I’m in love with denim because it’s one of the most versatile fabrics ever created. It can be dressed up with a pair of YSL platforms, or kept casual with Tory Burch ballerinas. Skinny leg stretch denims are great for running errands, bleached Balmain couture bottoms are appropriate for a trendy event, and although boyfriend jeans may not be flattering to all body types, they are comfortable as hell.
As with all fantastic designs left open for interpretation by the masses, denim has been know to take a scary turn. Acknowledged as an American obsession, it’s easy to spot a tourist walking around in a chic European city decked out in an unflattering pair of white washed denim shorts, or an ugly jean jacket. “Mom jeans” with high-waisted, elastic waistlines and shortened hems should never be worn by any woman, mother or not.
Then there’s the denim on denim trend. This was an unflattering look in the 80’s that still gives me the chills. Britney and Justin wore matching full-denim ensembles to the Grammy Awards several years ago, and were ridiculed for their bad taste. So it’s somewhat shocking that this look has returned to today’s fashion. Yes, couture designers are fashion geniuses and we trust them to perform magic – but to be honest, I am a little hesitant.
Lanvin’s designer keeps his Parisian clients happy and chic in a dark denim blazer and cuffed denim slacks.
Junya Watanabe is wild in the tropics with an overboard, ruffled hem denim skirt and fitted denim jacket.
Just Cavalli shows diversity in denim with a bleached out, ripped pair of skinny jeans and a shoulder-padded, pleated jean jacket.
William Rast designs a denim look for the casual girl on the go.
Even celebrities are sporting this controversial trend by pairing little denim jackets with skinny jeans, and denim messenger bags with Capri bottoms.
While some designers and skilled stylists are able to work this look successfully, to avoid fashion mishaps, this trend should be left to the experts.