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Colour meets denim

Sophie is wearing a Cosy Cotton Top in jellybean with boyfriend jeans

Whatever your personal style, the chances are you have a pair or ten of jeans in your wardrobe. We've talked about denim here before, but something that the good folk at Kettlewell and I get asked an awful lot is which Kettlewell tops go best with which jeans shapes. When faced with the challenge of seemingly limitless denim and t-shirt shapes, it can feel a little overwhelming to begin to work with colour as well, but I'm here to show you that putting the whole lot together can be a breeze.

This week I'm choosing colours from the Summer palette. 

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Straight leg jeans are such a classic cut that it makes sense to pair them with similarly timeless top halves. For an easy smart-casual look, try pairing with a merino crew neck in winter or a simple cosy cotton stripe top. For an evening out, opt for the gorgeously drapey Daphne blouse and the Alexa biker.

Outfit 1 - Cosy Cotton Stripe Top in cornflower/light navy, Florence Infinity Scarf in dusky rose

Outfit 2 - Alexa Zip Jacket in cranberry, Daphne Blouse in pastel rose

Outfit 3 - Shawl Collar Wrap in navy, Darcey Square in blue moon

Outfit 4 - Cosy Merino Sweater in marine blue, Cashmere Gauze Stole in ocean blue

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Skinny jeans are so ubiquitous now that it's hard to think of them as an 'extreme' style, but they do require a little more balancing out than classic straight or boot leg styles. Longer tops are your friend here. Layer a long vest under a standard tee, or add the beautiful merino tunic for sleek longline style. Go for the Diane swing top for a change of silhouette.

Outfit 1 - Merino Tunic in deep claret, Tassel Necklace in pink mulberry sparkle

Outfit 2 - Tasha Top in charcoal, Long Vest Top in raspberry

Outfit 3 - Davina Tee in fig, Florence Infinity Scarf in grey plum

Outfit 4 - Davina Tee in dutch blue, Alpaca Shawl in mallard

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The bootcut has been out of favour for a while, but increasingly it's returning to the denim front line. So easy to wear and to balance with a variety of tops, it's easy to see why many of us refused to abandon this wardrobe stalwart during the skinny jeans years. Pair with classic tees, or add a camisole under a shirt or wrap top if you are larger busted.

Outfit 1 - Sara V Neck in grey plum, Cashmere Gauze Stole in dolphin grey

Outfit 2 - Cotton Jersey Shirt in navy, Lace Camisole in silver

Outfit 3 - Merino Crossover in glacier, Camisole in steel blue

Outfit 4 - Paris Textured Jacket in true red, Darcey Scoop in ice blue

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The more extreme wide leg of flared jeans demands a more fitted top half to avoid accidentally landing in clown territory. Embrace the retro feel by pairing with a silky roll neck or a poncho layered over a fitted tee, or go for a simple fitted merino crew neck.

Outfit 1 - Silky Tee in true red, Multi Star Necklace in silver

Outfit 2 - City Poncho in deep claret, Silky Roll Neck in dolphin grey

Outfit 3 - Sleeveless Merino Wrap in bright navy, Silky Crew Neck in light aqua

Outfit 4 - Cosy Merino Sweater in marine blue, Tassel Necklace in charcoal sparkle

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Boyfriend jeans can be worn with a relaxed top for a super casual look (go for something slouchy like the Tasha or Davina tees) but look their best contrasted with a more fitted option. Keep it simple with a short sleeve crew neck or a long sleeved silky v neck.

Outfit 1 - Tasha Top in meadow violet, Tassel Necklace in lilac sparkle

Outfit 2 - Alexa Zip Jacket in ink, Sleeveless Mock Turtle in raspberry

Outfit 3 - Silky Crew Neck in pink ice, Studded Scarf in grey

Outfit 4 - Cosy Merino Sweater in bright navy, Florence Infinity Scarf in pastel blue

This week uses colours from the Summer palette. Each week we will be choosing a different seasonal palette to illustrate our blog posts - watch out for yours!

Helene from Sweden on Jan 04, 2018 2:10 PM

Absolutely fine and good looking combination! I apply this to my outfit and use it.