Sophie is wearing a Cosy Cotton Top in jellybean with boyfriend jeans
Whatever your personal style, the chances are you have a pair or ten of jeans in your wardrobe. We’ve talked about denim here before, but something that the good folk at Kettlewell and I get asked an awful lot is which Kettlewell tops go best with which jeans shapes. When faced with the challenge of seemingly limitless denim and t-shirt shapes, it can feel a little overwhelming to begin to work with colour as well, but I’m here to show you that putting the whole lot together can be a breeze.
Straight leg jeans are such a classic cut that it makes sense to pair them with similarly timeless top halves. For an easy smart-casual look, try pairing with a merino crew neck in winter or a simple cosy cotton stripe top. For an evening out, opt for the gorgeously drapey Daphne blouse and the Alexa biker.
Outfit 1 – Cosy Cotton Stripe Top in cornflower/light navy, Florence Infinity Scarf in dusky rose
Outfit 2 – Alexa Zip Jacket in cranberry, Daphne Blouse in pastel rose
Outfit 3 – Shawl Collar Wrap in navy, Darcey Square in blue moon
Outfit 4 – Cosy Merino Sweater in marine blue, Cashmere Gauze Stole in ocean blue
Skinny jeans are so ubiquitous now that it’s hard to think of them as an ‘extreme’ style, but they do require a little more balancing out than classic straight or boot leg styles. Longer tops are your friend here. Layer a long vest under a standard tee, or add the beautiful merino tunic for sleek longline style. Go for the Diane swing top for a change of silhouette.
Outfit 1 – Merino Tunic in deep claret, Tassel Necklace in pink mulberry sparkle
Outfit 2 – Tasha Top in charcoal, Long Vest Top in raspberry
Outfit 3 – Davina Tee in fig, Florence Infinity Scarf in grey plum
Outfit 4 – Davina Tee in dutch blue, Alpaca Shawl in mallard
The bootcut has been out of favour for a while, but increasingly it’s returning to the denim front line. So easy to wear and to balance with a variety of tops, it’s easy to see why many of us refused to abandon this wardrobe stalwart during the skinny jeans years. Pair with classic tees, or add a camisole under a shirt or wrap top if you are larger busted.
Outfit 1 – Sara V Neck in grey plum, Cashmere Gauze Stole in dolphin grey
Outfit 2 – Cotton Jersey Shirt in navy, Lace Camisole in silver
Outfit 3 – Merino Crossover in glacier, Camisole in steel blue
Outfit 4 – Paris Textured Jacket in true red, Darcey Scoop in ice blue
The more extreme wide leg of flared jeans demands a more fitted top half to avoid accidentally landing in clown territory. Embrace the retro feel by pairing with a silky roll neck or a poncho layered over a fitted tee, or go for a simple fitted merino crew neck.
Outfit 1 – Silky Tee in true red, Multi Star Necklace in silver
Outfit 2 – City Poncho in deep claret, Silky Roll Neck in dolphin grey
Outfit 3 – Sleeveless Merino Wrap in bright navy, Silky Crew Neck in light aqua
Outfit 4 – Cosy Merino Sweater in marine blue, Tassel Necklace in charcoal sparkle
Boyfriend jeans can be worn with a relaxed top for a super casual look (go for something slouchy like the Tasha or Davina tees) but look their best contrasted with a more fitted option. Keep it simple with a short sleeve crew neck or a long sleeved silky v neck.
Outfit 1 – Tasha Top in meadow violet, Tassel Necklace in lilac sparkle
Outfit 2 – Alexa Zip Jacket in ink, Sleeveless Mock Turtle in raspberry
Outfit 3 – Silky Crew Neck in pink ice, Studded Scarf in grey
Outfit 4 – Cosy Merino Sweater in bright navy, Florence Infinity Scarf in pastel blue