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How to rock denim this season

JeansKatie

I’m a jeans girl through and through. I wear them most days, and when I’m not wearing jeans it’s because I’m either still in my pyjamas, or all of my jeans are in the wash. Even then I’ve been known to fish a pair out of the basket and spritz with some Coco Mademoiselle (don’t judge me).

Admittedly I gave them a bit of a rest over summer, but now that these autumn days are rolling in quick, I’ve reignited my denim devotion. Old habits die hard, though, and my top half is still a pretty dull plain t-shirt – I’d like to inject a dash of panache to my denim ensemble.

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Brilliant timing then, and rather fortuitous, that I should bump into fashion stylist, Kirstie Smillie. Kirstie has worked in fashion for years – as a fashion stylist on for the glossies, for brands like Liz Claiborne, and running her own fashion boutique in Guildford. These days she is fully devoted to helping us Surrey gals find our fashion mojo – and as a fellow fan of denim what she doesn’t know about jeans isn’t worth knowing.

Trends alter, and at the moment the skinny is making way for a wider, more relaxed silhouette (praise be, and pass me another pastry). The other things to look out for this season, says Kirstie, are raw edges, embroidered motifs and two-tone.

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Then there is how much to spend. Is £40 ok? (Answer: Yes it can be.) Or should I stretch to £125? (Answer: Well, yes maybe.) Kirstie advises a big jeans trying-on session so you can compare styles. A bit like speed dating, only with blue denim. Expect a ratio of 3-1 though. Hate, hate, hate, love. (On the denim, not the dating.)

And when you find that pair you love, here are Kirstie’s top tips to really rock those denim legs…

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1. For full style marks, dress up with blazers and crisp shirts, by J Crew.

2. Ankle grazers work brilliantly with loafers now or ankle boots come winter.

3. High waisted styles, need shorter tops or remember to tuck in.

jeanstips24. Invest in a quality leather jeans belt, brown is always best, as Jennifer Aniston shows.

5. Add a long line jacket to dress up your skinnies, as shown by Gigi Hadid.

6. If you love a killer shoe, balance on top with masculine styling.

jeanstips37. Limit your tears and rips, unless you have gorgeous knees.

8. Yes, you can do double denim, it just imitates the jumpsuit trend and is very flattering, a la Kirstie Alley in 1991.

9. Add a bright scarf to lift muted tones

The practical bits: Remember, denim does stretch after wear, so always buy a little snug. To prolong jeans, wash at 30º, air dry and avoid use of softeners.

Kirstie is hosting Find Your Perfect Pair Jeans Workshops at House of Fraser in Guildford on Sat 10 Sept and Tues 13 Sept. For more details and to book contact Kirstie herekirstiesmillie.com

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