It’s our favourite styling trick of the season and the perfect way to extend the lifespan of your festive party dress…
WORDS BY ALEXANDRA RHODES
January. The struggle is real. The first payday of 2018 seems light years away and everyone’s “cutting back” but getting through the most miserable month of the year without a little newness is ill-advised at best. Luckily, this season’s biggest styling trick is also a thrifty way of making your wardrobe work harder. That Christmas party dress you just splurged on? Watch it take on a new lease of life with just one small addition… your favourite pair of jeans.
First things first, jeans are integral to this look and the right cut will keep your outfit chic and streamlined. Cropped skinny or straight-leg styles, rather than flares, work best. Raw, frayed edges or step hems are a fun way to experiment.
Wary of wearing head-to-toe sequins or a luscious velvet number after the sun has come up? Don’t be. Faded, original fit denim has the power to take even your most formal evening dress into the light of day – it’s the perfect high-low juxtaposition.
Double duty dressing
If a silk robe coat or thigh-high slit dress saw you through party season, congratulations, you made a shrewd investment. Layering an open wrap dress with jeans and a tee or showing off denim with a dramatic hemline is both daytime-appropriate and financially savvy.
Don’t forget fashion is also about looking forward. Layered outfits are a smart way to get going with SS18 while it’s still cold outside. Test drive pastel shades and spring florals with one of next season’s other sartorial stars - dark, selvedge denim - for added smug points.
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