I must confess, denim on denim has always scared me a little bit. It always just seemed kind of, well, uncreative! But if you’ve been hanging around here for any time at all, you know I’m all about breaking out of your comfort zone and trying new things in the empty nest season of life. Although it can feel awkward at first, we’ve just got to keep pushing ourselves — stretching, learning, and growing — to stay engaged and excited about life! (Not to mention it keeps us interesting to our husbands, parents, friends, and kids.) Today, I’m talking all about wearing denim, and especially about wearing denim on denim.
Denim is the classic wardrobe staple. It works for every season, on every body shape and size, it’s easy to clean, and it’s available at all price points. When it comes to fashion, denim really is the ultimate neutral. If you’re like me, your closet is full of denim in all shades and styles. I’ve even got a denim jumpsuit I adore! (See it in this post.) But when it comes to wearing denim on denim, things can get tricky. Don’t believe me? Just think back to that good ole’ 2001 Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears denim debacle and consider yourself warned! So what are the “rules” when it comes to double denim?
Denim on Denim Rule #1
Pair different shades of denim together. Like chambray with indigo, for example. Unless you buy an all denim suit (Please, don’t!), If you try to match your colors too closely, you’ll end up looking like you just tried a little too hard.
Denim on Denim Rule #2
Use denim shades to either minimize or maximize specific body parts. Not too fond of your hips? Put the darker shade on the bottom (er, literally!). Want to minimize your bustline? Put it on top. Generally, darker shades of denim create a slimming effect, while a lighter wash would tend to bring attention to the body parts they cover. If you have beautiful blue eyes (I’m jealous!), look for a pretty denim shade to wear by your face.
Denim on Denim Rule #3
Ground your all-denim look with a striking solid, animal print, or snakeskin. If you read my post on the 2018 fall fashion trends, you know that animal prints come back around every fall. If you read my 2018 fall shoe and accessory trends post, you also know that the newest look right now is snakeskin.
In this post, I chose to ground my denim on denim look with another hot trend of the season — white booties. I fell in love with this pair because I loved the ruffle in the back, and because they’re so soft and pliable, making them super comfortable to wear. Unfortunately, my white ones are sold out. (Similar and by the same brand here.) This style does come in a multitude of other colors, though. (I’ve already bought them in black!)
Denim on Denim Rule #4
Skip the denim accessories when you’re already wearing denim on denim. It’s just a little too much of a good thing. (Kind of like the extreme close up in the next photo. Sorry!) Yeahhhhh…
Denim on Denim Rule #5
Dress up your double denim with anything from a luxe accessory like a designer belt (very on point this season!), a luxe handbag, or beautiful faux gemstone earrings like I did. If those don’t appeal, consider a great red lipstick or of-the-moment nail color.
This chambray top incorporates so many hot trends of the season — from the tassel ties to the detailed sleeves (and it’s 30% off right now). What really sold me on it, though? The ruffle hits at just the right spot to camouflage my mid-section! (Yessss!) The jeans I’m wearing are old. I was going to wear my new NYDJ frayed hem jeans, but I didn’t think the denim was dark enough to provide the contrast I wanted between the two blues. My earrings are an example of the asymmetrical trend in jewelry, where your earrings are supposed to coordinate, but not exactly match. (Honestly, I think this trend is pretty weird!) In my pair, the position of the two stones is simply reversed in each, so the asymmetry is hardly noticeable (but I know it’s there, so I feel super cool!)
I hope you have fun weekend plans with the ones you love! Bob’s been out of town all week (Read that: Suzy ate cereal for dinner and took long baths.), so he and I will probably regroup, grab a date night or two and watch tons of college football. Dontcha love fall?
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Photos by Megan Weaver.