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This week, we focused in on one of the hottest catwalk trends for spring summer 2014: double denim, or the ‘Canadian tuxedo’. Once a fashion faux pas of the highest order, this season double denim was everywhere from Balmain to Altuzarra, making it one of the season’s biggest fashion trends for both men and women.
When Britney and Justin Timberlake showed us how not to do double denim back in 2001, we thought this look would never become socially acceptable again - but the world’s top designers beg to differ. In fact, they’re citing street style as the main inspiration behind the trend again, and the people of Dublin picked up on it right away. Before you splash out on a full denim suit, be sure to check out these dapper denim Dubliners for some inspiration, and follow Opsh’s top style tips below for pulling off double denim.
1. Vary Your Shades of Denim
The golden rule for pulling off the Canadian tuxedo is this: opt for two contrasting shades of denim, like an acid-wash denim shirt with indigo jeans, rather than overwhelming the look by wearing the same hue head-to-toe. When doubling up on denim, keep it to a maximum of two denim pieces; any more will result in denim overkill.
2. Wear darker shades on problem areas
For example, if you’re conscious of your thighs, then avoid lighter shades on your bottom half. Wearing dark denim jeans with a paler shade on top will detract attention away from your problem area, and instead show off your smaller upper half.
3. Embrace the 1990s
The double denim look is a massive 1990s fashion throwback, so play around with other on-trend 90s styles like ripped jeans, acid wash denim, dungarees and mom jeans.
4. Keep It Tailored
If you’re not feeling the 1990s vibe, then pull off the trend in a more subtle way by keeping your silhouettes tailored, teaming smart jeans with a well-fitted shirt and smart brogues. Avoid relaxed fits and rip details at all costs.
5. Break It Up
If you’re not a fan of head-to-toe denim, but still want to embrace the trend, then break it up by wearing jeans with an open denim shirt and block colour t-shirt, or break up a denim suit with a thick belt.