The New Denim Rules
In case you missed it, denim is having a serious makeover this spring. We're not saying put aside your skinnies, but maybe try something that isn't one shade of blue with a straight leg fit (this particular denim addict at RI HQ will remain anonymous). Get to know the latest (but not final) forms of denim with our trend cheat sheet.
The Denim Maxi Skirt
The Year 8 disco was its origin story. Fast forward to 2023, and the denim maxi skirt is back for redemption in the style stakes. A hero piece for the street style set, make sure yours has a front or back split (no hopping up the stairs a la Kimmy in D&G) and preferably a vintage, stone-washed colour for extra vintage.
The Cargo Jeans
Classic denim with all the cool of a cargo trouser – what more could you want? The biggest point of difference are the utility-styled pockets and worker-inspired D-ring details. You're going to be seeing these everywhere so you might as well get reacquainted...
Anyone else notice dark denim is *big* right now? (Look away, cornflower blue). Pair indigo jeans with essentials like the classic white shirt for a much sharper look than lighter washes. Rarely seen distressed, this is denim for grown-ups.
We've come a long way from the original Canadian tuxedo. Britney and Justin at the 2001 American Music Awards. Even Julia and Kanye gave it a go. Don't be shy when it comes to denim on denim on denim. This season – everyone's doing it. Our top tip? Pick different shades for the top and bottom for a look more modern, less Millenium bug.
The Denim Waistcoat
Get the '90s look with this retro layering piece. Think Bella Hadid, not cowboys on the ranch. Try this tricky trend with a pair of cargos for model-off-duty cool or matching jeans for top-to-toe denim. It's niche, but trust us, it works.