When struggling to pick out an outfit that is meant to be more casual, I always fall back on my denim jeans. Denim brings that sense of ease and the relaxed feel we all look for in our summer wardrobe. Not only is denim versatile as it comes in many shades, the material can be manipulated numerous ways that we no longer look like we are wearing a light blue denim faux pas nightmare.
As denim will always be in style, having a few simple denim pieces in one’s wardrobe is a good investment. As more designer brands such as Diesel and Versace go for the full denim approach on the runway, the double denim look is no longer what was traditionally known as a faux pas ensemble in the fashion world. By carefully choosing a head to toe denim look, I looked to this week’s Fashionisto for great advice on how to tackle the denim outfit.
I caught this Fashionisto heading home from work at camp when we both were waiting at the train station in Helsinki. With camera in hand, I decided his look provided the perfect casual denim ensemble. He sported a light wash denim button-down left open, a white plain T-shirt, denim shorts and forest green flip flops. He accessorized his look with some simple frames, his guitar and a crafty mask he had made at work. The different shades of denim provided variety and made the look less “matchy matchy.” The plain white T-shirt also exerted the look with a more casual vibe with the denim button-down left undone.
While tackling an all-denim look in a modern approach, one must make sure the shades of denim complement each other. If one shade is too close to the other, the result can be a very plain, one-dimensional look. There is nothing wrong with being plain and simple as long as all pieces in the look blend well together and provide contrast.
Hint: You don’t need a lot of denim in your closet, but a few key items such as this button-down from Jack Wills and a good fitting pair of jeans such as these from 7 For All Mankind will do just the trick.