You wear jeans most days. Who doesn't? They're comfortable, versatile and if you find the right pair, then flattering too. Luckily for us denim lovers, jeans never seem to go out of fashion. You can wear them with everything from suit jackets to hoodies. There's also no need to wear the cut of the moment to look stylish; you're best to choose the shape that suits your build and stick with it.
A word of warning though: if you're planning to wear jeans Monday to Friday, then the key is to mix up your style. Don't just wear a fresh shirt with a slightly different pattern of check, because it'll end up looking like you're wearing a uniform.
Here are 5 of my favourites to get you set up for the week.
1. The cowboy way
Yee-haw! Taking the Wild West approach is one of oldest, and, probably, the easiest style to achieve - a Coastal Blue plaid shirt, big brown boots and a chunky belt thrown in for good measure. Bootcut jeans will of course be the cut you'll be opting for, but if you have a particularly slim build, then it's best to keep it standard straight.
2. Double denim it
Having peaked in popularity during the 80s, this trend has returned to make us double up again. Unfortunately for us, it isn't as easy as David Beckham and Brad Pitt make it look. You can't get away with teaming any 2 denim washes together. There needs to be a significant contrast between the shades, or it'll end up looking like you're wearing some weird denim suit. And that kind of getup is to be kept behind bars. So to avoid looking like you've busted out of prison, you could, for example, couple a pair of pale jeans with an indigo denim shirt. Break up the outfit even more by adding a white tee or shirt.
3. 50s style icon
Elvis, Marlon Brando and James Dean are the top 3 names that spring to my mind. The epitome of macho and partly responsible for consolidating Levi's status as the number 1 denim brand, these silver-screen legends are the reason why jeans retain their cool credentials and remain a timeless item of clothing. Unlike the previous look, this one is pretty easy to get right.Find a pair of slim-straight jeans, roll them up to create a 1-inch cuff, and then unite them with a short-sleeved T-shirt and a leather jacketor lightweight Harrington (depending on the character you're looking to emulate).
4. Not posh, just preppy
Preppy, even if it's casual, requires a tailored fit to look decent. Your polos, jackets and knitwear should sit close to the body, as should your jeans.Depending on the season, you'll want to build up the look with lighter or heavier pieces. A handy tip for creating this style during the summer is to layer using accessories rather than extra garments. For example, a colourful Red canvas belt and a bold baseball cap will keep it fresh and exciting without adding too much heat.
5. Young creative
Graphic T-shirts and an unbuttoned cardigan are the main components of this look. You can put your personal preference on show by choosing a top with your best-loved brand; suit the summer season and go for Navy Breton stripes; or make it public knowledge that you're a music fan. In fact, why not keep it exciting and opt for all three? When it gets too hot to wear a knit, just substitute it for a short-sleeved shirt - simple yet up-to-the-minute.