MAE TAN, 20, STUDENT AND BLOGGER

Instagram: @marxmae
It wasn’t hard convincing Mae to show us her spin on denim. On her Instagram page (she has about 50,000 followers), you’ll see that she rocks washed, distressed jeans and isn’t afraid to wear (patchwork!) denim-on-denim.

Her 3 looks: 

1. The pleated skirt 

Both edgy and girlie, this piece is surprisingly versatile. We love it most with a sequinned tank and studded booties – cool for any party!

Outfit details: Denim skirt, $36.50, from www.soeurs.co. Leather and steel bracelet with crystals, $320, and gold-plated bangle with crystals, $255, from Swarovski. Top, earrings, clutch and booties, Mae’s own.

2. The jacket with gold-tone buttons

Work it with edgy-dressy pieces like a striped top (one in black and white makes your
outfit look more luxe), a black leather midi skirt and pointytoe pumps.

Outfit details: Denim jacket, $79, from Mango. Cotton top, $360, from DKNY. PU leather skirt, $79.90, from H&M. Studded suede clutch, $510, from Furla. Bracelets and pumps, Mae’s own.

3. Patchwork jeans

Trust us, these can look smart – Mae wears hers slim and fitted, with an on-trend fringed
top in dark blue (the matching hue pulls her look together too). 

Outfit details: Denim jeans with leather details, $309, from Karen Millen. Leather bag, $950, from Furla. Leather and steel bracelet with crystals, $320, crystal-studded leather bracelet, $320, rhodium-plated ring with crystals, $210, and gold and rhodium-plated rings with crystals, $255 for a set of three, from Swarovski. Top and earrings, Mae’s own.

2. ANDREA CHONG, 23STUDENT AND BLOGGER

Instagram: @dreachong
Her Instagram account has a whopping 130,000 followers, and she loves her black and white classics with a sexy twist – like the pieces she wears here to jazz up the denim.

Her 3 looks: 

1. The full skirt

In a deep indigo shade and with a satin-like panel, this piece almost looks too dressy to be denim! Wear it with a tuxedo jacket and metallic pumps – and you’re set for a dinner date. 

Outfit details: Polyester-blend blazer, $55, and metal necklaces, $13 for a set of two, from Forever 21. Polyester top, $49.90, and metal bangle, $23.90, from Topshop. Chalayan denim and silk skirt, $729, from Tyan. Leather pumps, $220, from Steve Madden.

2. Culottes

They’re really not as hard to pull off as you’d imagine – this pair almost looks like a fun colour-block skirt,
and is made a tad sexier with an off – shoulder top. 

Outfit details: Polyester-blend culottes, $89.90, from Exhibit. Michael Michael Kors metal choker, $439, from Michael Kors. Leather sandals, $679, from Kurt Geiger. Top, Andrea’s own.

3.  The military inspired piece

An army-style jacket would have been the obvious choice, but Andrea picks out a pencil skirt instead, and contrasts it with a lace piece (did we mention she loves cropped tops?).

Outfit details: Cotton-blend blazer, $439, from G-Star Raw. Denim skirt, $30.50, from www.soeurs.co. Metal necklaces with rhinestones and faux pearls, $15 for a set of two, from Forever 21. Leather clutch, $425, from Furla. Sterling silver ring with cubic zirconia, $88, gold-plated ring with cubic zirconia, $531, and sterling silver ring with cubic zirconia, $141, from Pandora. Top, Andrea’s own. 

3. JAYNE THAM, 26, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE 

Instagram: @jaynetham
She loves her basics – LBDs, white shirts and classic black handbags. Jayne, who has more than 22,000 followers on Instagram, even likes her prints to look timeless in black and white. So it’s no surprise that her three denim outfits look this effortlessly chic.

Her 3 looks: 

1. The shift dress

What’ll work for the office on a Friday? This surprisingly elegant denim one-piece that’s layered over a collared top.

Outfit details: Polyester-blend dress, $129.90, from Exhibit. Metal and stone cuff, $13, from Forever 21. Metal rings, $23.90 for a set of three, from Topshop. PU leather sandals, $149, from Aldo. Top, Jayne’s own.

 2.  The mixed material biker jacket

Jayne makes hers look grown-up as well as edgy by teaming it with a white shirt and fitted leather pants.

Outfit details: Finders Keepers leather and denim jacket, $259, from Eclecticism + Lauren Jasmine. Leather pants, $659, from Massimo Dutti. Metal necklace, $15, from Forever 21. Rhodiumplated bangle ith crystals, $320, from Swarovski. Shirt and bag, Jayne’s own.

3. Wide-legged jeans

Seventies-inspired pieces are all the rage now, and Jayne does a modern, wearable take by teaming roomy denim bottoms with a biker vest and a metallic top. 

Outfit details: Leather Vest $159.90, from Exhibit. Polyester-blend top, $69.90, and denim pants, $99.90, from H&M. Sterling silver bangle with cubic zirconia, $159, and terling silver rings with cubic zirconia, $124 each, from Pandora. Studded suede clutch, $510, from Furla. Leather sandals, $159, from Aldo.

This story was first published in Her World Magazine April 2015.