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Fashion Challenge: Rock Double Denim



Wearing double denim is a horrifying concept to many. This is probably for fear of looking too “80s Fabulous” like this:


Or the concept may evoke memories of Britney and Justin’s infamous “Texas Tuxedo” VMA outfits, like this:

Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake in denim outfits

However, put those mental images aside, because wearing denim on denim can look really fashion forward — all it takes is a little creative styling. Double denim is a comfortable, class-appropriate trend to rock, and you probably already own the pieces needed to recreate this look!

Ready to take on the challenge? Read on for tips on how to make this trend work in the real world!

Tips & Tricks for Pulling off Double Denim

  • Use different shades of denim to break up your outfit. Try dark jeans with a light chambray top, or a denim top with black jeans.
  • Try it with accessories. A denim bag or headband with a pair of jeans is an easy way to rock this trend
  • Avoid looking costumey by shying away from anything western. If a costumey look isn’t what you’re after, skip pairing this look with cowboy boots, huge belt buckles, fringe, etc.
  • Pair it with something feminine. A pretty headband, blingy earrings, floral print, and girly shoes will break up the industrial look of double denim.
  • Be careful with 80s styling. Slap bracelets, fingerless gloves, crimped hair, or anything bedazzled can make denim on denim look dated.

Outfit Ideas for Rocking Double Denim

Outfit #1: Chambray Shirt and Jeggings

Double denim outfit - chambray shirt and jeggings

Shirt, Jeggings, Flats, Purse, Headband

An easy way to pull off this look is with a light chambray work shirt and a pair of jeggings, similar to the outfit worn by Alexa Chung (pictured above). Complete this ensemble with simple ballet flats, a printed headband, and a big leathery purse.

Outfit #2: Distressed Jeans and a Vest

Double denim outfit - distressed jeans and a vest

Jeans, Tank, Vest, Wedges, Ring, Necklace

Beat up jeans have been popular for many seasons now, and look so chic paired with a tuxedo-styled dark wash denim vest. Finish with a pair of wedges and a gold necklace and ring.

Outfit #3: Black Jeans and Denim Jacket

Double denim outfit - black jeans and a denim jacket

Jeans, Jacket, Flannel, Shoes, Earrings

We’ve all heard the fashion rule that says you shouldn’t wear a denim jacket with a pair of jeans. But in reality, a denim jacket will look fine with a pair of jeans, as long as they are several shades apart. To break up the denim, wear a boldly printed shirt, like this flannel one, underneath the jacket. Finish with a cute pair of earring and some comfy moccasins.

Rocked the Challenge? Send us Photos!

Did you wear denim on denim this week? Send us a picture of you rocking the trend (see past examples) to fashionchallenge AT Be sure to include your name, school, a description of what you’re wearing, and your blog’s URL if you have one.

We’ll post your pictures here to inspire other CF readers!


Are you going to try this trend, or do you think it’s a major faux pas? How do YOU wear denim on denim? What are your styling tips? What challenges would you like to see in the future? Let us know what you think!

Posted on on October 28, 2010 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , ,

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26 Responses to “Fashion Challenge: Rock Double Denim”

  1. 1
    October 28th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Just sent out my two double denim looks! Black skinnies and a jacket are my favorite!

  2. 2
    October 28th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Double Denim was out last year, but I guess that you can not stop good trends from coming back on top. This is a challenge for me and I will try my best to have at least one killer double denim outfit in my closet.

  3. 3
    October 28th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Nooooo! double denim is awful. This is a cardinal sin.

  4. 4
    October 28th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    My favorite double denim is Vanessa Hudgen’s outfit.

  5. 5
    October 28th, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Love these looks, especially the last one!! Those pieces are things every girl has in her closet but has never thought of putting together! Thanks! Nice job :)

  6. 6
    October 28th, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    that’s the funniest pic of Becks i’ve ever seen. =)

  7. 7
    October 29th, 2010 at 5:52 am

    The outfits you put together look really nice! I wanted to write “why trying hard to make denim on denim look not awful when you can just avoid wearing denim on denim?” But if someone wears it the way your outfits propose, than no problem.

  8. 8
    April 16th, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    This was a very interesting article and I have learned a lot. Thank you for sharing with us.

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