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Denim Clinic: Top Tips For the Perfect Jeans

So you already know that straight leg, dark, indigo wash jeans are one of the most versatile and jeans to invest in, but what if you still can’t find the best fit for you? Timothy Edwards and dedicated expert in the denim industry Donna Ida, tells us her top tips to find the finest fitting pair of jeans and how to care for them.

If you’ve been to every high street or designer store and not found the perfect jeans, don’t be disheartened. Donna recommends to be open minded: “Always visit a denim specialist and be open to the suggestions the assistant makes. Like any garment all jeans are essentially the same – two legs, five pockets, but the magic is in the individual fit.”

Major UK department store Selfridges has a new ‘Destination Denim’ floor, which includes the longest denim wall in Europe, stocked full of all the latest designs from around fifty brands such as Levi’s, Prps to Nudie Jeans. Expert advice is always on hand, plus special denim stylist sessions, alteration service and designer appearances.

You’re in the fitting room and you’ve got a pair on you really like, but they’re a bit too long, why not consider taking them to a tailor to get them looking just right.

“Alterations can give you the perfect jeans. Think about adjusting the waistband or slimming the legs – small adjustments are not unusual,” Donna says. “When having your jeans hemmed make sure the tailor always measures them from the back of the leg, i.e. at the edge of the bottom of your shoe, otherwise they may come back too short.”

Looking after your denim is really important, in order to keep the denim from fading too much and becoming out of shape. Donna warns to always read the care instructions: “Most premium jeans are best washed COLD, that’s cold and not 30 degrees. Any warmer and you are damaging the fabric.”

If you’ve invested in a pair of expensive raw, selvedge denim, try to go as long as possible before you wash these. Some denim ‘purists’ and enthusiasts go as long as 18 months before washing theres! If you want to keep the colour fresh for longer, it’s best to hand soak and wash your raw jeans in the bath instead, using cold water and a tiny amount of gentle detergent, or a special denim soap such as Sugar Cane Soap – Vintage Wash & Premium Care Detergent for best results.

Most of all, Donna insists on having fun with your denim: “The traditional five pocket jeans now come in a myriad of colours, patterns and fabrics. Just wear them with a simple white tee”.

Great Foundations – Style Tips For The Perfect Wardrobe

We have around seven seconds to make the right impression, so it’s a sad fact that if you care what people think, you should care about what you wear. But before you rush to your nearest high street or department store to buy into the latest seasonal trends, it’s important to make sure your wardrobe has the right foundations to build upon.

First of all, no mans wardrobe can be without a selection of basic cotton t-shirts in neutral colours and various styles such as crew or V-neck T-shirts. They are perfect to layer as a base to many outfits – underneath shirts, a blazer or jumpers.

One of the biggest trends with staying power is Chinos. From black, navy, stone to camel and khaki these nifty trousers can easily be dressed up or down, and can even be rolled up a little for summer to take the heat off. If you’re feeling adventurous, branching out to more autumnal hues such as aubergine is a great way to add a touch of colour to your wardrobe.

Ever since Marlon Brando donned a pair in the 50’s, we can’t forget the style staple: Jeans. Available everywhere and loved by many, you’ll be surprised how many get it so wrong. Stick to straight and relaxed styles in plain indigo, black or grey dyes. Stay away from too many details or fading as these can age quickly. No matter how much some stores push it, never go for the vintage acid washes. Ever. They have their place and that was in the 80’s.

Key items such as shirts are best slim fit. For a casual look, plaid, thin stripes and Chambray and Oxford styles and fabrics are in this season. A good quality V-neck or crew neck jumper can take you from the coldest winter days to hazy summer evenings with ease. This is a great opportunity to add a splash of colour to your outfit – bright and bold or wonderfully neutral – a grey v-neck jumper can go with almost everything.

To top things off, you can’t go wrong with owning a leather jacket and a navy blazer, to pull looks together effortlessly. For footwear, stick to a selection of plimsolls (Converse are ideal), loafers, brogues and boat shoes – these are timeless styles for a reason.

SS-13 Trend: Varsity/Bomber Hybrid Jacket

The months are ticking by and soon wintry weather will be a long distant memory, so you’re bound to be searching for items to update your wardrobe and get stuck into the most wearable spring/summer trends for men.

If you haven’t met this item of clothing already, we’d like to introduce the bomber jacket – it’s your lightweight alternative to a leather jacket or blazer. First appearing during the 1950’s the MA-1 flight jacket (or nicknamed the bomber) became an American institutional icon, and has come back over the decades in many guises.

You may remember Ryan Gosling’s blue silk, bomber creation in 2012’s hit film ‘Drive’, or have seen celebrities such as Will.I.Am, Jude Law and David Beckham sporting their own version of the trend over the past few months.

Autumn/winter 2012 saw bomber jackets sent down the runway in heavier fabrics such as leather and suede. Now this season, designers and high street stores have mixed and reworked the baseball Varsity and the bomber jacket together to create the perfect lightweight piece for spring, and those chilly summer evenings.

The Varsity/bomber jacket hybrid, with its cropped, fitted length and cuffed ‘sweat’ wristband, it’s the epitome of sports-luxe and wearability. This SS13 sees the bomber come back in pastel hues or bright vintage colour-ways. Online retailer ASOS.com have reportedly ordered 20,000 bomber/Varsity jackets for this coming season, worth £1m alone.

The trend is best styled with chinos or jeans, a plain crew neck t-shirt and trainers. To smarten things up, wear your jacket in a similar colour as your trousers and keep the whole outfit to similar tones. Topman and ASOS provide some of the best high street versions, or if you can afford to splurge, invest in a designer piece by Christopher Raeburn, Louis Vuitton and Armani Collezioni.