Our favourite way to update our standard jean styles is the step hem. And – *rejoice* – it shows no sign of leaving shops just yet. If you don’t fancy hacking away at pairs you already own, these straight Topshop Petite legs (£42) keep the idea sweet and simple. But remember to show off that dropped seam at the back; these magenta New Look mules (£27.99, ASOS) will draw the eye (while still keeping you stable with a blocked heel).
Think of these ultra-frayed boyfriend fit jeans (£42, River Island) as an autumnal exaggeration on a style we’ve seen all year. Loose enough for a fun seam to not look circus-y and a stop-off before it’s too cold for exposed ankles. With that in mind, wear them with some heels that can hold their own against the ultra-distressed look, like these faux leopard ones from Zara (£55.99).
We’ve seen lots of two-tone legwear doing the rounds recently, but none hit the spot quite like this relaxed Monki pair (£40) in bleached-blue and black (that shade also covers the back of them, not just the sides.) Puma’s new Basket platform (£79.99, Office) in silver are a solid update to white sneakers that just won’t stay clean in the rain. Metallic, yes, but the black soles will tie the whole thing together.
We like distressed denim, but we don’t really want cold knees now the weather is changing. Olive’s Ara Vintage Jeans (£59) are a good compromise: they’ve got a few subtle scratchy patches and cut off seams to make the straight leg feel interesting without overdoing it. And they call for similarly hard-working footwear. Dune’s burgundy patent tasselled loafers (£56) are these. Shiny, sturdy, a bit sensible – but a nice change from black or brown.
This year’s answer to the traditional bootleg cut is the slightly more avant-garde cropped flair. Don’t shy away! In Royal Blue (£55, & Other Stories), they’re that smart denim you used to wear aged 15 when you were trying to look 18, but that now works great for the office – if denim is allowed. Perfect with a knitted sweater and ankle boots like these Colwick Leather versions from Finery London (£135). Just look at that heel.
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