Denim vs. Formal with New Look

Wearing: Jacket and blouse c/o New Look, Vintage velvet trousers, Whistles boots, ASOS beret

I really love wearing denim, but it can be consigned to the casual section of my wardrobe typically. My workwear dress code wouldn't normally include jeans, although sometimes I do wear a smart, indigo coloured pair, but denim is usually weekend-only. When New Look got in touch and asked me to style a piece of denim in a more formal way, I thought it would be a great way to experiment with the way I wear the fabric and see if I could incorporate it into a smarter, work-apropes look.

I was drawn to this borg lined jacket mainly due to the amazing faux fur collar which is a beautiful burgundy red shade. Brightly coloured faux fur is really having a fashion moment and I think this adds a more glamorous edge to a simple style - it's also removable so if it isn't your thing, but you are on the lookout for the perfect oversized black denim jacket (not easy to find!) it is an ultimate winner!

To smarten the look further I chose this lovely kimono sleeved, gingham shirt which has floral embroidery details on the front. Buttoned up to the top, it looks chic and elegant, and makes the jacket much dressier than if it was teamed with a t shirt or knitted jumper, as I would usually pair it. Gingham and embroidery are set to be huge for SS17 so this is a great piece to pick up as a nod to those trends - and at just £15 it's a complete bargain, too!

I have been on the look out for some new trousers of late because my go-to Whistles pair have got a hole in them and another pair I often reach for are looking a bit bedraggled. I found this pair of velvet peg trousers in a charity shop; they are vintage M&S and were only £6. I love the grannyish cut; I've always been keen on this sort of trouser shape and after finding nothing suitable for ages, I was really happy to find these. It also goes to show that velvet needn't be kept strictly for evening - these look great as daywear and I could also wear them casually with flat boots or loafers. To keep the look more formal, though, I teamed them with these Whistles patent boots, which adds another level of texture to the look.  

I think this is a great way to wear denim more formally - something that you wouldn't normally associate with the fabric. I think as long as denim is a dark shade, without too much in the way of wash or detailing, and without rips or abrasions, you can easily pair it up with lots of pieces in your wardrobe to create a look smart enough for the office. 

XO Amie
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