I hate to be the judge of other people's fashion as we all have different tastes and desires, but when it comes to wearing denim on denim I cannot say that I have been the most tolerant. There seems to be a fine line between looking fresh and fabulous and becoming a fashion terrorist with the denim on denim trend.
Ever since one of my well-dressed friends tried denim on denim and I cringed for my dear life, I have been very cautious and doubtful about that trend. I myself have only tried denim on denim only a handful of time. So on this blog I wanted share what I think is the most fault-proof way to rock this style.
Forget about being too original--that can betray you like its no one's business. One of the ways that I think makes this style work is to make it subtle--by that I mean that you are more likely to look not as awesome as you have hoped if your outfit screams denim on denim. That can work too, but then it all comes down to finding the right color of your denim, the fit and design, and so on.
So today I have listed four different outfits where denim on denim can be less of a risky business and more of a fun time. And they all hinge on one idea: Layer the crap out of your outfit. The point is to draw all the attention out of your denim and make it as noticeably subtle as possible.
It is always your best bet to style a lighter shade of denim on top, and the darker one on the bottom. The key to a perfect match is to find denim of the same underlying tone. Some tend to be greener than the other, some bluer, some grayer. Going from dark to light, try to find a pair of jeans and a denim shirt/jacket that matches in tone.
As for layering, the most important tip to remember is to find a coat or a cardigan of some kind that is anything but the exact shade of your denim top/bottom.
And honestly, everything looks better if your top is unbuttoned and you have a simple/cute top underneath to dissipate all the attention that your denims are getting.
Top: H&M / Blazer: Monki / Denim jacket: H&M / Skinny jeans: H&M / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell / Bag: Philip Lim
Here's a very similar outfit to the one above, but the key difference is that the top and the bottom denim match in shade. I am quite honestly far from comfortable walking out in a matching denim top and bottom unless it is a romper, so here's when layering becomes handy. Find a cardigan or a coat, and make sure that the only part of your denim that is showing are your collar and ends of your sleeves. And added bonus: find a pair of heels or a handbag that has a popping color.
Top: Uniqulo / Coat: Bottega Veneta / Jeans: H&M / Shoes: Breckelle / Tote: Givenchy
This is very similar to outfit #2 in that we are matching same shades of denim, but it is more casual and easier to pull off. Instead of a cardigan or a coat, put on your favorite sweater. For this you can match the shades of your denim or not. Just keep the collar and the tips of your sleeves showing, and the rest of your shirt all nicely hidden under that sweater.
Sweater: Marc by Marc Jacobs / Shirt & Jeans: H&M / Boots: Isabel Marant / Bag: Yves Saint Laurent
Denim and lace/sheer fabrics work wonderfully together, and gives a very nice silhouette. Find yourself a lace or sheer oversized dress or a shirtdress that hits right above your mid-thigh. The denim top that you are wearing inside will still be fully visible, but your dress will cover it just enough to put to rest this whole monkey business of finding the right shade of denim.
Dress & Bag: Yves Saint Laurent / Shirt: Zara / Jeans: H&M / Sandals: Isabel Marant
The easiest way to styling denim on denim outfits would be to match anything with a white/black denim, and the hardest way would be to match those with different shades of blue. You can make your denim on denim style look casual, edgy, and boho depending on what you use to cover up those pieces of denim so as to not go too overboard with them.
I hope you find this post helpful, and please share how you like to wear denim on denim as I am more than excited to try out different ways to make this work!