From high-fashion jean jackets to chambray shirts and classic jean skirts, stepping into our favorite denim pieces is the ultimate go-to look that blends comfort and style. This season, we’re all about layering these staples to create fun and elevated denim-on-denim looks.
Often called the “Canadian tuxedo,” this denim-on-denim look first made headlines in 1951. Singer Bing Crosby was denied access to a Vancouver hotel when he arrived straight from a hunting excursion dressed in head-to-toe denim. Designers at Levi Strauss & Co. heard about the incident and set about designing a full-on denim tuxedo complete with copper rivets. There was even a message on the double-breasted jacket’s patch: “Notice to All Hotel Men: a perfectly appropriate fabric and anyone wearing it should be allowed entrance into the finest hotels.”
Thankfully, the times have changed and now everyone is wearing this durable, comfortable fabric. Try and elevate your personal style by pairing your most-reliable closet staples.
The easiest way to nail this look is to start with a pair of slim, dark wash jeans and add your favorite chambray shirt. Keep in mind that this blend of basics will benefit from some intentional styling. French tuck your shirt, roll up the sleeves, or step into a pair of kitten heels to make the look your own. You can also upscale a double denim outfit by adding a classic, black blazer. Or, break up the head-to-toe look by wearing a patterned shirt under your jean jacket.
Another way to add personality is to add texture with frayed and well-worn pieces. While distressed jeans may skew too young, consider a pair with a frayed or jagged hem (also called a chewed hem) that crops right at the ankle. Jean jackets with distressed cuffs and collars are an on-trend option that maximizes coverage.
Keep in mind that darker wash denims create a slimming effect, while lighter shades draw attention. For many women a flattering choice will mean pairing a lighter top or jean jacket that brings focus to the face with a pair of dark wash or raw denim jeans or jean skirt.
If a fashion-forward look is more your style, consider playing up color and proportion. Go full-on monochromatic with a top and bottom in a matching shade. Or, venture to a true, design-driven look by oversizing one key piece. Look to fashion models who are wearing the classic, oversizes jean jacket. Or shop wide-leg jeans that are pleated at the waist and cropped to show off a chunky, lug-sole shoe.
To keep your denim-on-denim looks from turning into a mess, steer clear of western accessories. Also avoid matching denim accessories such as embroidered shoes and blue jean handbags. That’s called having too much of a good thing. Also, on the “out” list are denim items frosted with rhinestones and patchwork denim reminiscent of one of fashion’s most notorious red carpet moments.
Elevating your double-denim outfit is as easy as stepping into a great pair of heels or ankle boots. But always remember: the perfect accessory is a fabulous red lip that will keep the look effortlessly on point.
Speaking of fun lip colors, be sure and check out the Prime Woman’s guide to bright lipstick!