Denim was my first love and I am pretty sure it will be my last. I bought my first pair of jeans when I was 14 years old, a pair of Levi’s 501. I wore them with a pair of Doc Martens, simple white t-shirts and a vintage parka – much to the dislike of my mother, who didn’t understand my Tomboy looks. Every time my poor mum had spent hours of patching up my jeans, or mending my boots with a black marker, I did everything to get them back to their worn-out state, until they literally fell apart.
Almost three decades later, all the above-mentioned items are back. Not just in mine, but in anybody’s wardrobe that has a love for fashion. Now, while there are such things as timeless classics and iconic pieces like the Levi’s 501, don’t be fooled. Most trends come and go at the speed of light and that pair of destroyed skinny jeggings which was the must-have of the year, all of a sudden turns into the most unfashionable item possible.
So, what keeps denim fresh, cool and timeless? What are the current do’s and don’ts when it comes to jeans trends? Last week I attended a denim workshop at Wertheim Village, with former chief editor of InStyle, charming Annette Weber (who recently turned influencer as well), to talk about current denim trends and to try out this season’s hottest styles. The Wertheim Village team also invited my fellow blogger colleagues Lennart, René, Schanna, Nicky and I to personalise our denim jackets, whilst Annette read a little bit from her new book – “My Style”. We all had the most fantastic time, exchanging stories about our first-denim-experiences, denim faux-pas and current obsessions (Annette and I are clearly into the new Dior denim collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri). Afterwards we had the pleasure to discover Wertheim Village with its over 110 designer brand stores – there certainly wasn’t enough time to explore them all, so I concentrated on some of my favourites: Aigner, Longchamp, Escada and Bally, where I found the cutest little cross-body bag. Currently both the Ingolstadt and Wertheim Village are seriously hit by denim-fever, everything is decorated in denim, Coffee Fellows has transformed into a Denim Café and there are patching stations, where you can personalise your purchased items (you receive three patches of your choice when you spend over €150). Hardy Krüger Jr. surprised us by showing up with a customised BMW motorcycle, which was entirely decorated with patches of various jeans fabrics.
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Your guide on how to wear denim this season:
Say goodbye to super skinny, super-low-rise, faded and destroyed jeans and choose darker shades, roomy cuts and a higher waist. Bib overalls, oversized turn-up hems, slouchy denim and baggy-pants are back. Go for a relaxed silhouette, contrast the volume by showing your ankles with turn-up and/or fringed hems. You can keep your flared jeans, either wear them in a floor-length version, or cropped, both in mid- or dark-wash. Last but not least, why not try and make your denim look individual? Turn up the hems of your jeans and hand stitch your initials onto them in a contrasting colour, add some patches, try DIY turn-up hems à la Camille Charrière or channel the sold-out Vetements step hem style, by cutting an irregular hem (short at the front, longer at the back).
Either way, Wertheim Village is worth a trip to get inspired and to find your perfect piece for this season.