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11 reasons to pack your closet with denim

For starters, Canadian tuxedos are back in style.
11 reasons to pack your closet with denim

Denim feature Jan 2016

1. One piece and you’re done

Jumpsuits are more grown-up than a pair of overalls but offer a  relaxed alternative to dresses. Topshop jumpsuit, $115, Hudson's Bay; Shoes, US$390, Tommy Hilfiger; Bag, $90, Zara; Necklace, $125, Jenny Bird.

11 reasons to pack your closet with denimPhoto, Carlyle Routh.

2. High-rise is back

A waistline that meets your own — or reaches a bit higher — is fitting for every shape. J Brand jeans, $268, Neiman Marcus; Topshop top, $80, Hudson's Bay; Bag, $50, earrings, $18, Zara.

11 reasons to pack your closet with denimPhoto: Carlyle Routh.
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3. You can get creative with tucking

Tuck all the way around, play it half and half or let it all hang out. From clockwise: Golden by TNA top, $95, Aritzia; Top, $80, Levi's; Top, $39, Joe Fresh.

11 reasons to pack your closet with denimPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

4. Denim does double duty

The Canadian tuxedo is no longer a fashion don’t. To make it work for you, pick a top and bottom in contrasting washes (like pale blue with deep indigo). Denim shirt, $50, Winners; Houndstooth bag, $40, ALDO; Ring, $10, Le Chateau; Elizabeth and James jeans, $385, Shopbop.

11 reasons to pack your closet with denimPhoto, Carlyle Routh.

5. A new cuff can change your look

Your pant leg can be rolled, scrunched, folded or cuffed whether you're going for clean and casual or slightly asymmetrical. From clockwise: Jeans, $210, Fidelity Denim. Boots, $280, Winners; The Castings jeans, $225, Aritzia; 501 CT jeans, $108, Levi's; 711 jeans, $99, Levi's.

11 reasons to pack your closet with denimPhoto, Roberto Caruso.
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6. Dark denim is dressy

Because your black trousers deserve a break. Jeans, $188, Fidelity Denim; Top, $135, Michael Kors; Iro jacket, $795, TNT; Boots, US$490, Tommy Hilfiger; Ring, $13, belt, $25, Le Chateau.

11 reasons to pack your closet with denimPhoto: Carlyle Routh.

7. The jean skirt is all grown up

Your grade two photo this is not. Rag & Bone skirt, $500, Holt Renfrew; Shirt, $46, boots, $139, Zara; Necklace, $12, ALDO.

11 reasons to pack your closet with denimPhoto, Carlyle Routh.

8. Colours are cool, but blue is still classic

Brightly coloured washes and prints have fashion clout, but you’ll get the most wear out of tried-and-true blue.

11 reasons to pack your closet with denimPhoto, Roberto Caruso.
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9. Patches are the new rips

You don't have to worry about exposing your skin to the elements with this look. Clockwise from left: Jeans, $45, Old Navy; Jeans, $90, LOFT; Jeans, $44, Joe Fresh.

11 reasons to pack your closet with denimPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

10. There’s a shoe to pair with every style

Cuffed slouchy jeans call for a pretty pump and a bare ankle — or create a long line with hidden platforms and a hemline that just grazes the floor. Sneakers pair best with skinnies, of course. From clockwise: Sam Edelman, $210, Shoe Boutique; Sam Edelman, $160, Shoe Boutique; Converse, $65, SoftMoc; Shoes, $140, Nine West.  

11 reasons to pack your closet with denimPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

11. Flares aren't just '70s material

Welcome to the new milennium, bell-bottoms! Frame jeans, $295, TNT; Topshop blazer, $110, Hudson's Bay; Chloé bag, $550, TNT; Shoes, $525, Michael Kors.

11 reasons to pack your closet with denimPhoto, Carlyle Routh.

Makeup and hair: Claudine Baltazar; Styling: Fiona Green.

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