Easy tips on how to pull off the ‘Denim on Denim’ trend

Denim is one of the world’s oldest fabrics, yet it remains eternally young

Tala Khaddam

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Being a 90s child, my denims are everything. And I’m sure every single one of you has several pieces scattered in your wardrobe.

Denim is one of the world’s oldest fabrics, yet it remains eternally young. Initially jeans were sturdy trousers worn by factory workers, but boy have we come a long way since then.

Denim has become a blank canvas for trends, a timeless staple… better yet, a fashion favorite. It’s safe to say that denim is going nowhere.

Devotion for denim

The reason behind my love and devotion for denim would probably be all the hours spent watching reruns of Beverly Hills 90210. But like any classic, good denim is hard to find. Personally I like my denims to have a story behind them, the older the better. That’s why you would often see me lurking around vintage boutiques. And luckily for me, junk shop clothes have become the new chic so I don’t have any trouble finding myself a pair of good old blues.

However there’s something about the double-denim trend, also known as the "Canadian tuxedo" that goes against every fashion rule we know. So while yes, denim on denim is having a come back right now, putting the look together might seem a bit intimidating.

Do’s and Don’ts

With that in mind, let’s break down the Do’s and Don’ts of denim on denim:

Do play with denim shades to flatter or hide different parts of your figure as you see fit. Just like face contouring, lighter colors draw attention while darker colors create a slimming effect. For ladies looking for this, I suggest you stick to dark denim jeans, and a lighter denim top or jacket.

Don’t go too tight! That actually doesn’t only apply to jeans. The number one rule in having a home run outfit is BREATHING! So girls, leave the tight grip for your stuffed grape leaves and, to quote Frankie: “relax”.

Do distress! There’s just something about distressed denim that we all seem to love! It simply lends itself well to the denim on denim look, giving us that slight roar we all look for. So don’t be afraid to rip it off.

Don’t accessories with denim. That means no denim shoes, no denim hats and certainly no denim bangles! You might get away with a denim bag… but that’s it.

Do dress up while wearing denim. Elevate your outfit with a pair of Manolos, a shoulder pad blazer or even a fabulous red lip.

Don’t even think about looking for Western-style inspiration. I do admit that denim might remind us of cowboys but that doesn’t mean we should go all yee-haw! on our look. Cowboy boots, cowboy hats, bolo ties and Western belts are of course out of question. Unless it’s Halloween and we’re going as Indiana Jones.

Do play around with colors if you’re a total beginner. Before diving into the blue, start out by putting together different shades of denim, such as black jeans and a chambray shirt or blue jeans and a white jacket.

Don’t ever wear denim with crystals. Unfortunately that’s something I come across quite often and it ain’t a pretty sight folks! The key to success in pulling off a denim day is keeping it simple. Remember you’re going for the Calvin Klein Brooke Shields look and not the Dollywood Dolly Parton one.

Do stack up on denim jackets. From grungy biker to boho hippy; washed out to midnight blue; edgy or sporty… There are just endless styles and possibilities of denim jacket. You can never go wrong with them. So break that piggy money bank and shop away.

Finally don’t ever pull off a Britney Spears/Justin Timberlake. When in doubt, just remember this iconic fashion faux pas of when Speaberlake decided to have a denim date and go as Tootsie Rolls. Now that my friends, is as wrong as denim can go. But on the other hand, I wouldn't mind a man that would wear jean on jean on jean with me. Isn’t that the kind of love we’re all looking for?