Men's Double Denim Style Edit

If I did a pool on fashion faux pas, I'm pretty sure the top few would be wearing socks with sandals, bumbags and of course double denim. But NO why oh why is double denim considered such a sin in the everyday world? The fashion industry has adopted this trend for years and with exceptionally creative individuals like John JarrettGalih Richardson & Esham Kali pioneering double-denim I'm hoping that it will become more of a statement rather than a question. Oh and PS, you need to follow these guys and their collective We Are Outlanders.

When you're a novice at styling an outfit full of denim, it is best to stick to two different tones for the top half and the bottom half, such as the way I have styled myself in this look. The easiest is to use blue and black denim, a perfect and simple combination in my eyes. The great thing about buying the denim jacket that I have used in this post is that it has a autumnal tan contrast collar, taking the edge off the fact that you are wearing double-denim whilst drawing the eye on the small detailed touches. It is currently on sale at ASOS for only £50 and all sizes are still in-stock.

Once you have mastered the basics, then it is time to start experimenting with different denim clothing and washes. For inspiration, look no further than Instagram and here are my favourites from the aforementioned trio of denim genious's.

 

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Photography by Charlie Sawyer

How to wear double or triple denim

"Ooooooo double denim" and a scrunched up face is what I get every time I attempt this supposed fashion faux pax. But in this day and age is it really that much of a no-go style? Simply, the answer is no. I think that UK fashion has come a long way in the last 5 years but not only from the top fashion elite but also the everyday male or females who are in many ways the driving force behind trends that big brands catch on to. Are we becoming a more fashionable society due to a large number of accessible influencers on social media showing us different ways to wear everyday clothing - rather than only the high-end magazines that target the wealthy with their superbrands. I like to think so.

In fact I grew up reading such magazines, although the imagery was aspirational and the brands were always at the high end of luxury and fashion. I could never transition what I was reading from the magazine into something I could purchase affordably and style myself...maybe thats why ASOS was born - although they cottoned on to this a little sooner than I! 

Nowadays, there is so much content out there and I feel that as a blogger you have to push the boundaries of style because if we get it wrong then you will not...thats my excuse anyway!

So on to double or triple (in this case) denim. What are the rules if there are any? Disclaimer to any denim know-it-alls...this is just my opinion! 

DOUBLE DENIM RULES

1. Denim always looks better with tattoos.
2. Try to mix up different coloured denim.
3. If you choose the same colour denim, always match different washes.
4. Denim is normally distressed and therefore it's better to pair denim with your most worn in, slightly ropey footwear. Such as a pair of leather boots that have been over worn and scuffed. Or a pair of white converse that now look more cream coloured, have a small hole in the side yet somehow look better than when new.
5. Rips and slight faults give denim character. The only exception is when the crouch area wears out and you are exposing gouch!
6. Don't be afraid to mix smart attire with denim or chambray.

 

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Photography by Rebecca Spencer

DOUBLE DENIM & DOUBLE CAMEL

This season is the perfect time to try something different. As the sunlight is shorter therefore if you get it wrong, you can just hide in the shadows of darkness. For these reasons, I've attempted a double denim/double camel look for you. 

It seems like quite a while since I have done an outfit post, which is strange because I love autumn winter fashion. I have been buying more clothes than normal and naturally would want to show them off! 

There are a couple of men's clothing items that I'm seeing everywhere right now - online, on the high-street and designer showrooms. Those items are denim shirts and the camel overcoat so why not double them up and just see what happens! Making my double camel look complete, I have picked up a camel coloured bobble hat from ASOS, in fact all of the items I have used in this post are from ASOS, except the socks which are Hawkins & Shepherd.

Of course double denim is one of those subjects that can make most hardened stylist spill their skinny flat whites. In fact the other day whilst shopping, a guy in the queue behind me decided to comment on my style with "Oooooo double denim...bold" which was said not in a 'nailed it!' tone but in a 'you shouldn't have gone there' tone. Which made me think, although I'm a double denim addict, this actually isn't the norm - especially around Clapham. 

With DD, there is a couple of simple rules that I work on. The first is that the denim has to fit perfectly and secondly, do not match the same denim tones. So in this outfit-of-the-day what I have done is styled a dark wash denim with black washed skinny jeans.

Does the look work for you? I would love to hear your thoughts?

 

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Photo Credit Sophie Milner

WEARING DOUBLE DENIM (DO'S & DON'TS)

One thing I have learnt about fashion is that however many so called 'rules' there are, there actually are none. When rules are broken so often, there is no point in calling them rules anymore. Avoid wearing double denim is probably the most commonly known fashion faux pas of all time. When Britney Spears & Justin Timberlake attempted to break the rule all those years ago, you would have probably thought the rule was there for a reason. In come the cavalry of stylists, fashionistas, designers, street stylists and style bloggers to find a way to make double denim work.

2 years ago if I walked out of my house in double denim, I would have been laughed straight back in doors to change. But today is a different day and I'm feeling brave...here are my rules of how to wear double denim:

HOW TO WEAR DOUBLE DENIM

1. Always match different denim colour  shades. This is my first and most important rule that I abide by. I would never wear the same shade of denim jeans as well as shirt or jacket. 

2. Buy yourself a chambray shirt. Chambray is often mistaken for denim but it is a thinner lighter material which works extremely well when paired with denim. A lot of London's shirt makers are bringing out formal chambray shirt designs to be worn in smart attire. Because chambray is a light material it works extremely well in Autumn/Winter when layering for warmth.

3. Make sure the denim is well fitted. I'm sure the fashion forward guys and girls would find a way of making denim oversize garments work, however for me denim works better perfectly worn in a tailored fit.

4. Layers. Take the edge off the double denim by layering with t-shirts, jumpers, scarfs and accessories. This will soften down the look slightly.

In my outfit post photos above, I have chosen to mix ASOS black denim biker jeans with a DKNY dark blue denim jacket that I have had since 1990! Simply styled with a white tee and white/grey camouflage converse high-tops.

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Photo Credit Sophie Milner