From deep indigo to white, denim is a must-have for every season
You’d be hard pressed to find a harder working fabric than denim. The hearty woven wonder is ageless, egalitarian, built to withstand everyday rigor and, with the proper elements, can be prepped to party. For many of us it’s on-call 24/7. Seriously, think about it: where would your wardrobe be without this crucial fabric? And how has a textile with such a storied past that conjures up images of 19th century laborers, Wild West cowboys and James Dean, become a seasonless staple?
Well, hanging out at the intersection of re-invention and reliability goes a long way. On the one hand, the ability of denim to be continuously transformed and re-imagined is essential to its un-dying popularity. The latest lust-worthy offerings go well beyond basic blue. From silken textures to sleek waxed coatings, saturated hues and a parade of prints, denim has never been more in demand.
But if you’re not ready to test-drive the newest jean-ius ideas, putting a fresh spin on a classic style is still sartorially satisfying. It’s a neutral that automatically works with the season’s hit shade or sharpest silhouette, and happily lends an easy going aesthetic to everything it’s paired with. And, yes, we’re all for the changing tides of fashion but it’s the dependability of denim that keeps us coming back for more.
Used to be everyone talked about the wardrobe necessity of a white button front shirt. Well, not any more. The chambray shirt has become every cool girl’s closet staple. Thanks to the recent revival of this menswear-inspired classic you can find fits that range from loose to ladylike. Whatever your preference, utilize this refreshing alternative as an unexpected counterpoint to streamlined separates. When worn with brightly colored crop pants or a printed pencil skirt chambray becomes oh so stylish without being stuffy.
C’mon, who doesn’t want to look this effortlessly pulled together every day? They may be called boyfriend jeans, but it’s ladies who covet this level of chic. The trick to tackling distressed denim is to balance it with distinctly polished pieces. Stick to fabulous fail-safe elements, like a structured blazer and pointy toe pumps. No crazy colors or bold details needed; less is more. And a proper fitting pair of jeans is crucial here, too. You want the Goldilocks version of a just-right fit. Too tight reads trashy, too baggy appears sloppy. Aim for slightly roomy, roll the cuffs and you’re set.
Ingrie Williams is a writer and stylist based in Toronto.
Riley Stewart is a photographer based in Toronto.
Steven Lee is a Streetstyle Photographer based in Toronto.
Hair and makeup by Emma Sherman.