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In 1969 a writer for American Fabrics said that denim’s repeated use and influence made it “eternally young”. As a closet staple, denim continues to reappear and inspire new fashions season after season. Originally used by American miners for its durability, denim today has evolved into a multi-faceted fabric that can be used in just about anything – from jackets to skirts.

It is only natural to sway towards darker denim in the winter and lighter shades in the summer. Come autumn seasonal dressing becomes conflicted; while paler denim may flatter recently bronzed skin, indigo denim is better at hiding any evidence of summer indulgence. Luckily, a solution has arrived in the form of patchwork denim.

Yes, it is not the first time patchwork denim has taken front stage, indeed Katy Perry and rapper Riff Raff recently channeled Britney and Justin’s look at the 2001 American Music Awards. But, before you start conjuring up images of stitched, ripped and embellished denim maxi dresses reconsider what you thought you knew about patchwork denim because the new take on the trend is subtler and more sophisticated.

Patchwork denim more recently made an appearance in Louis Vuitton’s SS 2015 Swinging boot; a real statement boot that created waves of interest in the trend. A look that appears unrehearsed and spontaneous, patchwork denim has been popping up on the runways for a while as a result of the 70s redux.

Re-worked denim looks have been edging their way into more wearable pieces by both designers and high-street labels; much to the delight of denim junkies like myself. In order to avoid any potential references Britney circa 2001 it is best to keep it simple, wear patchwork denim paired with muted tones.

Words by Electra Simon

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