How to Wear Double Denim Now

Style Tips for Wearing the Denim on Denim Trend

Double denim — or mixing and matching separate denim pieces in one outfit (also known as "denim on denim") — is a fashion trend that keeps on coming back, season after season. We love denim on denim as a stylish option for looking put together for laid back weekends and casual occasions. You can even style double denim to look chic for more dressed up occasions — a trend that started on the street style blogs and has now migrated into many women's daily wardrobes.  

Wearing denim all-over does take practice, though — there are some tricks which, if ignored, can make you look outdated, or like you just wandered in off the range. To help you avoid that fashion fate, here are our go-to fashion rules (and outfit ideas) for how to wear double denim now to create a modern, street style vibe.

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Foolproof Double Denim Outfit - A Slouchy Silhouette

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Want to look confident and up-to-date in double denim? For an easy, breezy look that telegraphs modern style, try wearing slouchy denim separates together. Play with different fits and fabric washes to put together an outfit that feels like it suits your personal fashion vibe. (Not sure what goes with what? When in doubt, choose a lighter denim shirt to go with a darker wash jean or denim skirt — this foolproof outfit is also great for minimizing a larger lower body). A trendy leather bag and black ankle boots (or basic white sneakers, if your vibe is more sporty) are the perfect accessories for keeping this look in the now.

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Daytime Outfit - Mix Your Denim Washes

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Double denim looks fresh when you mix denim washes. Timur Emek/Getty Images

Head-to-toe denim can look great when you mix up your fabric shades. For a more modern, street style fashion vibe, try combining denim separates in radically different denim washes, such as the combination  of a vintage-inspired, light blue jacket and inky black skinny jeans pictured here. 

For the most figure flattering outfit when you wear double denim, keep in mind that darker washes create a slimming effect, while lighter shades of denim draw attention to the body areas they cover. So if you're curvy below the waist, the most flattering denim on denim ensemble for you will be one that combines lighter denim on top, with a dark wash jean (or other denim separate) on the bottom.

As seen here, pairing an eye-catching, patchwork denim jacket over dark jeans is a trendy and youthful look. Better yet, this look works for just about every body shape, from skinny and petite to curvy and plus sizes.

Learn more about how to look slimmer in jeans.

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Weekend Outfit - Jean Jacket and Denim Mini Skirt

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Cute street style outfit in double denim. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

For a cute, casual look that's great for plenty of weekend occasions, from baseballs games to concerts and parties, layer a cropped denim jacket over your favorite jean skirt. You can wear a jean bomber jacket with a denim mini-skirt for fresh style as pictured here. Or try wearing a classic jean jacket with a distressed denim skirt for a rocker vibe, with a pencil skirt for a more classic look, or choose a long, floor-length denim skirt for a bohemian chic feel. 

Whatever length of skirt you choose, keep your top simple with this casual outfit, in case you do unbutton your jacket at some point. Try a slouchy, solid-colored tee-shirt or tank top. Finish your look with a pair of comfortable flats or ankle boots and one or two simple accessories, such as a cute cap, bangle bracelet or stud earrings. 

Get ideas for how to style a denim mini-skirt to look modern now.

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Casual Date Outfit - Jean Jacket and A-Line Denim Skirt

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Here's another great way to wear a denim jacket with a jean mini-skirt. This flirty, double denim outfit is perfect for a coffee date, meeting the parents, or walking through the park with that someone special. 

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Downtown Look - Boyfriend Jeans and Crop Top

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Street style boyfriend jeans, denim jacket and crop top. Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

Going out with friends? You'll turn heads and look downtown cool when you pair relaxed boyfriend jeans with a sexy crop top, as pictured here. This confident outfit is perfect for layering with denim jacket, for coverage when you're riding the subway or when the temperature dips at night. Add your favorite accessories, such as a great statement necklace, or fierce ankle boots, to make this look your own.

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Chic Daytime Outfit - Chambray Shirt and White Jeans

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Pair a denim shirt with bright white jeans for the office. Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

A denim shirt looks fresh and city-chic when paired with streamlined white jeans. Combine a pair of white jeans (choose from skinny, bootcut or straight leg) with a soft, chambray shirt for an outfit that's current and versatile. You can wear this easy look to look chic for weekend shopping and other outings, or even out on a date.

Dressed up with nice earrings, good shoes and a large, structured leather bag, it also makes a great go-to look for casual Fridays at the office, for those of you whose workplaces have denim-friendly days.

Get more ideas for how to wear skinny jeans to work.

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Weekend Outfit - Streamlined Double Denim

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Look fresh for fall in double denim. Christian Vieirg/Getty Images

If you're all about a streamlined, city-style skinny jeans silhouette, try wearing an outfit of slim-fitting jean separates, in deep indigo or black denim washes. The most important thing to remember for this look is perfect fit, so be sure to choose jeans that hug your curves snugly, for a confident effect that's flattering to any body type. 

Shoes are super-important with this look, too, so wear a pair you love that broadcasts your own, personal style, whether that's sneakers, loafers or tall, sexy leather boots as pictured here.

Get more skinny jeans outfit ideas here.

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Creative Work Outfit - The Structured Denim Suit

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Street style chic in a double denim skirt suit. Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

Surprise with a matchy-matchy double denim outfit in a lady-like shape. A structured, longer denim jacket in a dark wash fabric, worn over a modest denim skirt in a similar shade, will look chic and fashion-forward at the same time. 

This modern double denim outfit is easily dressed up for the office — just add a few key accessories, such as a great bag, high heeled shoes and quality jewelry.

You can also wear this look for teacher meetings, cruising art galleries, or just about any of your daytime outings when you want to look pulled-together, but not like you're trying too hard. If you want to make his outfit look more laid back, wear the jacket open over a basic tank with easy slides or ballet flats.

Get more ideas for wearing a jean jacket.

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Fall Outfit - Chambray Shirt and Straight Leg Jeans

Street style double denim outfit
Fall fashion in double denim. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

When the cooler weather hits, create a simply chic outfit by pairing fall's must-have straight leg jeans with a classic chambray shirt. Add a stylish bag and menswear-inspired brogues or loafers, and you can wear this outfit anywhere from casual jeans days at the office to weekend shopping days and long walks with friends.

For a more dressed-down look, pair this double denim outfit with basic sneakers and an easy backpack for toting your necessities.

This outfit will also look great layered under a sweatshirt, with your shirt collar peeking out, or a boyfriend-style fall coat.