Lessons on how to take your denim street style to the next level

With the first day of Spring firmly under our belts, it’s time to seize the good weather and step up your denim game with the latest street style inspiration.


Do the half-on-half-off

Industry insiders, off-duty models and #influencer types are taking note from Balenciaga and nonchalantly draping their clothes off their shoulders. This styling trick offers a new directional for layering and lets you show off items which would otherwise be hidden.


Get sporty with side stripes

While there has been a wave of premium track-pants on the runway, there’s no reason to keep this trend to just silky joggers. Look to wide cut jeans with indigo shadow stripes on the side seam.

Step into trashed jeans

Destroyed denim is nothing new in the denim game, but the newest looks come from novelty placement, like these decoratively frayed hems that give your jeans instant eye-catching style and also give you a chance to show off your statement footwear.


Go bold with 80s power shoulders

Demna lends his dab denim hand to Balenciaga’s S/S 17 collection with a return to girl-boss fashion, ’80s-style. This denim jacket has become the season’s hottest denim jacket with structured shoulders elevating your faded blues with an element of retro power dressing.

Layer up your denim

Ukranian designer Ksenia Schnaider started off somewhat of a jeanswear revolution last year when she dropped her demi jeans that give the effect of shorts layered over pants. Since then women across fashion week streets have been doing their own take on the style with shredded skirts layered over their favourite denim fits.

Upgrade your jeans with high-low mix of statement separates

Instagram star’s Evangelie Smyrniotaki aka @styleherione high-rise vintage jeans add an air of insouciance, while high fashion separates and accessories like frilly lace shirt, polished black boots and coordinated belt and bag elevate the look.

When it comes to high-rise, go extreme

For S/S 17 jean top blocks go sky-high. We’re not talking Levi’s 505 navel high, but true-waist and above. Fits become looser, and traditional zips and buttons are replaced with statement belts or exposed zippers a la Off-White Style.



WGSN subscribers can view the full A/W 17 Fashion Week Streets Denim Street-Style analysis here.

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