6 Fresh New Ways To Wear Denim This Season

Don't try them all at once

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On the catwalks in London, Milan, Paris and New York, casual is, all of a sudden, king. Where once hoodies, trackies and oversized jeans looked slovenly and silly, now brands such as Hood By Air, Off-White and Vetements have made dressing down in denim a thing again. To help you buy the right pair (or six), we've distilled the best jeans out there right now from distressed and selvedge, to black and bleached, with tips on how best to wear them.

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1 | Distressed denim

Blue distressed denim jacket, £45; pale pink cotton hooded top, £25; blue distressed denim jeans, £40; white leather-suede trainers, £65, all by Topman
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The AW '16 catwalks were awash with raggedy, shredded jeans — a la The Ramones — and denim jackets. Team yours with sparkling white trainers and soft knitwear for a faultless off-duty look.

Three pairs to consider

From left: Black distressed denim jeans, £205, by Frame; Pale blue distressed denim jeans, £225, by AG Jeans; Blue distressed selvedge denim jeans, £250, by The Workers Club

2 | Selvedge Denim

Grey marled bomber jacket, £100, by M&S Autograph. Navy wool jumper, £40; indigo selvedge denim jeans, £60; white leather trainers, £40, all by M&S Collection
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Self-finished so the cloth edges don't unravel, selvedge jeans will be the hardest working item in your wardrobe. Like Sean Connery, turn up the hems and wear with trainers or boots, weather depending.

Three to work with

From left: Indigo selvedge denim jeans, £125, by J Crew; Blue washed selvedge denim jeans, £165, by Hawksmill Denim Co; Indigo selvedge denim jeans, £245, by Richard James

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3 | Dress up a denim shirt

Grey checked wool suit, £90; indigo denim shacket, £50; black leather brogue boots, £65, all by Next
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Most menswear brands offer a denim or chambray shirt. Don't be put off by the hokey cowboy stigma; wear under a slick suit in a complementary shade — with maybe a knitted tie if you're feeling preppy — and you'll soon be channelling Robert Redford.

Three to consider

From left: Blue denim grandad-collar shirt, £45, by Wåven; Indigo denim shirt, £85, by Whistles; Light blue chambray shirt, £155, by Drake's

4 | White jeans in winter

Khaki cotton shacket, £135; indigo denim shirt, £70; white denim jeans, £70; brown suede boots, £145, all by Timberland

Contrary to popular belief, white denim works just as well in winter as summer, witness street style don Alessandro Squarzi, above: in fact, the opportunity to layer up makes it even easier. Match with chunky boots, a simple top layer and a contrasting coat.

Best worn with

From left: Brown leather boots, £430, by Crockett & Jones; Cream cashmere roll-neck jumper, £1,395, by Ralph Lauren Purple Label; Camel wool double-breasted coat, £1,495, by Gieves & Hawkes

5 | Double denim

Indigo denim jacket, £625; navy polypropylene ribbed sweater, £315; blue denim jersey cuffed trousers, £280; black leather trainers, £215, all by Stone Island

Keep the top and bottom entirely matching — just like Steve McQueen — or ever so slightly mismatching. Too much contrast will look like you don't know what you're doing. If in doubt, opt for indigo, which always looks chic.

Twin these with jeans

From left: Black washed denim jacket, £350, by PS by Paul Smith; Pale blue washed denim jacket, £55, by Gap 1969; Pale blue denim shearling-collared jacket, £100, by Levi's

6 | Black denim

Black polyester coat, £70; navy modacrylic jacket, £60; white cotton T-shirt, £15; black denim jeans, £30; black canvas sneakers, £30, all by H&M

A pair of black jeans is a wardrobe essential. Go for a slim cut with some stretch in the denim and team with plenty more black for sleek Gallic chic, as shown here by Kanye. Pops of white from a sneaker sole or T-shirt make the layers of black look even stronger.

Best worn with

From left: Black leather Chuck II high-top trainers, £95, by Converse; Black leather Newbridge shoes, £325, by Church's; Black leather Chelsea boots, £520, by Tod's

Taken from the Januray issue of Esquire, out now.

Photographs by Johanna Nyholm | Fashion by Catherine Hayward.