Denim is more than a staple in 2016: the key pieces, styles and brands you need to know

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A forever staple, yes, but denim is also huge in the trend stakes for s/s 2016. We select the key pieces, styles and brands you need to know for the season ahead

Fashion: Lucy Reber

Key pieces to invest in

These are the definitive denim pieces to add to your wardrobes for instant sartorial cool

  • Ankle grazing skirt

    Along with the Nineties revival, the long denim skirt returns this season. Wear with beat-up Converse. £75, Levi’s (

  • Clean line bag

    Wear this with a button down chambray shirt for a polished way to do double denim. £130, Tommy Hilfiger (

  • Tie detail dress

    A key feature from the catwalk, this tied-up denim style hits two trends in one. £292, Current/Elliott (

  • Wide leg crop

    The jeans shape of the season. Wear with a skinny roll-neck and chunky heel ankle boots. £85, Pepe Jeans (

  • Kimono belt jacket

    A new spin on the classic denim jacket, make sure yours is collarless and belted. £29.99, Lindex (

  • Slim denim skirt

    Make your denim skirt slick and slim for summer. Perfect to balance out statement sleeves. £90, CK Jeans (

  • Utility jacket

    Patch pockets were a recurring theme on the spring catwalks, chic and practical too. £275, Diesel Black Gold (

  • Patchwork boot

    The mash-up of different denims is what makes this boot special; wear with an A-line skirt. £90, River Island (

  • White boyfriends

    Make white jeans cool by wearing them slouchy, oversized and ripped. Pair with a longline blazer. £85, Guess (

  • Tailored dungarees

    Overalls are still huge, but update them for spring by keeping them slim and smart. £280, AG (

Ways to wear

Denim trends are dictated by the smallest of details this season. Take your pick from our top three

  • Frayed Waistband

    This edgy style has been adopted across the board. Wear with a crew neck T-shirt to juxtapose the textured waistband

    Image: Marques' Almeida s/s 2015

  • Frayed waistband

    £30, Asos (

  • Frayed waistband

    £214, Liu Jo (

  • Frayed waistband

    £280, Marques’ Almeida (

  • Frayed waistband

    £231, Mother (

  • Embellished denim

    Be inspired by McQueen with embroidered and bejewelled styles. Best worn with a masculine crisp white shirt

    Image: Alexander McQueen s/s 2015

  • Embellished denim

    £49, Hollister (

  • Embellished denim

    £54.95, Gap (

  • Embellished denim

    £425, Stella McCartney (

  • Embellished denim

    £245, Essentiel Antwerp (

  • Hems down

    A dropped hem is the height of chic this season. This works with cropped, wide and slim styles, pair them with a slick statement shoe

    Image: Marc Jacobs s/s 2015

Designers To Know

The hottest new names in denim that will add instant cool to off-duty wardrobes

  • Aries

    Designed by Sofia Prantera and Fergus Purcell, this brand is full of youthful energy. Prantera started her career as a designer for skate label Insane, where she and Purcell met. He previously created the graphics for Marc Jacobs’ a/w 2014 motocross collection. Aries is now gaining recognition for its fun motifs, with its embroidered details for s/s 2016 set to take over from last season’s glitter flash jeans. Invest in the slim cut burgundy skirt, and wear with a light denim shirt.

  • Aries

    Jeans, £250,

  • Aries

    Skirt, £245

  • Aries

    Waistband free jeans, £239

  • Waven

    In its fourth season, this Scandinavian inspired denim brand is the brainchild of CEO, Anika Islam, who went from studying for a degree in economics to fashion, following her passion for denim. The Wåven design aesthetic is inspired by minimalism, advocating a purist simplicity, while still tapping into the season’s key trends with frayed edges, white denim and wrap skirts. Its accessible price points are fast making it our new go to for dressed down chic. Buy their white collarless denim jacket and wear with everything for the perfect spring cover-up.

  • Waven

    Jacket, £60,

  • Waven

    Skirt, £45,

  • Waven

    Shirt, £42,

  • Steve J & Yoni P

    For sophisticated denim look no further than Steve J & Yoni P. Shown at Seoul fashion week, their denim pieces fit perfectly with this season’s trends for off the shoulder details and wide leg cropped trousers. The brand has been snapped up by Opening Ceremony and Buy now, gain style points immediately. Their sailor button wide-leg cropped trousers are bound to become your new favourite jeans.

  • Steve J & Yoni P

    Top, £175,

  • Steve J & Yoni P

    Dress, £325,

The All-In-One Solution

Denim jumpsuits have been on the style periphery for the past few seasons, but s/s 2016 is going to see them everywhere. Make them totally of the moment with our styling treatments

  • Week Day

    While the weather’s still cold, layer your jumpsuit over a roll neck; a styling twist seen across the board at the s/s 2016 shows. Masculine touches like an oversized watch also work well with a denim boiler suit. 

    Jumpsuit, £70, Topshop (; top, £200, House of Holland (; bag, £25, Monsoon (; watch, £229, Michael Kors (; boots, £295, L.K.Bennett (

  • Evening Out

    Roll the top half of your boiler suit down and cinch at the waist, then mix this mannish style with a hyper feminine cold-shoulder knit for evening. The perfect balance of chic and street. 

    Jumpsuit, £160, G-Star Raw (; top, £95, Whistles (; bag, £1,195, Anya Hindmarch (; earrings, £10, Freedom at Topshop (; shoes, £200, Kurt Geiger (

  • Off Duty

    Oversized knits, as seen on the Saint Laurent catwalk for spring, are the perfect off-duty cover up. Wear with statement trainers and a fringed bag to complete the look, tapping into two key accessories trends of the season. 

    Jumpsuit, £170, Replay (; cardigan, £190, Essentiel Antwerp (; belt, £40, Tommy Hilfiger (; bag, £209, Maje (; shoes, £385, Jérôme Dreyfuss (

Fashion: Lucy Reber
All-in-one styling: Celia Walsh
Photography: Pixeleyes

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