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Denim On Denim

by Jill Manoff

We love denim as much as the next girl, but—for years—it was blue jeans or a jean jacket, one denim piece per look. As far as we were concerned, doubling up was a Canadian tuxedo, a Glamour “Don’t,” a red carpet faux pas (Who can forget Britney and Justin at the 2001 AMAs?)—and we avoided it at all costs. That is, until it became a very big trend and we learned how to wear it right.

Still have your doubts? Wondering what works? Read on. We’ve got three surefire steps to a denim-on-denim “do.”

Denim on Denim

Pair different washes.
The goal is dimension, versus a monochromatic look—so mix it up. It’s easy with colored denim: Pair a bright with a neutral, a jewel tone with a classic blue tone or black with white. Teaming blues, on the other hand, is a bit tricky. To create a good mix, go for high-contrast washes—like a chambray shirt with a pair of dark skinnies.

Pick unexpected pieces.
“Denim on denim” typically calls to mind a pair of jeans with a denim jacket or shirt, but there are countless ways to work the trend this season. Think outside the box! Try a denim shirtdress with a denim handbag, or your favorite jeans with a fitted denim blazer.

Add interest with accessories.
We think of head-to-toe denim as a blank canvas just asking to be accessorized. The best part? Everything goes! We add tan and gold extras when the goal is “classic,” can’t-miss color when we want a trendy look. (Think a bold yellow handbag or neon-bright pumps).