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HOW TO ELEVATE YOUR EVERYDAY BLUE JEANS

Denim done well is fashion at its peak–so don't underestimate the power of blue jeans.

We all dream of finding that elusive pair of perfectly-fitted jeans in the dream wash and impossibly flattering cut. Lucky for you, our Boutique Buyers are experts in this area. With labels like J Brand and Citizens for Humanity among our selection, the search for your denim soulmate is doesn’t have to be long-winded.

The enduring appeal of the denim jean is no mystery; we’ve seen it on Audrey Hepburn, James Dean, Friends’ Rachel Greene—and yet it somehow doesn’t date. But after all this time in the limelight, the options for styling denim can seem a little lacking. We’ve all sported the “jeans and a nice top” combo more times than we can count, and surely we can’t keep reaching for that fail-safe white tee. If your imagination has run dry, keep reading for our simple tips on how to elevate your everyday blue jeans.

Mix Textures

Mix Textures

Yes, jeans and a cotton top is a winning combination. But sometimes it feels a little safe. Instead, take your go-to J Brand denim from day to night with a silky cami or satin blouse. Layer up for the winter with a tweed jacket or velvet blazer and some cosy accessories. Your jeans can be the bones of an outfit, but the quick addition of another texture will bring your look up a level in no time.

Treat Denim as a Neutral

Treat Denim as a Neutral

Embrace the versatility of your jeans and try out different combinations. Stick to the white T-shirt one day, brave it out in a bold top and statement accessories the next. Instead of making it the focal point, view your denim as an anchor to build your outfit around. For inspiration, we asked Adele from Atterley Boutique ALC about her favourite ways to style essential jean cuts and the brands she looks to first.

“At ALC, our clients are currently loving the versatility of high-waisted slim and straight leg options which have been a key staple for Paige and Frame Denim. Cut in a crop or full length, the straight leg jean is an modern update on the classic skinny, and the styling options are boundless! The straight leg works just as well with a simple tee and trainers as it does with a more feminine approach and this season's must-have mules.”

Play With Proportions

Play With Proportions

You may have been told that skinnies should be balanced out with an oversized top, or that flares look best with a fitted tee. But opt out of the ordinary and try layering a flowy wrap dress over straight-legged jeans. Juxtapose your loose styling a boyfriend fit with pair of skinny stilettos. As a general rule: don’t do the obvious, and your outfit is instantly more interesting.

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