Wearing (second pic) : Always Skinny Jeans, Essential Short Sleeve Crew Tee, 1969 Bleached Western Shirt, Camel Wool Coat, Pastel Cozy Scarf
With the arrival of Autumn, Gap has looked to its heritage to produce a strong collection anchored by its signature product: Denim. The 'Back to Blue' collection for AW13 showcased a range of denim fits styled back to preppy basics in complementing shades and the results are striking. No longer is it a faux-pas to double up your denim, tripling it up even, is actively encouraged! I wanted to share some of the pieces and images from the range on the blog and so I had a little styling session in store to pull out some of my favourite looks.
The top look is a lesson in how double denim has definitely shaken the 'Texas tuxedo' moniker of old. Contrasting washes with cosy knits beneath and a touch of sharp collar elevates a basic denim look into something much more special. The jeans are the 1969 Always Skinny fit, a style which I always reach for as an everyday jean. The fit is flattering and comfortable and the best thing about these jeans is that they get better with age. I bought a regular basic blue pair and set about them with scissors and a cheese grater to give the deconstructed look I was after, I also cut about a foot off the hem to make them ankle length and also give that frayed, unfinished look which I love against a smart shoe. The more I wear them the more they naturally fray and rip and the overall look is always changing.
The moto jean jacket is such a lovely take on a classic piece, as a step change from western styling Gap have taken a biker jacket and constructed it from washed denim. The result is a very versatile and easy to wear piece which creates a lot of detail in a look; the zip finishes and polka dotted cuff lining adding an element of femininity to the styling.
In the second set of pictures I am wearing probably my favourite piece from the current collection, this camel wool coat which fastens asymmetrically and gives a hefty dose of left-bank chic to any look. I think it's my obsession with all things French that makes me love this coat so much, it's definitely en francais in it's styling and cut and I think it's a classic investment piece that would be the mainstay of your winter wardrobe. At £99.99 it isn't a cheap piece but in terms of cost-per-wear I think it is a worthwhile buy, the price actually belies the quality and the fit is incredible.
Again, wearing shredded jeans with a smart coat give a lovely juxtaposition of styles, it creates a smart silhouette without any stuffiness and gives the whole look interest. I added a western shirt in a bleached wash (I love to wear different shades of denim together) and added a bit of texture with this pastel check scarf. I love the idea of wearing checks in an unexpected colourway, and these washed out hues fit that bill perfectly.
All these pieces are available on the Gap website or in store. Don't forget to check out the Gap Facebook Page and Twitter for styling tips and exclusive offers.
What do you think of these looks? Do you dare try double denim?!