This post discusses another disagreement I have with a rather common fashion no-no for mature women. Wearing matching items of denim depends upon HOW they are worn together within the context of your body and lifestyle. (notice how I keep hammering on this theme).
The House of Givency showed an interesting combination of slim legged denim pants worn with a classic denim shirt and topped with a knee length kiwi green leopard coat and matching denim blue boots (they look like suede to me )in its 2016 Resort Collection (See style.com). This combination could absolutely ROCK on a woman of almost any age!
Of course, I don't have a kiwi knee length leopard print coat in my closet, but I DO have a pair of jeans and a classic denim shirt and similar boots. I also have a lavishly trimmed shearling three-quarter suede coat that gives the same sort of playful touch as the kiwi leopard..and a cool leopard bag.
I re-interpreted Givency's look by replacing the leopard coat with the shearling coat, added a substantial turquoise squash blossom necklace, a saddle stitched deep blue belt with a silver buckle, and the leopard bucket to the monotone shirt, jeans, and boots. I love the playful but elegant look; my very own style, but the inspiration was Givency.
I turned up the volume on a western look by adding camel boots in this year's favorite boot heel and using a hunter green leather bucket bag with a fringed leather cord.
Look #3 uses next spring styling in its Americana red, white, and blue with white backless tennis skimmers;p big fashion theme in the 2016 New York fashion week shows.
Look #4 makes denim a little edgy with the Chrome Hearts moto "dagger" bag and the black lace up cutout heels. The argyle silk shirt adds to the look.
Look #5 is one of my favorites. I matched dark blue denim jeans with a matching denim jacket to which I have sewn many patches collected from places I have visited. (I have been doing this for several years and the jacket is quite old) Each patch is a keep-sake that means a lot to me. I have accessorized with a red and white Breton striped t-shirt and a matching (yes, the purse DOES match the shoes-another current fashion no-no. How many of you are old enough to remember that it was a no-no if you did NOT match them?) purse with heavy silver toned hardware similar to the heavy silver toned buttons of the jacket. Patches cover the entire back shoulders of the jacket and the back of the sleeves. (you may notice that the ones coming over the shoulder are just tacked on for placement. I need to sew them securely before I can wear the jacket)
The last look pairs another denim jacket and jeans with a simple leopard print blouse. I either add sandals in a similar leopard print or high heel pumps in the same design as the blouse. I used a simple chocolate leather bucket bag to complete my look. (I could have used the same leopard bag I used with the shearling coat but I think that much matchy-matchy would be a little "tired".
I love each of my matching denim looks even though this type of matching may be jeered at with phrases like the "Canadian tux" or "Redneck tux". Frankly, I like denim. I do agree that many times it is not worn in a very flattering manner. It can make the wearer look older than her years, look dated and frumpy, especially if improperly fitted, but that is not the fault of the denim.
After all, every fashion cycle begins with someone developing a fresh new look to an out of date style. Do you agree? I am looking forward to hearing from you..