Double denim can feel a bit like a bit of a fashion mystery. Overdo it and you will look terrible but mix and match the colours and it can be surprisingly easy.
Double denim can feel a bit like a bit of a fashion mystery. Overdo it and you will look terrible but mix and match the colours and it can be surprisingly easy. Having said that, there is a big difference between a denim shirt and jeans combo and full denim suiting.
Even 2001 Justin Timberlake could tell you that. Ralph Lauren recently launched their Spring-Summer 2015 range which includes these pieces of sartorial denim.
Assessing the suitability
The first suit, part of their Polo Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 Collection, does appear a little slouchy with the relaxed cut and looser jeans but could work really well if styled a little differently.
Matched with a nice shirt, crisp chinos and espadrilles the denim jacket would certainly add a more relaxed feel to your preppy Springtime look in 2015.
The second suit, however, is far more striking. The sharper cut means it wouldn’t look out of place amongst the business-people of the City but is the fact the suit is made from denim taking it a step too far?
Is triple-denim just bending the rules a little too much?
Denim suits are often referred to as ‘Canadian Tuxedos’ due to a story about Bing Crosby. Apparently he was almost rejected from a Canadian hotel after being dressed fully in denim.
Although the hotel eventually let him in, Levi Jeans designed a tailored, double-breasted denim jacket for Crosby so he would “never have problems wearing Levi’s jeans.”
With denim originating as a material for factory workers it would be surprising, even in these progressive times, to see it being worn as workwear for high-flying City executives but it would certainly help the wearer stand out from the crowd.
That being said, the denim blazer would make a fantastic addition to a casual (possibly even formal if you’re brave enough) outfit for the rest of us if styled correctly. But how can you afford a Ralph Lauren outfit without the Ralph Lauren budget?
The general rule for wearing double denim is to keep both halves different shades of the same colour. While some people will argue that it should be the top half that is lighter it can be really easy to wear it the other way round as well – especially if you opt for dark coloured boots.
H&M do this dark denim blazer perfect for those who want to liven up their smarter looks for only £39.99.
You don’t even have to wait until Spring to wear it. Team it up with light-coloured jeans and dark brown desert boots to up your casual look this autumn.
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