Denim, Culottes, and Dress Codes

What is it about denim that makes it get such a bad rap?  It seems like in this world where everyone’s got a dress code, denim is the one thing that ALWAYS lands on the top of the list.  I grew up with dress codes.  I went from my childhood of homeschooling with a mom who had completely different opinions about what I should wear than I did, to a private high school with an uber strict code.  It was like going from one constant clothing argument to another.

My mom felt like I should wear pastels.  There were no two piece swimsuits.  No dark colors.  And jeans?  Well let’s just say I didn’t wear the cool jeans.  My high school, being all about modesty of course had super easy rules to follow, like no skirts shorter than four inches above the (bended) knee.  So every week, all the tall girls (like me) were dragged into the office under suspicion of dressing immodestly, told to kneel down, and had a ruler placed on the floor to see how short our skirts were.  Basically that meant that your skirt could be no shorter than knee length.  Being the mid to late 90s, it was virtually impossible to find skirts like this.  It was all mini skirts. Maxi skirts?  What the heck are those?  Did you ever see Alicia Silverstone wearing one of those in Clueless?  I mean I honestly don’t even know what my high school dress code would have said about culottes or cropped pants or leggings because those were nowhere to be found.  When culottes came back into style I rejoiced, but then silently wept for my high school self who could have had so much better style if only this had happened while Britney was accidentally playing with our hearts again.

Back to denim.  The dress code SPECIFICALLY stated NO SHREDDED OR FRAYED jeans.  They were NOT to be tolerated.  This was obviously a sign of rebellion and anarchist tendencies and all violators were to be given detention.  I tried very hard to abide by this rule, but let’s be honest, sometimes jeans fray and there’s nothing you can do about it.  I remember being followed across the parking lot by a hyper vigilant office lady/dress code enforcer who informed me that there was a string hanging off my jeans and was I going to cut it off?  I told her it wasn’t likely and kept walking.  This was my only act of rebellion in high school.  And it felt GREAT.

Now I celebrate my freedom by wearing cutoffs, culottes, distressed jeans, unhemmed frayed jeans, and, well, mini skirts because I can.  Denim is just misunderstood if you ask me.

 

I chose this outfit for my Week of Denim because it’s just vintage denim at it’s finest.  Wearing denim with denim can be tricky because you don’t want to be TOO matchy matchy, but it totally works as long as the hues of the top and the bottom compliment each other.  I don’t wear heels often at all, and culottes are made for heels.  These booties have just enough of a heel that they actually work and still allow me to walk comfortably.  I love the embroidery and button detail on this top from Ruby Rose.  And of course, I just add turquoise with everything because it’s my favorite and it really looks great with everything.

Ah if only I had a time machine to go back to high school.  I’d be the coolest, most forward thinking dresser around.

Back to the weekly grind today…wear your denim proudly!

Katy

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