Denim Days

Denim Days. Think summer, a walk on the beach, a cute little dress and a denim jacket. Think a festival, a fringed top and denim cut off shorts. Think work in the city in the summer, and a denim shirt dress and heels.

Forget just jeans, denim is a wardrobe staple, and you really should own at least one denim jacket, perhaps a skirt or dress, and maybe shorts.

Denim is comfortable, casual, sophisticated and stylish. It’s all of these things and more.

if you’re looking for casual , then jeans are it. Try stepping out of the skinny jeans we’ve all been wearing for years now, and opt for something a bit more chic – like these dark straight leg jeans from GAP (£49.95)Denim days GAP jeansDungarees are having a bit of a fashion moment, so if you haven’t hopped on yet, make sure you get yourself a pair soon. We love this patchwork pair from New Look (£29.99).

Denim Days New Look Dungarees

A denim skirt should be a staple in our wardrobe. In fact, you should probably invest in a few of different styles and lengths. First up, the mini skirt, like this one from H&M, with frayed edge detail (£19.99), perfect now, or in the winter with tights.

Denim Days H&M skirt

Or be inspired by the 1990s love-in at the moment with this split front midi skirt from New Look (£24.99).

Denim Days New Look midi skirt

Or make a real statement with this fantastic asymmetric skirt from Waven @ JOY (£50). With a structured waistband and side pockets, this is a fabulously quirky and fun skirt.

Denim days assym skirt JOY

A denim shirt dress is a great addition to any wardrobe. This dark wash version from French Connection (£95) is perfect for work and play, day and night.

Denim Days denim dress

Denim shorts are a ubiquitous summer buy for some. And they’re great! So comfy and stylish. There are SO many different washes and styles to choose from. This ombre style is from Red Herring @ Debenhams (£30).

Denim Days denim shorts

If shorts aren’t for you, then mix it up a bit with  culottes – another trouser shape that is big news this summer, and so easy to wear. This pair are from French Connection (£75).

French Connection denim culottes

Denim days can’t be complete without the jacket. It’s such a good thing to have in your wardrobe. Maybe even more than one. This one, from New Look (£27.99) in a bleach wash, is oversized, just like the jackets of the late 80s and early 90s. A fashionista’s dream.

New Look oversize denim jacket

If you prefer something more classic in your denim jacket, then this one from GAP (£54.95), in a dark wash and a classic fit, is just perfect.

Denim Days GAP jacket

Alternative Denim

Denim doesn’t just mean jeans. This season in particular, alternative denim choices are everywhere. Trust us, you will love this new take on an age-old style. Alternative denim means two things – alternative denim fabrics, and alternative styles.

So, from lightweight denim-a-likes, to denim shoes, there is something in this trend for everyone. And no jeans here!

Instead of jeans, try a denim dress. There are so many styles available, and so many different types of denim fabric, some with added stretch, some with a jersey feel, and others that are more traditional. Denim shift or shirt dresses in dark fabrics are even work-friendly for some, right?

alternative denim dressesClockwise, from top left: Denim stretch modal shift, £85, French Connection, V-neck denim dress, £40, Principles by Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams, denim dungaree dress, £29.99, H&M, tie waist light denim style dress, £45, Principles by Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams, shirt dress, £44.95, GAP, jersey denim style, £59.95, White Stuff, Tencel dress, £44.95, GAP

Denim in trouser-form needn’t mean jeans. A big trouser shape for this season is the culotte – but longer, and not quite as wide as some culottes. New Look’s denim culottes (£24.99) have a faded, tiered hem, which we love, and are perfect, as styled here with a simple white top. Or maybe their blue culotte style trousers (£22.99), which look like denim, right? New Look’s pale pinstripe high waisted denim hotpants (£17.99) are 1970s-tastic, agreed? If you have the legs for them, get them on! Finally, we love GAP’s loose, slouchy, denim dungarees (£54.95).

Alternative denim bottomsDenim in top form is probably the one look in alternative denim that can be difficult to wear. Do we do double-denim?If not, what do you wear your denim top with? Faux leather we say! And yes, yes, yes, this year to double, and even triple, denim!

alternative denim topsClockwise, from top left: Frayed hem denim top, £40, French Connection, crop denim top, £14.99, H&M, denim shirt, £17.99, New Look, stripe top, £17.99, denim style cami, £20, H! by Henry Holland @ Debenhams, faded denim top, £17.99, New Look

Replace a regular denim jacket with something a bit more tailored (and not strictly denim!). White Stuff’s blue collarless jacket (£75) has a denim feel, New Look’s kimono wrap style jacket (£22.99) would look great with dark denim culottes, and H&M’s stonewash and darkwash trim jacket (£34.99) is an quirky take on the regular.

alternative denim jacketsFor summer, your alternative denim wardrobe needs to include a dungaree pinafore dress (£44.95, GAP), okay? Or a really pale, gorgeous denim strappy dress like this one from New Look (£27.99).

alternative denim pinaforesDenim skirts can be 1970s or 1980s inspired. If it’s the 1970s look you are after, then go for A-line, maxi or midi. If it’s the 1980s you are channelling, then try a pencil skirt.

alternative denim skirtsClockwise, from left: A-line split maxi skirt, £22.99, New Look, dark denim midi skirt, £20, BHS, lightwash denim pencil skirt, £20, BHS, pocket front denim skirt, £30, JOY, short dark denim pencil skirt, £45, White Stuff

Finally, be a little quirky with your alternative denim style, and get some denim on your feet! We LOVE these denim Kickers, to celebrate the brand’s 40th anniversary. (£85, Schuh).

alternative denim shoesDenim espadrilles (£9.99, New Look) make so much summer sense, and GAP’s denim ankle tie ballerina flats (£24.95) are so pretty.