Denim 101

From patchwork to bleaching, here is your ultimate guide to denim in 2016

Words by Hayley Reynolds
May 5th, 2016

It’s very hard not to spot someone in denim these days with it being the most universal item of clothing around. The unbeaten, casual go-to has been around for generations but recently we’re seeing the fashion herd’s own stylish twist on the trend. While fashion has always celebrated individualism, this season’s take on denim is definitely a lot more personalised than it has ever been. For spring/summer the catwalks embraced denim, so we’ve rounded up the new ways to take on the traditional indigo blue.

Get Ripped 

The easiest way to upgrade your denim is by getting creative and ripping them. Whether you buy a pair of already ripped jeans or simply put scissors to fabric yourself, make sure you don’t go too over the top with rips so as to ease into the trend.

Picasso Pants

Embellished denim isn’t for the faint hearted but here in maven46 HQ we love the idea of personalising an outfit, any way possible. Patchwork and badges radiate cool edgy vibes while gems and rhinestones give it the glam treatment. If you’re feeling artistic, why not splash some paint on a pair of old mom jeans to freshen up your summer wardrobe.

Frays for Days

One of the biggest trends this season is frayed hems and we are loving it! The raw edge styling is everywhere from denim skirts to the sleeves and necklines of tops with Marques’Almeida and Vetements featuring overdyed, hand-frayed denim pieces such as oversized dresses, frayed tops, and pants with rips for SS16. To get the look, get some scissors and use the sharp side of the blade to graze the ends for an unraveled effect.

Double Denim

Okay, so maybe don’t go full Canadian tuxedo or you’ll probably end up looking like Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake circa 2001. Instead tuck a shirt into a pair of matching jeans or style a denim jacket with some vintage light-wash shorts. If you do opt for a denim-on-denim ensemble, make sure to layer in simple separates. Add a white tee and belt for a more approachable look.

Reach for the Bleach

Splatter bleach on some already light-coloured jeans to contrast the white and blue washed denim together. Add a punch to it by dip dying the ends, making them whiter than the top, almost like an ombré effect.

Stay tuned next week for our ‘5 Ways to Style Your SS16 Denim’ video.