Jean therapy

A model wearing top to toe denim at Balmain ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2014 fashion collection, in Paris.:AP Photo/Thibault Camus/PA Photo
A model wearing top to toe denim at Balmain ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2014 fashion collection, in Paris.:AP Photo/Thibault Camus/PA Photo
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It’s an unstoppable denim takeover. Jeans have gone from closet staple to catwalk trend...

There are trends that fade in and out, and then there is steadfast denim.

Jeans have always been a go-to staple but, not content with legs alone, there’s a head-to-toe denim takeover this season. From jean jackets to smart dresses, you can indulge in denim to your heart’s content.

The good news is that your denim investments are unlikely to look dated after one season so you’ll wear them again and again.

Stand by to do denim everything this spring.


Put your black leather biker in storage and get the blues with a denim jacket.

This season, jean jackets have undergone a blinged-up transformation with embellishments, studs, sequins, patchwork and even catchy slogans if you really want to make a statement.

But let your style dictate the type of cover-up you opt for - classic numbers if you favour busy prints and brights, or detailed jackets if you’re more likely to wear plain or dark colours.

For a real jeans twist on a classic, look for a denim tailored trench coat.


Denim has gone to the (after)dark side with eveningwear options.

Swap your LBD for an LDD - that’s Little Denim Dress. Avoid floaty silhouettes better suited to summery days, and look for form-fitting shifts or crisp shirt dresses. And opt for darker denims; they tend to look less casual than pale washes.

If you prefer separates, look for denim skirts with fish-tail hems or peplums for a more feminine silhouette.


Beware... Double denim is not the easiest look to pull off. The first rule is to contrast your denim shades - wearing a lighter shirt tucked into darker jeans will balance out your shape if you’re bottom heavy, for instance.

An unbuttoned denim shirt is a less committed look. Try skinny jeans, a white tee and a loose-fitting denim shirt worn open. Shirt pocket details in the right places will also boost your bust. If you’re top-heavy, try different styles to see what’s most flattering and comfortable. Adding tan accents, like boots or a belt, is the best way to break up the blue.

Feeling brave? Try all-in-ones or dungarees in a fluid fabric that allows for movement.


While skinny bootcuts look smart, distressed denim with purposeful rips will instantly pare down a smart top or jacket.

For versatility, look to boyfriend styles where you can wear the leg rolled up with flats by day or worn down with towering heels for night.


If denim just isn’t you, wear it in the most subtle of ways - on your feet or on your shoulder. Denim has spread to accessories with stonewash-style shoes and bags. If you want to work a jeans-inspired bag, ensure it looks worn and well-loved. The easiest way to do this is with a patchwork duffle or tote that looks as though you’ve sewn together panels from your fave redundant jeans.


Finding a flattering pair of jeans can seem an almost impossible task, but don’t panic.

There’s a jeans silhouette to suit every body shape, and some have even employed slimming technology in all the right places. Head to Barnsley and call for the Jean Genie’s help.

The town’s Alhambra Shopping Centre has teamed up with beauty and styling expert Sinead Buckley, aka Jean Genie, to help people find the most flattering pair of jeans to suit their body shape.

Sinead said: “With so many different jean styles around, it’s a minefield for both men and women when it comes to choosing the perfect style.”

A four-day Jean Genie workshop will take place from February 26 to March 1 (11am-3pm) outside Iceland and will showcase jeans from a variety of stores. “I will be on hand to answer questions and give advice on styles and colours,” says Sinead.

Shoppers be given top jean tips, be able to view different styles, receive a money off voucher book to spend in the shopping centre and be entered into a draw to win a £150 makeover. The event will also be raising money for the Jeans for Genes charity which aims to improve the lives of children with genetic disorders.

here will also be a ‘Jean Bank’ where customers can recycle their old, unwanted jeans. For more information about the event go to