14 Tips To Wear Denim On Denim And Look Amazing

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It’s no secret that the ‘90s and early 2000s were all about denim. Just think for a moment about 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 without hesitation. 

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

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The double denim trend is also known in fashion circles as the Canadian tuxedo. Women wonder how to pull this look without looking too Western. Eventually, 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 up.

1. Play with Shades and Colors

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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. Mixing these two is a great idea if you have dark jeans and a light blue denim jacket.

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

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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

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Fashion experts would tell you to skip denim accessories. Even when they seem very appealing and straightforward to style with denim-on-denim outfits, ignore 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

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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

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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

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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. 

7. Experiment with Various Denim Fits

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Try combining different denim fits to create a dynamic and stylish look.

Pairing a fitted denim shirt with loose, boyfriend jeans or vice versa can add visual interest and balance to your outfit. Don’t be afraid to mix and match different styles to find what works best for you.

8. Keep Your Denim Look Simple and Classic

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A straightforward denim outfit can be effortlessly chic.

Remember, well-fitting jeans and a classic denim jacket will always stay in style. Simplicity often makes a stronger statement than overcomplicating your outfit.

9. Ensure Your Denim Pieces Are Well-Tailored

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Proper fit is crucial for a polished appearance. Ensure your denim pieces are tailored to suit your body shape, as ill-fitting denim can look sloppy. Tailored denim enhances your silhouette and ensures you look put-together.

10. Balance Oversized and Fitted Denim Pieces

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An exception to well-fitted denim is if you purposely choose to wear oversized pieces.

You can create a balanced look by adding fitted and oversized denim pieces. For instance, wear an oversized denim jacket with skinny jeans to create a flattering contrast. This approach prevents your outfit from looking too bulky or too tight.

11. Use Belts to Define Your Waist

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A stylish belt can add structure to your double-denim outfit. It visually breaks up the denim and helps define your waist, creating a flattering silhouette.

12. Think about Unique Prints and Embellishments

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Add some pieces with unique prints, embroidery, or embellishments. This adds a touch of individuality to your outfit. Such details make your denim stand out. Just don’t overdo it.

13. Pair Double Denim with Stylish Footwear

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No secret that the right shoes can elevate your double-denim look. Choose purposely. Choose footwear that complements your outfit, whether chic low heels, white sneakers, or some booties.

14. Add Some Layers to Your Outfit

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Layering can add a bit of complexity to your denim ensemble. Consider adding a simple tee under a denim jacket or a cozy sweater over a chambray shirt. Layers are very practical, and they also enrich the overall style.

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