How to Wear Double Denim

Let’s be honest, it’s risky. For decades, double denim or denim on denim has been a trend that has been met with a lot of apprehension by many, but we’re here to tell you that when it’s done right, it looks phenom and we’re here for it.

So, how do you pull it off without looking like your parents have subjected you to it for the annual family photo? Here are a few golden rules to follow to have you dressing like a double (maybe even a triple) threat.

The Golden Rules of Double Denim

Bring up double denim in a room full of fashion is the equivalent of bringing up politics at the dinner table and for good reason. Double denim is an art form. It’s not for the faint of heart. So, let’s lay out a few ground rules to help you rock the drip without spilling all over your friends’ DMs for what not to wear.

Make Sure You’re Throwing Some Shade

If you’re doing the double denim thing, it’s important to remember to keep it shady. Break up the double denim by choosing a light denim top tucked into a darker denim bottom. We are loving this light denim Drop-Sleeve Denim Shirt tucked into dark denim high-waisted jeans or these medium Denim Paperbag Shorts for a casual day look. Pair it with some strappy heels, dangly earrings, and a delicate necklace. This outfit is great for business casual days or heading out with your besties where you’re likely to take a banging photo for the ‘gram.

Double Down in White or Black

Rocking the same color denim top and bottom is a total power move. We love our black High Rise Boyfriend Jeans worn with our black Cropped Denim Jacket. Go for an all-black moody vibe by wearing a black cami underneath your jacket. Step this look up a notch with some black boots, a little graphic eyeliner, and a red lip for a splash of color. It’s the perfect ‘fit for hitting up a concert or dive bar.

Go bold and wear our Denim Bustier Cropped Cami underneath your jacket. With an all-black denim outfit and a dash of light blue denim, people will certainly be thinking you are with the band. Who says you can’t be a triple threat?

Bring a pop of color in with a red crop top under your jacket. For summertime or just an excuse to show your legs, opt for our Raw-Cut Denim Shorts instead of jeans. They’re perfect for picnics in the park or cruising around the city.   

Pull it Off with a Shorter Bottoms and Jacket Combo

For a softer double denim look, pair your denim top with shorts or a skirt. It creates a less dramatic effect than jeans and a jacket and make for the perfect casual day ‘fit. We love our Frayed Denim Mini Skirt worn with a cute white crop top and pulled together with our Smocked Denim Jacket. Add to the aesthetic by throwing on a pair of white sneakers for a casual streetwear vibeor dress it up with some chunky wedges.

Keep it Casual with Joggers and Crop Tops

When you mention denim to most people, they think jeans, jackets, shorts, and skirts. But what about comfy denim joggers? We love our Denim Drawstring Joggers in light or medium washes worn with our Denim Bustier Cropped Cami. Complete the look with some silver hoops and white sneakers to tie it in with the white drawstring. Or glam it up for brunch with black strappy heels and a matching black clutch.

Distressed to Impress

Distressed double denim is definitely a mood. We vote picking a dark distressed bottom with a lighter distressed jacket to make sure you’re being shady. Tuck your favorite vintage graphic tree into our medium Frayed Denim Shorts and thrown on a denim cropped jacket for an effortlessly cool street style.

With so many ways to wear double denim, including some more denim options into your wardrobe is a total necessity. Shop our full selection of denim in store or online at forever21.com.

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