Double denim - no longer a fashion crime
To me it will always be just a little bit Charlene from Neighbours… but in case you haven’t heard, double denim is back, baby - yeah!
‘’Double denim’’, of course being the good old denim shirt/ jacket with denim jeans/shorts combo of the ‘80s and ‘90s. AKA ‘’the denim suit’’.
And you can even feel free to team it with white sneakers a la Jerry Seinfeld in the mid 1990s. Reeboks perhaps, for a really authentic ‘’vintage’’ look.
Yep – denim suits are in plenty of the uber cool international fashion blogs and glossy fashion mags at the moment. Apparently it’s a look for both sexes.
The trend hasn’t really hit the streets of Adelaide yet – but I’d be curious to know if it’s out there interstate – and if so, how it’s looking.
According to Joff Chappell, from one of Adelaide’s flagship fashion boutiques, Miss Gladys Sym Choon, we’re still very much into the black denim look here (a trend that’s been knocking around for a good two or three years now).
It does look like double denim may be waiting in the wings though – for both men and women.
Globalize, a popular youth fashion chain in SA, VIC, NSW and the ACT, is offering a range of denim jeans, shirts vests and jackets.
Other youth retailers including Dotti, Forever New and Sportsgirl, are bringing similar denim pieces into their ranges and Country Road is doing the odd denim/chambray shirt.
And so to the big question: is double denim, which has for so long been considered the pinnacle of over-matched, outdated bad taste worth re-visiting?
Or do you risk people not realising that you’re being all vintage/anti-fashion/out-there cool and instead assuming you’re such a dag you never actually stopped doing the look the first time round?
Personally I think the double denim trend belongs in the ‘’If you remember doing it the first time around, avoid it this time’’ camp.
Hence I won’t be re-living my days of Tencel jeans, chambray shirts and high school parties involving lots of Peach cooler any time soon.
But others are more daring…
Here’s what Adelaide fashion stylist, event organiser and commentator Filip Odzak had to say about the trend:
``Oh, fantastic story!
``I have always been anti-double denim… until I was sitting in the audience for the Saint Augustine Academy show at (Royal Australian Fashion Week), previewing their (summer 2010) collection.
``It was styled to a tee, and I fell in love.
``The trend that once-was has been updated into a cutting edge and exciting trend that will be - with studding and embellishments!
``I have already put in my order, and yes, you will see me rocking the trend this summer!’‘
Filip’s tips for doing double denim the second time round include:
• Mix lighter denim with darker denim
• Go for fitted (not baggy) shirts and pants
• Look for embellishments and different textiles to break up the look
If I may add another one it would be
• Steer well clear of older folks who are still doing the look from the first time around – they might just cramp your style.
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