready to party!
To finish off the look, I’ve added a statement gold chain and some fun blue heels for colour. They are must-have accessories – the easiest way to elevate your day denim to evening denim.
Tips for purchasing and wearing jeans
When it comes to denim, there are so many choices out there, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re trying to find the perfect pair. The reality is, you can’t go wrong if you pick a pair that fits well and makes you feel sexy and confident.
When picking out a pair of jeans, I like to consider two things – fit and utility. With fit, I ask myself questions like “will I feel comfortable wearing these all day?” and “do these jeans make me feel sexy and confident?” With utility, I ask questions like “can I wear these morning and night?” and “will this style still be fashionable next year or is it just a fad?” A versatile style and colour are important to me because I need my jeans to fit my casual wear needs, as well as my evening needs. For me, a pair of blue, high-waisted, straight leg denim checks all the boxes. For you, the answer may be something else. I think of jeans as an investment piece, so longevity, comfort and usage are key.
Another tip for looking after your denim post-purchase, is to always wash your jeans inside out. This preserves their true colour for as long as possible.
I hope these jean-ius styling and care tips will help you discover your dream denim this season!
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