YES YOU CAN: Dress up your denim

Fashion director Shelly Vella shows you how.

If, like me, you’re not a jeans and T-shirt person and prefer something more dressed up with your denim, why not test drive a fashion favourite, the prairie-style blouse? Available in myriad prints and cuts (loose-fit, waisted, balloon-sleeved), this looks as great with blue denim as it does with coloured jeans or Parisian-inspired culottes and is a style that elevates while imbuing a little romance.

How to dress up denim:

Try an off-duty update

A gentle ruffle and fluted cuff lend a softer edge to a dark price a dark print. Blouse, £150, lilyandlionel.com

Nod to true prairie style by teaming a fitted blouse with wide-cut jeans.

Jacket, £69, Aligne

Blouse, £65, Aligne

Bag, £199.20, Maje

Jeans, £65, Aligne

Boots, £145, Ariat

Go bright for the night

Slick black accessories take this look up a notch for evening. Image: Jason Jean/Bl Aublut-edition.com

Stripes overlaid with florals look fresh, especially with coloured denim.

Blouse, £150, Essentiel Antwerp

Jeans, £145, Essentiel Antwerp

Earrings, £95, Shrimps, Feather and Stitch

Sunglasses, £635, Silhouette, Pretavoir

Sandals, £28, Schuh

Work culottes and a jacket

Modern prints and sheer fabrics – the perfect way to up your denim game. Blouse, £725, Zimmermannwear.com

Balance out a more voluminous blouse with sleek culottes and high-heeled boots.

Blazer, £135, Arket

Blouse, £120, Boden

Culottes, £40, La Redoute

Bag, £1,195, Mulberry

Boots, £195, Dune

Earrings, £190, Otiumberg