2016 is going to be the year of denim, but say no to skinny jeans

2016 is the year when we’re going to have fun with denim again as it’s denim everything — except for the skinny jean, writes Paula Burns
2016 is going to be the year of denim, but say no to skinny jeans

Fashion is staying in the realm of nostalgia, with denim the must-have trend of the new season. It’s not just the enviable street stylers of Instagram who are showcasing the veteran fabric. From Prada to Victoria Beckham, denim is having its moment on the catwalk.

There’s no escaping the nineties, so its little wonder that denim is playing a starring role. Denim has been making its play for the big time for a while now.

Over the past few seasons the blue siren has been sneaking in through the trends of dungarees, double denim and the forever sibling rivalry of skinny jean versus boyfriend, girlfriend and flares.

However, this season, denim, that potent symbol of youth and rebellion, is all grown up, making a move away from the distressed feel of the grunge era. It’s time to take the perennial trend seriously.

While designers tap into our love of all things nostalgic, they have reinvented this most hardworking of fabrics making it fresh for the 21st century.

Giving denim the ultra seal of fashion approval is the socialite, street style star and all round uber fashionista Olivia Palermo.

The style icon has brought denim into her latest collaboration with American store Nordstrom.

In keeping with the seasons fresh approach, Palermo’s collection gives the traditionally casual material a more formal feel, she used it to create a high-waisted midi skirt with a centre slit, a tailored jumpsuit, aka dungarees, and a pair of wide-legged cropped pants with a braided waistband.

When there’s a fashion nod from La Palermo, there is no denying that denim is the texture of this season.

Forget the LBD, the Little Denim Dress is now the staple piece for every Spring/Summer wardrobe.

The beauty of the LDD is its utter versatility. This is a dress that can be taken straight from day to evening, without compromising on style.

For the chillier daytime match it with opaque black tights and with trainers or every bloggers favourite the flatform.

Transform to evening by losing the tights and adding a wedge. Our favourite style is the Penneys button-down denim shirtdress.

The shirtdress in its own right is a fashion marvel that is both chic and flattering. Add denim to the mix to create the ultimate fashion cocktail.

Rumour had it amongst the fashion pages that dungarees were just a passing fad; that we won’t be going there again this year.

Lesson one; never believe the rumours. The ultimate in nineties fashion is staying firm in the style stakes. But what was once the uniform of mechanics, for 2016 dungarees have taken a more refined approach.

They’re not as slouchy as before. Think streamlined tailoring in dark hues. River Island have nailed it with their Indigo flared style. Match with high platform and you’re good to go.

When it comes to denim style there is no escaping the little sista to the LDD, the Little Denim Skirt.

But wait.

This season the LDS wants to play with the grown ups and so forget the denim mini and instead embrace the midi.

The button down 70s look is still very much in vogue; it’s just a little longer this time round.

The midi adds an element of sophistication. Wear high-waisted with a t-shirt tucked in for day with a fitted blouse for night.

In the nineties everybody who was anybody had a denim jacket.

The short fitted version was a firm favourite.

Fast forward 20 years and the denim jacket, much like the skirt, has gone for a longer, smarter cut.

The number one rule with this style is to use only lightweight material, otherwise the chic effect is lost leaving a bulky mess.

Selected Femme at Arnotts have achieved this look seamlessly with a shirtdress type jacket. Again darker hues are key.

With denim there is always the dreaded style conundrum of how much denim is too much.

In other words does denim on denim work?

It can but must be approached with caution.

My advice is use different colours.

Match a white pair of jeans with an open blue denim shirt with a t-shirt underneath.

Once again the style value of the skinny is up for debate.

The new silhouette couldn’t be further from the skinny frame; this years denim is ankle grazing, flared and relaxed.

This is an easy-to-wear style for the summer, match with open toe shoes and t-shirt for a relaxed daytime look.

Culottes aren’t going anywhere either and those high-waisted River Island culottes (left) will be great with heeled sandals as are midi denim skirts.

If the thought of giving up your skinnies is too much to bear, then opt for cropped or for frayed edges to keep on trend.

Keep them high waisted too.

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