Wednesday, May 22, 2013

DENIM-ON-DENIM

hhhmm, not quite



Blouse Boohoo.com
Jeans Warehouse
Bag/satchel Zatchels

Whoop! According to industry style experts, it’s out with the skinny jeans and in with the flares. Being a woman with an ample thigh and buttock, coupled with athletic calf muscles, skinny jeans have always been a squeeze to get on, a struggle to pull off and an effort to wear; so why the hell do I wear ‘skinnies’ you ask, the simple answer to that is: I don’t know, habit maybe? But what I can tell you is that I’m happy to hear flares are having another revival!

Skinny jeans are a common piece in denim collections and have become a wardrobe staple for most women for many years, from teenagers to those approaching pension age; it certainly hasn't been a short-lived trend. Flares, on the other hand, originally inspired by 1970’s collections by Marc Jacobs and Gucci (and not to be confused with boot-cut, in my opinion anyway) are less ubiquitous and tend to duck in and out of fashion. It’s a shame, because although they can be a little fitted on the hip and thigh area, the overall style of flares makes them quite forgiving for people who aren't particularly proud of their pins. As a rule of thumb, a pair of flares has to be worn with a wedge or tall heel to really carry off the effect, and that’s really the only disadvantage, unless you have a comfortable wedge or heel of course.

I've recently bought a denim shirt from Zara and toyed with the idea of donning ‘Denim-On-Denim’ a trend that has historically being a no-no among fashion insiders, but I am seeing it more and more in the blogosphere with mixed opinion, but I haven’t plucked up the courage to do it myself yet. Instead, I cheated a little and went with ‘Denim-And-Denim by pairing my denim flares with my new denim satchel.





I forget sometimes how beautiful parts of Birmingham can be - this is Victoria Square in the city centre, home to both the Town Hall and Council House and named in honour of Queen Victoria in 1901, hence the statue, which was erected just 12 days before she died.







What's your favourite denim piece in your wardrobe?

Later x

47 comments:

  1. Hi Colleen, those flares look amazing on you!
    The spotty blouse is cute, too.
    I am not a great fan of flares on me, as I am short and flat bummed - with fairly muscular thighs... So flares make me look stumpy but shapeless, if that makes sense!!.?
    My favourite denim item is probably a pair of dark blue Acne skin jeggings, which sound naff as hell, but look pretty good on me, I think!

    Lovely to see some pics of Birmingham - I lived there in the late 80s - early 90s.
    Is the Bullring still there?

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    1. Jeggings I can do actually....ha ha

      oh wow you lived here! Oh yes, the 'revamped' Bullring is still here - very different to the 80's/90's now, you will have to come and visit again. A shopper's paradise!

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  2. I like seeing pics of Birmingham - only drove through once ages ago but it does look lovely! I don't mind denim on denim to be honest. well that is only if done right of course! My favourite piece of "denim" is my chambray peasant blouse that I love wearing but never get to wear too often due to the weather...Love the look though on you! xx

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    1. well you will have to pay us another visit xx

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    2. You have to see the exhibition! They also do silk screens ( which I haven't shown yet ) they print the scarves there! They also are making sweaters with silk and cashmere intertwined and there are two bag makers not just one. but remember the silk screens are only 4 times a day. and it takes about an hour to see but it is amazing! If you don't make it well I will post more pics xx

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  3. loving the polka dot shirt! xo, Alma
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  4. Hi Colleen! Loving the denim on denim trend too! Your satched is in fact too lovely! Great flare too and nice blouse, perfect match! Kisses dear! xo

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  5. That bag i love:) you look gorgeous
    Shana-Style

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  6. Drum roll....and the denim satchel goes modelling! :)

    You look very chic in this ensemble. I'm not skinny also so I ditched the skinnies and went for skinny straight. Love flares! That's my favourite cut. Boyfriend jeans after that. Denim on denim isn't easy to pull off but you did it!

    The spotty see-through top softened the look :)

    Ok, go on and have a day out with your bag :)

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    1. oooh yes loving the boyfriend jeans too! Hang on a minute, is that another thing we have in common there - flares and boyfriend jeans!!

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    2. Yes!!! You'll find out very soon xxx

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  7. Hi Colleen.... amazing look!!!! I love polka dots!!!!
    kisses

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  8. u look stunning!
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  9. Love the dot blouse.. love that you paired it with a wide jeans and the perfect denim satchel !!!!

