Here, treat dressing up like a matching game. Pick two denims pieces that are closest in shade- color and wash bringing into consideration proportions because a wide legged pair of women’s jeans will look great with a trucker jacket which has a slightly narrower fit. Alternatively, you can flip it the other way and go for a retro look of an oversized jacket and a pair of slim fit high waist jeans finishing up the tonal story by layering a button-up shirt in the same hue underneath for an even merrier combo. Amazingly, double denim does not in any way have to be just shades of blue. Black double denim is a great place to start from if you are thinking about trying out your first monochrome look.
If you are not planning to match up with similar hues, then you better mismatch. You can go wild with this choice with denim available in so many different shades. The double denim game gets even more fun once you start playing with the contrast between the tones. Start by sticking within a certain color palette and go as far as you can in the shades. You can play safe by pairing a light indigo shirt and a dark jean pants. But, if you are more of the risk taker, take things the opposite direction and contrast the brighter and lighter tones on the bottom against a darker shirt or trucker jacket.
It is easy to break up the matching denim pieces by introducing a pop of color which you can combine with your double denim game. Whether it is a top and a skirt combo or an easy pair of a jacket and a pair of jeans, layering a neon hoodie or graphic tee underneath will offer visual relief and a bit of fun. Consider using cotton and jersey pieces to add on a casual element to the story and make the final look cozy and cool.
Try triple denim
Triple denim is ironically an easier way to embrace more-is-more denim. The irony here cannot be lost on eagle-eyed fashion lovers for the decree in the style arena is clear: when fearful of a color, texture or pattern, wearing it head-to-toe makes it stylishly simpler – I didn’t make the rules. So while double denim might send you running a mile in the opposite direction, a triple mix might just be the enticement you need to lure yourself into the denim bunk.
The rules of double denim
Rule 1 – don’t wear the same shade top and bottom
Not all denim is created equal because of the differences in shades of even the same color.so wearing the same weight or wash from head to toe is almost always a huge no-no. You don’t want to be too matchy-matchy. If you are going to delve into blue or black from top to bottom, you will need some contrast and ease into the look by pairing different shades together. You wouldn’t want to pass the impression of spending the whole morning comparing jeans until you found a few pieces that matched perfectly.
Rule 2 – broaden your color palette
If blue or black is not your color, don’t fret because that’s not to say you need to dodge the double denim trend. You can adopt some blue sky thinking and ditch blue jeans entirely because bypassing the color most closely associated with double denim lets you wear the trend incognito. Lesser worn shades like grey, red, white, green etc. will stealthily swerve the suggestion that you are wearing double denim at all. Switching up your denim colors is an easy way to embrace denim duets by embracing head to toe bold and unapologetic bursts of colored denim.
Rule 3 – don’t add denim accessories
If you are already wearing denim as an outfit, don’t add jean accessories to the mix, it will be overkill. Keep the jeans only on your outfit and say NO to denim shoes, hat, bags or any other accessory.
Rule 4 – you can use different shades to flatter your body
You can wear whatever wash or shade you like but as a general rule, lighter shades of denim draws attention to the body parts they cover while the darker shades create a slimming effect. It’s time to explore the different options of creating an illusion to suit your body type.
Rule 5 – don’t misuse the distressed details
Something about distressed denim is that it lends itself well for the denim on denim look as it adds a little contrast to the material. Don’t be afraid to rip away but make sure only one of your denim pieces is distressed. Too many rips can be overkill.
Rule 6 – dress up your double denim
Denim doesn’t have to be casual people! Don’t be afraid to elevate your denim outfit with lux-looking elements from statement heels to a stylish clutch to a fabulous makeup. This is a great way to take your double-denim look from day to night. Remember, the key to keeping double denim elevated is by balancing proportions. Choose streamlined, tailored pieces to differentiate between drab and fab.
Rule 7 – if in doubt, use less material
The obvious reason why denim shorts are easier to use in a double D look is that there is literally less material than a full pair of jeans, so the impact is softer. The reduction of a few feet of fabric is effectively comfortable for folks who want to dip a toe into the trend without looking too loud.
Double denim is a timeless classic that won’t be fading off anytime soon. Explore the different options and styling tips to stay stylish and think of the different ways to double up because that will be a denim dream done right!