Tuesday, April 5, 2011

D.o.D.

D.o.D.

D.o.D.
works cited: gap shirt; loft trousers; target belt; clarks wedges

A few years back, a friend of mine and I used to make fun (secretly and ruthlessly) of strangers who we saw wearing denim shirts and jeans together. We called it D.o.D. (denim-on-denim) and used to whisper it to each other like a code word in airports and public places where you do often see people sporting the all-denim look. Mere years ago, I thought this was a sartorial catastrophe roughly on the same plane as stretch pants and fanny packs (the former of which is evidently very popular, if you take the undergraduate population at any big university as your sample). And lo, here I am today, wearing D.o.D. myself and actually really liking how it looks. This is the moment I should give my past self a little shake and say "This will be you one day in the very near future (except that you won't be wearing Wranglers nor will you have a blond perm)." But as they say about hindsight...denim-on-denim looks pretty sweet in it :)

61 comments:

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

Loving the jeans on jeans combo!!!! My nr 1 go to outfit these days! :D
xxx

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Monique Zuman said...

Love it Tania!! D.O.D is soo in right now!!

Monique xx

The Blissful Academic said...

I love the way you combined the D.o.D (as you call it, love it) look here. I was like you, making fun of the denim on denim look so I have been afraid to break it out, but your look is cute!

Genny said...

I think since you are wearing dark trouser jeans and a chambray shirt, this is the classy version of DoD. :) Plus, with the great belt and stylish shoes ... it's an awesome outfit! I'm totally stealing this look!

U U N A said...

Ha ha this is so true! Isn't it weird how everything "forbidden" is now coming back in style? Though I never really understood why fanny packs and overalls went out of style... I quite fancied them actually (:

Liz said...

For the record your D.o.D looks fabulous. The two shades really break it up and make it interesting and fun! May be copying this in the future T!

weetabix said...

Up here we call that a Canadian tuxedo. :)

Meg O. said...

I love the combination of the two colors of denim/chambray! I would have never thought to put these two together! -Meg

Kayla said...

I agree with everything you said in this post. Still my friends will whisper about people who pass by in their D-o-D looks, but now I have also joined the ranks. Your shirt and pants looks so great together, how could you not wear them together? Of course there is an absolute difference between an acid washed denim jacket and acid washed denim high waisted jeans, and this chic look. Of that I am sure :)

Courtney Erin said...

I call them "denim-a-lopes." But this is a much, much classier version of that look!

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Carly said...

I totally know what you mean! I've seen several bloggers wear D.o.D. lately and it always looks great, but I'm still worried it's going to look weird on me. Maybe since you've posted this, I'll finally have the courage to try it. :)

Kath said...

Very nice! This is the right way to do D.o.D. The jeans are dark enough that they are not starkly jeans upon first glance.

Terrie said...

I think this looks really great! It honestly didn't even occur to me that you were DoD--I just saw light blue shirt with dark blue pants.

FYI: I would say the source of the DoD look is actually work-related. My father was a construction worker when I was little and he and his co-workers wore denim shirts and of course blue jeans. Pretty standard uniform for dirty jobs. Funny how it's now "fashionable."

kelsey said...

The Texas tuxedo! I love it.

Helena said...

I think it works because you have different weights and colours of the denim. It would look too much if it all were the same.

Between Laundry Days said...

My dad has been wearing the Texas Tuxedo for years, and I've always given him so much crap about it. Ever since the denim-on-denim trend has re-emerged, he's been rubbing my disdain in my face.

Also, you look awesome. I love how this looks with flared jeans!

Tanvi said...

Oh! I have so many such moment ... hindsight ... is really a mirror showing our delusions ... Looking good in D.o.D :)

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Anonymous said...

Love the light denim in D.o.D. What are 'fanny packs'? Love your style and your blog.

Kimi said...

Haha. We call it "Double Denim", and I've been too chicken to try it myself (there is a person at my work who delights in teasing me about some of my quirkier sartorial endeavors). It looks great on you though! I really need to rethink my reluctance to go full-on double denim...

Jenae @ Wildflower said...

super cute! Love the trousers!

Christy said...

I used to feel the same way about denim-on-denim, but now I love it! There's nothing more effortlessly stylish than a chambray shirt paired with dark jeans, and you wear the look so well! <3

GoodFrameofMind said...

I used to do the same thing. This outfit looks great on you and those jeans fit you so well!!

Christine said...

My sisters and I have made fun of my dad for years for wearing his D.o.D. Then I had to break it to my family that Dad is now "in". I do not have a denim shirt yet, but this outfit makes me want to go out and buy one!
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Kat said...

I've heard it called a 'Canadian Tuxedo' - but honestly, I have no idea why. I've been considering doing the same myself with a chambray shirt and dark jeans - and have decided the color difference in the denim is the most important thing.

Kat
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melissa said...

around here we say 'denim dan', not sure why....looks great on you though! the different shades really makes it happen.

Eclectic Flair said...

I think the key is the two different shades and the modern cut of both pieces. I'm so calling it D.o.D now!

Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

Ginger Roxy said...

Love wide leg trousers for spring!!!


xox

Ginger

B said...

