“Whooah, we’re halfway ther-er, whoo-ohh, livin’ on a prayer-er.” Bon Jovi’s 1980s air guitar classic is the soundtrack to one of the most retro trends to hit the high street. Forget 1940s tea dresses and 50s-style full skirts. Sure they’re retro, but you don’t get much more vintage, in fashion terms, than denim, which has been around since the 18th century.
For summer 2008 it’s back, it’s on a high street near you and (be afraid, be very afraid) it’s faded and stone-washed (eek!) Topshop, for one, is filled with pale denim separates. Not only that, but denim-on-denim, that former sartorial no-no (unless you’re Francis Rossi from Status Quo), is now the only way to wear it. So throw on a denim jacket over jeans, hunt down a denim handbag (or make your own out of old cut-offs) and you’ll be ready to rawk this new look faster than you can say “Jon Bon Jovi has girly hair”.
TOP TIP: For extra style points, wear a denim jacket, or waistcoat, over a pretty floral dress. It’s an old fashion stand-by that hasn’t been properly in vogue for years, but it’s making a re-appearance on the streets, as spotted by Sugahfix. The denim-jacket-over-pretty-dress look was spotted on not one, but two, style-savvy sassy lassies in Belfast’s hip House bar, on Stranmillis Road one recent Saturday night.
Denim waistcoat from Asos.com