OOTD x2: Double Denim for Spring + DIY Paper Bracelet Page to Bead Examples
I have to say that wearing double denim as a style choice is not something that comes naturally to me! I am still haunted by the combination of the 1980s double denim look complete with acid wash, oversized jean jacket, and giant hair + the ubiquitous Texas tuxedo of my Oklahoma upbringing.
But one way I will wear two denim pieces together is when one of them is this thrifted striped denim vest (CJ Banks brand via Goodwill, $6.99, 12/2018). As of mid-March, I had only worn this vest 5 times in the 4+ years I've owned it, but then I pulled it out twice in the last week because it was just the right weight for layering in our changeable spring weather. Current cost per wear: $1.
My first double denim outfit pairs the striped vest with dark wash skinny jeans and a blush pink long-sleeved T. I had initially been planning to wear a dusky pink pullover sweater, but when the time came, I thought the sweater would be too warm for me, so I switched in the T and vest in its place. (Oddly, I have a couple of pale pink LS Ts but none in a darker shade so I couldn't do a straight sweater to T substitution; however, I thought the blush pink worked fine in this outfit.)
This outfit features double stripes as well as double denim because I added this black scarf with rich sparkly stripes in shades of pink, blue, and tan/taupe (the scarf I had planned to wear with the pink sweater).
The outfit also has double sparkles because I wore these black and blue tweed ballet flats with silver threads in the tweed and sparkly centers on the bows.
I wore my go-to DIY braided headband and a pair of pink crystal earrings.
I was looking for a DIY bracelet set that combined black with blue and pink, and the set that I created in light blue, pink, black, and silver to coordinate with one of my summery scarves fit the requirements nicely (for details, see Set 4 in this design a DIY bracelet set post). That accounts for the top 5 bracelets in the stack. The bottom deep orchid glass pearl bracelet is a recent DIY piece that I added at the last minute for some extra shine.
My second outfit is the Barbiecore version of double denim with black jeggings and a bright watermelon pink sweater. The sweater has a cute crane motif (which you can see here), but it was mostly obscured in this outfit by my flowing scarf.
This scarf is an interesting combination of various bright pink and orange colors that look a bit like paint brushed against a black background. Like other ombré, tie-dye, watercolor patterns, and similar prints with a gradual shading and blending of colors, it has the multiple colors of a print without the distinct shapes of a print. I like the look of these prints and find them easy to incorporate into print mixes because they don't tend to visually jar against other more distinct prints.
I added another print to the look with these black and white knit smoking flats by Skechers.
My all-DIY daily bracelet stack is a combination of 3 paper bracelets I made as a set to accompany my bright pink/orange/black polka dot/bird motif silk scarf (#5 in this post), a clear crackle bead and black bead bracelet I often wear with those three, and the black bead + cat charm bracelet I made for last Halloween (described here).
I didn't take a photo of the paper for the bottom pink and white bracelet, but I do have the pages (or strips) for the other two. The bicone beads on the middle bright pink and black bracelet started life as a full-page ad in The Economist with black palm trees and white text against the rich pink background. I covered up the white text on the triangular strips with black marker before rolling them. The tube beads were made from the image of a patchwork dress in a Coldwater Creek catalog; the image was quite small, so I cut it out and glued it to the end of a full page before cutting the rectangular strips. I painted the tube beads with black acrylic paint on both ends.
Other posts in this series:
DIY Paper Bicone Bead Tutorial
DIY Magazine & Catalog Bicone Bead Examples - Part 1
DIY Magazine & Catalog Paper Bicone Bead Examples - Part 2
DIY Magazine & Catalog Paper Tube Bead Examples - Part 1
Design a DIY Bracelet Set: Start With a Scarf (Summer) - Part 1
Design a DIY Bracelet Set: Start With a Scarf (Summer) - Part 2
Design a DIY Bracelet Set: Start with a White Floral Shirt (Summer)
Design a DIY Bracelet Set: Start with a Pink Outfit (Spring)
Design a DIY Bracelet Set: Start with a Colorful Striped Top
Design a DIY Bracelet Set: Start With a Butterfly Scarf
Design a DIY Bracelet Set: Start With a Two Color Summer Outfit (Navy + Green)
Dark Blue Casual Summer Outfits with DIY Paper Bracelet Page to Bead Examples
Light Blue Casual Summer Outfits with DIY Paper Bracelet Page to Bead Examples
3 Summer Pants Outfits with DIY Paper Bracelet Page to Bead Examples
How to Wear a Pullover Sweater over a Dress + DIY Paper Bracelet Page to Bead Examples
Pink for Valentine's: 3 More Blush Pink Outfits + DIY Paper Bracelet Page to Bead Examples
11 More Pink Outfits for Valentine's Day + DIY Paper Bracelet Page to Bead Examples
Styling Riding Boots for SIA: Countess de la Maitrie + DIY Paper Bead Page to Bead Examples
Red, Maroon, and Burgundy Outfits for Late Winter + DIY Paper Bead Page to Bead Examples
Snow Follies + Viva Magenta Jeans Outfits + DIY Paper Bracelet Page to Bead Examples
Layering Beaded Necklaces for SIA: Cherokee Beadwork + DIY Paper Bead Page to Bead Examples
3 Green Outfits + DIY Paper Bracelet Page to Bead Examples
OOTD x2: White Rabbits for Spring + DIY Paper Bracelet Page to Bead Examples
OOTD: Navy Floral Dress for Cool Spring + DIY Paper Bracelet Page to Bead Examples
Selecting rabbits to coordinate with these outfits was very easy! A strikingly patterned black Dutch rabbit and an ultra-soft black mini rex rabbit were the clear choices.
In my first outfit with the sparkly scarf and ballet flats, the velvety texture of the mini rex rabbit's fur adds depth and a luxe sensibility, elevating the simple t-shirt and jeans look.
In the second Barbiecore outfit, the optic black and white color combination and angular pattern of the Dutch rabbit's fur replicates the look of the smoking flats for a stronger sense of intentionality.
Do you like wearing double denim? What items do you like to pair for such a look?
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