Favourite 5: Spring Fresh Denim picks

Article by
Anna Mooney.

Timeless and ageless, Denim is the midlife fashionista's best friend. It's hard to get it wrong, but here are our favourite five picks for Spring 2019.

Denim for every age: the M&S  PR Team

Denim for every age: the M&S PR Team

1. The denim shirt dress

This is the year for the denim shirt dress - midi or knee-skimming, this is a universally flattering shape and completely ageless. Wear it with simple white plimsolls or work the western theme with cowboy boots - where comfort comes with a bit of attitude and height.

What do we love about denim? Its natural breathability is an asset for keeping your cool when the hot flushes strike. And the shirt shape? It’s a one-piece no-brainer that needs minimal styling which makes it perfect for midlife women juggling multiple obligations. What's not to love?

Above: Holly Midi Denim Dress M and S - click to shop

Above : Levi's Women's Iconic Western Long Sleeve Dress - click to shop

Above: Lands End denim dress at Debenhams - click to shop

2. The denim jacket

Who doesn't love a denim jacket? It's an instant de-ager for a sombre classic outfit.  Looks good over slimming sleek black pants and polo, adds a fresh attitude to a feminine dress. And the colour adds brightness to every complexion. One caveat:  keep it close fitting and classy.

Above: G star women's close-fitting denim jacket at Next

Above: French Connection's pale denim jacket adds edge to a feminine silhouette

Above: Jorja Embellished denim jacket by Phase 8

3. The Denim Jump Suit

If you are a My Second Spring regular, chances are, you're of an age to have seen the jumpsuit or boiler suit do a couple of fashion laps. So you'll understand our hankering after the simplicity of this all-in-one comfort number. This time around, jumpsuits are effortless and understated, and the denim versions are pared down and modern rather than retro.

Above: Marks and Spencer Pure Cotton Utility jumpsuit

Above: G star raw G-Star Women's Tacoma Jumpsuit Wmn L/S - click to shop

4. A new jean shape

Skinny and legging jeans might have earned a permanent spot in the midlife closet, but it could be time to change up the shape of your jeans.

40plus Instagram icons are rocking these second-time-around shapes: Cullottes, '70s-inspired flares or boyish selvedge shapes. If this is a deja vu moment for you, don’t fret, the secret to keeping these retro shapes contemporary is in the simplest of styling. Step away from the accessories shelf, girl!​

Above: Michael Kors streamlined Selma retro flare - click to shop

Above: French Connection Julie contrast stitch culottes - click to shop

Above: Marks and Spencer's mid rise ankle grazer jeans - click to shop

5. The denim bucket hat

The bucket hat is back (although for many of us, it never left, stashed pragmatically in our day bags) and in soft denim, it's sweet and in-season. And rare as hen's teeth, so if you find one in stock, grab it before it's gone. Shop the smaller sizes in the men's department for dapper versions.

Below: Nudie Men's Denim Hat (size down for a woman's fit) is a premium splurge - buy it here.

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