Call it my Toronto upbringing bias, but I’m a big fan of the Canadian Tuxedo and all of its varietal possibilities.
A dude in some western vibes? Yep. Metropolitan with a red lip, cream turtleneck, and silver earrings? You bet (I have very specific sartorial fantasies). Justin and Britney on the red carpet in 2001? Can’t say I could ever pull that one off but it sure was iconic. But the denim on denim look can be tough to maneuver! Personally I struggle most with washes, proportions, and looking like the wrong kind of farmer. Lucky for me, our friend and stylist Jessi Frederick made a very strong case for the chic, sophisticated, and completely updated all denim ensemble.
What Jessi says, I do. When it comes to mixing denim washes (I did tell you I struggled with this…), she says it’s better to keep it safe and pair light with dark so you don’t end up “too close, but not close enough.” A white denim jumpsuit with a red denim jacket works because they don’t compete. Plus the white stitching in the jacket ties it all together. Subtlety is sexy.
An updated take on a classic trend requires an updated take on its main ingredient. Jeans with a frayed wide leg and an embroidered text detail on the crotch achieve this, and then some. Also, is it possible to find your soul mate in a pair of jeans? Asking for a friend… Paired with a jacket in the same shade (can’t go wrong with black) and a leather pocket detail – you’ve got yourself a modern woman, and that modern woman is you.
Enough about my
obsession with admiration for embroidered crotch details, let’s get back to Jessi’s professional advice. If you’re wearing a one-wash denim look, she encourages the focus to be on small details that will help break up the head-to-toe denim. Things like bags, belts, pops of color, the addition of a white t-shirt, and even a simple ankle cuff will help add dimension.
Gone are the days when denim on denim solicited thoughts strictly of awkward family photos from the 90s and truckers headed west. Jessi has proven that the road to heaven is paved with good denim combinations. Instead of being afraid of doubling up, let the denim on denim be your canvas, colored with originality and some really great accessories. What do ya say, cowboy?