When it comes to solid-colored denim, dark denim's held the title of "Most Desirable" for a number of years, but it's finally time to lighten up. Pale denim dominated the Resort 13 runways, and though the trend's inherently light and casual, it's not just for a warm-weather repertoire. In fact, this Look We Love incorporates a touch of spring into your winter wardrobe starting now, and offers a look that's chic but still seasonally appropriate. For a cool spin on an all-American classic, read on for our picks and add a pale denim piece to your arsenal today!On The Runway
The pale denim featured in so many Resort 13 collections was executed in edgy, modern cuts, making the trend feel decidedly current. Case in point: Derek Lam's strong Pale Denim Cropped Utility Jacket ($1290) layered over the boxy Indigo Tweed Sleeveless Dress With Pale Denim And Silver Jacquard Trim ($1990) or Givenchy's batwing button-down and knee-length shorts. Balmain also experimented with silhouettes, tucking a short-sleeve Denim Shirt ($1050) into high-waisted, pleat-front Denim Pants ($1050). The outcome? Pale pieces that looked lived-in but not outdated.
It comes as no surprise that celebrities and tastemakers sought out stylish denim renditions as well. At an event in October feting the Maison Martin Margiela x H&M collaboration in New York, Maryna Linchuk wore several pieces from the coveted collection: the Flat Waistcoat ($299), 5-Pocket Oversized Jeans ($70), Glove Bag ($149), and Sneakers ($129). Choosing a pair of baggy trousers in a light wash, rather than standard skinny jeans, lent fashion-forward flair to the model's suede jacket and t-shirt. That same month at the 20th Hamptons International Film Festival, Bella Heathcote channeled a slightly more sophisticated look in Chanel's Versaille Cotton Toile Dress ($6222) from the Resort 13 collection. Rendered in pale denim, the dress' ladylike silhouette--nipped-in waist, flared skirt, high collar--exudes a chic downtown vibe.
On You/Tops & Pants
Pale denim is such a versatile look that it's quite simple to incorporate into your wardrobe. Start with the basics, like American Apparel's Unisex Denim Long Sleeve Button-Up ($64) in Light Wash Indigo or GUESS' Brittney Skinny Jeans with Floral Back Pockets ($108). Each is a classic piece (you may already own one in a darker wash) that goes with just about anything. If you seek an intriguing twist on the timeless jean jacket, try Denim Refinery's The Leopard Print Levi's Jacket ($195).
On You/Dresses & Skirts
Those with more feminine sensibilities may want to check out J Brand/Christopher Kane's Stretch-Denim Dress ($486) or Surface to Air's Melia Denim Skirt ($170). However, it's important to note that these pieces are imbued with a toughened-up, city charm, thanks to bold buttons and detailed seaming, so contrast the look with boyish oxfords or a playful cashmere sweater.
Nothing evokes the '80s like acid-wash denim, so we simply had to include Deena & Ozzy's Acid Wash Backpack ($42) in the mix. Sling this roomy carryall over your shoulder, but avoid looking like you just stepped off the Saved by the Bell set by wearing it with of-the-moment pieces, like a utility jacket or polished blazer.
Here's a novel way you can interpret the pale denim trend: Dior's 5-Colour Designer All-in-One Artistry Palette ($59) in Navy. The compact boasts five different shades of subtly iridescent blue shadow, perfect for shaking up your daily beauty routine.--Tiffany Tse
Photo of Bella Heathcote, courtesy of Getty Images; photo of Maryna Linchuk, courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency; Balmain runway photo, courtesy of Balmain; Derek Lam runway photo, courtesy of Derek Lam; Givenchy runway photo, courtesy of Givenchy.