Denim: disastrous or delightful?

We love denim. It’s one of those fabrics you can just always depend on, isn’t it? Feeling blah, and don’t know what to wear? Jeans to the rescue! Need an outfit you can dress up/down as required? Denim is here for you. Denim (or chambray, if you’re talking about the thinner equivalent normally used on shirts) is such an easy thing to get right: but it’s also a really easy thing to get badly WRONG, as we think these examples demonstrate:

chambray maxi dress

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It’s hard to know where to even start with this one. Seriously,what are we looking at here? It’s like Little Bow Peep meets 80s pop princess, meets Little House on the Prairie, meets saucy seductress…. And it wouldn’t actually be appropriate for any of those “characters”, or, indeed, for any real-life situation we can think of. Where DO you wear your £2,195 chambray and lace maxi dress? WHERE?

Moving on to something a little more wearable:

shirt with holes in the arms

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Holey shirt, batman! Now, you COULD buy this shirt for £230, OR you could cut holes in the sleeves of an existing shirt. OR you could just back away from the scissors altogether, and no shirts would have to be harmed. Also, you wouldn’t have to walk around looking like mice had snuck into your shirt drawer: up to you.

(Yes, we’re aware that this one isn’t actually denim, but it kinda-sorta LOOKS like denim, so we’re lumping it in with the rest…)

Finally, for the high-fashion gal:

mechanic jumpsuit

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Shopbop describe this – not incorrectly – as a “mechanic jumpsuit”. Mechanics probably don’t pay $500 for their jumpsuits, though, so we can only assume this is aimed at people who want to pretend to be mechanics, but to do it in a designer label. Or, of course, for those who are simply far more fashionable than us.

What’s the verdict, officers? Love? Loathe? Somewhere in between?


  • August 14, 2014


    It’s a sad day indeed when the denim jumpsuit is the least offensive item on the list…

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  • August 14, 2014


    IF that top dress had had the neckline, and was above knee length plain, without hip peplum it might have flown. I sure can’t fault your description. LOL Shirt–umm, no. Overalls–my first thought was “sewer worker”

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  • August 14, 2014


    The weird ruffles floating in midair down the front of the first one have me mesmerized. Such a bizarre effect.

    I kinda like the shirt/jacket. If the hole were polka dots instead, wouldn’t that be cute?

    As for the jumpsuit, it looks like double denim to me, and that’s a no-no.

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  • August 15, 2014


    The shirt with the “holey” sleeves, where the sleeves become the focal point, is fattening without even anybody being in it!

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  • August 20, 2014


    If the first one had been presented by a Project Runway contestant, they would surely hear Heidi (not me) say, “I’m sorry. You’re out.”

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  • September 4, 2014


    The first dress actually looks nice. It’s just too bad that denim and lace don’t go too well together in the washing machine.

    And the “mechanic jumpsuit” ensemble is normcore at its very core.

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