The Guardian’s “Rules for Double Denim”

by Jaime on March 19, 2010

Am I the only one who just doesn’t give a shit about the Double Denim trend? I see this as being a model/celebrity style only and hope that it doesn’t flood into the everyday wardrobe of most denim lovers. I can say that you will probably never (I have to say probably, because I was so opposed to boyfriend jeans until I owned a pair of Current/Elliott BFs) see an outfit post featuring me in double denim. Ever. I just can’t rock the Canadian Tuxedo (no offense, Canadians. All the Northerners I know are uber-stylish!).

But since EVERYONE seems to care about this, it’s flooding into the mainstream. Guardian UK wrote up a post about double denim, and added their “Golden Rules”. Check them out:

Double Denim Golden Rules

1 No belt, please. With a belt, the look that you were hoping projected Paris catwalk insouciance becomes unreconstructed Idaho truck driver.
2 You need contrast in color: One piece should be a darker-hued denim. You might want this on your bottom half, darker colors being more slimming, but beware: a pale denim shirt can wash out your skin tone.
3 Don’t go with a very fine chambray shirt with a very heavy denim jean. That’s not double denim, that’s cheating, and it doesn’t have the right impact.
4 Break up the heaviness of the look with something light and feminine: the strap of a fabulous Chloé or Mulberry cross-body handbag, perhaps; or a gorgeous pair of dangly earrings; or wear the shirt open one extra button to show off a tiny glimpse of a pretty camisole.
5 Roll your sleeves up and highlight bare wrists with a bracelet or a cocktail ring.
6 Finally, no cowboy boots. Keep feet semi-naked in ballet pumps or a pretty flat sandal.

So, while I technically agree with these (you know, as much as I can when we’re talking about double denim)… I just don’t know. Double Denim lovers (or haters who feel like giving me a much-needed laugh or two) – what are your thoughts?!?!


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