It’s no secret that coloured denim has become a style mainstay. This year’s hue of choice? Cool confectionary pastels—think petal pink, lemon drop yellow, fresh mint, sorbet orange, and lavender. The lighter shades help to make non-neutral denim not only less intimidating than the Crayola-brights of seasons past, but also a whole lot more wearable.
When it comes to trotting out denim’s cotton candy incarnations at the office, keep in mind to team brights with basics that get boosts from luxe fabrics—airy silky blouses, structured tuxedo jackets, leather skirts.
JEANS: The easiest way to add instant polish to a brightly coloured jean? Try it with a tailored black blazer and a silky blouse—top with a great gold necklace. If your pairs of pastels are reserved for the weekends, try teaming them with a slightly oversized grey tee or neutral button-down, and a cropped leather jacket.
FLARE pick: Current/Elliott lime cropped jeans, $179, forwardforward.com
JACKET: Easter-egg jean jackets can be slipped over anything in your wardrobe and work to provide an instant pop of sartorially-savvy colour. Zipper details and an asymmetrical collar keep sweet shades from becoming saccharine.
FLARE pick: MOTO cropped denim jacket, $95, topshop.com
SKIRT: Candy-coloured denim allows for a new take on the traditional pencil skirt. Look for a tailored, high-rise fit that can be worn with loose-fitting tanks and camisoles, but also easily thrown into rotation at the office.
FLARE pick: Motel pencil skirt, $64, threadsence.com
BUSTIER: To give a confectionery-hued bustier a little more weight, team it with a structured skirt in a neutral colour, and a menswear-inspired jacket.
FLARE pick: Forever 21 cropped denim bustier, $16, forever21.com
ROMPER: Sherbet hues and playful rompers are a match made in heaven. Buttery brown leather sandals and a stack of thin bracelets makes this the perfect outfit to enjoy the last weeks of summer.
FLARE pick: ASOS denim playsuit, $67, asos.com