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How to Style Bleached Denim to Make it Look Flattering

How to Style Bleached Denim to Make it Look Flattering
By Barbara Ross

TP 202001 fashion 01 2It鈥檚 the era of 80s fashion all over again. From polka dots to bell bottom pants to bling galore, a number of the yester year fashion trends that we once swore we鈥檙e never wearing again, are all back in vogue. And one such hard-to-pull-off trend that we鈥檙e going big on this season is the bleached denim trend.


Called by many names, including acid wash denims or light wash denims, bleached denims carry a rather pale and worn out vibe, which may look unflattering on some people, more so on fair to medium skin tones. Additionally, since it has pale, as well as dark tones in between, it may seem difficult to find outfits that go with acid wash denims. However, now we know that acid wash denims are going to be huge this season. So, here are some tips on how you can style them to make them look flattering on you.



TP 202001 FASHION 07Pair them with neutral colours


Even though bleached denims are an 80鈥檚 trend, thankfully we have a new version of it now and not the overly loud in-your-face version of it that was popular back in the day. Today, it鈥檚 all about making them the soul of the look; that is, styling it in a way that the focus falls on the denims. Hence, all you have to do is pair it with simple outfits that won鈥檛 take the focus away from them. And neutral colours are the perfect way to do that. For example, a simple black turtleneck top will look amazing with a bleached denim mini skirt. Or if you鈥檙e going for jeans, you can wear a black or beige crop top and you鈥檙e good to go. Grey and brown tops would look amazing with jeans too.





TP 202001 FASHION 04Choose denims that are mostly a single shade


Sometimes these fashion trends tend to go a little crazy in the market. You鈥檒l probably get denims that have varying shades of colours throughout the body. For example, ones that have a darker tone at the ankles, a super light shade on the thighs and maybe a different shade for the back.


Here鈥檚 the thing; bleached denims are already quite a bit of drama to pull off, so you don鈥檛 want to be overdoing it. Hence, it is always best to stick to simple designs of denims that have a single shade of colour throughout. At the most you can have maybe two different shades; anything more than that will just look unflattering and most importantly, will be too difficult to match with any other outfit.





TP 202001 FASHION 02Prints in darker colours


Very light shades of bleached denims can be paired with prints. It may seem too much, but there鈥檚 a way to make it seem put together. Choose prints in darker colours only, for example, geometric prints in black and purple, or checkers in dark green and brown. Stick to classic prints though, because you don鈥檛 want to tone up the edge quotient any further. Florals would be great too, as long as you stick to a darker colour palette.





TP 202001 FASHION 10Neat and classy accessories


Since bleached denims are on the extreme casual side, one way to bring the look together is to pair them with classy and formal to semi-formal accessories. Yes, you read that right. It may sound like the most bizarre thing to say, but imagine for a second, there is nothing more stylish than a pair of black closed toe pumps paired with a pair of bleached denim jeans. Similarly, a black formal blazer with the sleeves rolled up worn with jeans, or a neat look black belt worn with a cute acid washed dress, or a sleek sling bag with gold chain straps paired with a light washed mini skirt. When you think of formal accessory and denim combinations, the options are literally endless.




TP 202001 FASHION 03Pay attention to the fit


Last, but not the least, pay good attention to the fit of the denims. Make sure they fit you very well, not too tight and not too sloppy. Make sure there are not too many distressed details either and finally, don鈥檛 go for unusual fits, like boyfriend fit, for example. Remember, you鈥檙e already experimenting with the texture, so you don鈥檛 want to be throwing too much drama elsewhere.






Follow these tips to the word, and you鈥檙e sure to pull off bleached denims with grace and style.

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