It might seem like one of the most intimidating trends to pull off: Denim on denim. Done poorly and you can look like you woke up late and grabbed whatever clothing articles you could find before running out the door. And we all know that is not a good look. But done correctly, you can look super chic and twice as nice.
As a beginner, start by pairing different washes together. Opt for dark wash jeans and a light wash denim jacket or vice versa. The contrast in the colors blends this look together without looking like denim overload.
- Another issue with wearing denim on denim is not being conscious of the weights of the denim. Wearing a denim jacket or jeans that are thick and heavy looking weighs down your whole outfit and can cause you to look frumpy. When wearing denim on denim, chose one thinner or lighter looking denim option (generally the most flattering would be on your bottom half) and a thicker denim to contrast.
- Add some rips and tears. Distressed denim is currently in style and goes with this look perfectly to help break up the two denims and add dimension.
Another idea that might not initially come to mind when styling denim on denim is that you don’t have to have two blue tones. Denim comes in many other colors including black and white and are great to pair when wearing double denim. Choose black jeans with a denim jacket or a white denim jacket with blue jeans to showcase the denim texture while keeping the colors neutral.
Let’s talk about chambray. It’s that perfect sort-of-kind-of denim material that’s a little lighter in texture than denim but overall, has a very similar look. A chambray shirt and jeans is a very easy way to successfully accomplish the denim on denim look with pieces you probably already have in your closet.
Finally, if you think you are a pro at styling denim on denim and really want to try something that can be harder to pull off. Try styling two denim washes that are similar. Aim to have the washes fade into one another if possible and remember the tips and tricks about textures and distressing.
Double denim can be intimidating but it most certainly can be pulled off if you pair your pieces correctly. So next time you want to try something new, pull out your jean jacket and a pair of jeans and confidently show the world all about your favorite fabric: denim.