When looking back on denim as a trend, it’s hard not to think about the many denim faux pas of the past. The Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake co-ordinated red carpet look immediately springs to mind, as well as the popular acid-wash jean phenomenon of the 80s. But nowadays, there’s no reason why you can’t wear denim with pride and even find some affordable pieces on a budget!
The jean has come a long way since its invention in the 1870’s and since then, companies like Levi, Wrangler and Diesel have all become famous for their take on the classic trouser. But who says you have to pay designer prices to get your hands on a good pair of jeans?
The skinny jean has grown in popularity in recent years, so if you’re thinking of getting your hands on a pair, take a look at our budget-friendly selection:
• This navy pair from F&F at Tesco are great value at only £8, and are sure to be figure flattering with their dark navy colouring. The jean features minimal detailing and because of this, they’ll be easy to dress up or down.
• Go against the grain with these grey skinny jeans from Forever 21. The pair are a bargain at just £7 and will make a great alternative to the classic navy look.
• For more of a grunge feel, why not opt for this black pair of skinny jeans from Primark? The jean embraces more of an edgy style with its slashed knee and comes with a bargain price tag of only £13.
If the skinny look isn’t really your thing, why not opt for the straight leg?
• This mid-wash jean from F&F at Tesco, has a real vintage vibe with its light navy colouring and at only £16, they’re much more affordable than any vintage prices! If you have a shorter frame, then straight-legged jeans like these will help to create the allusion of a longer leg.
• If you work in a more casual environment, this black straight leg jean from Dorothy Perkins could be just what you need to help you transition from the working day to night. The jeans are currently priced at £15.
• If you’re more of a dark-wash jean kind of woman, then these straight leg jeans from George at ASDA could be just what you need to breathe new life into your denim collection. The jeans accommodate for all different shapes and sizes and are available in short, regular and long leg.
The boyfriend cut embraces the fact that not all jeans have to be slim or form fitting to flatter the figure - baggy can look just as good:
• The boyfriend jean can be somewhat daunting to wear, so to ease yourself into the trend why not try this slim fit boyfriend jean from Primark? They will still give you the desired baggy look while maintaining their fit and won’t do too much damage to your bank balance either, at just £13.
• If you’re feeling a little bit braver, then you could give this distressed pair of boyfriend jeans from Boohoo a whirl. The jeans are light wash and incorporate distressed detailing down the front of both legs – not bad for just £15.
• For the fashion risk-takers amongst you, this next pair are for you. These high rise boyfriend jeans from Forever 21, are sure to make you stand out from the crowd with their 80s feel and light wash colouring. And at only £19, these jeans are a fashion statement worth making!
Double up your denim!
How could we broach the topic of denim and not talk about double denim? Double denim has been going through something of a fashion revival over the last couple of years, and with backing from designers and celebrities alike, has won back some of its style credentials. So, to help you wear the trend with pride, here are our top tips:
• Get shirty: the golden rule of double denim is to vary your shades. A great way to do this is to wear a light wash shirt with a darker navy jean. To find a shirt to pair with your jeans, why not try this baggy shirt from Primark? Or if you’re feeling really adventurous, this bejewelled number from Dorothy Perkins will help you stand out from the crowd.
• Wear white: white and double denim are a great combination and incorporating white into a denim outfit can be a great way of breaking up the block of colour. So, for all you double-denim newbies out there, ease yourself into the trend by wearing a denim shirt or jacket with a pair of white jeans. If you don’t have any white jeans to hand, you could wear a white tee under your denim shirt instead.