SURVIVING CENTURIES

Balmain SS19

Fashion is ever changing and always evolving. Much to the amusement of the consumers, in recent times, we have been flooded with endless choices to suit our preferences. However, at times we are tempted and even bogged down by the constant shifts in styles, few choose to follow, and some delightfully withdraw going back to their much loved denims and a simple tee. Wait! Did you just read, denims? And did it bring to your mind, your most beloved pair? I am sure you do realise that your go to denims will be yours alone, since all of us have our own pair that is personal and fits us like a glove.

The famous Darwin’s theory of ‘survival of the fittest’ works well in fashion. We have witnessed styles and silhouettes making an entry or exit from the runway. However, denim, the silent wardrobe conqueror remained indispensable. From being functional clothing for men, and gradually being restructured for women, over the years different brands presented their own adaptation of the fabric. Celebrities were seen spotting the look and runway warmed up to the idea of denim. Women looked at it, as the starting point of freedom in the West and the it-girls took it a notch higher. Back home, it became a necessity over luxury to own a pair.

While brands such as Levi Strauss & Co, Pepe Jeans, Diesel, and Lee revolutionised the denim by amalgamating technology with greater fit and durability, younger brands made them accessible. Designers such as Masaba Gupta reimagined an old pair of denims turning it into a sassy saree. Moschino introduced the denim skater dress. Versace Barocco denim dress sees the fabric from a contemporary lens. One of the younger designers, Rider Republic on Designer Boutique at Amazon has an interesting take on it as well.

But, unlike the LBDs, denims don’t scream for attention, but can be improvised to befit the wearer. Another quality of denim is their ability to seamless transcend from day to evening wear. It’s also safe to say that the distressed styles of denim, and upcycled versions are not just helping save gallons of water, but are also making a strong fashion statement. There is also the fashion forward patchwork and complimenting sihouettes such as flares, culottes and embroidered styles that are embraced by women worldwide.

While most of you have already found your fit and style, if not, there are some quick tips to start a life long love affair with denims. Pair an easy beezy jeans with pumps or sneakers with a crop top or a cotton tee. With the right handbag for your evening and a backpack for daywear, you are good to go. Also, opt for a style that will flatter your body structure. For petite women, skinny jeans works best, for pear shaped women, I suggest bootlegs to even out the proportion and avoid emphasis on the hip. Straight cuts work for all body types. But, it’s okay to break the rules as long you are comfortable in your skin. Then there are denim dresses (skater, A-lines, shirt dress) that can be either worn casually or be teamed with accessories and jewellery. Be extremely careful with tricky denim-on- denim combination. Play with dark and light shades but don’t go for extremes.

*This artcle has been contributed by Narender Kumar.

Mitali Goyal

Mitali Goyal is a fashion stylist at L'Officiel India. She is a stationery hoarder and you could come to her, in case, you'd like to know Victoria's Secret.