Will you dare to double the denim?

  • Snigdha Ahuja, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Sep 13, 2012 01:13 IST
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It has been ripped, coloured, stone washed and cropped, and has been in fashion since the time of its invention. Denim is one wardrobe staple that fluidly fits into comfort dressing, your party closet and even your work attire. But, would you push sartorial boundaries to stand apart?

Dare to double your denim. The coupling of denim separates in the same outfit, a hitherto sartorial crime got a new lease of life in 2010 with international runways of Ralph Lauren, Chloe, D&G and others championing the infamous trend. In the past two years, denim play has found celeb fans in Rihanna who doubles, triples, and accesorises like a pro. Other endorses include Katie Holmes, Diane Kruger and Ashley Greene. With his Resort 2013 collection, Karl Lagerfeld put sexy into denim, and by doubling it, threw a fashion challenge. Are you game?

We help you perfect the look:
If you are up for pairing your denims, here are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you don’t look like a 90’s fashion disaster.

Colour connect :
Designer Rajesh Pratap Singh says, “We can put various colours of indigo together — ideally lighter ones as upper garments like shirts and jackets. Indigo with indigo has been used as a uniform all over the world be it in Japan or Vietnam, and it looks really nice.” When putting your outfit together go for tie and dye, dark, cherry or even bold print denims for your bottoms, with a subtle top option to balance the look.

Break it up:
Don’t let your look take you down. The aim is to not look like a wall hanging or a live lamp shade. Apart from the colour play, you need another element to rock the look, unless you have Kate Moss’s confidence. Fashion blogger Santu Misra says, “Doubling the denim is really tricky. Go for a denim pencil skirt and break the monotony of a second denim garment with a classic white tee. Or, add a bow tie — work towards a look.”   

Have fun with add ons:
Stylist Vikram Seth says,  “Accesorise your double denim with hats, scarves, or a chunky signature neck piece. Don’t be afraid to experiment.”


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