Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 12th 2015 Contents By Christine Dalkan
MY NAME IS CHRISTINE and I... love denim. I wear denim
everywhere; even where I'm pretty sure I should not. There is
this one denim jacket that's been my friend for about five
years. I wear it to work some days, paired with an inner top
and a black pencil skirt.
Coincidentally, I tend to do this on Mondays, and end up stick-
ing out like a sore thumb at our 'start-of-the work-week' office
meeting. Of course by now, I realise it's a bad idea to replace
the work suit jacket with the denim jacket, but I'm really tal-
ented at ignoring the obvious.
My penchant for denim also extends to jeans. My outfits usu-
ally include a pair of jeans matched with a blouse. As such, my
current state of mind can only be revealed through whatever I
cover my upper regions with. Don't get me wrong, I have a
trunkful of funk, it's not like all I wear is original, sturdy, raw, in-
digo denim. I dabble in stretch denim too. Yes, like Austin Pow-
ers, I also like to live dangerously.
The core of my denim addiction is that it is emblematic of my
mantra 'wear what makes you feel good'. With denim, I never
feel oppressed by fashion trends; it affords me an effortless
look. I have my denim jacket that takes me from weekend to
workday and beyond -- it's my year-round classic. There are my
boyfriend jeans for casual comfort, my skinny stretch jeans for
a flattering, tapered look and stylish silhouette, my capris for
my grocery and market runs, my short denim skirt for my
more feminine moments and my frayed-edge denim shorts
for a beach chic look. I even have a long denim skirt reserved
for church. I'm sure many a prayer has been said on my behalf.
I also owned a very fitted mini denim jumper dress for a short
while (a few hours) -- the dress went on but could not come
off, so I had to take a pair of scissors to it.
Now, my love affair with denim can mean my fashion sense is
disgustingly boring and safe. I'd rather think of myself as a
denim addict and expert. I know raw denim and selvedge
denim are not the same. Raw refers to denim that is not
washed after being dyed, and selvedge is the edge of the fab-
ric that is woven so that it will not fray or ravel. Therefore,
most raw denim might be selvedge but not all selvedge denim
I've also picked up a few pointers along the way. Why wear
raw denim to get a faded look from the process of wear when
you can simply purchase artificially distressed denim? I've also
learnt that the perfect boyfriend jeans only sounds simple to
find. It is actually a very tricky trouser to shop for. You're look-
ing for something new that is supposed to look lived in -- it's
that 'old thing' that's not truly old. It must be the perfect com-
bination of soft, slouch and distressed, with a slim fit.
And it is that very painstaking hunt for the right article of
denim (be it jacket or jeans) that has taught me when I find
the right pair, I DESERVE to live in them and not be judged. I've
also learnt that I can wear my denim however I want, because
I make my own denim rules. For example, I like my boyfriend
jeans soft and slouchy without looking distressed. That makes
me happy and when I do it, there are no denim fashion police
chasing and chastising me, which makes me even happier.
Another great thing about denim is that it looks better with
every wash; it's like Pharrell who just turned 42 and looks not a
day above 22. It has also never let me down, in my slim days
and my now thick days. Even leggings have let me down; my
full-figured body tends to stretch them to the limit and the
sheen of my skin is quite noticeable through the fabric. Denim
has never done that to me; it is much too loyal. My stretch
denim jeans are resilient; even when stretched to the limit,
they never give up.
That's why I am comfortable in my denim addiction and I re-
fuse to feel guilty about it anymore. My denim jacket deserves
to be worn at the office (maybe just not on Mondays).
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