The denim trend could not have been more evident to me than the day Michelle [from Teach in Fashion] and I spent shopping on Bloor Street, and we could not escape denim, and I was not mad about it. I think we came home with 4 denim pieces between the 2 of us, and I had my eye on even more. Adding multiple denim pieces in one look can be daunting; I have seen it done oh, so wrong, but when it is done right it can be superb. I remember first being aware of it in an episode of Dawson’s Creek, where Joey was wearing an ill-fitting denim jacket, with a different wash of jeans; I remember it looked… off. Ever since, I have been haunted by that sight when trying to create my looks. “Will this combo make me look like Joey Potter’s fashion misstep?” So instead I set out to find what the looks that work have in common, as well as the ones that don’t work. After all this, I thought I would share what I found with you.
Here are some tricks to creating the perfect denim-on-denim look:
1. Start With Different Colours of Denim
Mixing and matching subtle hues of blue is a difficult challenge to begin with. When you are just starting out, you can gain confidence in your abilities in styling denim by wearing a black jean jacket with a medium wash jean. Or trying a chambray top with a dark wash denim skirt. Once you have tackled this, it is time to move into the hard stuff.
2. Mix Up Washes and Weights
Don’t wear a pair of jeans with the same weight and wash of your denim jacket. Try pairing a lighter wash on top, with a darker wash on the bottom, or vice versa. The light weight of chambray combined with a heavier jean, gives a look the perfect dimension. As well, sometimes even the most subtle wash difference can make all the difference, you don’t want to look like you are headed to the rodeo.
3. Be Mindful of Accessories
When selecting accessories, make sure to stay away from anything too western or cowboy. Try pairing your denim ensemble with more glam or elegant pieces, like a statement necklace or bangles, and pick a bag with a pop of colour. The easiest way to dress up a full denim look is with a pair of pumps, however avoid anything resembling cowboy boots, scarves, and western-inspired belts.
4. Finding Your Fit
You also want to play with silhouettes. You want to pick volume to either be on the top or bottom, not both. When wearing an oversized medium wash denim top, wear a pair dark wash skinnies. Or if you wear a fitted denim crop, style it with a fit-and-flare denim skirt. Have fun and play with different fits and shapes, to find which combo work for you.
5. Mix it Up with Embellishments
Trying denim pieces with some added flair can be just the thing your outfit needs to take it to the next level. Luckily you’re just in time for the embroidered trend, it is easy to find a beautiful pair of embroidered jeans or jacket. Beyond the trends, you can find studded or bedazzled piece of denim to glam up a look.
6. Break up the Denim
Instead of jumping into a look solely made up of denim, try mixing in some classic pieces, like a white tee.
7. Mix in a Print
On the other side, if you add a colourful print the eyes will be drawn to that, changing up the matchy-match of the look.
8. Already Paired
The easiest way to try a denim-on-denim look is to find a piece that incorporated multiple shades of denim in one. Like this dress.
Remember, these are only suggestions, the most important thing is to have fun and be confident in what you wear. Below are some of my favourite denim pieces of the season, which you can have fun pairing with each other, or incorporating into your existing wardrobe.
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[Embroidered Denim Jacket | Sizes: 14-26]
[Denim Dress | Sizes: 14-26]
[Chambray Skirt with Removable Ruffle Straps | Sizes: 14-28]
[Denim Quilted Bag]
[Tie Front Top | Sizes: 14-24]
[Denim Slingbacks | Sizes: 6-12]
[Striped Bow Headband]
[Chambray Top | Sizes: L-4X]
[Ruffle Sleeve Top | Sizes: 1X-3X]
[Embroidered Jeans Sizes: 14-26]