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If you are bored of wearing the same old straight-fit pair of denims,there’s good news for you.

Give some funky new twists to denim this season

If you are bored of wearing the same old straight-fit pair of denims,there’s good news for you. Designers and brands are working on a range of possibilities to glam up the boring wardrobe staple.

Hollywood actor Katie Holmes has already popularised it,and now Indian designers say that the boyfriend jeans might just be the next new fad in town. “Add some rolled up cuffs at the end and wear it with a slim-fit upper and you’ll have a very sleek look in your hands,” says Bangalore-based designer Manoviraj Khosla,who has worked with a lot of denims for his collections. Varying the length of your denims will also help you mix up your looks. While the boyfriend jeans is usually rolled up a little above the ankle,brands like Levi’s have come up with the knee-length and calf-length capris for women that are ideal for the Indian weather.

Even though skinny jeans are here to stay,the ‘jeggings’ are fast catching up on popularity. A creative mix of jeans and leggings,the jeggings can be teamed up with a long shirt or a loose pair of tees. For men,slouchy skinnies are popular now. “It has taken off in a big way in the West. If lots of celebrities wear a trend then it’s pretty much guaranteed it will take off,” says Lorna Burford,editor of the popular denimblog.

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If you think that you have left ripped jeans back in the angsty days of your teenage,you are quite obviously committing a fashion faux paus. With actor Drew Barrymore and musician Rihanna advocating it,the popular ripped and torn jeans of the early nineties,then a symbol of rebellion,is now on a comeback mode,albeit in a sexier avatar. “Vertical rip-offs,approximately 6-7 inches long,look fabulous. You can also give your old pair a fresh look by putting embroidered patches. The more you experiment,the trendier you look,” says Delhi designer Nitin Bal Chauhan,who has worked out the look in his collection recently.

But is denim limited only to jeans and shorts? Designer Atsu Sekhose thinks not. “Denim dresses,shirts and jumpsuits are the new trendsetters. With stores like Zara here,take a pick of their oversized denim jackets for an edgier look to your outfit,” he says. Sekhose also advices fashionistas to break the monotony and experiment with coloured denims. “Red,yellow and purple denims go perfectly well with the Indian skin tone. Of course it’s more suited for a younger age group because you need a certain kind of attitude for it. You can also tone it down by wearing the right kind of shirts and scarves,” he adds.

Accessorising your denims the right way can also enhance the look. “We are experimenting with heavy metallic studding on jeans,besides adding crystals to the pockets,” says Priyanktha Iyengar,women’s design head (India),Levi’s. “If you don’t like loud embellishments you can opt for long pockets and back yolk pockets. Button flys are also back in fashion,” says Chauhan,whose spring-summer 2010 collection for men featured these attributes.

First published on: 15-06-2010 at 05:55 IST
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