Spring fashion: 7 ways to love denim

The coolest way to wear denim now? Piled on from top to toe, in different shades and washes, mixed instead of matched. The ‘Canadian tuxedo’ has never looked so chic

1 / 7
Denim overall shorts

Denim overall shorts

Kristen Kerr of Ottawa (and Elite Model Management) models this season’s denim trends. “I enjoy gymnastics,” she says; she also plays beach volleyball, does stand-up paddle board (SUP) and “lots of yoga.”

Open-knit linen sweater, Tiger of Sweden ($139). Denim overall shorts, Mavi ($108 at Sporting Life). Chunky acrylic ring, Aldo ($10).

2 / 7

Mixed tones

A dropped-waist dress mixes different tones of denim in one flirty look. A denim bag and sneakers kick in more of the blues.

Cotton chambray dress, Jonathan Simkhai ($295 at Holt Renfrew). Cotton chambray sneakers, Old Navy ($17). Mixed-media bracelet, Aldo ($25). Denim and leather bag, Michael Michael Kors ($268).

3 / 7

Updated jacket

Cropped sleeves and a vibrant blue update the classic denim jacket. Patchwork is a major trend-these jeans make it pretty with swatches of eyelet and florals.

Cotton/spandex denim jacket, Gsus Sindustries ($165). Perforated triacetate/polyester top, 3.1 Philip Lim ($515 at Holt Renfrew). Cotton/spandex denim jeans, Guess ($138). Leather slip-on sneakers, Tiger of Sweden ($189). Metal and acrylic bangles, Aldo (four on model’s right arm, one on left arm; $15 for set). Sparkly metal bracelet, Express ($23).

4 / 7
Denim shirtdress

Denim shirtdress

A go-everywhere shirtdress features a camouflage-look floral print and slightly curved hem.

Cotton denim shirt-dress, Joe Fresh ($29). Leather boots, Tiger of Sweden ($359). Crystal and sterling silver earrings ($139) and necklace ($67), both Thomas Sabo. Synthetic-leather tote bag, Aldo ($55).

5 / 7
white denim

White denim

Pair white denim with washed-out blues for a fresh, light take. Embroidered distressing adds texture to these loose-fit cropped jeans.

Cotton denim top, William Rast ($80 at Hudson’s Bay). Cotton denim jeans with studs, Levi’s ($109). Cotton denim oxford shoes, Gap ($70). Metal and leather bracelets, Michael Kors and Marc by Marc Jacobs ($55-$175 each, at Holt Renfrew).

6 / 7
slouchy jeans

Slouchy jeans

Step up your denim with the new slouchy-fit jeans that taper in through the leg. A loose tee and high- heel sandals finish off the effortless-cool look.

Cotton T-shirt, Tiger of Sweden ($99). Cotton/spandex denim jeans, Fidelity ($210). Leather and synthetic-leather sandals, Aldo ($110). Cotton blend chambray scarf, Old Navy ($23). Metal cuff bracelet, Express ($25).

7 / 7
Pencil skirt

Pencil skirt

Pair a pretty cropped top with a denim pencil skirt for a flattering spring look. (Recognize this shot? It appears on the cover of our March/April issue!)

Nylon/rayon top with hand-embroidered flowers, Hilary MacMillan ($260). Cotton/polyester/Lycra denim skirt, Hudson ($298). Watch with denim strap, Guess ($160).


The Oxford shirt: 5 ways to wear it
5 hot blushes for spring
Designer spotlight: Laura Siegel

Newsletter Unit