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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

Fashion notes: Go all out to dress up your denims

Buy a ready-made pair, or purchase a pack of iron-on patches and customise one. You can also get creative with paint, pom-poms and other embellishments. Feel free to get carried away.
A guest seen during Milan Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2017. Timur Emek / Getty Images
A guest seen during Milan Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2017. Timur Emek / Getty Images

Denims have gone through a remarkable revolution in recent years, taking the fashion industry by storm with endless boyfriend, skinny and ultra-distressed styles.

Whether they’re cuffed, ripped, cropped or frayed, jeans are surely a part of your wardrobe today, even if you were somewhat hesitant before jumping on the denim bandwagon. I sure was. Throughout my teens and early 20s, I much preferred leggings or slick trousers, viewing jeans to be somewhat, dare I say, dumpy. I wasn’t very fond of skinny jeans, or jeggings for that matter either, and only started gravitating towards denims when boyfriend jeans became all the rage.

The latest trend, however, which breathes life into stagnant denims with colourful, embroidered motifs, is my all-time favourite.

Previously, embroidered and embellished jeans appealed to a very niche market. S*uce concept stores, as I recall, would often stock embellished jeans. I remember admiring a sequinned pair by Ashish, and a pearl-studded pair by Tu Es Mon Trésor. These designers stood out for their outlandish approach to denim – but it turns out, they were not outlandish at all – just a few years ahead of the game.

Right now, jeans, decorated with floral embroidery, punky spikes or sequinned appliqués, are available at almost every high-street outlet.

They are heavily influenced by high-end fashion houses – Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana and Christopher Kane are some of the brands at the forefront of the trend. Buy a ready-made pair, or purchase a pack of iron-on patches and customise one. You can also get creative with paint, pom-poms and other embellishments. Feel free to get carried away – while delicate roses can be very pretty, this is the season to follow a “more is more” mantra.

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