10 Models Show Us How to Style Denims

From wide leg jeans to baggy jeans,10 models show us how to style this ever green classic.

That’s the thing about jeans: no two women wear ’em the same way! In continuation of our shot-at-home series, 10 models kit out in their favourite pieces of denim...and share the one book they’d totally recommend.
 By Zunaili Malik; Interviews: Humra Afroz Khan

Virken Raina, Inega Model Management

“I’m wearing a pair of wide-leg denim pants with side buttons...I like how versatile this piece is and can be used to create different looks effortlessly. I tend to lean towards relaxed silhouettes, and love experimenting with unique, edgy pieces, to create fresh, new looks. For a no-brainer OOTD, I pair my jeans with a tube or a crop top: basically, anything short and snug. The scarves I’ve used here—one as a headgear and the other as a top—are both vintage, stolen from my mom’s closet. They added just the right pop of print and colour. I’ve kept the make-up minimal, the way I usually like it, with a tinge of blush for a fresh look...teamed with chunky gold earrings. Shooting this image was a challenge: for the perfect angle, I perched my phone on a pile of books on top of a chair—and had to keep running back and forth after every click to ensure I got the right shot. The notebook I’ve used here isn’t just a prop, it also signifies my boundless love for stationary: my not-so-guilty pleasure.” “I tend to lean towards relaxed silhouettes, and love experimenting with unique, edgy pieces.”

Priyal Shah, Anima Creative Management

“Jeans have always been my favourite go-to option! I have amassed many pieces, in all kinds of fits. But I swear by my stovepipe pair—it is so comfortable! For this shoot, I decided to layer a pair of distressed jeans with a denim jacket. Denim-on-denim is a big trend, and my current favourite. It’s great how denim—not just jeans, but also jackets, shorts, skirts, overalls, et al—has emerged as something you can wear anywhere, as opposed to the casual, anti-establishment image it once had. The book you see on my head in the photograph is The Golden Wayne W Dyer Collection. It’s a three-in-one volume, given to me by one of my teachers, and essentially talks about the power of intention, inspiration, and how to have a paradigm shift of thoughts. I like books that help me become a better person, and this is one of them.” “It’s great how denim—not just jeans, but also shorts, skirts and overalls—has emerged as something you can wear anywhere as opposed to the casual, anti-establishment image it once had.”

Troyee Baruah, ALF

“I’ve shot the image on my own, using the self-timer on my phone, sitting on the staircase that doubles as our bookshelf, since we have too many books and not enough space! I love a good monochrome look, especially with denim textures. And anything androgynous works well for me. The long-under-short, ‘doctor’ sleeves that I have opted for makes the silhouette—the hero of this look—so much more interesting. Most of the denim pieces I have are really old, either my own from many years ago, or my mom’s. That’s the best thing about the fabric: it lasts. Currently, I’m leaning towards tailored jeans, in their original, unwashed, indigo or raw denim. I normally wear them with a tucked-in tee, or paired with something feminine or sexy. Even a full denim look, by way of, say, a jumpsuit, looks great. The book I’m re-reading these days is I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. It’s about contradictions in the laws of AI in the distant future... There’s something about reading sci-fi that makes these strange times easier to deal with” “Most of the denim pieces I have are really old, from many years ago. That’s the best thing about the fabric: it lasts.”

Ravleen Varghese, Anima Creative Management

“For this look, I’ve paired together the different garments I had with me during the lockdown. I have layered an oversized button-down shirt over a striped tee, with dark blue, bell-bottom jeans. A denim scrap doubles as a necktie, making the whole look very ’90s. Denim is very easy to style, and goes with just about everything! My jeans collection includes pieces across fits, from mom jeans to skinnies, and in different washes of blue and black. For everyday outings, I usually wear them with basic tops or sweatshirts. But if I’m going for an event or a night-out, I like to team them with a vintage top, and upgrade the look with some flashy jewellery. The book I’m holding here, and absolutely love, is Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. ‘The only true law is that which leads to freedom’ is one of my favourite quotes from the book.” “For an event or a night-out, I like to team my jeans with a vintage top, and some flashy jewellery.”

