22 July 2009

Double-denim: would you? Could you?

It's the fashion crime to end them all. It's Justin'n'Britney in their matchy-matchy phase, it's suburban housewives in mom jeans and trucker jackets, it's... double-denim at the Gap Christmas press day?! Yes, you read that right. The fashion no-no that we all thought was beyond resuscitation is back in the spotlight! It had to happen we guess, what with the resurgence of the classic denim jacket, closely followed by the denim shirt, and the denim legging not disappearing any time soon.

 
But is there really a way to rock denim with denim in a good way? Gap's gorgeous PR Buffy Reid had the answers as she herself sported different shades of blue in one denim-overload outfit. And therein lies the answer – double-denim this time around is more 'mixy' than 'matchy'. ‘It's about deliberately mixing the textures and weights,' explained Buffy. ‘I've noticed lots of fashion editors layering heavy indigo jackets with lightweight chambray shirts. Another tip is to style it with luxe pieces. It's more elevated than '80s casual, so a casual workwear gilet sits well with a clean jean, while pale chambray always works with a dark indigo skirt or jeans.' Who knew? Luckily Gap has embraced the trend wholeheartedly for autumn with trench coats, gilets, skirts, blazers and blouses all produced in some form of denim. The collection arrives at Gap within weeks but if you can't wait, we suggest having a play with this season's washed-out chambray shirt belted over a dark skinny crop jean.
 
- Navaz Batliwalla


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