Fashion Trends: Double Denim (No, really…)

Yes, readers, it’s true. We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but the Fashion Powers That Be have decreed that the dreaded Double Denim shall be the latest trend to be dragged out of the 80s (Where some might argue it should have been left forever) and re-introduced to our wardrobes.

That doesn’t mean you have to wear the exact items or washes shown above, of course: it just means that, if you really want to, you can feel free to wear denim on both your legs and torso, secure in the knowledge that you don’t look like a tragic fashion throwback (or cowgirl), but are, in fact, at the very cutting edge of style.

So, what do we all think of this? Will you be embracing the return of double denim or do you, like us, feel that certain fashion designers/editors should have their wrists slapped and be sent to bed without any supper? What do you think of double denim?

[Denim shirt, £70, Levis; jeans, £195, J Brand; denim jacket, $275, Current/Elliot]

32 Comments

  • March 29, 2010

    Lauren

    Denim on denim is bad bad bad! It should have stayed in the 80s. I certainly won’t be embracing this trend. Least people with sense will be able to laugh at people who will be pairing their denim harem pants with an expensive denim jacket which they could have gotten much cheaper in an op-shop.

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    • March 29, 2010

      Jane

      Lauren’s right, double denim is downright ugly. Of all the trends of the 80s, this just had to come crawling back. I hope this trend doesn’t catch on for long.

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  • March 29, 2010

    Lucia

    I think double denim is actually one of the worst things you could actually do to yourself and others!
    It’s even worse than wearing pants and a top the same colour.
    I really really hoped that this trend would never ever ever resurface.
    Shame on you designers of today.
    and denim jackets just look kinda cheap in my opinion

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  • March 29, 2010

    Ronny

    UGH NO NO NO!
    I believe the 80’s should stay in the 80’s. was one of the ugliest decades ever.

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  • March 29, 2010

    Marianne

    Overall I am definitely not a fan of this trend, but I’m trying to think how it could work. If people wear it I think they have to be really contrasting washes. Maybe really dark jeans wouldn’t be TOO bad with one of those cropped, light denim waistcoats in Topshop at the moment.
    At least then you wouldn;t be paying too much for this ugly trend…

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    • March 30, 2010

      Rock Hyrax

      Ah, you mean like bikers used to wear. But in those cases much of the denim was hidden by patches, leather, beer towels etc so it was more palatable.

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  • March 29, 2010

    caz

    My big brother wore double denim a few days ago…I laughed so hard I choked. No no no.
    .-= caz´s last blog ..Stila Lip Colour =-.

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  • March 29, 2010

    rachel h

    My dad went through this trend the first time around and never let it go… every day he wears Levis 505 dark wash jeans with a denim button up and to top it all off a ratty worn out denim jacket… I swore long ago that I would never make that fashion mistake and am not tempted to do so now…

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  • March 29, 2010

    Marianne S.

    Ugh, matchy-matchy denim again? Can everything old NOT be new again, just this time? I remember being guilty of a denim disaster in the ’80s; those cropped jackets with the leather fringe on the sleeves and across the back. I think I still have it, not that it will ever see the light of day again…

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  • March 29, 2010

    lizvocal

    Have no fear! This ‘trend’ was feature in the Chicago Tribune yesterday, guaranteeing it “came and went” just that fast. Be strong!

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  • March 29, 2010

    b.

    Single denim is bad enough. No offence meant to any jeans lovers.

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  • March 29, 2010

    marie

    Just say no. Double denim is no good.
    .-= marie´s last blog ..marie gets married: portraits =-.

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  • March 29, 2010

    Tex

    maaaaaaaaaybe it could work? With different washes and textures. Hmmmmm

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  • March 29, 2010

    Mora

    The thing I hate the most about this trend is that after a certain amount of time… It’ll start to look normal -through my eyes- to see people dressed like that… and I don’t want it to happen!!

