When we consider the one item in our wardrobes that we simply could not live without, what springs to mind? Of course, underwear and warm clothes must rank highly for the sake of reason, but I would say denim tops many a person’s list. 

From denim jackets to dungarees and a good pair of jeans, denim has been a wardrobe staple for what feels like an eternity. There is some speculation as to the true origin of denim, or when a pair of jeans was first made, but from what I could gather – denim was first created in the beautiful French town of Nimes. Coincidentally, De Nimes is also a rather lovely paint shade by Farrow & Ball – who were also inspired by this charming French region. The denim fabric however, created in the late 16th century, was initially called “Serge de Nimes”, which translates to ‘twill of Nimes’ – but was later shortened to denim.

Centuries on, it remains a wardrobe staple in countries all over the world. From the likes of Levi and Wrangler to Weekday and J-brand, the quest to find the perfect pair of jeans is on many women’s to-do list. Just when you think you’ve found the perfect pair, the search inevitably begins again. 

And the choices. Gone are the days where you might just have one blue pair and one black. You need to cater for every occasion: the skinny, the straight leg, the flare, the bootcut (no doubt these will come back into fashion), the Mom style and the high-waisted. The truth is, a well-rounded denim wardrobe is important. Not in the grand schemes of things you understand, but when it comes to fashion. 

My mum has one pair of jeans. One. Just the one. I’m not sure how she does it. The trouble is – building a good denim collection can take time, and a lot of patience. I’m not sure anyone really enjoys jeans shopping.

As we venture into autumn then, we put away our lighter wash denim in favour of more seasonal shades. Rusts, khaki, navy and black provide a solid base from which to build your daily wardrobe – casual, professional or otherwise.

I don’t profess to know all there is to know about denim but these shades and styles would certainly offer a solid and timeless starting block – should you find yourself in a similar situation to my dear mum.

The Classic Fit Jeans | Acne | £240

Levi 501 Crop Leg | Levi via Next | £95

Photo Ready Ruby Slim-Leg Jeans | J Brand via Net-a-Porter | £230

Mid-Rise Girlfriend Jeans | Gap | £49.95

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