The first time I noticed double denim it was sometime in the early 90’s. I was flipping through a magazine when I was stopped by the site of a model wearing dark denim from tip to toe. I remember thinking how fresh and hip she looked. Even though the trend had its moment and then fell into ridicule I never really stopped liking the look. As with so many fashion trends from the early 90’s double denim is back in style. Although I’m not really seeing denim on denim in every ad like it was back then, the look is undeniably popping up on the street. I’ve tried the look myself with varying amounts of success. (I tried it last year in this post. I think I’ve done much better this time.) It’s not easy to look laid back, chic and stylish wearing denim accented with more denim. Often it just looks too matchy-matchy. So I have put together a Pinterest Board to help me figure out just how to wear this trend.
In these photos I’m wearing a warm weather double denim outfit because it was hot as heck the day we took these photos. Unlike the tip to toe dark denim that was all the rage in the early 90’s, I’ve found that double denim looks best when the shades of blue vary. My top is actually chambray, an indigo dyed plain weave that looks much like denim but is lightweight and well suited for tops and blouses. The skirt is made of a dark wash denim. The third element, because there must always be a third element in every successful double denim outfit, is the beige canvas bag.
The camel colored canvas messenger bag in these photos was a gift from Skinny Vinny. I will be posting an in-depth review of this versatile tote in an upcoming post, but in the meantime let me just say that I love it, and that it’s been my favorite every-day, errand-running, catch-all bag since I received it in the mail a few weeks ago.
The photos were taken under the freeway in Hollenbeck park. One of the oldest city parks in Los Angeles, it has managed to retain much of its charm even though the city built a freeway through it many years ago.
- Chambray blouse from The Gap
- Denim pencil skirt from J Crew
- Convertible Canvas bag by Skinny Vinny
- Brown sandals by Nine West
- Faux tortoise-shell cuff and earrings from Gilt.com
What do you think of the double denim trend? Are you wearing it?