I bloody love denim! I couldn’t live without the stuff.
I’ve got jeans, shirts, jackets, skirts, hell I even have a little cropped cami top made of the fabulous fabric. Today’s question though is how do you pull off denim, and especially double denim, when your famously in your 40’s? Should we even be going there?
Well, as with all things style (and I mean style, not fashion) related, I don’t believe that age should have an impact on the scenario. You just need to own and wear your look with complete confidence and saucy sass. Debbie Harry did the look to absolute perfection back in the 70’s and there is still so much to love and emulate in how she pulled her denim look together. I think that it’s totally relevant today.
There are some simple tried and tested rules that apply, whether you are 2.5 years old (like the inspiration behind this blog post is) or 45 like me!
I started thinking about writing a piece on the double denim phenomena when I met up with the girls earlier in the week for a long overdue lunch. So overdue in fact that one of us had a gorgeous 2.5 year old girl with her who I’d never actually got round to meeting before.
Inara is already an FFF in the making, all long lithe legs, cheeky chatter box, big doe eyes with wonderful lashes and a mop of dark curly hair. Future heart breaker for sure! She was also rocking the double denim look to perfection! Skinny grey jeggings and blue long sleeve denim shirt. #winner. She’d nailed it – right there! Mixing up light and dark. Sorted! (well done Mummy Zoe for knowing the rules)
So here are my do’s and don’ts on wearing denim on denim. Don’t be intimidated by the trend – it’s totally doable.
Take a light denim shirt with a darker pair of jeans or vice versa. This rule applies for both sexes too!
Play around with the look by changing up your footwear. A pair of trainers will make the look more casual ( I love wearing my Isobel Marant high top’s with mine) whereas a pair of killer heels will add some va va voom, instantly transporting the look from day to night.
Really dress up your denim – you can totally elevate the look into a luxe statement outfit by adding a tuxedo blazer or sharply tailored jacket and a fabulous red lip. It’s one of my own favourite go to looks and I buy most of my own pieces from The Kooples who do denim and tailoring to a tee!
Play around with accessories to break up the double denim look, especially if you are opting for the same colour top and bottom which can still look cool. A fabulous belt and pair of shoes will totally switch up the look.
Styling with a bit of leopard print also looks fab with denim. Shoes, top or a handbag. I recently wrote an article on how to do animal print so check that out if you’ve not yet read it.
Invest in a denim skirt. This whole ensemble pulled together by the always effortlessly chic Olivia Palermo is just so right on so many levels. It’s a lesson in denim styling to perfection. I might just have to buy me a new one. I have a mini but the denim pencil skirt is uber chic.
Play around with colours and shades of denim – don’t just stick to the classic blue. I love black and grey denim. White is harder to carry off and probably best left to the youngsters with their long limbs, but a pair of black jeans with a chambray shirt is a complete home run of an outfit.
You can use your denim shades to flatter your figure too. Going for darker bottoms if you have an hourglass figure with a lighter jacket or top. It’s a smart move and will create a totally flattering silhouette.
Get a bit distressed! Ripped jeans and shorts really lend themselves well to this look too. Don’t be afraid to play around
It's not just for the girls either. As always the impeccable Mr Beckham shows us how to style the double denim for dudes!
Finally a note of severe caution!
Do not – I repeat DO NOT, ever.... under any circumstances, do a DOUBLE DOUBLE denim with your other half. Just wrong wrong wrong. Quite possibly one of the worse celebrity looks ever. I’ll leave it there!
So there you have it, long may the double denim trend continue. Just make sure you follow some of the above style rules and you’ll avoid a denim disaster!