Invert your winter wardrobe palette for a STYLISHLY SEASONAL UPDATE, says PENNY McCORMICK …
While Elizabeth Hurley may have swapped her white jeans for bikinis, if Instagram is a reflection of real-life wardrobes, she is unofficially regarded as the patron saint of white jeans. During the noughties, she rarely stepped out in anything other than her (Versace) tighty whities. However, it isn’t Ms Hurley who is responsible for the large sub-section in my wardrobe that is white jeans, rather Ali MacGraw whose wardrobe as Jenny in the film version of Erich Segal’s Love Story, (1970), left an indelible imprint on my teenage self and one I have tried to emulate each summer. This and Jackie O alighting from the Christina, in Rondini sandals, is another formative image filed under summer fashion muses. Both happened to be wearing white jeans with black T-shirts, the ensemble as current today as it was back in 1968.
My theory is that each summer resort has its own white denim equation. Cigarette pants are to St Tropez what clam diggers are to Nantucket, while Capris captivate along the Costa Smeralda and flares are fabulous in Marrakech. The black T-shirt might be replaced in each destination by monochrome Bardot gingham, halternecks or boob tubes.
I have owned the whole white jeans gamut, from culottes to skinnies (Rock ‘n’ Republic, Hudson, Frame and Donna Idas are favourites). Arguably the best fit were a pair of cheapo straight-leg iterations picked up en vacances in Monoprix … Currently, none looks right for summer ‘18, being neither raw-edged, distressed or Rejina Pyo’s lust-have Emily crops, though perhaps it’s the body within which needs fixing. Releasing the hem (read jeans expert and designer Donna Ida, whose eponymous website offers expert tips on how to do this), removing pockets and taking the scissors to fray will help update some styles without blowing the budget. Accessorising is also key. What I have learned by studying celebrity form is to reverse the winter combo of black jeans and white shirt. Keeping things monochrome, practical when it comes to packing, makes for summer sartorial stardom.
2018 trend tick list
No skinnies – keep cuts straight, cropped or oversized
No stretch please: cotton not Lycra content is to the fore this summer
Accessorise with dark shades or, for added swagger, neon
Keep boyfriend jeans current by adding a delicate heel
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