Acid reign

Acid wash denim – the 1980s staple – is back in the spotlight, but without the punk-rock vibes of yesteryear.

French luxury house Pierre Balmain kept the denim’s bleached blue roots and elevated it through a crisp pantsuit silhouette with strong shoulders and a nipped waist.

English fashion designer Stella McCartney opted for an oversized skirt suit with splashes of colour for that perfect blend of playful and practical.

Add a youthful spin by teaming yours with sneakers, a cute hat and rose-tinted lenses.

Fashion aficionado, celebrated style maven and editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, Kenneth Goh, gives you his tips and tricks to get you looking and feeling fabulous.

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How to work acid denim into your daily wardrobe

1 Pick pale denim washes to ease into this trend and keep to just one item for the entire look. Pair with simpler plain coloured pieces (such as a white T-shirt) to keep the look fresh.

2 Tie-dye is an easy way to get the acid wash look without the heaviness of denim. An oversized tie-dye T-shirt works a treat for the weekend when worn with wide palazzo trousers in beige or white.

3 Elevate the look with a bucket bag or even a string of pearls to make the outfit chic and sharp.

4 Only the very young (read: under 25-year-olds) should attempt the brighter acid washes in red, yellow or green. A safer route? Keep to all shades of indigo.

5 A pair of 1970s rose-tinted shades helps to give you the appearance of a flower child. It is just the thing to recall those halcyon days of youth.

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