From wide-leg culottes, to white jeans, to the best vintage-wash styles: say hello to the jeans you need for summer.
The rise of conscious consumption has influenced our wardrobes in a number of different ways. Hopefully, many of us are now shopping with a more classic, long-term approach to fashion and trends. We are are buying pieces that we hope we will want to keep and wear forever, or for a long time at least.
In terms of denim – which is, incidentally, one of the worst items for the environment, due to the amount of water used in the washing process – we have witness a return to classic, straight-cut jeans, as well as purchasing vintage denim from thrift stores and websites like ebay and Vestaire.
Another result of shopping in a more sustainable way is that we are buying more classic accessories and clothing in general. Knitwear, shirting, blazers, bags and shoes all work very well with a great pair of jeans. Because, as we all know, a pair of “jeans and a nice top” is pretty much a guaranteed recipe for success.
But how should we be navigating this new world of summer denim?
Slim cut, light or mid-blue jeans look great with light dresses and shirts, and can be dressed up with a statement handbag and low-heel sandals as easily as they can be dressed down with trainers and a more androgynous choice of top.
Loose, boyfriend-style jeans in light tones, meanwhile, look great with a slim vest and blazer. And white and cream jeans work best in a cropped, wide-leg silhouette with other tonal pieces.
With that in mind, here are some of the best styles that will see you through summer and beyond…
Agolde 90s mid-rise, faded, straight-leg jeans
These loose-fit, straight blue jeans are the ultimate update on that perfect nineties silhouette we all chase. Wear them with a basic t-shirt and ankle boots for an effortless day-today look.
Nineties, faded blue jeans, £265, Agolde (selfridges.com)
Re-Done Boyfriend Jeans
These washed out blue jeans from Re/Done are a lower waist alternative to more old-fashioned vintage jeans. They also fall lower in the leg so look perfect with sandals.
Samsoe Samsoe Adelina Jeans
With a slim - rather than straight - silhouette these mid blue jeans are more versatile for day-to-night dressing. Wear them over ankle boots, with a neon turtleneck for a playful evening look.
Gap High Rise Cheeky Straight Jeans
Lindex Cropped High Jeans
All Lindex denim is made from sustainable or recycled cotton, with substantially less water and energy used in the production process, so you can shop guilt-free. These cropped white jeans are really easy to style; just add a trainer and crew neck t-shirt or jumper for easy off-duty style.
Citizens of Humanity Eva cropped wide-leg high-rise jeans
Wear these classic, chic cropped jeans with a cream t-shirt and black leather sandals or ankle boots for an on-trend daytime look.
Raey Loon wide-leg jeans
Nod to this season’s seventies trend with a super-wide leg jean like this loose-fitting style from Raey and wear it with t-shirts and havaianas all summer then a chunky knit and loafers come autumn.
Current Elliott The Cropped Camp Jeans
Grey jeans are arguably the most versatile of all. This cropped, wide-leg style looks great with a short-sleeved shirt and low heels for evening.
Topshop Sand Straight Jeans
Beige is the colour of the season, take inspiration from the catwalks and wear yours head-to-toe. These sand coloured jeans look great whit a camel knit and cream raffia sandals.
UNIQLO high rise straight fit distressed jeans
Wear these distressed jeans with a pastel tie-die sweatshirt and nineties-inspired sneakers for a more fun, less sophisticated way to wear denim.
Levi's 501® Original Crop
These vintage-wash 501’s are the perfect day-today style, flattering and classic you can wear them with everything from statement knits and heels to plain t-shirts and pumps.
Opening image: Current Elliott and Raey
Product images: Courtesy of individual brands