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How to Style Denim on Denim

Much like the “no white after Labor Day” rule, wearing denim on denim used to be considered a fashion no-no. These days, though, everyone from
celebrities to street style tastemakers are taking the early ´00s trend and making it their own. Also known as a Canadian tuxedo (which usually refers
to wearing a denim top or jacket with denim bottoms), this style can be intimidating, we know. That’s why we’ve thrown together some tips and tricks
for putting together head-to-toe denim outfits below.

Is it OK to wear double denim?

Womens Denim on Denim Looks

“A denim-on-denim look is always a good
idea. It’s so easy to throw together, but
still looks cool at the same time. Not to
mention, you can pair any color
accessory with it!”


—@rem0nia, Express Creator


In other words, yes! But it’s all about how you do it.
Whether it’s balancing an oversized denim shirt with jeans
or dressing up the look with heels and a sleek shoulder
bag, perfecting the art of double-denim dressing comes
down to the details.


Does a Canadian tuxedo have to be blue?

Not at all! In fact, pairing different shades of denim (like
white or black) with your true blues is a can’t-fail way to
dip your toe into the trend.



“Don’t be afraid to mix washes and try elevated pieces in new silhouettes.”


—Ashley R., Express Designer

Womens Denim on Denim Looks

How can I style denim on denim for everyday?

Womens Maxi Denim Skirt

1. Have a maxi moment.

There’s something effortlessly chic about a front-slit
denim maxi skirt, especially when paired with a
ribbed tank and cropped denim jacket. Finish the ’fit
with dainty jewelry and platform sandals or boots.

Womens Denim Boyfriend Portofino Shirt

2. Dare to bare.

Denim dressing can look even cooler when you
(strategically) show a little skin. For an everyday look
that feels very now, pair a denim button-up shirt with
relaxed or wide leg jeans. The key here is to just
button at the middle of the shirt, and feel free to add
layered necklaces. You can also pair your favorite
light wash jeans with a cropped vest, and then top
the whole thing off with an oversized denim jacket.

Womens Denim Jumpsuit

3. Try a jumpsuit.

“What better way to follow the trend than with a
jumpsuit! I love the denim corset detail and the pleating
throughout the top of the pants, it hugs in all the right
places but is still breathable. If you’re a statement
maker, this is for you." 

—@lovefashionfriends, Express Creator

Womens Denim Corset

4. Make way for the corset.

Romantic yet edgy, this figure-enhancing style is
trending in a major way. Try pairing our cropped
denim corset top with flare jeans in a matching shade
to emulate those carefree ´70s vibes. Or, go all-out
with triple denim—just add a relaxed denim blazer to
the mix.

Womens Denim Top

5. Be detail-oriented.

Just like a G&T, denim-on-denim dressing is even better
with a twist. Puff sleeves, distressing, patch pockets,
corset waists—take your pick, and in effect, take your
outfit to a whole new sartorial level.