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How to Wear Denim on Denim

Try the true blue trend the right way

The double denim trend has come full circle from its former faux pas status. This spring, it’s making its fashionable comeback. Here’s how to do it right (without looking like you’ve stepped out of the 80s).

This spring’s collections gave double denim a modern update (thankfully!) Gone was the true blue head to toe look. Designers were pushing us out of our comfort zones and playing with different washes, styles and detailing – everything from distressed overalls at Mango to dark denim skirt suits at Anna Sui. But the best way to take this trend from the runway to your everyday is by incorporating pieces that are simple and classic.

The Way to Wear It

Even celebrities are bringing back this all-American style. Our favourite style-setting Brit, Alexa Chung, recently donned a pair of skinny jeans with a boyfriend style denim button-up. If you’re thinking about trying this look (as seen in the Chloé© collection), keep your shirt loose and airy to avoid looking frumpy. Also opt for a jean that’s a couple shades darker than your top “ it’s a flattering colour combination on everyone. The denim jumper (as seen on the Rag & Bone and Erin Wasson x RVCA runways) is another great option for spring. Look for one that’s in a solid blue hue and belt it around your waist to show off your shape.

Modest Accessories

Sporting head to toe denim certainly makes a bold statement, so the key is to keep your accessories to a minimum. Try styling your denim outfit with brown leather accessories to warm up the cool, blue tones. Cinch your waist with a braided belt or carry a structured leather bag to create a more polished look. Another option is to mellow down the double denim with vintage elements: think lace up riding boots or a worn-in leather jacket for a rustic feel. Designers like Ralph Lauren and Jean Paul Gaultier were also showing denim detailing in their accessories. Denim schoolboy hats or wedges are a great alternative if you don’t want to go overboard with the double denim.

 

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6 responses to “How to Wear Denim on Denim”

  1. To the woman who asked for advice regarding size 18 pants:
    The best jeans/pants for size 18 have a bit of stretch n the fabric and they are dark navy, black or brown.
    And, the top should be large and loose and end a few inches below the waist. If you have a flat bottom and tummy the shirt can be a bit shorter but the whole idea is to cover up the belly area.’If the top is short you should wear a camisole or bustier under it because bare bellies do not make for a classy fashion statement on anyone older than a teen.
    With this top heavy style the legs of the pants should be narrower. The stretch fabric will make them comfortable to wear.
    Usually dark pants should be paired with a light colour top. Some large women celebrate their size by wearing briliant coloured tops in bold prints. They look great. If you do not have that much confidence, you should stick to your favourite colour: pastels or primary colours work well with dark coloured slim legged denim pants.
    Larger women should take special care to wear a perfectly fitting bra or a one piece undergarment. The better the undergarment the better you will look.
    If you have to, you should spend more money on your bra than you do on your pants and top together because your undergarments truly affect your whole look.
    As you can tell, I have worn size 18; and when I did, I usually made my clothes. That way I could choose super quality fabrics [silk, wool, 100 % cotton, etc.] in fabulous colours and my “designer clothes” cost a fraction of the cost of poorly made ready-to-wear. I made my clothing because it was almost impossible to find beautiful, affordable clothing in any size over a ten.
    I hope you find these tips helpful…the better we large women look the better we feel about ourselves and it is empowering to feel good when you are large because there is so much cultural negativity directed at large women in the north ameican “skinny size O obsessed culture”.
  2. To the woman who asked for advice regarding size 18 pants:
    The best jeans/pants for size 18 have a bit of stretch n the fabric and they are dark navy, black or brown.
    And, the top should be large and loose and end a few inches below the waist. If you have a flat bottom and tummy the shirt can be a bit shorter but the whole idea is to cover up the belly area.’If the top is short you should wear a camisole or bustier under it because bare bellies do not make for a classy fashion statement on anyone older than a teen.
    With this top heavy style the legs of the pants should be narrower. The stretch fabric will make them comfortable to wear.
    Usually dark pants should be paired with a light colour top. Some large women celebrate their size by wearing briliant coloured tops in bold prints. They look great. If you do not have that much confidence, you should stick to your favourite colour: pastels or primary colours work well with dark coloured slim legged denim pants.
    Larger women should take special care to wear a perfectly fitting bra or a one piece undergarment. The better the undergarment the better you will look.
    If you have to, you should spend more money on your bra than you do on your pants and top together because your undergarments truly affect your whole look.
    As you can tell, I have worn size 18; and when I did, I usually made my clothes. That way I could choose super quality fabrics [silk, wool, 100 % cotton, etc.] in fabulous colours and my “designer clothes” cost a fraction of the cost of poorly made ready-to-wear. I made my clothing because it was almost impossible to find beautiful, affordable clothing in any size over a ten.
    I hope you find these tips helpful…the better we large women look the better we feel about ourselves and it is empowering to feel good when you are large because there is so much cultural negativity directed at large women in the north ameican “skinny size O obsessed culture”.

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