How to Style Denim on Denim

8.1.23

Denim on denim, also known as the "Canadian tuxedo" or "double denim", is as classic as it comes. But to style it well is easier said than done. It's hard to know what shades to wear together, which proportions pair well with each other and what the general style rules are. We're breaking down 13 of the latest and greatest ways to style your denim jackets, jeans, and shirts (not to mention accessories!). Follow our style guide below for outfit ideas, how to create your own denim-on-denim look, and shop all the pieces.

1. Borrowed from the Boys:

This look is all about the oversized denim shirt or shirt jacket with your favorite relaxed jeans so it looks like you just shopped your boyfriend's closet. Wear the shirt alone or as a layering piece with a white tank underneath for a casual vibe.

Photo @hoskelena

Shop the look: Shirt: Denim Oversized Cargo Shirt Jacket, Madewell Jeans: Low-Slung Straight Jeans, Madewelll

2. Chic & Sweet:

For a great alternative to classic denim jeans and shirts, pair a feminine denim top with a denim midi skirt. It's a perfect way to wear a double denim look with a more dressed up look.

Photo @zara

Shop the look: Top: Denim Blouse with Bow, Zara Skirt: Denim Cape Skirt, Zara

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3. Date Night Look

This corset top is a versatile piece that when paired with pleated jeans creates such a stylish look. If jeans were to become dress pants, these would be it. Styled with a black belt and heels, you'll be sure to turn heads no matter what the dress code is. Throw a leather jacket over this look in the fall to continue wearing it in the colder months.

Photo by Phil Oh

Shop the look: Denim Corset: Sasha Seamed Denim Corset, Ronny Kobo Pleated Jeans: The Edgar Trouser Jeans, Goldsign Lorenza Palazzo Pants, L'Agence

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4. Mixed Shades

One wardrobe staple in everyone's closet is a light wash denim or chambray shirt. If it never ventures out of your closet, it's probably because you're not sure how to style it. Look no further than Andi Singer (pictured here) and the way she pairs such classic pieces in different shades of denim together to create a nice contrast. Her slim, dark jeans and light denim button-down shirt look so polished and pulled together. Plus, it's an easy outfit formula to replicate on your own.

Photo @andicsinger

Shop the look: Light Wash Denim Shirt: Max Light Denim Shirt, Sezanne Barry Shirt, Frank and Eileen Printed Denim Silk Button-Down Shirt, Bottega Veneta Dark Wash Jeans: Brut Sexy, Sezanne

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5. Vintage Style

This image of Parisian influencer Leia Sfez is everything. Although this look is as American as it gets (ahem, Levi Strauss), she styles it in such a French way. To channel your inner French "It Girl", pair straight vintage washed jeans and a classic denim jacket with a fitted tee underneath. This jacket is a timeless style you need in your closet if one doesn't exist there already. And the jeans are a classic. No matter the season or fashion trend, a perfect vintage wash is always a good option.

Photo @leiasfez

Shop the look: Jacket: 90's Trucker Jacket, Levi's Jeans: Gavin Jeans, Anine Bing Slim Tee: Cotton Jersey T-Shirt, Skims

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6. Street Style Cool

Sarah Harris pairs elongating denim cargo pants with an oversized shirt jacket for an ultra cool street style look. We love the tension of the sexy heels with the more masculine vibe to pull this overall look together.

Photo @sarahharris

Shop the look: Denim Shirt: Beck Cotton Denim Shirt Jacket, Agolde Cargo Jeans: Harper High Rise Slim Cargo, Grlfrnd The '90s Straight Cargo Jean, Madewell

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7. Casual Work Vibe

This denim blazer over a white t-shirt with loose fit jeans is such an effortless way to wear two denim pieces together. The denim blazer is a great addition to your wardrobe as this piece can also pair back to so many other outfits. For example, try it with white denim, over a maxi dress, or with a mini dress/ skirt.

Photo @handinfire

Shop the look: Blazer: Maxwell Blazer, Staud Jeans: Ayla Baggy Cuffed Crop Jeans

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8. Head to Toe - Accessories Included

Go all the way by pairing not only an oversized denim jacket and jeans together but add your favorite denim accessories. This laid-back look is such a great way to style all of your favorite denim pieces together at once! Sometimes, more is more!

Photo @pernilleteisbaek

Shop the look: Jacket: Adam Oversized Denim Jacket, Nili Lotan Jeans: Taylor Jean, Nili Lotan Bag: 2023 Denim 22 Backpack, Chanel Small Denim Gabrielle Hobo, Chanel Mini Cloud Clutch, Mansur Gavriel Ballet Flats: Printed Denim Ballet Flats, Chanel Logo Chain Link Denim Flats, Chanel Denim Espadrilles, Chanel

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9. Best of the Crop

Dare to bare a bit of midriff with a cropped denim jacket and high waisted jeans. While the cropped length is a current trend, you can always throw a tank top underneath if you like a little more coverage!

Photo @andicsinger

Shop the look: Jacket: Cybil Cropped Denim Jacket, Citizens of Humanity Jeans: Danielle High Rise Straight Leg Jeans, Khaite Bag: Bobby 18, Boyy

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10. All-in-One

If you're looking for an easy casual look for everyday wear, look no further than the denim jumpsuit. This one by Isabel Marant can be dressed up with boots or a pair of heels and dressed down with sneakers. It works for any body type and it's versatility makes it a great option to pack for a trip as well.

Photo @isabelmarant Fall 23 Collection

Shop the look: Jumpsuit: Kimea Denim Jumpsuit, Isabel Marant

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11. Cleaned Up

Pairing a clean, tailored pair of jeans with a matching short sleeve denim shirt makes for a sleek look and taps into the matching set trend. This look is a bit dressier so it's more work and event appropriate. And this Cos set designed to go together is a foolproof way to wear matching pieces. Sets are always so versatile as you can pair them together or break them apart to style in many different ways.

Photo @cos

Shop the look: Shirt: Cropped Denim Shirt, Cos Jeans: Straight Leg Denim Pants, Cos

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12. Dark Denim

Pairing dark wash denim together is one of the easiest ways to transition the denim on denim look into fall. It's clean, classic, and pairs with any accessories you are loving at the moment. We love how casual this look is with a plain white t-shirt, a pair of white sneakers, and baseball cap.

Photo @pinterest

Shop the look: Jacket: Rinse Denim Fitted Blazer, Ganni Jeans: Rinse Denim Angi Jeans, Ganni White tee: Silk Blend T-Shirt, H&M

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13. White Out

White jeans can be worn year round with a simple swap of accessories and so can an All-In-One, aka a jumpsuit! (Forget the post-Labor day faux pas - white denim can be worn any time of the year.) For summer, try a monochromatic look with white sandals and for the rest of the year, swap your open toes for black boots or heels like Cara Daur does here. If you don't live in warmer climates, you can always add an extra layer underneath with a light weight sweater or top it off with a cozy jacket.

Photo @caradaur

Shop the look: Jumpsuit: Amel Jumpsuit, Citizens of Humanity

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