Wearing denim on denim is not a new thing, and neither is a couple’s denim on denim ensemble. Everyone knows about the infamous Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears awards look of the 2001 American Music Awards. It was an iconic red carpet moment! Slightly less famous are the double denim red carpet looks from Katy Perry and Riff Raff at the 2014 Video Music Awards as well as Pharrel Williams and wife, Helen Lasichanh, at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. While some of these celebrities got it so right, others made a mess of this bold fashion look.

If you’re ready to learn how you can take on the denim on denim look with your significant other, read on for some of the top tips.

Figuring Out Your Style

Fashion is always evolving and experimenting, so there’s way more than one type of denim to choose from. Shades that range from dark to light, details like zippers, patches, acid washing, and stylized rips, and even material variations including raw, stretch, and crushed denim make finding your style all the more difficult. Explore some popular men’s denim pants as well as different types of jeans for women to find the perfect match for you as a couple.

Play with Different Denim Colors

man in blue denim button up jacket holding woman in white jacket
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Jumping into head to toe denim can definitely be intimidating. Even if you have a favorite summer denim jacket or a go-to pair of jeans, putting them together can feel weird. The best way to ease into denim on denim is to play with different denim colors. You can find denim in black, white, a range of blues, and much more. Pair tan jeans and an acid-washed coat or white shorts and a blue denim jacket.

You should also consider your partner’s outfit before getting dressed, so you don’t end up too matchy. There’s nothing cute about head to toe acid-washed denim, so two people in the same shades of denim is a real horror show.

Avoid Denim Accessories

There’s no need to wear denim EVERYTHING. While there are plenty of designer labels that create denim purses, shoes, and hairpieces, they shouldn’t be part of your outfit. Your accessories should serve as a foil to all that denim you’re already wearing. Consider shoes, belts, and more in complementary materials and colors like brown leather or burgundy velvet. There are tons of bold matching shoe options that can take your outfit to the next level without overwhelming people with denim. Save your denim accessories for days that you’re not wearing jeans.

Choose the Right Shade

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Learning how to wear denim based on the cut and shade is an important part of the process. You can wear whatever you want, but there are general rules that will help guide you in the right direction. Usually, lighter shades draw attention, while darker washes tend to create a slimming effect. Most people choose to wear darker hues on the bottom and lighter hues on top. 

Your boo might look great in a light wash chambray shirt with high-waisted black skinnies while you rock a white denim jacket with deep blue distressed jeans and white leather kicks.

Don’t Match Wash & Weight

No, this isn’t washed like men’s hygiene. Wash in denim refers to the finish that gives a piece its specific color and texture. The wash and weight tie directly into the shade of denim you choose to wear, and wearing matching pieces like that is a big no-no. You can go for big, obvious contrasts in color to ensure an outfit looks effortless, or opt to pair stretch fabrics with traditional denim to mix and match weights.

Women’s pants, especially, have a lot of versatility in weights, going so far as to have access to jegging styles that blend leggings and jeans into one garment. 

Dress Up Your Denim

man in gray dress shirt and blue denim jeans standing on gray concrete
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Who says denim has to be casual? Don’t be afraid to elevate your denim look with luxe elements like statement heels or trendy loafers. A woman can change her look from day to night with the addition of a big, red lip and some stilettos, while men can create a similarly chic vibe with a matching leather belt and shoe combo. Want to go even more formal? Look for finely woven denim blazers and vests to preserve your denim statement in more dignified cuts.

Break It Up with Details

There are many ways to break up double denim looks. Some people like to do it with accessories, but you can also do it with details on the denim itself. One popular detail is distressed denim that introduces varying shades and carefully placed rips throughout the fabric. You can also find denim pieces that are artistically patched at the knees and elbows in alternative materials. Even subtle zippers, studs, pockets, and buttons can completely transform your ensemble.

Denim It Up!

Have these tips given you some great ideas on wearing a double denim outfit with your significant other? Try out some of these tips to discover new styles and pairings you might never have thought of before!

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