27 Aug 2017
3 min read
Taking cues from the past, yet staying up-to-date and relevant, the denim movement hits the refresh button. It’s no longer just for millennials—it goes beyond the realms of being a fad to becoming an absolute staple in every man’s wardrobe. And it’s all about customising cool, by sourcing vintage references and making them contemporarily relevant, and mixing in the right dose of attitude. Happy haulin’, Fellas!
1. Knitwear meets texture
Starting fresh and primarily sticking to a black, blue and white palette, layer a shirt, tie and a crewneck sweater under a denim or a denim-lookalike blazer to score some serious sartorial points.
2. Denim on denim
When pairing denim with denim, make sure to break up the look with other snippets of colour—for example, black accessories and a crisp white shirt. Likewise, go for formal detailing on top to add a little bit of reﬁnement.
3. Denim meets leather
Nothing pairs with denim quite as easily as a bold leather biker- or blouson-jacket. Thus, make sure that you opt for a colour. Either go buttoned with formal elements, or slick and sporty with zips. A back motif or appliqué detail is an added bonus. Finally, keep your layering simple: jeans and a plain tee or a denim shirt.
4. Calling all Sicilians
For a classic vintage denim look that has international ﬂair, but also looks smart, look no further than the Sicilians, and do it the way they’ve done it for ages. Simply pair your slim-cut jeans with a crisp white shirt, black tie and a waistcoat. Printed socks and a pair of shiny black oxfords will complete the look.
5. Torn and tattered
Lately, jeans can be bought pre-customised, meaning that they’re patched, torn or distressed in some way or the other. The simple trick is to offset these jeans against neater or more formal items.
6. Black and white
Finally, when your style is more ferocious than most, it runs the risk of looking juvenile or scruffy. To keep things slick, smart and badass, wear your black or charcoal jeans with a crisp white shirt and black tie. Choose a polished black leather-jacket, or layer a distressed leather-jacket over a linen blazer for balance.