It might be the beginning of August, but waking up to torrential rain in a humid London yesterday, you’d really never have guessed it. But rather than longing for your favourite graphic print playsuit and strappy sandals, reach instead for your J Brand Houlihans.

A cross between skinny jeans and cargo pants, they’re the cool new-season way to don your denim (as well as being mid-weather-appropriate) – and if you need a little inspiration as to how to wear yours, take a hint from us below to achieve contemporary-classic style.


Cheap Monday batwing shirt, £40 at ASOS

A classic white shirt will not only be an investment to your wardrobe for seasons to come, it’s also a great way to add a bit of structure to your relaxed bottom half. We love the boxy cut of this batwing shirt from Cheap Monday at ASOS – the perfect shape to balance out your super-skinny pants – and its sharp collar adds an especially slick touch.


Sam Edelman lace-up wedges, £170 at Matches

A pair of peep-toe wedges offer a subtle flash of feet and femininity, not to mention the height the heel adds to lengthen your legs – oh, and we’re sure we don’t need to mention the word ‘transitional’ to you, but peep-toe booties will see you through summer and onto autumn. We particularly like the way these Sam Edelman babies finish below the ankle, leaving a sexy sneak of skin before the bottom of your houlihans.


Leopard box tassel bag, £30 at Topshop

Accessories are the biggest way to wear leopard print right now, so keep on par with the fash pack and grab yourself a statement bag – this box-shaped one from Topshop offers a great faux pony skin texture and comes with a detachable strap to give you several wearing options.

The J Brand Houlihans are available at my-wardrobe.com for £245

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