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Not In Def Leppard? Say No To Denim Double Downs

By James Cameroone

Let’s get this straight. When it comes to wacky, outdated fashion, I’m a guy who can appreciate the goofiness. I love to see the resurgence of 80s crop tops, high socks, bright neon colors, hair scrunchies, or even cut-sleeved sports jackets with inserted shoulder pads. Next to gothic clothing (which I’m sorry, you’re not expressing yourself by wearing stock Hot Topic combat boots and being really overheated all the time), I just don’t understand the appeal of denim on denim, and why do some people still think this is OK?

For example, the combo of stonewashed jeans combined with button down denim jackets, that’s a deal breaker. It’s the 1990s American television wardrobe default when you think about it. All those sitcoms like “Step by Step” or “Full House” featured their characters decked out in denim. Even Jerry Seinfeld wears a less than flattering combination of a denim jacket over a solid-colored sweater tucked into his tight fitting Levis.

I’d say the deadly denim combo was close to making a comeback around the emergence of Hip-hop mogul pet projects of Sean Combs and Jay-Z: Sean John and Rocawear. What they did was took tight-fitting denim and simply loosened it up…a lot. Baggy jeans with baggy denim jackets were a big hit in the early years of the new millennium. It has since dropped out of style, but funk master Sly Stone was recently seen sporting the outfit at this year’s Coachella music festival. He even added a denim baseball hat! Should have stuck to the bell-bottoms, Sly.

I’m not trying to trash denim. I have my fair collection of stonewashed jeans and I may even have a Levi’s jean jacket lying around somewhere. I will never, however, put those two together. Those days are over.

People, you know better! I know you can do better! Denim works well with lots of other clothes. Let’s not match it with more of the same!

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