DYDDD: Do You Do Double Denim?

Officers, it’s time to re-open the double denim debate:

is double denim a crime of fashion?

Both outfits: ZARA

In the past, we’ve always dismissed double denim as an automatic crime of fashion. After a couple of failed attempts at becoming “trendy”, however, this year the Texas Tuxedo (or Canadian Tuxedo, depending where you come from) has actually started to gain a foothold on the world of fashion, and is starting to be seen here, there and, well, everywhere, basically. The two looks above were styled by the people at Zara (Well, we say “styled”: it’s actually not that hard to throw on a pair of jeans and a denim shirt, but hey…), but they’re far from the only brand currently pushing double denim as the casual outfit of choice.

Fashion bloggers have been amongst the first to embrace the “all denim, all-the-time” look, which has so far mostly revolved around the wearing a pair of jeans with a denim – sorry, CHAMBRAY – shirt, more or less as shown in the images above. (Extra points if you add a “statement” necklace to complete the look…) One thing we’ve noticed, however, is that while some bloggers do manage to pull it off, almost all address the subject of double denim with a slightly apologetic and/or defiant tone. It’s never, “Look, you guys, don’t you just LOVE that double denim is back?!” – it’s always more like, “I’m challenging myself to wear a trend I’m not quite sure about, purely because it’s a trend, and I feel like I should.”

That’s all very well and good and obviously, but we tend to feel that if your outfit is a “challenge”, that’s probably a good sign that you’re not quite comfortable in it, and we’d rather be predictable-but-happy than edgy-and-uncomfortable any day. That’s just us, though, so today we put to you the question: what do you think of the so-called “revival” of double denim? Is it something you’d wear, or do you think one piece of denim per outfit is more than enough?

Is double denim a crime of fashion?

Double denim is perfectly OK by Alexander McQueen
Crime of Fashion? Levis’ Texas Tuxedo denim romper
Double denim clothes crimes


  • May 8, 2013


    It’s funny you should post this today – I’m wearing a denim shirt and a denim pencil skirt for a different take on the look. I think it’s fine though as long as your denims are different shades. The girl on the right here looks a little like she’s in her pyjamas, but I’d totally wear the outfit on the left (if I could only get my legs into Zara jeans, but that’s a whole other post!).

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  • May 8, 2013


    I don’t do it BUT if you are wearing for instance a pair of black jeans, its okay to wear a denim jacket in blue with it. Like Fi said it depends on the shades.

    However I don’t like these looks. I would probably put a little colorful tshirt under the shirts. But thats because I rarely like the matchy matchy look (unless its full black or full white).

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  • May 8, 2013


    I grew up in TX. Denim on denim was either redneck or cowboy couture. I still consider it to be trashy and not an option. Then again, I also have a severe distaste for denim/ chambray shirts and denim vests dating back to that time.

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  • May 8, 2013


    Double denim is definitely a crime!

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  • May 16, 2013


    i saw many fashion bloggers on instagram wearing double denim and looking good but it`s not my style, i think i`ll look stupid dressed this way. once piece of denim (the pants) is enough for me.

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  • May 17, 2013


    I’ve seen double denim outfits on other people that I’ve liked, but I’m not brave enough to wear it myself. I don’t think I could pull it off. But I definitely don’t think it’s a fashion crime as long as the two pieces are different shades of denim and look good together.

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  • August 1, 2013


    jeans + denim jacket: Yes, all the time.
    denim skirt + denim jacket: Of course
    jeans + denim shirt: Only in different colours. I did own some blue denim shirts which I hardly ever wore. The ones I do wear are black and white (one of each), and I wear them with regular blue jeans.
    jeans or denim skirt with denim corsage: No.
    Back in the 80s I used to own denim ballet flats and a denim sweatshirt (no kidding!), and of course I paired them up with other denim clothes. But I wouldn’t do that anymore. 😛

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