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Jean Therapy - Model-turned-stylist Giovanna Battaglia shares her denim dos and don’ts

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 March, 2016, 11:01am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 March, 2016, 2:37pm


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For Italian stylist, fashion editor and creative director Giovanna Battaglia, all the world’s a runway. The former model and current street-style favourite is known for her sophisticated yet playful fashion sense, which brings a vibrant, modern energy to classic Italian glamour.

Now Battaglia – the kind of woman who can look impossibly chic in everything from jean short-shorts to double denim – turns her keen eye to this season’s most important trend: denim. In addition to styling Michael Kors’ spring campaign, she shares her top styling rules for everyone’s favourite casual fabric.


  1. Look to Jane Birkin as your denim icon – classy, sexy and chic. 
  2. Find the perfect fit for your body type, and make sure it’s the right length for the shape of the denim.
  3. Style blue denim with a white silk or cotton shirt – even better, add a blazer on top. 
  4. Accessorise to dress up your denim – when in doubt, go with gold.
  5. Go bold with denim on denim for a casual, chic uniform look. 
  6. Pair boyfriend jeans with high heels – and keep the rest casual with a simple sweater or sweatshirt. 


  1. Wear super-low-riding denim – nobody wants to see your underwear!
  2. Overstyle, unless you want to look like you've time travelled to the early 2000s.  
  3. Pair super-high stiletto heels with skinny jeans. 
  4. Wear denim to official or corporate events. There is a time and a place for denim; these events aren’t it.
  5. Wear shorts that are too short – unless you're on the beach.


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