When you think of denim, jeans are probably the first thing that spring to mind. However, this hardy fabric is no longer just reserved for your bottom half, after being sent down the runway in a variety of forms for spring/summer 2015.
From casual shorts to tailored blazers, there’s nowhere the fabric won’t go. We bring you our top ten denim picks for SS15, without a pair of jeans in sight.
1. Ray-Ban Denim Wayfarers
We never thought we would see the day that denim made its way onto eyewear, but now it’s happened we’re surprisingly impressed.
Ray-Ban’s latest range gives the classic Wayfarer model a rock ‘n’ roll update, in a variety of different denim shades.
We recommend the Green Classic G-15 frame for a subtle touch of texture.
Available at ray-ban.com, priced £170.
2. Acne Studios Isherwood Washed Denim Shirt
No man’s wardrobe is complete without a decent denim shirt. Versatile, comfortable and on-trend for SS15, we predict you’ll spend your summer living in this staple.
We love Acne Studios’ soft-washed version in 100 per cent cotton, which is finished with contrasting buttons for added interest.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £160.
3. Eastpak Out Of Office Black Denim Backpack
When it comes to denim, you don’t have to stick to blue washes.
Eastpak’s Out of Office backpack comes in a mottled black shade, bringing you a dash of denim in an inconspicuous way. The good news is, you’ll be able to pair this bag with your go-to blue jeans or a denim shirt without overloading on the fabric.
Available at eastpak.com, priced £50.
4. ASOS Denim Jacket With Borg Collar
Although denim jackets tend to transport us back to the nineties, this distressed version from ASOS gives off a masculine, workerwear feel that is in-keeping with menswear’s direction for 2015.
Featuring an on-trend borg collar, multiple pockets and button fastening, it would make a great top layer during the warmer months, transforming into a versatile layering piece come autumn/winter.
Available at ASOS, priced £50.
5. Diesel Tisitael Denim Tie
If your office has a relaxed dress code, give Diesel’s denim tie a try.
Paired with a simple Oxford shirt, lightweight cardigan and deep wash chinos, this unconventional accessory is sure to set off your smart-casual looks.
We’d even wear it with an unstructured suit for an alternative edge.
6. Nike LeBron XXII Denim Lifestyle QS Trainers
These new Nike Lebron XXII trainers really bring the rich blue shade of denim to life, with contrasting toffee-coloured accents, flashes of pink and tonal blue branding providing additional detailing.
Our Tip: Pair them with legwear in beige, grey or white to create a considered contrast.
Available at Size?, priced £115.
7. Topman Black Ripped Denim Shorts
If you like your denim a little more distressed, these ripped shorts should tick all the right boxes.
With more than a hint of nineties grunge about them, the slightly washed-out black shade and sliced up detailing make these shorts a statement in themselves. Combine with a simple white tee and minimal trainers for an effortless high summer look.
Available at Topman, priced £36.
8. Zara Denim Blazer Jacket
We’ve never seen a denim blazer executed as well as this Zara iteration.
Crafted from the cotton fabric yet maintaining the same sharp lines as a tailored piece, this jacket provides a seamless bridge between smart and casual.
Available at Zara, priced £89.99.
9. Béton Ciré Miki Hat
French label Béton Ciré has been instrumental in bringing the classic fisherman’s hat back into fashion – and now the brand is offering its signature Miki design in deep-washed denim.
The simple sailor’s hat is best worn with a casual look and is sure to keep any bad hair days under wraps.
Available at Farfetch, priced £96.
10. H&M Denim Derby Shoes
Denim has gone dapper with these Derbies from H&M.
The dark wash is complemented with tan accents and industrial-feel metal detailing, finished with a coordinating brown sole.
Wear them wisely, though – a slim fit blazer and some skinny cut black jeans should do the trick.
Available at H&M, priced at £29.99.