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White shirt Wednesdays: dare to wear double denim

So wrong it's right, double denim is back for round two, battling it out against mainstream looks to prove its worth as the retro revival trend to covet this fall. Loved by some, detested by others, double denim is proving to be the Marmite of micro style of the season.

Stigmatised the Canadian tuxedo, double denim's had a rough ride since its rise to fame in the late 90s with power couple du jour, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake proudly doubling up for a top to toe denim overload that brought the short lived fad to its knees. Now back in the fashion forefront thanks to our favourite sloppy trend to beat, Normcore, everyone from Jlo to Gwen Stefani is rocking the casual day look.

Recent years have seen jeans rise from the ashes from wardrobe basic to a coveted fashion icon. Dominating catwalks from Balmain to Louis Vuitton, our much-loved Cotton twill is seeing a retro revival with double denim reinvented as luxe prêt à porter for autumn 2015.

Pioneered by street style icons, the double denim trend can be an understated, inexpensive style success, get it wrong, and well, Shakin’ Stevens need we say more? A balancing act that requires an air of irreverence, mastering the art of double denim means adhering to a few style dos and don'ts.

white silk shirt styled with double denim

DO: Play with colours if you’re a total beginner

Mixing the colours and washes of your denim makes sure your outfit doesn’t start to resemble a boiler suit. As a novice, stick to a well-fitting pair of jeans with a light denim jacket like these vintage Levi 606s and limited edition Understated Leather denim jacket; try and customise where you can, roll it up, turn it down or even try a little distressing.

DON’T: Wear denim accessories

Doubling up is enough, stay clear of any twill or fabric jewellery and opt for raw Leather understated accessories like this Jill Sander suede tote, or glam it up with a few gold pieces under your shirt, this tiered Jennifer Zeuner gold necklace is a nice understated piece. Remember, less is more.

DON’T: Wear the same weight or wash

A school boy error that screams car crash couture, wearing the same type of denim washes you out; there are loads of different washes and weights out there. Mixing raw denim with lighter washes and shades is a great way to get a few outfits out of one trend.

DO: Dress it up
Who says you can't wear denim out on date night ? Take your favourite pair of distressed boyfriend jeans, jean jacket and add feminine accessories like these sky-high Suede peep-toe booties from Alexandre Birman, some simple jewellery and a statement handbag to separate the look.

DO: Break it up

Never underestimate the importance of a silk shirt like the beautiful basic Hepburn shirt in 'Lion in winter'. The ideal way to differentiate between your double denim choices, a contrasting soft-feel fabric gives a clean, fresh and ever so slightly 50s silver screen starlette element to your outfit.


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