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Know your denim trends

fashion-and-trends Updated: Nov 02, 2012 01:11 IST
Sapna Khanna
Sapna Khanna
Hindustan Times
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Will people’s taste in denims ever change in the city? Die-hard denim fans will never get over the old blue jeans, washed or distressed. But the days of owning three pairs of jeans in two shades of blue are over. There’s denim for every mood. For all those who wouldn’t have much of a wardrobe if it weren’t for denims, and for those who look forward to cherish their denim day(s) of the week, here’s the low down on some of the trends.

Colour burst
Bright coloured jeans are hot. Go for shades of red, green, blue and purple. Or go for dashes of electric fluorescents coupled with some gray in a denim dare. Many Indian brands are playing with deeper tones of the same hues, pastels, as well as two-toned colours, but, if you find them on international websites, go for a pair with chiaroscuro effect — neon colour inside and a somber gray or such outside.

Prints punch
Take an adventurous step to the next level with camouflage, batik, animal prints, floral and even landscape prints in denims. Many brands are getting besotted with prints. Many floral, animal and abstract prints are available on the net and across brands, so enjoy the wild ride or just be a flower child.

Funky patchwork
Go for patchwork on your pair of jeans. Get them in different shades of blue — patch pockets attached in varied hues of blue are making a ripple too. Also, it doesn’t have to be just denims. Patching leather on your jeans or lace or numerous other add-ons — sometimes to camouflage the tear in distressed denims — is a trend to look out for.

Mix n’ match
A lot of mix and match of fabrics as well as denim blends — with linen, lycra, satin, tweed, wool — will be seen on the racks, as also use of multi-coloured yarns in the warps and wefts of denims, in combinations of bright and pale. Darns and mends that use tone on tone yarns to get a careless texture, embroidery, cowboy-style fringes will also push the boundaries of conventional denim wear.

Tech treatments
Laser is the new design technique for denims — a treatment that by varying the intensity of the beam, creates a camouflage effect interspersed with floral elements. It’s a global rage, and catching up here too. Different washes to achieve different effects, like spray-paint, colour spots, dirtying, raw and used look, coloured coatings, and reverse printing is yours to flaunt. Stone wash is also expected to be back next year.

Silhouette desire
Skinny jeans top the chart followed by cropped jeans, both best worn with stilettos and chunky heels. Jeggings make the cut too and denim shirts are back in the limelight as well. And so is the double denim trend — but avoid doing it the mundane jeans and jacket way. Pair up denims — as in a shirt with a hot pants, shorts or a sleeveless top with a skirt. Skirts and dresses in denims are very hot this season.