We break down an array of denim looks for any occasion
Words: Scott Dodds | Photographs: Glen Montgomery | Styling: Mandy Nash
After forming in 1989, G-Star RAW has become synonymous with intricately tailored jeans and streetwear for both men and women – the result is urban-inspired, go-anywhere clothing to suit any style. Initially focusing on raw denim, unwashed and untreated, they’ve since established distinct styles and designs, as well as branching out into streetwear.
With a season of cold weather on the horizon, we’ve styled a few versatile looks, with a focus on jeans, to give you the tools to take on whichever hurdles lay in wait.
Whatever the weather
When the chill is dictating your every fashion move, versatility is key. An adaptable pair of jeans is all about comfort and how easy they are to style. The Type C 3D Super Slim jeans offer stretch fabric, so you know they’re comfortable, and come with distress and rip details. Here we’ve let these every-day jeans be the centrepiece of the outfit – wear them almost exclusively with staple items like a simple pullover and beanie.
Stay outside or stay in
Every girl needs a pair of black skinnies, but with so many generic designs to choose from, it’s hard to find a pair that stands out from the pack. We’ve gone for the Lynn AST Mid Skinny jeans, because they provide the vital aforementioned comfort with superstretch denim, and feature a shape-enhancing waistband and eye-catching zip detailing near the cuffs. Add your choice of sneakers and a striped pullover for a look to take on weekend errands, or just for looking good while you lay about the house.
It must be love
Your wardrobe needs at least one statement pair of jeans – something that’s going to usher in the compliments from strangers. These Women’s 3301 high-waisted skinnies feature classic colouring is contrasted with unique stitching details on the knee. This is another example of jeans being the centrepiece with this look, so remember to keep to basics when it comes to tops and footwear. Or rope in your s/o and match everything but the jeans themselves.
Investing in your denim selection doesn’t mean you need to shift your entire dress sense to suit. Opt for darker shades of blue or black, like these 5620 3D Slim jeans, because they tend to complement sneakers well if you’re going for an athleisure look. Their slim cut works to break up the bulk of outerwear during winter, while the dark colouring allow for contrasting when you roll up the cuffs.
The key benefit of going with darker shades of denim is versatility. They’re just as at home as part of a smart-casual work outfit as they are for a night out. We’ve gone for the 3301 Slim here, which has minimal fading details, a comfortable stretch fabric for all-day wear and a slightly tapered leg. The bold double-denim look is all about the combinations – just try to avoid the exact same shades for top and bottoms. Your choice of footwear and accessories should always complement the outfit.
Classics can’t go wrong
Your jeans are going to last you a few years so you better like them. If you’re stuck, a good piece of advice is sticking with classic, vintage-inspired colours: they’re timeless for a reason. These 5620 Elwoods on our male model stick with that theme, but provide a contemporary twist, as well as incorporating the unique patchwork and stitching details for which G-Star RAW is renowned.