The New Rules of Denim Jeans

Dark-rinsed, gray, black, beat-up. For something so basic, denim has many incarnations. Here, a road map to get you moving beyond five-pocket blue jeans.

The Blazer

The new tailored denim jacket bears little resemblance to its seventies predecessor. Dark, discerning, and of-the-moment, this blazer looks best as the centerpiece of an equally stark ensemble, which should include charcoal cotton trousers—not denim ones.

Blazer, sweater, and pants by Prada.

Photo: James Macari
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