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WE can't say denim is enjoying a fashion moment, it's more like an eternity. Though the must-have shapes vary from year to year, jeans have been a staple in our wardrobes for over a century.

Designers went denim crazy on the catwalks this season and no form, cut or colour of denim was safe.

Jeans went from bleached skinnies at Balmain through to extreme wide leg billows at Louis Vuitton.

There were denim all-in-ones at Paul & Joe, dresses at Preen and Topshop Unique, denim shirts and jackets at Givenchy and Meadham Kirchoff, and Lanvin even came up with denim pump heels.

Old faithful denim can now be worn head-to-toe, so it's time to think again if you've been reserving it for your jeans drawer.

TOP DRAWER DENIM This season's hottest denim is over-bleached, pale and interesting. Not every body shape can get away with ultra-light coloured denims on their lower half - like the colour white it can exaggerate - but it's full steam ahead for on-trend tops, shirts or jackets.

TRY New Look crop denim jacket, pounds 25, George denim sleeveless jacket, pounds 12, South petite denim mac, pounds 59 at Littlewoods, Topshop denim cup corset, pounds 35, French Connection denim corset, pounds 45, Miss Selfridge denim shirt pounds 35.

LEG LENGTHENING DENIMS Look to jeans-style trousers, leggings, shorts or skirts in denim fabrics. The darker the wash, the more flattering the look, so if you're experimenting with fitted or high-waisted styles for the first time stick to deep indigos and darker washes.

TRY ASOS denim peg leg trousers, pounds 28, Evans stirrup denim trousers, pounds 30, Marks and Spencer pale denim flare trousers, pounds 35, Next high-waist denim shorts, pounds 25, Republic flared denim mini skirt, pounds 24.99.

DENIM OVERLOAD Top-to-toe denim was a trend-setting look on the catwalks, whether it was pairing mis-matched jeans and jackets together, or working all-in-one playsuits and dungarees.

The look might seem scary but a one-piece denim wonder can make for easy summer dressing. Just ensure you pick a denim fabric that's light and flowing rather than stiff as a board and you'll achieve a look that's comfortable and climbs aboard the denim bandwagon.

TRY River Island acid wash denim dress, pounds 49.99, Cherokee at Tesco denim button dress, pounds 15, ASOS denim utility jumpsuit, pounds 35, Warehouse denim pintuck playsuit, pounds 45, DungareesOnline skinny-fit denim dungarees, pounds 39.50..

Cherokee at Tesco denim button dress, pounds 15 (main); ASOS denim utility jumpsuit, pounds 35 (top), ripped bleached skinnies, pounds 1,480 at Harvey Nichols (bottom)

Front cover picture: New Look crop denim jacket, pounds 25
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 11, 2009
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