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  • March 29, 2010

    Mirandacake

    Last time I knew, this was called a Canadian suit. No offense to Canadian’s but it’s the first result on Google too. 😛

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    • March 29, 2010

      Randi

      Haha, none taken. I think it’s more commonly called a Canadian tuxedo though.
      I would like to point out that this look is considered just as horrific in Canada as it is in the rest of the world!

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      • March 31, 2010

        naomi

        speaking as a Canadian it is indeed known as the “Canadian Tuxedo” to wear double demin…and it would traditionally be matching washes, as well as possibly a denim shirt to go with the jeans and jean jacket (2 different washes, and omitting the jean dress shirt may spare the wearer the humiliation lol)
        most Canadians will mock this attire but the ones who don’t would defend it to the death lol

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  • March 29, 2010

    Theresa

    I think a denim jacket worn for warmth with jeans when outside isn’t that bad. If it is being worn for fashion purposes though….its just awkward.

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  • March 29, 2010

    Karen

    I’d rather wear double denim than harem pants though. Just sayin’.

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  • March 29, 2010

    AJ

    Second option. Though I agree with Karen on this one.

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  • March 29, 2010

    Kate

    Nope; won’t do it. NONONONONONONONONO. Not happening.
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..Dear Jen =-.

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  • March 29, 2010

    Moni

    It truly depends on what you make of it. I agree that jeans with a denim shirt and denim jacket all in the same colour/wash are a no-go.
    But there are so many different washes out there nowadays that it should be easy to combine two that are not too matchy and have fun with it.
    By the way: I have always worn a denim jacket with jeans and felt absolutely comfortable about it. But then I’ve always been a cowgirl at heart…

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  • March 30, 2010

    Sarah

    I guess I’m in a minority, but I’ve gotten compliments when I wore my very dark wash jeans with a much lighter jean jacket. I think the contrasting washes and the fact that I had a longer shirt that hung lower than the jacket that broke up the two denims made it cute. Maybe I just am a fashion victim, but I will probably be wearing that outfit again.

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  • March 30, 2010

    Little Miss Random

    I’m in agreement with Sarah; I just tried double denim the other day (a dark biker cut denim jacket and lighter wash jeans) and it didn’t look too bad (or bad at all). I was also wearing a long t-shirt which broke up the denim, and, like Sarah, I will probably be wearing that outfit again too.

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  • March 30, 2010

    Pomeroy

    Wasn’t double denim coming back last year as well? Either way, once is bad enough. I’m having B*witched flashbacks…

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  • March 30, 2010

    Nathalie

    Jean and Jean must never be seen…unless it’s in the washing machine. Done.

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  • March 31, 2010

    Kebabby.

    I tried that, wore my favourite jeans with an old denim jacket I unearthed about two years ago from a charity store, and you know what? I felt like a freak in it, I couldn’t get the thought out of my head that people were judging me for this horrible fashon crime I was committing. Usually I reserve my denim jacket for wearing with a bright skirt, I feel that that is where it should stay.

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  • March 31, 2010

    Sandy

    Ahh…my ex-boyfriend used to rock the Canadian tux. I must admit that I didn’t like it at all, but how he chose to wear his clothes was his business and not mine. I chose not to infringe upon his questionable fashion choices.

    That’s not the reason we broke up, by the way.

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  • April 1, 2010

    Miriam

    No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no , NO!

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  • April 1, 2010

    lori

    Just say no to the Texas tuxedo!

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  • April 6, 2010

    Danni

    Nah…double denim is pretty easy to pull off, blue/blue is pretty damn ugly though. I have a grey denim jacket that looks fantastic with black, white, or colored denim jeans. As long as you keep the colors pretty different it’s doable….and I’ve been looking for a good white denim jacket for a while. You just have to make sure the colors are really contrasting.

    I try to avoid blue denim in general though, unless I’m going for the toned-down, pedestrian look.

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  • June 14, 2010

    hanburg

    I HATE THE DOUBLE DENIM-I’M DOING AN ARTICLE ON HOW AWFUL IT IS! THE TEXAS TUXEDO IF WORN TOO MUCH STATISTACLLY RUINS THE QUALITY OF YOUR OUTFIT

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