While it’s completely too cold to wear these denim on denim looks in NYC at the moment, we can dream and prep for a bit milder fare – can’t we?

denim jacket and denim jeans

Known as the “Canadian tuxedo,” denim on denim is a fashion-forward look that references the 80s in an often over-sized, and updated way. An ensemble of infinite possibilities, double denim can be done dark on dark, light with light, or a mix of both. When composed in a slouchy, over scaled way, like with the denim jacket in the above image, the look suggests a “boyfriend,” borrowed-from-the-guys, or a my-beau-just-offered-me-his-jacket aesthetic that is modern and playful.

dark denim shirt and white jeans

The trick to the denim on denim looks seems to be to either wear one hue from head-to-toe, or to aim for contrast, as shown above. While a white shirt with dark denim is a classic go-to, the reverse of white denim with a dark denim shirt is an unexpected style twist.

denim shirt and denim shorts

Fringed, cut-off hemlines, distressed finishing, and pocket details add additional interest to make pieces stand out.

dark denim shirt and dark denim skirt

Cropped tops, rolled sleeves, and a high-waist, all as shown in the image above, are a few more denim details to throw into the mix. I love this look and finally purchased a denim shirt a few weeks ago to wear with my faded as well as dark skinny jeans. Here are some more “shop the look” ideas and pieces to parlay into your own wardrobe.

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Author: Sarah Sarna

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