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Why it’s time to shake off skintight jeans and embrace denim's new shape

Breaking news: it’s time to shake off your skinny jeans addiction. Stylist introduces the new cuts with a cooler, looser silhouette

They completely changed our relationship with denim - and became the go-to garment in women's wardrobes for the best part of a decade. But now the reign of the skinny jean is finally being challenged, with a host of radically different wide cuts creeping off the catwalks. Yes, they will push you out of your sartorial comfort zone, but they will also flatter, as well as complement your existing wardrobe. As Topshop’s buying director (last year they sold a pair of jeans every 10 seconds) Emma Fox explains, “We’ve seen a transition to more authentic styles recently, such as the high-waisted loose-cut Classic Straight in heavier denim, reminiscent of the ‘original’ jean from the Fifties. A fashion ‘no’ for such a long time, now the baggier it looks fresh and cool.”


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In fact, there’s not just one new rebel look to get your head around, but several new cuts to choose from if you want to shake things up. Perhaps the most dramatic are flares, exaggerated this time into a bold silhouette, uncompromisingly long and loose rather than being fitted on the thigh and getting gradually wider. And the safest option? If you are struggling to surrender the second skin feel of your skinnies, test the water with the Tailored Kick Crop. Fitted down the leg for a familiar slim fit but with a quirky kick flare, they’re immensely flattering with heeled ankle boots and – depending on the shade – just as versatile and potentially smart as skinnies.

And of course, after so long at the top, skinnies aren’t being totally deposed. “Yes, skinnies are no longer the key shape,” says Stylist’s fashion director Alexandra Fullerton, “but you don’t have to ditch them entirely. Like the court shoe and leather skirt, they’ve transcended trends and achieved classic style status. You’ll still see them on stylish women everywhere, but now they’re a wardrobe staple rather than cutting edge.”

And with denim at the core of modern wardrobes, a little experimentation is the easiest way to reflect fashion’s latest mood. Here, denim experts select the five key styles for spring/summer.

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