Notice how this Miu Miu outfit is more of a tailored denim two-piece than a Texas Tuxedo? The silhouette is very 1950s Balenciaga - voluminous jacket with a fitted midi skirt - very grown-up. Forget flimsy floral dresses and fantasy footwear, this is what I want to wear this spring. One of the reasons I don't post too many 'today I'm wearing' photos on the blog, is that there are only so many times readers want to look at a picture of me in jeans. And, I prefer to remain on this side of the dashboard. My personal style is fairly consistent, whether it's on the catwalk or not, there's always one failsafe fabric in my wardrobe: denim. Originally used for workwear, denim is timeless, functional and durable - and, as far as I'm concerned, the perfect year-round staple.
Faded in summer - last year I lived in a pair of ripped-at-the-knees Levi's, my perfect blue shirt and Liberty print hi-tops - and darker for cooler months. Deeper shades of blue have a smarter edge and are acceptable in the office. On realising that every pair of jeans I own are ripped and worn, I recently settled on a dark denim pair from Uniqlo. More of which at a later date. Let's just admire Miuccia Prada's fifties-inspired coat and matching pencil skirt:
Obviously, double denim can be singled out. I'd be tempted to wear the voluminous jacket/coat with a pair of black Capri pants. The midi skirt with a cashmere sweater. Not that I'm afraid of double denim. Oh no, I've gone triple in the past. It's just sometimes it's easier that way - and if you're opting for designer, then, cost per wear is king.
Let's have a quick look at the other side of double denim: here are some of my favourite icons going head-to-toe.
|Debbie Harry doubles up.|
|Sade in stonewash.|
|Stella Tennant 1996 Gap campaign. Photo: David Sims.|
Do you dare to double up? Or does double mean trouble?