Pin­ing for the Cana­dian Tuxedo

Central and North Burnett Times - - CLOSET - With Sarah Barnes

LAST year I lived in Van­cou­ver, Canada, and found out more about ca­sual dress­ing us­ing denim. Dou­ble denim, also known as the Cana­dian Tuxedo, is the pair­ing of denim jeans and jack­ets.

I found my­self lost in local vin­tage shops look­ing for orig­i­nal pieces from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Af­ter all, the best denim has al­ready been worn in.

This sea­son we are see­ing this fab­ric be­ing dressed up and down.

For jeans, fes­ti­val styles rem­i­nis­cent of Wood­stock are on trend, in boot cut, cropped or flared, and de­signed with high-low slit hem­lines.

Jeans that were once a wardrobe ba­sic are now the fo­cal point of an out­fit in pat­terned and pin­striped fab­rics.

Stretch­ing your com­fort zone, this sea­son’s denim ex­plo­sion means chic styling of tops, skirts and dresses are on of­fer. Denim tops adorned with em­broi­dery can be paired with fit­ted skirts. You may feel as though you are in a 1990s mu­sic video.

Dun­ga­rees or over­alls have been re­vived, and it is fully ac­cept­able to see a grown woman in “all in one denim’’, achiev­ing smart causal dress in the process. Denim over­coats and light dresses op­ti­mise ca­sual of­fice Fri­day, mod­ernised by high­lights tai­lor­ing and a fem­i­nine sil­hou­ette.

The denim-on-denim look is a chance to ex­per­i­ment with colour, tex­ture and shape.

Re­mem­ber, you can’t get a wrong pair­ing. Fresh off the rack or found in a vin­tage shop, denim is nos­tal­gic and re­minds me of that sum­mer in Canada.

THE WORD ‘DENIM’ IS FROM THE NAME OF THE FRENCH CITY, NIME S. DENIM S ORIG­I­NATED THERE. READ :‘ OF NIME S ’.

PHOTO: SARAH BARNES

◗ Ge­orgie Griggs and Ge­or­gia Yeo­mans show off their dou­ble denim chops.

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