    You look amazing! Love you style sooo much:)

    My favorite are denim piece is my boyish denim shirt - from diesel-wear it constantly!


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  10. I love the denim!!! beautiful look!!! I love your bag!
    Have a nice day, Colleen!! g+ and like for you!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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  11. Ah you show your new satchel bag her new area. ;). Your outfit is great, I like this kind of jeans. Their make a great body. Flared pants makes never ending legs.

    Birmingham must be a very nice place.
    Wish you a good week

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  12. Love the hat, your dots blouse and the jeans, comfy and chic.
    xoxo

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  13. Nice blog! xx

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  14. Your shirt is absolutely stunning!!!
    Kisses
    Francy&Stef
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  15. so trendy! Thanx for your comment, shall we follwo? let me know XSE
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  16. Colleen defo give the denim shirt a try with the jeans, I'm loving the denim on denim look more and more, glad flares are making a comeback too! It's your blouse I'm in love with, I'm on the hunt for the perfect polka dot blouse, think it's a staple :) Looking gorgeous as always

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    1. I will give the denim shirt a try - I like a challenge!

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  17. So weird i was thinking to my self today i need to buy a polka dot top! love the way you rocked yours with the flares. You have the figure to rock skinny too!

    carol
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  18. aw the bag is so cute :D

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  19. I have to admit, I was so disappointed to hear that flares are coming back in... I love them on others, and the pair you're wearing is particularly fabulous, but on my petite frame, they just look, well, large and out of place. I think I'll be clinging to my skinnies for a while :) My favourites are a printed pair from Paige; they're a bit outside of my normal comfort zone but I always feel great when I wear them.
    xox,
    Cee
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  20. love your look :):)

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  21. aaaah... I feel excatly like you concerning the skinny jeans!! Because of my body I've always worn more flares than skinny. Even if I wear them I don't feel so comfy...
    My favourite denim piece is probably my denim jacket!! ;-)
    xoxo
    Patricia

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  22. I love jeans and I wear it almost every day... You look totally stylish! So cool!

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  23. My favorite denim piece in my closet at the moment are my dungarees :) And I´m sure very soon my denim bag, can´t wait until it arrives here ;)

    You matched your flare denims perfect with this dotted blouse and you look really great in your outfit! In the past I have worn very often flare jeans and I own still a lot but at the moment I´m not used how it looks on myself, so let´s see how my opinion regarding flares worn by my own will develop ...

    xx from Bavaria, Rena

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    1. Yes I love your dungarees and I cant wait to see your denim bag Rena x

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  24. I'm a little hesitant about the denim on denim frenzy too... I don't mind people doing it and it can look great, but still... I'm not completely on board.:) But you did a great job at cheating!!:D

    My favorite piece has to be a pair of flared jeans I have since I was in 14.:) I don't wear them as much but I still have them and can't get rid of them - sentimental value...

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    1. oooh I'd love to see them on you hun!

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  25. Lovely pieces… you look beautiful, I adore the messenger denim bag!
    Kisses from Miami,
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  26. you look gorgeous <3

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  27. Babes You look so chic, I love your Denim flare and denim satchel bag.You rock sweetie.
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  28. Your outfit gives a lovaly retro feel :) Love the bag!
    So where are you going in June for a holiday?

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    1. Hi Rosh, hope you enjoyed your holiday too - I'm off to New York next week

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  29. So retro chic! I love your denim satchel! Very cool! I don't wear denim really ever but this would be lovely to carry!

    Rebecca
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  30. hey doll! just came by to wish you a rocking weekend and to invite you to check out my latest post!
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  31. So retro! Love the polka dots on you and that Satchel? Gorgeous!!

    Kisses,
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  32. wow beautiful!!:)
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  33. I was really looking forward to see this bag in action :p and to start weaving skinny jeans good bye. You look so pretty on this outfit ;)

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  34. I love your retro outfit...you look amazing...

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  35. Well you look gorgeous in flare jeans. to be honest I have not wear them in years, I tried the other day and even though I have a very comfortable wedges, I felt weird. They did not looked like they do on you of course :)
    I think that some fashion rules are just out of time and need to be updated :) I love the denim over denim, plus what I have the most on my wardrobe is blue denim jeans and shirts.
    I was looking forward to seeing this satchel in an outfit and I am loving it! what a cute bag just as the whole outfit. Again, you look gorgeous!
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