BEGONE January blues, the outlook for spring denim is looking bright, with traditional indigos, navies and stonewash jean hues making way for pastels, prints and eye-popping colour.

The big denim makeover comes at a time when it's revealed 75% of British women wear less than a quarter of the jeans in their wardrobe regularly. The findings, by fashion advice site Miss High Street ( indicate an average ownership of 10 pairs of jeans, leaving at least seven pairs lying neglected in the denim drawer.

Time for a new trend-led spree? Hannah Buckley, founder of Miss High Street, recommends a frugal fashion approach: "Don't splurge on trend jeans because their appeal might be short-lived.

"Coloured skinnies are huge this season but opt for some of the cheaper versions on the high street."

Dive into the denim rainbow revolution with our jean-ius guide.

Fanatical About The Fit

Whether you're crazy about this season's new shades or a denim traditionalist, it's the fit that will stand the test of time. A flattering cut is even more important if you're planning to work pale, bright or print jeans.

Avoid denim dilemmas with these top tips:

* Staple jeans aren't something to splurge on without a serious test run. Jean sizes can vary between brands and stores, so hit the changing rooms.

* Decide if you want to wear your new jeans with heels or flats (or both) and take them with you to get the length just right.

* If you're buying online, look to a site like, which has a SoSelect application to find the best brands to suit your shape.

* Back pocket placement is all-important for flattering your behind, so check out those mirrors. Pockets set wide apart can add width. Pockets set close can create the illusion of a compact bum and pockets that tilt outward can create curves.

* A bootcut hem can balance out big hips and thighs. Pair with towering platforms to create the illusion of supermodel pins.

* Opt for a Seventies-style crease if you want to draw attention away from your hips and lengthen your legs.

* If you have a petite or boyish shape, straight-leg jeans will give you a more defined outline.

*Mid to high-rise (measurement from waist to crotch) are usually the most flattering cuts for skinny jeans. Steer clear of low-rise where you can end up exposing your underwear.

Get The Look

Make those January blues a distant memory with a sunny dress like Britain's Got Talent new judge, Alesha Dixon. Steal her yellow style - with a more demure split - in Next's crepe maxi, £48 (

Buy It Now

Diana Vickers proves she's still got the rock 'n' roll X Factor with her latest shoot for Very. "My inspiration came from the 1950s and early 1960s retro style," she says. "I love all those old-fashioned vintage shapes - lots of quirky prints and bright colours." Her latest spring/summer collection is available online at, priced from £29.