Denim on Denim
I remember when I was much younger wearing a denim jacket (probably with some form of flower print), flared dark denim jeans and white platform trainers (with rainbow laces). I can't say that much has changed with my style. I still love denim on denim, however hopefully when I look back on this outfit It will be met with slightly less embarrassment than my chosen look of 2001.
I will break down my outfit from the top half down.
The jacket is a Levis 'Customised Icons' piece that I picked up recently from ...wait for it...TX MAXX! It is always good for a bargain, I love rummaging through their gold label section!
I hadn't heard of this Levis style before, but it looked quite LVC which drew me to it initially. When I researched a bit I found out that the pieces from this range are inspired by 'vintage icons'. They are reworked Levis classics and reflect years of love and wear that gave the originals their unique character.
What I loved most of about this was the patchwork pockets, and the contrasting denims. The washed out, bleached denim on the body, with the indigo pockets and stone denim under the collar. Inky blue runs into the pockets, and pleats run down both sides, making this a customised version of the iconic Levis denim jacket. I can't wait to get lot's of wear out of it.
Underneath I have broken the denims up by wearing my Oatmeal mix Nigel Cabourn Army Gym hoody. Made in specially developed 450gram loop backed cotton jersey, this is incredibly cosy. The oversized hood is a plus as it isn't tight and makes it a really comfortable piece.
Now onto an extra special pair of jeans. My Junya Watanabe x Comme Des Garçons patchwork pants. This Classic five pocket, mid weight denim, features hand sewn patches of cotton, linen and cow leather fabrics, on a relaxed fit pant, which is tapered at the knee and cropped at the ankle. I've been told before they are a bit 'Timmy Mallett' ... no idea why. They are a boyfriend fit and look cool with pumps, sandals or a classic chunky brogue. They are certainly a statement piece, but one which I treasure. This is the kind of garment I can't wait to pass down to my daughter ( I expect that to be many, MANY years from now...) none the less they are a piece of art to me and I just adore them.
I have finished today's look off with a battered pair of Vans and a nautical neck scarf. I've had the Van's for years, and they have been in the sun, in the sea, the rain and God knows what else, yet I can't bare to replace them. I like how worn out they look, and they are just so comfortable.
Click the images below to be taken through to the web shop of some similar pieces.
If you don't fancy splashing out on a new pair of pants and already have a decent pair that need a bit of love, I have the answer. Sashiko Denim. I came across this guy on Instagram and I am in love with his work. He uses the art of 'Sashiko Stitching' to rework jeans into a unique and beautiful piece of art. Sashiko Stitching is a Japanese technique, that was traditionally used to reinforce and mend rips and tears with patches and simple running stitches, making the garments more durable.
Here are some of my favourite pieces of the Sashiko Denim work.
Follow them on Instagram at @sahikodenim - I'm dying to get a pair done, hopefully soon!