Too much denim? I think the answer is a resounding, NO.
I love denim, always have and always will. How about you?
It is an ageless fabric that can be crafted up in so many ways to suit so many different shapes and sizes. Presumably that was its attraction when it was first created, an enduring fabric to fashion for practicality and durability.
When I think about the amount of denim to come through my doors over the decades for not only the children, and myself but also for David I cannot believe one fabric can have so many re-incarnations.
Our denim stories must include pretty much every whim and trim on the market. From memory my first pair snaked over my pudgy frame at the age of ten; I didn’t care about how they looked, I was less sensible then. I have been wearing them ever since in all shades of blue and colour too. Do you remember jeans with high waists, hipsters, flares and straights? There were all sorts of details with embroideries, fringes and patches. Now all that is back for another whirl and twirl.
What was I thinking with those “king” flares? Shoot me now! I looked ridiculous; I forgot to mention I wore them with those chunky platform shoes that had me looking like Herman Munster. Who says younger is better? Not me.
Now I am more circumspect with my denim. A small rip here and there is about as far as I go and an unfinished hem is my idea of avant-guarde. I am not saying I am not fashion brave, I am, but at the same time I want to maintain a little elegance even in the faded blues.
What should be in the denim wardrobe? If you wear the blue I hope you will agree with me when I say we cannot have too much. The addendum clause is it must be the right denim. It should take us where we want to go and be the type of styles that suit our stage and age. There are certain key pieces a collection should encompass.
The Can’t Have Too Much Denim List
The Skinny Jean.
These better never go out of style and if they do I don’t think I care; they are my go to when I need a go-to. Skinnies are the best friend to our favourite flats and mules.
The Boyfriend Jean.
Boyfriends and Girlfriends, the bagginess is personal, are the kind of jeans we need on those days. You know the ones where comfort is everything and more.
The Bootcut Jean.
Longer and slightly fuller, but not too much flare, when the dressing up and heels need to do a turn or two.
The Capri Jean.
The Capri is summer’s delight with a button detail, unfinished hem or oversized pocket. They are comfortable and casual and a partner to the espadrille and the sandal.
The White Jean.
Every home should have a pair, skinny, bootcut or boyfriend.
The Jean Jacket.
They are back in full and in all shapes and sizes. I like mine slightly over-sized with a shirt or tee-shirt peaking below the hemline. If the urban mood strikes I might even add an exercise style hoodie underneath. Try it, it looks cute and especially with sneakers. Brave enough to double up the denim? This is the way to do it.
Denim knows no bounds and there are skirts, shirts and dresses to add to the collection but they are not pieces I wear repeatedly. I admire them on others but somehow they don’t resonate once I try them on. The jeans are an entirely different story.
What’s your denim piece de resistance? Do you denim? Do tell?
The ‘Must Have’ Denim Edit
Thank you Nordstrom for partnering with, “Can We Ever Have Too Much Denim”.
images, Behati Prinsloo – Elle Magazine (Spain) July 2015 Issue, Erica Matthews Cake Magazine, Robin Holzken for Marie Claire Belgium (April 2015) photo shoot by Claudia Trucco, Elsa Hosk by Gilles Bensimon, Elina Ivanova by Suzanne Rensink