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Should You Wear Double Denim? Yay or Nay?

Rita Ora Wearing a Personalized Pearl-Embellished Denim Outfit with Pearl Jewelry and Accessorie with Pearls Woven into Her Hair

The controversial double denim outfit has already made its way from the 90s to the late 2010s thanks to modern celebrity fashion icons like Rihanna, Gigi Hadid and Margot Robbie.

Whether you like it or not, they have shown us that you can look chic and trendy in double denim wherever you go without putting much effort into dressing up. But, if you don’t know how to double it up right, you can easily end up on the list of epic fashion disasters.

Rihanna Wearing Her Pearl Embellished Boyfriend Jeans
Rihanna Wearing Her Pearl Embellished Boyfriend Jeans. Image Source: Afro Cosmopolitan

Double Denim: Yay or Nay?

Obviously, both. Just like with any fashion trend or style, there are right ways and wrong ways to wear double denim.

Say ‘YAY’ to Different Denim Shades

Every fashion blogger will tell you that the perfect way to double up denim is to mix and match two different denim tones. According to the unwritten fashion rule, dark tones make your body figure look skinnier, while light tones point it up. This is most likely why so many women like to wear dark denim bottoms with light denim tops.

Selena Gomez and Other Celebrities Wearing Double Denim
Selena Gomez and Other Celebrities Wearing Double Denim. Image Source: In Style

For example, dark skinnies and a bleached denim shirt represent a stylish combo you can experiment with as much as you want. If you want to keep it casual, simply match them with a good pair of sneakers.

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On the other hand, if you need more elegant outfit, just tuck in your shirt, roll up its sleeves and put on some statement pumps. Selena Gomez was spotted wearing a similar look (image above).

Say ‘NAY’ to Double Bleached Denim

As we have already mentioned, matching different denim washes is a key to double denim styling. If you give yourself the stylish freedom to try to mix pieces of clothing made of equally bleached denim, you might end up looking too matchy-matchy.

Bleached Denim Outfit
Bleached Denim Outfit. Image Source: Denim Blog

So, you’d better avoid making this fashion mistake. However, if you do want to double up same denim shade, stick to dark blue or black denim. Not only have darker colors always made clothing more dressy, but dark denim is about to be a fashion trend of upcoming spring.

Say ‘YAY’ to Distressed Denim

There’s something special in distressed denim since apparently it never goes out of fashion. Plus, it looks surprisingly well with another denim clothing piece. So, feel free to take an old denim jacket and rip it away.

Check out this distressed denim outfit for the on-to-go woman.
Check out this distressed denim outfit for the on-to-go woman. Image Source: The Bloggerella

Distressed denim is usually part of street style. In order to pull it off, put on a pair of basic jeans, oversized ripped denim jacket and Adidas Superstar shoes. Or, try it vice versa – ripped boyfriend jeans and plain denim jacket. The more distressed and older your denim looks, the cooler your style.

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Say ‘YAY’ to Non-Denim Piece of Clothing

Whether you want to look less monotonous or feel more comfortable in double denim, it’s always a good thing to incorporate a third piece of clothing. No matter what style you aim to create, you can play with your wardrobe as much as you wish.

Denim & Leather: Check out this double down look featuring a stylish leather and denim jacket.
Denim & Leather: Check out this double down look featuring a stylish leather and denim jacket. Image Source: Pinterest

Try wearing patterned or bright colored tops beneath your denim jacket if you want to go for casual. Or, go for an edgy look with a black leather jacket and ankle boots. On the other hand, if you prefer a girly look, incorporate a white button up and chic flat sandals in vivid colors into your double denim outfit.

Say ‘NAY’ to Denim Accessories

The definition of the accessory, according to Oxford Dictionary, is “a thing that you can wear or carry that matches your clothes, for example a belt or a bag.” This doesn’t have to mean that it accessories have to match completely.

Gweb Stephani Wearing Denim from Head to Toe
Gweb Stephani Wearing Denim from Head to Toe. Image Source: Pinterest

 

Double denim can look good, of course, but the same cannot be said for triple denim. So, if you don’t want to ruin your double denim look, stay away from:

  • Denim hats
  • Denim sneakers
  • Denim shoes
  • Denim belts
  • Denim bags
  • Denim scarves
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Otherwise, you’ll make a terrible fashion mistake, just like Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake did in 2001 at the American Music Awards. Their couple denim outfit is still laughed about to this day.

Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake made a fashion faux pas when they appeared in public as the Double Denim Couple.
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake made a fashion faux pas when they appeared in public as the Double Denim Couple. Image Source: E Online

Say ‘YAY’ to Dazzling Jewelry & Denim

Yes, it’s possible to take your denim look to a completely new level – glamour. All you have to do is incorporate a pair of statement high heel shoes, elegant purse and dazzling jewelry.

Check out this doubled down denim look accessorized with a pearl statement piece necklace.
Check out this doubled down denim look accessorized with a pearl statement piece necklace. Image Source: Pinterest

For instance, imagine yourself wearing an oversized denim jacket, statement high heels and gold and pearl bracelets. Looking good right?

More Tips for Doubling Down on Denim

Also, remember the look we have already mentioned above – dark skinnies and bleached denim shirt? Give it a try together with pointed toe Louboutin’s and a pair of pearl earrings. This will elevate your double denim look and you’ll be ready for a date night!

Rita Ora Wearing a Personalized Pearl-Embellished Denim Outfit with Pearl Jewelry and Accessories
Rita Ora Wearing a Personalized Pearl-Embellished Denim Jacket with Pearl Jewelry and Accessories. Photo Credit: @RitaOra Instagram

Even though doubling down on denim has always been a debated topic among fashion experts, it has undoubtedly found its place in the modern fashion world. Since it comes in various cuts and shades nowadays, it’s easier to mix and match this versatile fabric more than ever.

But, there’s a limitation to everything. An almost stylish look can be easily spoiled. Therefore, be careful with double denim experiments.

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Helen Bradford

Helen Bradford

The Pearl Source Guest Blogger at TPS
Helen Bradford is a journalism and fashion enthusiast who always seeks new ideas to write about. She enjoys blogging about fashion, design and style trends for women. Helen is a guest blogger for the Pearls of Wisdom blog at The Pearl Source. When she's not writing, she spends her spare time being active through fitness and traveling.
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