How to Wear Denim on Denim

Gone are the days of thinking the denim on denim look was “too country” or even immediately falling to the old nickname of the Canadian tuxedo. This look is classically trendy right now, and one that you should absolutely throw into your rotation. Everyone loves a well fitting pair of jeans, myself included! Chambray (a plain weave fabric) button downs should be a staple in your coredrobe.

Like the classic white tee and well fitting pair of jeans, the denim on denim style is one of those easy looks you can pull together – as long as you follow these five simple rules.

Don't Wear the Same Hue of Denim Together

Not paying attention to this rule will drive you directly into Canadian tuxedo territory. This rule is an essential one to learn, and the absolute key to mastering the denim on denim outfit.

Play with Proportions

If you’d like to accent a specific part of your body, go with a lighter wash, and a darker to be more forgiving to hide other aspects of your figure.

Don’t Be Afraid of Accessories

The key to dressing up denim is always to layer on accessories like necklaces or bracelets. A statement-making necklace can take a chambray shirt from casual to worthy of a night out with the girls.

Layer Your Look

I love, love, love the idea of making the denim on denim look feel slightly cozy or even preppy. Start with a striped long sleeved shirt underneath your top for an added pop. Or for colder months, a deep aubergine long sleeved shirt plays well with the denim hues. Top the denim on denim with a bold pea-coat.

Dress Up Your Denim

If you’re opting to wear denim on denim out for a dinner, or for cocktails, add a well-fitted blazer to the look to up the formality. Or cuff your jeans like an editor, and throw on a pair of pumps in a bright color.