How to wear: Denim after dusk

Updated on December 9 2016

Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Bone once mentioned that if he was given only a fabric to design for the rest of his life, his choice would be denim. His reason? Denim is timeless and only gets better with age.

Similar to the theory behind the little black dress, denim is a classic, versatile wardrobe essential. You can wear it with a plain t-shirt, finish it off with a pair of red-sole pumps and you’re good to head out and conquer the world. How about pairing those three-seasons-ago mom-jeans with a pullover (think oversized, à la Vetements ethos) and glam your ears with statement earrings? Boom! You’re current and very Instagram worthy.

You might’ve mastered the art of manipulating and bathing yourself in denim every single day, but when it’s time to hit the red carpet (or the dance floor of an upcoming Christmas party), we think of sequins, lamé and anything that sparkles under the limelight. Not denim.

However, we believe that denim can be feasible for the night too, when it’s worn properly and appropriately. Use your 10-year old shirt, hand-me-down skirt or thrift trousers, you can still be as memorable as the girl in the sateen dress. So here are 5 outfits to prove our point.

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Button up

Sieve through anyone’s closet and there’s bound to be an old denim shirt. Leave a little décolletage and pair with a newly purchased dressy sequin maxi skirt and extravagant accessories.

Get the look: Tom Ford denim shirt, US$1,143 (S$1,629), J. Crew striped sequin silk maxi skirt, US$1,212 (S$1,728), Bvlgari Serpenti necklace, S$5,580, Bvlgari Diva’s Dream dangling earrings, S$38,000, Gucci Marmont matelassé mini bag, US$1,790 (S$2,552), Dolce & Gabbana embellished suede Mary Jane pumps, US$1,130 (S$1,611).

Show some leg

For those who have Naomi Campbell legs, an asymmetrical denim skirt could allow you to achieve the same “leg for days” effect as a satin mini-skirt. Pair it with a casual t-shirt (we’re using “vintage” Gucci) and gold-toned accessories.

Get the look: Marques’ Almeida asymmetrical wrap denim skirt, US$339 (S$481), Gucci logo printed t-shirt, US$524 (S$744), Alexander McQueen embellished satin box clutch, US$3,786 (S$5,377), Marni striped gold-tone resin earrings, US$277 (S$393), Tiffany & Co Etoile 18k bangle with round brilliant diamonds, US$6,000 (S$8,520), Fendi metallic panelled leather mules, US$888 (S$1,261).

Flaunt your assets

And if you’re brave enough to bare more, go for this denim bralet and a ruffled mini skirt. Spice your arms up with a series of stacked, statement bracelets and don your feet with a pair of signature mules-meet-booties.

Get the look: Steve J & Yoni P denim bralet, US$224 (S$319), Ellery pleated taffeta mini skirt, US$943 (S$1,345), Isabel Marant gold-plated resin cuff, US$236 (S$337), Alexander Wang lock and hinge cuff, US$555 (S$791), Balenciaga silver-tone leather cuff, US$350 (S$499), Prada embellished leather boots, US$1,726 (S$2,461), Saint Laurent red python heart chain bag, US$1,750 (S$2,495).

Elongate your legs

They say the longer the legs, the closer to heaven. If you wish to stampede over the crowd with a significant amount of height, opt for these denim wide leg pants that strategically camouflage your platforms to give the illusion of elongated limbs.

Get the look: Sonia Rykiel suede-trimmed wide-leg denim trousers, US$565 (S$802), Beaufille cropped neoprene wrap top, US$272 (S$386), Saskia Diez 18 karat gold earring, US$401 (S$569), Chan Luu gold-plated with quartz and Swarovski crystal choker, US$180 (S$256), Charlotte Olympia velvet perspex platform pumps, US$744 (S$1,054), Loewe multi-coloured Puzzle shoulder bag, US$2,300 (S$3,265).

Overall embrace

Overalls or dungarees, this onesie definitely exists in everyone’s closet. Whether it is a hand-me-down from your fashionable mum, or isolated in your closet from past trends, it’s time to dust it off. Amp it up with some jewels and booties and you’re good to go.

Get the look: Stella McCartney denim overall, US$642 (S$911), Victoria, Victoria Beckham off-shoulder cotton poplin top, US$427 (S$606), Tiffany & Co East West leather and stainless steel watch, US$3,570 (S$5,064), Coach Dinky floral appliqué crossbody bag, S$1,250, Kenneth Jay Lane gold-plated multi-stone necklace, US$500 (S$709), Balenciaga black Bistrot booties, €820 (S$1,252).