How to wear... indigo denim
The dark washes that ruled the catwalks can be dressed up for work or play, writes Meadhbh McGrath
Denim is never out of fashion, but this season it's going dark. For a few years, faded and distressed denims were all the rage, and 2017 saw the return of classic mid-blue washes. But on the spring-summer catwalks, indigo reigned. Fendi offered cut-out denim dresses, Max Mara presented sophisticated buttoned-up jumpsuits and blazers, while Tibi and Tom Ford showcased dressed-up denim and roomy suiting.
You might not be ready for a double denim 'Canadian tuxedo', but the deepest blues are office-appropriate. For spring-summer, denim is tailored and fresh, with sharp, structured pieces already arriving on the high street. A lighter wash screams informality at work, but a dark denim dress is a cool alternative to your usual shift. Layer denim pieces with smart white, or offset a silk blouse and courts with an indigo midi skirt.
For jeans, slim and skinny styles are as common as ever, but straight cut and wider legs are becoming more popular. See Victoria Beckham for an example of how to keep the look contemporary, by pairing with a decidedly simple white T-shirt.
Street-style stars love the kick-flare silhouette, which looks very now with vivid sock boots, an asymmetric top and check blazer - a combination spotted on several front-row fashionistas.
Dark denim also offers an easy, understated way of tapping into this season's tricky Western trend. At Versace, denim shirts with Western collar tips were styled with golden baroque prints, while models at Givenchy wore oversized denim jackets with cowboy boots.
For evening, indigo can be easily dressed up with a smart blouse and velvet mules or chic pumps. Mango's jumpsuit is rapidly becoming this season's high street hero - finish off with ladylike accents like a pair of kitten heels and delicate hoop earrings.
If you're hungry to try double denim á la Rihanna, H&M's oversized denim shirt and jeans are chic and modern when styled with a pair of courts in one of spring's sorbet shades.