Look, it’s 2017, but I don’t think we’ll ever be over the whole Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake deal. (RIP that ship, may you continue to sail in our nineties-fueled dreams.) That was perhaps the very moment when the double denim trend started a divide of two extremes: yay or nay, and you can’t have it both ways.
It’s been an ongoing debate that’s sparked numerous arguments across the board in the fashion industry, with pretty good reasons for both sides of the equation. It’s too much fabric, but layering looks good when done right; being too matchy-matchy just brings back suppressed memories of being dressed like your sibling’s clone but a one piece outfit is essentially that, right?
However, let me begin by saying that I actually quite like the double denim trend.
1. #FashionFlashbackFriday, anyone?
The first denim jacket I had ever gotten was an heirloom from my mother’s younger days, easily almost as old as me, completely worn in and as comfortable as a snug, warm sweater. And I’d pair it with a basic pair of jeans and rock a bright or striped top ala Rachel Green from Friends, because I am one of those people who truly believe in #ThrowbackThursday and #FlashbackFriday, fashion edition.
And yes, it is rather easy to go wrong with the trend, but I think the challenge of finding a great outfit with that risk is part of the charm. (That might be the over-achiever side of me talking.)
2. Go for a timeless piece
When in doubt, go for the classics. For a timeless outfit that’s easy to emulate on a day to day basis, double denim style is easily achievable with a simple button-up, a jacket as well as a pair of jeans. If you’re afraid of looking like you’re wearing a one piece, make sure the denim fabrics are of different shades, or even colours if you’re not confident rocking a blue on blue ensemble. It looks effortless and chic; throw on a pair of sunnies and you’re set for the day.
3. Let your inner geek chick out
One of the things I found moving into the working adulthood life is how I rarely have time to put on a geek tee and call it a day before rushing off to class. I invested quite a bit into those clothes, and it’s sad that I may never be able to wear them as often as I’d like to nowadays. However, layering your clothes is a tricky but rewarding way to add a flair of chic to an outfit that might be more fitting on a fifteen-year-old. Pair your geek tee with a cropped denim jacket and dark jeans, and dust off those boots as you proclaim your love for whatever particular fandom in a way that says, “Yeah, I’ve read the comics. And watched all eight versions of the animated series.”
3. Ditch the jacket
Sometimes, you can’t really be bothered with the layering. Fortunately for those of us who aren’t a fan of sweating out half of our weight while keeping to our daily schedules, denim shirts are a blessed thing. Roll up the sleeves for a more casual vibe and bring out the jewellery to add a little flair of elegance to the outfit; a purse and a couple of bracelets ought to do the trick. Again, if you’re not keen on sporting a psuedo jumpsuit, make sure you’re wearing different shades of denim to add a balance to your outfit.