Reworked 1980s

Seen at Balmain

Only a few seasons ago distressed denim was an unforgivable style crime, but now designers have gone crazy for stone- and acid-washed jeans. Mango has a great selection of 1980s-style skinnies for spring, including a bleached black pair ( £45, Likewise, River Island's denim section is coming into its own with its snowy-washes - their snowy-wash dress is a great option to take you through spring to summer (£49.99,' fun floral print style jeans (£28, are super-sweet and will work for either a 1950s or 1980s vibe, while pre-ripped and ultra-bleached, Earnest Sewn's skinnies are perfect for showing off slim legs (£165,

Relaxed fits

Seen at Danielle Scutt

With so many skintight cuts about, thank heavens there are a few styles that give room to breathe. The slim (as opposed to skinny) jeans from Alexander McQueen's McQ label (£151, are slightly cropped, giving a classic but modern edge. For a daytime look, a dark-denim dress (£45, has a utilitarian feel that's easy to wear. The laid-back vibe of 1970s denim is reborn with a pale-blue shirt (£35, And if you are after the ultimate "boyfriend"-style jean, why not just go for the real thing and pick up a men's pair – wear them loose and roll them up (about £50,


Seen at Marc by Marc Jacobs

Even if you're not a "jeans person", there are plenty more feminine options in denim on offer this season. A pale-wash T-shirt dress from 3.1 Phillip Lim (£357, is laid-back without being scruffy. A similarly smart option for work and play is a vintage-style A-line skirt in dark denim (£38, And once the weather has warmed up (and you've lost those extra winter pounds), slip into a cute, 1950s tie-front crop top (£14.99, For a glam 1980s vibe, a pale-denim pencil skirt will look good worn super-tight with a loose top tucked in (£28,