Once a Fashion Faux-pas, Double Denim has seen its stigma cast aside and been the choice of many a fashionista for the last 2 years. It was around that time that quite a few fashion no-no’s were given new life, including the pairing of navy with black, and clashing prints- particularly with the new decade’s penchant for brocade and florals. Once again, Double Denim is big news for 2012. Where once it was a staple on the 2010-2011 catwalks with Derek Lam and Stella McCartney both showcasing it in their collections, it’s huge again, with brands such as APC making it the focus of their A/W 2012 collection.
We’re seeing ‘rules’ being broken all around as fashion becomes more experimental than it’s ever been. But that doesn’t mean it’s ok to look like an eccentric old bat! Certainly when it comes to Double Denim, it’s an extremely tricky trend to pull off convincingly. It’s such an achingly cool Spring look when done right though, so it’s hard to eschew in favour of something safer. But as all of the lovely ladies above show, if you pair your shades right, it can look amazing. Alexa and co. show it’s about making sure you pair a lighter with a darker piece, or choose one that has different denim tones like the fab Isabel Marant shirt (above) which is a great example of how you can work a multi-tonal shirt with ripped washed shorts. Accents are just as important- a statement belt does wonders to break up similar textures and colours, while exaggerated pockets stop your outfit merging into one. Or, as Karlie Kloss demonstrates (above), adding a leather jacket will also lift the look.
Stay tuned if you want to see my take on the Double Denim trend- photos to come soon!