I’ve been thinking about this double denim thing for a little while. (A lot on my mind you see). An image of a teenage Zoe (or was it me?) in a turquoise double denim Dash ensemble burned into my retina. We try to bury these traumatic memories, but the photos remain. Carefully guarded by our mother until an opportunity for humiliation arises, when they are whisked into public view.
When you are over 6ft tall, looking to carry anything from your shoulder blade down to your ankle is tricky. It’s less a nod and more a full on prostration at the altar of a trend. So rules must apply.
The Rules of Double Denim
Mix the weight, texture and colour of denim materials across top and bottom halves. The idea is for the look to be cohesive, not consistent. I cheated by choosing a fabric for my top half which has the appearance of denim but is, in fact, a lightweight manmade fibre. SET is a contemporary urban brand from Germany well worth exploring – sleeves and legs are of a good length for us tall ones and the clothes are beautifully cut. It’s not the easiest brand to find in the UK but it’s stocked at two of our favourite boutiques – The Mercantile in Spitalfields and March in Fulham – as well as Harrods.
For a chic take on the double denim trend, complement a lightweight denim blouse like this one from SET with darker skinnies such as these Donna Ida Ivy jeans. For a more relaxed, urban style swap them for looser fit distressed jeans but make sure the top and bottom are in a different tone and weight.
Whichever style you choose, finish the look with high impact, feminine accessories. High heels are a great option for getting the double denim trend right, so this is the perfect time to embrace those added inches. I chose these striking gold embossed Rupert Sanderson heels and my bag of the moment, the Milli Millu Midi Stockholm.
Now we just wait and see if these pictures will provide an opportunity for humiliation in another twenty years time.
If you’ve read this far, you have been rewarded with one of our double denim memories…