Double Rainbow

I have an unhealthy habit these days of declaring anything that comes in pairs or is doubled-up to be “double rainbow”*. Enter: my foray into double denim. Judging by its softness, this chambray Madewell shirt may just become my favorite shirt ever and earn its self-appointed title. And these wide-leg trouser jeans by the revamped Gap jeans line have reinvigorated my interest in the brand–which is saying a lot since I haven’t bought a pair of Gap jeans since I was a tween and American Eagle had not yet entered my vocabulary.

*I am pretty sure by now that no link to this phenomenon is necessary. So there. Google it, if you must.

My first-ever trench and could you be any less surprised that of course it would have a girly spin on it? This one boasts a full, flouncy skirt. It almost feels like a dress. And it’s super soft, like a cloud.

If I were one of those girls who told you more than you wanted to know, I’d tell you that lately I’ve been using every excuse to throw it over a pillow on the couch while watching TV to lay my cheek on its smoothness. You know, um, in case it rains. In my house. While I’m watching TV. Duh.

Tragically, as is the case with most of my limbs, the sleeves are a tad too long on me. Off it will (eventually) go to the tailor.

P.S. – if you guessed Black Pearl, you guessed right!

Some of you longtime readers may recognize this $9 necklace from here, here, or perhaps even here (if you’re really old–er, loyal).

Check it–that sparkle on the above photo is totally, 100% real. I had to include it, even though my face was all wonky, which may-or-may-not have been due to the fact that I was flapping my jaw about some thing or another….no harm done, I just cropped the awkwardness out.

If only I could do that in real life.

My spring break week of doing-nothing-and-loving-it is coming to an end. I will miss it greatly. Have yourselves a great weekend, folks!


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  • This is denim on denim perfection. You're like my daily dose of fashion inspiration these days. Keep rockin' it girl.

    <a> Ramblings of a Small Town Girl

    • Aw, thank you Kayla! PSS has been pretty heavy on the personal style posts, hasn't it? Lots more to come, by the way!!

      • alicia

        will you post how you bun your hair in the previous blog!?

        • I will if I can find the time!!

  • I never thought I would find denim-on-denim to be acceptable, but you're making it happen. And I never, ever thought it could look pulled together and professional, but the heels, coat, and accessories you're rocking really make it work. Wowza! I'm a university instructor with a pretty strict (self-administered) dress code and I find it really hard to wear jeans within that code, but I'll be mining this for inspiration asap. Thanks for the food for thought!

    • I never thought *I* would wear it — and like it as much as I did!

  • Lookin good chica! 😀

    P.S: I bet The House of Harlow feather ring I'm giving away would look gorgeous on you! 😀

  • The jeans, lipstick and especially the trench look amazing! I've been wanting to try a pair of wide leg jeans for a while now and these photos have convinced me that I need to go out and buy a pair. I adore how classic this look is, and that oversized clutch tops everything off perfectly 🙂
    Basically I want to stal this outfit from you, haha


    • Thanks Nina – clearly I am obsessed with jeans, as they are featured in nearly every single one of my outfit posts…I have a problem. I'm getting [retail] therapy for it.

  • One of your top ten outfit posts! Your hair and the sunglasses alone are enough to comment on, but the double denim is working for me too! My fave photo is the one with you in the trench with it open and your hand on your hip–you are looking to the side. Wow–that's a cool one. LOVE! Thanks for the diversion from my real life….

  • love the jeans combo and I am a sucker for trench coats, so lovely! That clutch is another fav'! great outfit 🙂

  • You are super stylish!! I just love all the looks you come up with. Your clothes are so pretty and delicate. I especially love that bag!

  • So chic!

    Love the ensemble and the red lips!

  • That trench is SO perfect!! I love it! Classic but with such an awesome feminine twist!

  • love the clutch with those shoes, and that creme colored coat looks amazing!! you have such a classic and beautiful look!

    <3 steffy

  • classic and beautiful! Love it all!

  • i absolutely love everything about this outfit, from the wide-leg jeans to the chanel black pearl nail polish. and double-denim is such a classic look on you too!

  • omg, i love the trench coat!! this entire outfit just screams elegance =) (with a touch of casual of course) … and that nail polish color is gorgeous

  • I love this whole look! Your accessories are fantastic and that clutch is too awesome for words.

  • hello gorgeous. love how simple and chic this look is. PS. I have this madewell denim shirt, and it might be my fav thing right now. Soft and comfy yet so polished! U look great girl. xo, Kim

  • I love the denim on denim. Those jeans are amazing too. It seems like Gap has really upped their game. I'll have to go check out their jeans.

  • Those pumps are to die for! I love this look on you.

  • oh wow – i love this look! so casual chic! the sparkle on the last photo is cute…so appropriate for your blog name 😉

  • such a great casual look. i really love the necklace…and the jeans! LOVE!

  • I am absolutely completely obsessed with this outfit! I may have to make a trip to Gap tomorrow morning! Thanks for sharing!

  • @BigPerm81 Where are you? I need to know if you feel like this is venturing into #canadiantuxedo territory.

  • The jeans… the shirt… THAT TRENCH, oh my goodness, that trench! So perfect!

  • Absolutely gorgeous! I'm loving chambray on denim lately, and this is chambray on denim done so right! For your first trench, I think you've done it proud! 🙂

  • These photos are really great and Im in love with that leather clutch and the trench coat!!

  • My dear those jeans are so cute on you very laid back polished. Also LOVE your rose gold watch! My hubby just bought me my first Michael Kors yesterday. I've been obsessed with it for a while now, creating fashion posts adding the watch in even though it wasn't in my closet yet.

  • First off, I'm 100% jealous that your last couple of posts look nice and sunny and warm… like spring is there! Oregon is often blanketed with clouds, regardless if it's raining or not (which it usually is)… oh how I miss the sun!

    Second, I always love a casual and polished look! Great pairing of denims… Makes me want to go shopping this weekend to find those jeans! The trench is also really cute. And it's cool how your nail polish has hints of blue/green depending on the light. Lastly, love your label: "old belt" 🙂

    • Aw thanks Jess for your ever so sweet and thoughtful comment! I really enjoyed reading it. I hope the sun come out for you soon!

  • I have to be honest; I have never imagined I would like the denim on denim look, and I DEFINITELY didn't think I would ever be inspired to try it!! But, you have definitely inspired me! I just might have to try it out! 🙂

  • At some angles you look a lot like Carrie Underwood! 🙂

  • Liz

    You look great! I really can't wait to give the double denim look a try after seeing you do it here! I am a new follower too 🙂

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  • You look like you are in fact posing for an add for Gap!! The quality is so good, and it looks lovely over there! It's still pretty rainy and chilled over here in Philly 🙁 womp. Every piece you have on are staple pieces, great post!

    I'm following you on twitter now, let's tweet! =) @steelmagnoliaa



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  • Hmmm…I was just thinking of writing a sequel to my double-denim posts!

  • I love this look!!! Especially the Gap jeans (which I am now envious of) & the trench, which is the sweetest trench I've seen in a while 🙂

    Corinne xo

  • I really need to give these gap wide legs a try. Seems every blogger loves them!

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