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Saturday 23 August 2014

Stylefile - Darren Kennedy: How to Wear...ripped jeans

Darren Kennedy

Published 03/05/2014 | 02:30

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Illustration by Moona AlQahtani, inspired by Rachel Zoe
Flared Skirt
Blush pink crepe daisy top

Fashion took on a new laid-back narrative for spring/ summer with denim dominating in many quarters. Shredded, frayed, ripped or slashed, the humble fabric transitioned between a super-sloppy aesthetic to a sophisticated, grown-up one.

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Casually cut-up jeans styled with carefree nonchalance featured on many of the season's catwalks, including Louis Vuitton, Rachel Zoe, Marios Schwab and DKNY. Despite there still being a decidedly early-90s feel, strategically torn-up denims expanded into chic new territory. This year the style is all about looking effortlessly pulled together and personally I think the chicer, the better. For a sophisticated approach, keep the styling relaxed and uncomplicated. For instance wear your torn-up jeans with a crisp white button-down shirt and complete the look with a sleek stiletto.

Depending on how much of a statement you want to make, choose between subtle shreds or more extreme styles featuring cuts that expose whole sections of the leg. The focus isn't just on the skinny silhouette either. Super-relaxed boyfriend cuts and distressed straight-leg styles are more laid-back and downright cool. For an off-duty look, team with some cool trainers and this season's mirrored tinted aviators.

Question: What to mix and match for a wedding?

Q I just received our first wedding invitation of the year and here we go again, looking for something to wear.

I am late 50s, 5ft, a generous size 12 on top with slim hips and legs. I like dresses, so long as they don't have metres of fabric wallowing around my legs. I prefer separates, but is it possible to get separates that look like a dress?

I have dark brown hair so most colours suit. I am open to suggestions – anything that I could mix and match for some of the other weddings I have coming up. In terms of budget, just err on the side of caution! Thanks for your suggestions.

Mary, Newry.

Darren replies: For some, the idea of wearing matchy-matchy outfits is unthinkable, but this season when it comes to making maximum impact, 'co-ords' (the latest fashion buzz word), otherwise known as matching separates, are the way forward. This fashion game of double or nothing is worth the risk and carries major fashion kudos. Better yet, these versatile pieces are easy to mix and match with the rest of your wardrobe, meaning multiple outfit options.

Silhouettes tend to be sleek and structured, so they're actually much more wearable than you might think. Louise Kennedy's SS/14 collection contained the most exquisite range of pretty pinks.

The blush pink crepe 'Daisy' top and  matching 'Dani' pencil skirt are sharply tailored to perfectly contrast the soft, feminine hue (€495 each, louise kennedy.com). Both pieces are highly interchangeable, but worn together they create a classic yet modern look.

Italian powerhouse MaxMara has a  vibrant coral, contrast sleeve top with matching coral slim line pencil skirt (€495, Brown Thomas). If you're conscious of your arms and would prefer some coverage, then this is a great option.

For a more muted tone the three-quarter sleeve boxy top (€275) and matching flared skirt (€250) by MaxMara Studio is made from silk georgette with geometric embroidery in a copper colour thread. Paired they give perfect proportions.

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