The best denim buys

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ll hail denim. Your wardrobe hero is now the go-to trend for 2014. The catwalks were awash with new hues, updated cool cuts and tantalisingly distressed denim. From patchwork skinnies to ripped boyfriend jeans to ice blue shirts, here’s our edit of the 10 upgrades that will reinvent your denim staples for this season.

Boyfriend jeans

Denim shirt

Denim backpack

Jean jacket

Patchwork

Boyfriend jeans

Denim shirt

Denim backpack

Jean jacket

Patchwork

Denim skirt

Shorts

Pale skinny

Dark denim

Distressed

Denim skirt Denim shorts Skinny jeans Dark denim Distressed denim

Boyfriend jeans

eBay loves: from giant turn-ups to rolled hems, your boyf look is only complete if you roll ‘em up.
Watch out for: battered denim, ankle skimmers, low-slung waists, ripped waistbands.
Boyfriend jeans are your new BFF. Worn low on the hip, the masculine silhouette works brilliantly with a crew-neck jumper and plimsolls. The look can be dressed up with heels or pumps and a printed tee. 
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Dolly boyfriend jeans, £90, Evisu
Savannah Aztec pocket boyfriend jeans, £8, Boohoo
Boyfriend rip and repair jeans, £11.40, Jane Norman


Denim shirt

eBay loves: button right up to the top for extra style points.
Watch out for: acid wash, faded hues, masculine tailoring, baggy boyfriend-style shirts.
Every wardrobe needs a denim shirt and there’s one to suit every style. Darker hues are perfect for the office, oversized acid wash looks great with leggings and tuck a chambray number into your jeans for an off-duty look.
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Uniform shirt, £125, 7 For All Mankind
Sarah acid wash oversized denim shirt, £20, Boohoo
Boyfriend shirt, £11.95, Joe Browns

 
Denim backpack

eBay loves: customise it with patches for a globetrotting vibe. Search ‘patches’ on eBay for quirky logos and arty embellishments.
Watch out for: slouchy bags, drawstring duffles, plenty of pockets.
Hit two trends at once with a denim backpack. Fashion packs are achingly hot right now and these fresh denim versions nail the look.
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Blue denim backpack, £35, Mantaray
Eastpak, £43, stylesandco
Anna Smith rucksack, £16, bagsandsmelliestuff


Jean jacket

eBay loves: a vintage Levis jacket is a failsafe option, while bomber jackets are fresher approach to the look.
Watch out for: chain embellishments, plaited denim, shredding and fraying.
The denim jacket is a wardrobe staple, but reinventions range from varsity bombers to duster coats.
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Vintage Levis shearling jacket, £54.99, d2vintage
Mikas womens jacket, £73.49, Pepe Jeans
Ladies varsity bomber jacket, £11.99


Patchwork

eBay loves: copy the catwalk by pairing patchwork trousers with a white shirt or tee.
Watch out for: floral or plaid patches, mixed denims.
Opt for patchwork as an effortlessly cool twist on your denim. Choose either a mish-mash of denim hues stitched together or a hotchpotch of patterned patches.
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Libbie patchwork skinny jeans, £25, Boohoo
Boyfriend patchwork jeans, £11.99, Hidden Fashion
Molly patchwork denim top, £6.99, Boohoodescription

 
Denim skirt

eBay loves: a denim pencil is a fresh way to work the midi skirt or opt for Western styling with an A-line.
Watch out for: midi skirts, A-lines, high-waisted swing skirts, ice blue.
Denim skirts are perfect for a relaxed weekend look. Worn’n’loved denim for everyday or ice blue for a statement.
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Ella denim pencil skirt, £6, Boohoo
Rachel button front skirt, £8, Boohoo
A-line skirt, £32, Mantaraydescription

 
Denim shorts

eBay loves: go for micro-shorts if you dare or the more forgiving baggy, boyfriend styles.
Watch out for: frayed, faded, bruised and patched up. 
We continue our love affair with denim shorts, the more bruised, bleached and frayed the better. 
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Rhiannon floral crochet shorts, £12, Boohoo
Insight west crescent shorts, £43.99, Surf Dome
Oversize baggy hotpants, £11.99, cultgadget

 
Pale skinny

eBay loves: pale jeans are this season’s new wash – think pale pastel, bleached blue and chambray.
Watch out for: palest pale blue, indigo, distressed, bleached, ripped.
Skinny jeans continue their reign. Flattering, easy to wear and a sleek silhouette, what’s not to love? Washed-out, pale and powdery blues will update your look.
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AG Jeans skinny 7 8, £45, Flannels 
Powder denim skinny jeans, £35.99, Superdry
G-Star Raw Lynn, £14.99, Littlewoods

 
Dark denim

eBay loves: pair structured indigo denim with grey and white for instant work-wearability.
Watch out for: clean lines and structure, chambray and indigo denim dresses, classic indigo skinny jeans.
Contrary to this season’s laidback denim is the dark denim update. From skirts to jackets we saw sophisticated shapes with fuss-free, minimalist detailing. Perfect for the office.
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High-waisted skinny jeans, £30, Butterfly By Matthew Williamson
Denim jeggings, £25, J By Jasper Conran
Meryn denim skirt, £39.95, Joules


Distressed denim

eBay loves: ripped knees nod to 90s grunge.
Watch out for: shredded knees, missing pockets, weathered denim, frayed waistbands.
Let rip with 2014’s hottest denim trend - distressed. Battered, bruised, bleached, torn and frayed is the way to wear your denim.
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Izzie open knee skinny jeans, £25, Boohoo
Boyfriend fit rip and repair jeans, £11.40, Jane Norman
Denim capri dungarees, £29.97, Rare London

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