Trend of the Week: Out of the Blue

Explore new horizons this season with an updated take on denim. Loosen up with fresh new cuts, be bold with acid washes, or step into spring in denim dresses and workwear.

Timeless, classic, and always chic, denim is the hard-working wardrobe hero with the power to offer an instant style update. Here are the best ways to wear denim right now, writes Carolyn Moore.

Acid test

Once considered a crime against fashion, everyone from Stella to Victoria to Dior embraced acid wash denim this season. Best worn in classic cuts, like this Zara jacket, €39.95.

Skirt the issue

The denim skirt is back – from acid washed minis to deep, dark midi styles. For an office-appropriate option that works off-duty too, try See by Chloe’s A-Line skirt, €25, Brown Thomas

Dress down

We have nothing but good things to say about this Marc O Polo denim shirt-dress; a timeless summer staple that will take you from the beach to the bar. €169, Pure boutique, Douglas.

Word to the wide

When it comes to giving skinny cuts a wide berth, go big or go home. Think ‘90s Brit Pop-style baggy pants with a tracksuit top and bucket hat. Jeans, €79, COS.

Utility room

Workwear chic is an overarching trend for spring summer, so get your outerwear in order and order this belted workwear denim jacket by And Other Stories, €89, stories.com.

Button up

From dungarees to pinafores, your go-to denim pieces are no longer restricted to jeans and jackets. This pinafore/dress hybrid offers summer-ready style. €29.95, Zara.

Shape up

You don’t have to bid your skinny jeans adieu, but fashion folk have moved on, so for an instant style overhaul, embrace a looser cut. Arizona by Victoria Victoria Beckham, €315, Brown Thomas.

Get shirty

Always a sound investment, the denim shirt has been reinvented with feminine detailing in soft, chambray cloths. Denim blouse, anyone? Trinity blouse by Ganni, €179, Brown Thomas.

Double trouble

Doubling up on your denim isn't the fashion faux pas it used to be. To do this right for right now, pair different washes and look for contrasting cuts and details. Marks and Spencer are on point with their Holly Willoughby-endorsed fitted western blouse (€44) and ultra wide-leg cropped jeans (€40).

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