STYLE ADVICE: Denim in Distress

Be bold. Have no fear of the denim-on-denim (double denim) trend, but perhaps avoid getting your inspiration from Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake circa 2001 (yikes!). Be the reason this trend makes a full on comeback by doing it right. To achieve a look like this Fashionista’s, without the fashion police or the spirit of Joan Rivers hunting you down, here are some useful tips.

Do keep the look simple. This Fashionista’s outfit is a two-piece ensemble consisting of a frayed hem chambray denim dress and distressed denim jacket. Do not overdo it trying to be too matchy-matchy, especially when it comes to accessories. Add a denim hat, backpack, or boots, and you might be delving into some dangerous waters. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for being extra and going above and beyond, but we want our look to say “oh yes” instead of “faux pas(s)!”

Anyway, there is a reason why the trend is called double denim and not head to toe denim. As seen in the feautured look, this Fashionista’s shoulder bag creates the perfect contrast against the blue of the denim while the white of her Vans picks up the striped detail on the jacket’s sleeves. Additionally, when testing the waters with this trend, I suggest going for two different tones of denim, with one being slightly to drastically darker than the other. If the denim is too coordinated, your look may appear reminiscent of those of an old western movie.

Last, but not least, when in doubt, distress it out. You absolutely cannot go wrong with a distressed denim jacket, like this Fashionista’s, worn over a denim dress, skirt, shorts, or jeans. Denim is so versatile in all seasons, and as the saying goes, denim really does go with everything (including itself), and remember denim is not limited to the color blue. Get creative with it!