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Denim on Top

Denim jackets are back. Wait a minute–did they ever go out? How many denim jackets have you had over the years? I cringe a little to remember one back in the mid-nineties and another back in 2001. Remember the roomy boxy styles that were really more like a coat? Yes, we all had them.

In recent years we haven’t seen such a drastic change in styles, so if you’ve had a denim jacket for a few years, it’s probably still very much in style. The styles are short, fitted and look great with a skirt, dress or colored denim.

Next, let’s discuss shirts. Denim and chambray are back! In the past, we didn’t wear a chambray shirt with denim. Now that is ok if you vary the washes between top and bottom so it doesn’t look like you have a denim “suit”. It will also work well if you wear a long tank in a bright color under the shirt.

I really like the look of different washes with the jackets and shirts. In fact, this year I bought a dark denim shirt AND a lighter wash that can be worn more like a jacket. There tabbed sleeves, vests, and embellished denim.

Denim on top helps “neutralize” all that colored denim we see out there. It makes a great combination.

Do you have a pair of colored denim? If so, have you paired it with denim on top?


Denim on Top

ONLY fitted shirt
$54 – newlook.com

Madewell block top

Fat face
$74 – fatface.com


Maison Scotch denim skinny jeans
$155 – coggles.com

Marc by marc jacobs jeans

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  • Emily

    I sure have! I wore a light colored denim shirt with soft neon yellow cropped jeans the other night to a concert at the Fabulous Fox in Atlanta! I wore black flat sandals with matte silver studs and a chunky clear acrylic necklace and LOVED the outfit. I felt stylish but certainly not overdone. Love your posts! Always great advice!

    April 17, 2013 at 5:47 am Reply
    • Karen

      Hi Emily,
      That sounds like a great outfit! Thanks very much for the comment and for reading my blog!!

      April 17, 2013 at 7:46 pm Reply
  • Heather

    I am not sure I can overcome my hangup about denim on top and bottom, regardless of how different the washes are. I think that might be one of the looks that are cute on other people. I can see wearing colored denim (if I owned any) on the bottom with my denim jacket. I am glad to hear the jackets are in, I have two of them I haven’t worn that often lately and are both fitted styles. Thank you Karen for your continued good advice!

    April 17, 2013 at 7:26 am Reply
    • Karen

      Thanks for the comment Heather for reading faithfully.I can totally understand not being able to do denim on top and bottom. It really has to be done right and you really have to put the correct thing underneath that hangs longer than the denim top. This could help it work.

      April 17, 2013 at 7:52 pm Reply

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