Something about the double-denim trend—often referred to as a Canadian tuxedo—goes against everything you’ve been taught on fashion about putting together outfit. So while yes, you know denim on denim is having a moment right now in all fashion magazines, putting the look together can seem a bit intimidating. Here are some tips to put together a denim on denim outfit.
Play with colors if you’re a total beginner: Before delving into 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. It’s almost impossible to go wrong this way.
Another option is to make sure that the denim washes are different shades of blue. If you choose to wear a light blue denim shirt, opt for a darker shade of blue in your denim skirt, shorts or jeans and vice versa. Don’t wear a denim outfit that’s all the same weight or wash as you don’t want to look too matchy matchy.
Quality matters: Anything tacky must go out the door! Keep your pieces tasteful and classy. It’s especially hard when it comes to such a casual-like cotton textile, hence why purchasing the right products is so important. If a piece has a heavy concentration of style lines, then the pairing piece shouldn’t be one that is equally structured. Or if a piece has studs placed on it, then you probably shouldn’t match it with a piece that’s covered in buttons. Simplicity does the job.
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. For many women this means that dark denim jeans, and a lighter denim top or jacket is the most flattering way to go.
Dress up your double denim: Following up with the prohibited head-to-toe approach, it’s evident that a non-denim piece in your outfit is needed. This could be anything from your undershirt, to your shoes, to your jacket, or to your accessories. It adds versatility, contrast, and interest to your overall appearance.
Don’t be afraid to elevate your outfit with luxe-looking items including statement heels, a tuxedo blazer, or a fabulous red lip. Even neutral-colored accessories can contribute to a chic, sophisticated look. A brown leather belt and tan wedge sandals are great items to pair with a denim on denim look.
Don’t make the mistake of looking to movies for inspiration. When some people think of denim on denim, images of cowboys likely come to mind, and that’s not 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
Also, keep the jeans confined to your clothing and just say no to denim shoes, a denim hat, a denim, handbag, or any other accessory.