Found: The Perfect Way to Style Frayed Denim

If style-stalking is your cardio and you have a penchant for raw-edge denim (like these step-hems from French Connection), you’re likely already following Shot From the Street. Whether she’s wandering the pavements of Paris or at home in Manchester, founder Lizzy Hadfield consistently nails low-key style. Her addictive Instagram is an ongoing celebration of cool-girl staples: incredible coats, beautiful blazers, luxe knits and boots for days.

Her style philosophy is perfectly understated, just like her outfits: “I always feel cool when my look is effortless,” she explains. Naturally, if anyone can tell us where to find the most covetable denim of the moment, it’s Hadfield—and while we have her, we want to know what she’ll be wearing as the weather warms up. (Spoiler alert: It includes a great pair of jeans.)

Ready for a spring upgrade? Below, Hadfield shares her perfect jeans, plus the three things you need from French Connection to elevate your favourite denim into a must-have spring look.

THE DREAM JEANS

Even for a bona fide expert like Hadfield, shopping for jeans isn’t always a breeze. “Straight-leg denim is everywhere at the moment, but it’s hard to find the right pair,” she notes. It’s important to know what you’re looking for, so if in doubt, refer to Hadfield’s spring-denim checklist: “A high-rise, frayed hem and deconstructed through the leg: These French Connection jeans really tick all the boxes.”

The Pointed Shoes

Hadfield tells us she loves to pair of-the-moment denim with classic footwear. Come spring, she will be switching out her staple ankle boots for a new-season spin on classic pumps: “These have had a little update in the toe box, which comes up higher on the foot than usual with an exaggerated point. I love this detail—it transforms the way they look and makes them easier to walk in. Wearing shoes you cannot walk in is definitely not going to make an outfit look cool—I learned that one the hard way!”

THE MODERN BUTTON-DOWN

The one word you’ll hear Hadfield utter again and again? “Effortless.” “It’s my favourite word!” she laughs. “I always feel cool when my look is effortless.” Her trick is finding “fuss-free pieces that are still exciting,” and this season that means a fresh take on the classic button-down. “Interesting and oversize pieces will work really well in your wardrobe and inject a little bit of life into it, too!”

Hadfield’s pick? A reworked peplum shirt, which she tells us is particularly flattering over high-waisted jeans. “The genius of this one in particular lies in the details; the pleating down the front, the differing angles of the pinstripes, the cropped sleeves. It all comes together to form a statement piece that still feels minimalistic,” she tells us.

THE BAG OF THE MOMENT

“I always talk about things being good-ugly, and this is one of those pieces,” Hadfield tells us of her favourite bag, pointing out the extra-thick strap and on-trend circular hardware. “It looks like it has a piercing! It shouldn’t work, but completely does—interesting pieces are always so cool in an outfit; they really make you want to stop and stare.”

THE TIERED NECKLACE

Hadfield tells us that even her off-duty looks need to feel put-together, and that’s where the finer accessory details come in to play. “Most of my looks are inspired by street style. I love seeing what real women wear in real life; it always leaves me buzzing with ideas,” she says. Her current trend to try? Layering fine necklaces, keeping the feel relaxed by not worrying too much where they fall. “French Connection has this amazing selection of jewellery that’s all easy to mix and match. I went with two necklaces—a choker and a tiered piece—the secret to making a layered look effortless,” she advises.

One last piece of advice from Hadfield: Taking your style from classic to cool girl requires an occasional toe-dip outside your safe zone. “Never wear something you don’t feel comfortable in, but don’t be scared to embrace something new. Just find a way to make it feel like you,” she recommends.

How will you elevate your denim for spring?