Hilarious! There's definitely a way to do D.O.D. and you've found it.

Love the anecdote. Lovely words.

Melanie said...

Well, the fact that you're not wearing Wranglers does make a difference, lol. You look great. Clearly I need to hit up Loft...

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Martina Lynne :: The Life Academic said...

This is so cute that it makes me worry about other fashion offenses that I will soon embrace. I spend enough time in my big university town staring agog at fashion disasters like high waist, pleat front, pegged acid wash jeans to really, really fear them. So here's hoping that the next D.o.D. level offense will have as good an outcome as this one...

rebecca said...

Love those pants! And the denim/denim combo looks great. You did it perfectly with two opposite washes.

rebeccawithanR

Larysse Tavares said...

I like D.o.D. and didn't stop looking for my denim shirt. I can't find it anywhere :P

You look gorgeous as usual! These pants are amazing!

xoxo

Kayla said...

If you do it right it looks great and darling you seem to have done it perfectly. But I only came to this realization in the last year or so. I would ruthlessly make fun of the Canadian tuxedo too.

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Kendra said...

I completely agree, I used to judge harshly! I guess its a case of don't knock it till you try it!

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Blace said...

you put all the other D.O.D. wearers to shame! looks great!

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wildchild said...

undergrad - stretchy pants? guilty :)

Jill GG (good life for less) said...

LOVE it on you... it's fun to wear - I almost feel a little rebellious when I do!

Healthy and Homemade said...

I feel like this works only how you're wearing it! The pants are so dark they almost look like navy slacks. The top fits you well and you have a great belt to break it all up. Plus you aren't sporting a fanny pack, that's always a plus.

Lexie, Little Boat said...

i always call d.o.d. the "texas tuxedo" ... with chambray being all the rage for spring, it's pretty much an unavoidable look! :)

Savannah said...

You look awesome! But I totally know what you mean, I call them Canadian Tuxedos but I still haven't been able to rock the look myself. Maybe one day :)

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SIENA.STYLE said...

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Fashion Momma said...

DoD is flipping AWESOMMME!
Dear Self: find chambray shirt, stat.

Sara said...

You look so cute in your D.o.D. outfit!
~Sara

Elizabeth Lessing said...

looks fabulous, especially with the two different colors of denim.

Emily said...

The title of your post alarmed me momentarily. Forget the denim-- I'm just relieved to see you haven't gone and joined the Department of Defense.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

thank you for all your sweet comments--i wish blogger would let me respond to them individually; they all cracked me up!
it's great to hear about the history of D.o.D. (in fact, it vaguely rings a bell from a tour I had to take of the Levis factory back in the 4th grade...only in California is this part of one's education).
and anonymous--a fanny pack is this funny tiny bag people used to strap to their waists to carry things during the 80's. very practical actually...i wish they'd come back, too :)

Allison said...

I have been rocking denim on denim too this season and loving it. I think the substantial difference in tones is key :) I love this look on you (as usual!)

Nena Nadine said...

Breaking the rules, if only your own, I love it. Also digging the new blog look.

Sidewalk Chic said...

You totally rock Dod. I love the difference in the washes!

Elaine said...

Yeah, you're totally rocking it!!!

Aubrey Studebaker said...

Ha. We always called it "demin man" when I was in high school...but one of our drivers where I currently work wears this combo occasionally and lovingly calls it his "working man's suit." I agree in that I can remember points in my life when I scoffed but now I can only admire. (o:

Renee said...

aww, i had a roomie who we lovingly called denim dan for a pretty obvious reason! i've always been afraid to try the d.o.d. look, but I really like how you're pulling it off with two very different colors of denim. great work!

-renee
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Christina said...

This is great D.o.D..... but I definitely know where you and your friend were coming from!

Lin said...

I agree, this DOD looks great! I'm not sure why, but for me it is the shoes that pull the whole look together and make it so perfect! I do COC all the time (corduroy on corduroy) :-)

Nicola said...

I call it Double Denim, and mercilessly rib my boyfriend for this fashion crime! Hope he doesn't see this, I'll have to eat my words.

DiamondsandTulle said...

We've all been there... sniggering at others in secret [or aloud] and then sometime in the future you'll want to swallow those words as you realize, a)why was I so judgmental when that person was fashion-forward, or b) worry you are about as crazy and non-sensical now as those you poked fun at. You my dear - look FAB and I will have to try this D.o.D. look asap!

xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

An Engineer's Closet said...

I must admit I am surprised at how great this looks.

Also I totally saw a lady today wearing a dark denim skirt with a chambray top and light brown belt. But the awesome thing is she had leopard print tights and light brown gladiator heels on underneath!

Tieka, Selective Potential said...

Hahaha, blonde perm! Cracks me up. I love this outfit - I have absolutely nothing denim except jeans. I need to look for a cute chambray shirt!

Cynthia @ Go Chic or Go Home said...

D.o.D. can be horrible, but you executed this perfectly. Very cute!!

Anonymous said...

Blala

myfashiontake said...

Your trousers is to die for! I wish there's Loft in Singapore :( It's soooo hard to find wide-legged trousers here!

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