Aaliya Jamal Zaidi

“These are my favourite jeans: high-waisted and very flared at the bottom. I’ve teamed ’em with a snug T-shirt, for a kind of retro feel. Denim has always been a part of my wardrobe, albeit in waves. When I was a teenager, I had a pair of dark-blue jeans that always made me feel good about my body. Then, when I went to college, there were a few years where I didn’t take any interest in denim. But a couple of years ago, I bought a pair of baggy, distressed jeans and have lived in them since! I bought the pair I’m wearing from the US, a few months ago. They felt like a cooler, grown-up version of my skinny jeans from when I was 17. The book I’m holding and, also currently reading, is The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. I had read it when I was really young. I’ve been in the US for a few months now, so I wanted to read something vivid and evocative of India.” “These are my favourite jeans... Denim has always been a part of my wardrobe, albeit in waves.”

Dipti Pawar, 
Anima Creative Management

“In this photograph, taken by my cousin, I’ve paired my favourite, super-comfortable jeans with a plain white T-shirt, layered with his [cousin’s] checked shirt. The black hat and matching block-heel boots help tie the look together. I own a bunch a high- and mid-rise jeans, mostly slim-fits, but also a few boyfriend and wide-leg options. I love dressing up (or down) denim-on-denim looks. It is very popular these days, and also a great way to pair different pieces together. I also like to team my jeans with a bright, oversized tee, for a casual vibe. The book in my hand is The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. It explores the funny, exhilarating and tragic aspects of love and life. I don’t read much, though...I prefer to look up interesting facts and trivia on Google.” “I love wearing denim on denim, or pairing my jeans with a bright, oversized tee for a casual vibe.”

Divya Jadhav, Inega Model Management

“For me, denim is a fashion staple! I think this fabric is timeless, and I don’t ever throw away anything denim! My jeans collection consists of a mix—skinnies, boyfriend-fit, wide-leg pieces, and more. I usually style my jeans with basic crop tops or bodysuits, with boots or sneakers, and maybe a bum bag or a belt, a lot like my look here. (I’ve recently also developed an affinity for printed shirts with wide-leg jeans, and can’t wait to explore the combination further.) Here. I’ve paired a distressed, ripped pair with a white, cropped tee and a black bralette for a casual-yet-sexy vibe. “ “I usually style my jeans with basic crop tops or bodysuits, and boots or sneakers, and maybe a bum bag or a belt.”

Kanishka Maheshwari, Inega Model Management

“Classic jeans will never fail you—there are so many ways you can style them in, for day as well as night! For Cosmo, I decided to keep things casual-minimal, and went for a rock-chick vibe, with a pair of relaxed boyfriend jeans and a black, graphic tee. White sneakers and a piece of literature add the finishing touches! My inspiration for this look was Cosmo itself. I love how the magazine has managed to come up with such a unique idea to showcase fashion in the current times. The book in the photograph is The Art Of War by Sun Tzu. It talks about knowing your strengths and weaknesses, and to not fear the outcome even if you have to undertake a hundred battles. I like reading such masterpieces that help keep up my spirits and motivate me to reach the finish line.” “Classic jeans will never fail you—there are so many ways you can style them in, for day as well as night.”

Alice Rosario, Anima Creative Management

“Say hello to my denim on denim on denim look. I’m back home in Hyderabad, and all my clothes are in Mumbai, so I had to make do with what I could find here. The different hues of the pieces playfully break the look, while the headgear lends a fun twist! I used to wear skinny jeans for the longest time, both low- and high-waist. But I’ve now taken a liking for baggy, relaxed fits. Typically, I’ll wear them with either collared shirts or crop tops. Self-shooting this image was a hell of an experience...trying to find a nook or corner in the house that I could shoot in, setting up the space, lighting, etc. The book you see, Ask Me Anything, contains every fact you could ever want to know. Did you know that the universe is 13.7 billion years old?! Or, that the Arctic fox is like a chameleon and its coat changes colour to blend with the environment?!” “I used to wear skinny jeans for the longest time, both low- and high-waist, but I’ve now taken a liking for baggy, relaxed fits.”

Komal Gajjar, Inega Model Management

“Usually, I like to wear clean-finish jeans, with a snug, skinny fit. But for this shoot for Cosmo, I picked up my oldest (and most favourite) pair! It must be almost 13 years old, and is still so relevant! I have teamed it with a white turtleneck top, and an embroidered jacket that I have custom-made myself. The black, block heels add a slightly edgy feel to the look. I wanted to keep the accessories minimal, hence just the hoops. My mum helped me take this photograph, and I’m holding Encyclopædia Britannica. My mum had bought it for me when I was in primary school. I remember looking up everything in it. It was nostalgic to get back to it in this era of the Internet.” “I have teamed my distressed jeans with a white turtleneck top, and an embroidered jacket that I have custom-made myself.”