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More than just jeans

CULOTTES: Kiss T-shirt, $35.90, from Pull&Bear; New Look waist-tie wide-leg culottes, $51.90, from Zalora; Flat-bottom hoop earrings, US$3.90 (S$5.40), from Forever 21.
CULOTTES: Kiss T-shirt, $35.90, from Pull&Bear; New Look waist-tie wide-leg culottes, $51.90, from Zalora; Flat-bottom hoop earrings, US$3.90 (S$5.40), from Forever 21.PHOTOS: ASOS, CHARLES & KEITH, FOREVER 21, H&M, MANGO, PULL&BEAR SUNDAYS, TOPMAN, UNIQLO, VANS, ZALORA, ZARA

Here are four styles of denim pants and how to wear them

How do I pull off other denim pant styles besides jeans?

This year, ripped skinny jeans have been phased out by fresher styles of denim pants.

Bolder silhouettes such as denim culottes are popping up in designers' collections. Recently, luxury clothing brand Stella McCartney released denim culottes with floral motifs for its Spring/Summer 2017 collection.

Celebrity fans of denim pants include supermodels Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid, who have shown off chic streetwear looks by pairing flared jeans with T-shirts this year.

Ms Evon Chng, associate fashion director of luxury fashion magazine L'Officiel Singapore, believes that denim pants are still in vogue because of the nature of the material.

"Denim flatters all body shapes - something you will never get from other materials such as corduroy and twill."

Here are tips to pull off various denim pant styles.

CULOTTES

Culottes - a style of loose, cropped trousers that typically end at the knee or calf - are all the rage now.

Ms Evon Chng, associate fashion director of luxury fashion magazine L'Officiel Singapore, recommends the style for those with long legs.

"For lanky people, my favourite style of denim pants is high-waisted, oversized culottes. It's one style that's difficult to pull off and if you've struck that particular genetic jackpot, you should definitely try it out."

Pair denim culottes with a vintage T-shirt and aviator optical glasses for a casual weekend vibe and complete the ensemble with a pair of thin hooped earrings.

FLARED JEANS


Knot detail T-shirt, $45.90, from Mango; Asymmetric flared denim trousers, $89.90, from Zara; Weave detail platform heels, $95.90, from Charles & Keith

Inspired by the bell-bottoms of the 1970s, flared pants are a style of wide-leg trousers that balloons from the knee down, creating a bell-like shape.

Ms Sophia Chabbott, senior online fashion editor for Glamour Magazine, says the key to wearing this style is to modernise your look with contemporary tops and accessories.

For a touch of glamour, wear a draped top and tuck it in so the excess fabric does not overwhelm the look - let the flared pants take centre stage.

DENIM JOGGERS


Tee Oversize Urban Pintuck v2 in offwhite, $69, from Sundays; blue denim joggers, $79.90, from Topman; Old Skool shoes, US$60 (S$83), from Vans

On the tail of the recent athleisure trend are denim trackpants or joggers.

GQ magazine style writer Jake Woolf warns against wearing slip-on shoes with joggers as shoes without laces make the outfit look childish.

Throw on a pair of sneakers for a more relaxed look. To keep the ensemble understated, pick a shirt in a solid colour over one with a loud print.

DRESSED-UP DENIM


Pima cotton Oxford shirt, $99.90, from H&M; Tokyo Laundry jeans in slim fit, $64.65, from Asos; Men’s comfort jacket, $79.90, from Uniqlo

Associate fashion director of luxury fashion magazine L'Officiel Singapore Evon Chng believes that denim can be worn anywhere, even for formal networking events.

"The trick is to choose a darker colour as it gives off a more formal vibe," she says.

"The casual nature of the material also helps the wearer look approachable and friendly."

Take your regular jeans up a notch by pairing them with a button-down shirt in a lighter colour, such as grey or white. Complete the look with a lightweight blazer.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2017, with the headline 'More than just jeans'. Print Edition | Subscribe