Fashion rules are meant to be broken, and lately that includes wearing denim on denim. Once a faux pas, now the look has been seen on Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut and Katrina Kaif among other A-listers.
Something about the double-denim trend—often referred to as a Canadian tuxedo—goes against everything we’ve been taught is correct about putting together an outfit. So while yes, you know denim on denim is having a moment right now, putting the look together can seem a bit intimidating. Mixing denim is exciting because it has infinite possibilities!
What’s the secret?
The secret is balance. A lightweight pale shirt looks great with a dark denim skirt. It’s all about knowing your body, and flattering your shape. If you pay attention to proportions, this look is easily accessible to anyone.
How can you dress it up or down?
For a casual look, try mixing light distressed denim shorts with a medium wash, over-sized, denim shirt and a great pair of biker boots. A denim blazer and trouser-cut jeans are perfect for the office. If you want to look chic and sophisticated, accessorize with a pair of sexy, slinky heels.
What can the statement style?
Skinny jeans are probably the easiest to pull off. Any silhouette can work if it’s done right. Balance is key. Slouchy boyfriend jeans can pair nicely with a more feminine lightweight chambray shirt and instantly give a street style vibe that looks effortlessly put together.
The Do’s and the Don’ts
DO: Play with colors if you’re a total beginner
Before exploring shades of double blue, start out by pairing different shades of denim together, like white jeans and a blue denim jacket, or black jeans and a chambray shirt
DON’T: Wear denim accessories.
Keep the jeans confined to your clothing and just say no to denim shoes, a denim hat, a denim, handbag, or any other accessory.
DO: Use denim shades to flatter or hide body parts.
As a general rule, lighter shades of denim draw attention to the body parts they cover, while darker washes create a slimming effect.
DON’T: Wear a denim outfit that’s all the same weight or wash.
You don’t want to look too matchy matchy.
Something about distressed denim just lends itself well to the denim on denim look. So don’t be afraid to rip away.
DON’T: Look to Westerns for inspiration.
Think of denim on denim, and images of cowboys likely come to mind, and that’s not necessarily a good thing—you don’t want to end up looking like a caricature. That means staying away from accessories like cowboy boots, cowboy hats, bolo ties, and Western belts.
DO: Dress up your double denim.
Don’t be afraid to elevate your outfit with luxe-looking items including statement heels, a tuxedo blazer, or a fabulous red lip.