Denim Done Right: 6 Tips To Wear Denim on Denim

Wearing denim on denim

It’s no secret that the ‘90s and early 2000s were all about denim. Just think about your childhood for a moment and remember all those pop stars rocking denim on denim trends on red carpets. From Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake to Victoria and David Beckham, all the couples were twinning with denim outfits.

After years of continuing taunting of this trend, it finally made its way back to style. Thanks to street style influencers you can now wear denim on denim trend without hesitation. 

Denim on Denim: A Fashion Do or Don’t?

The double denim trend is also known in fashion circles as the Canadian tuxedo. Furthermore, women wonder how to pull denim-on-denim look without looking too Western. It is all about styling, choosing the right colors and cuts, and avoiding certain things. 

Even though denim on denim is a tricky trend, it can be completely fashion-forward. It may seem effortless to pull out when you see influencers, bloggers, and other street style stars wearing it. When it comes to you, making this trend fashionable means starting with basics – things you will usually wear and slowly upgrading them.  

6 Style Tips for Denim on Denim if You’re a Beginner

No one said that wearing denim on denim is easy. On the contrary, most women are afraid to try the trend. These tips will help you avoid any fashion faux pas.

1. Play with Shades and Colors

When you style your pieces of denim, make sure to go for two very different, distinguishable shades. Combining white denim jeans and a blue denim shirt is excellent, especially if you are a double-denim beginner.

Dark wash and light wash look great together. If you have dark jeans and a light blue denim jacket, then mixing these two is a great idea.

2. Don’t Wear the Same Shade From Head to Toe

What you certainly don’t want is to spend your morning comparing the shades of different denim pieces you are about to wear. You don’t need to wear the same shade from head to toe. In fact, it is a huge fashion faux pas. 

You need to dress up effortlessly, even while wearing double denim. Looking too matchy-matchy might make you look dull and not trendy.

3. No Denim Accessories

Fashion experts would tell you to skip denim accessories. Even when they seem very appealing and straightforward to style with denim-on-denim outfits, skip them (for now). We all remember when Kim Kardashian wore denim over-the-knee boots, but this doesn’t mean you should add it to your (already) denim outfits. 

If you still want to rock denim accessories, choose a different fabric for your outfit. 

4. Think about the Details

If you want to add a bit of flair to your denim-on-denim outfit, look for pieces with distressed details, fringes, embroidery, or embellishment.

Remember that only one piece of your double denim look should be embellished or distressed. Too many details can appear just over the line. 

5. Elevate Your Look

Denim isn’t only for creating casual outfits. Denim dresses can be fabulous for both day and night events. Depending on their design, they can be sleek and sophisticated.

You can quickly transition from day to night and add high-heeled sandals or go for more denim by mixing things up with denim boots.

6. Pick Shades Wisely

Everybody has a favorite jeans color and wash. However, did you know that some are more flattering to certain body types than others?

As a general rule, lighter shades of denim will draw attention to the part where they cover the body. On the other hand, darker washes create a slimming effect.

Whether you want to hide or enhance, pick the shade of your denim wisely. 

Best Denim on Denim Outfit Combos

Denim Skirt and Denim Shirt

Wearing a white tee and denim skirt
Photo: Instagram/@lolana_look

This outfit is chic, casual, and a real representative of the denim-on-denim trend. Matching denim shirts and skirts makes this combination a winner. Long denim skirts are one of the must-have pieces for spring and summer. If you don’t have a classic or cropped denim jacket, buy one so your capsule wardrobe can be complete.

Denim can be matched with a simple yet timeless beige or white tee and a bodycon blouse. Regarding shoes, slippers with kitten heels are the perfect choice.

Contrasting Denim Top


Making a contrast with denim is a great idea. It won’t only upgrade your daily looks but also draw attention to certain parts of your body. You can choose a dark wash for your denim top and a lighter one for jeans. The bow on the top is taking this outfit to the next level, making it very office-friendly. 

Denim Vest and Jeans

Denim vest on denim jeans
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The denim vest is very ‘90s. It takes some courage to wear it, but you will immediately love it once you try it. Styling it with jeans in a similar wash is great as well as adding more details like a belt and beret. 

You can choose distressed jeans but then choose other details wisely. If one piece is ripped, others should be whole and without unnecessary details. 

Denim Collar and Jeans

Denim Collar and Jeans
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If you are searching for a way to make an interesting denim on a denim outfit, then you should go for a denim collar. A nice and vintage-looking collar is laid over a classic white tee and combined with straight-leg jeans in a darker wash. This is a good demonstration of how powerful accessories can be.

Denim Shirt and Jeans

Denim Shirt and Jeans
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One of the easiest ways to pull out the double denim look is to combine your favorite pair of jeans and a denim shirt. This look is timeless, suitable for every woman, every age, and almost all kinds of events. Choosing different washes for jeans and shirts is a tried-and-true outfit formula.

Denim Skirt and Denim Corset

Denim Skirt and Denim Corset
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The denim skirt plays the main role in this look. However, don’t forget the denim corset too. It looks appealing and very chic. It reminds us of a denim shirt due to its metal buttons at the front. The skirt can have a deeper slit because it is matched with sneakers.

That is how the perfect balance between casual and sexy is achieved.

Black and Blue Denims Mixed

Black and Blue Denims Mixed
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You can combine different colors of denim and still look amazing. Black jeans and a white tee are a tried and tested combo, but you can upgrade it. Wear it with a light-wash denim shirt that has vintage ruffles. It is sleeveless and perfect for daily wear. 

Is This a Trend for You?

If you feel tempted, surely try it.

Whether you have a light-wash denim jacket you don’t know how to style or that pair of jeans you would like to wear more, mix them up. You can have a nice outfit for your daily wear with different denim ensembles and washes.

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