H and M chambray shirt, Embroidered denim shorts c/o Dorothy Perkins, Oasis round sunglasses (sample), Rebecca Minkoff Carson satchel (last seen here) and Zodiac necklace (similar here), Madison Harding Suzie sandals (on sale here). Shot by Isaac Lacey.
There's a reason why denim on denim has topped the trend lists for the past decade; when done right, you're left with an easy-going casual look that epitomizes effortless style. During winter I love a great denim shirt tucked into jeans, and for NYC's humid, blazing summers I've invested in a few sleeveless denim blouses to keep things going year-round. Below are a few of my tips for making the denim on denim trend work for you so you don't wind up looking like Britney and JT circa 2001. How do you feel about the double denim trend?
My Tricks for Wearing Denim on Denim• Color Contrast: Make sure the wash of the denim pieces you wear contrast with each other so you're not left looking like you're rocking a Canadian tux. For example, dark denim bottoms look great when paired with lighter denim tops or chambray shirts, and vice versa.
• Play up the Details: Add an individual touch to your outfit by finding pieces with fun accents that make them stand out. Distressed or embroidered denim (like my shorts above) make your look pop without taking things over-the-top.
• Think Out of the Color Box: Denim on denim doesn't necessarily mean blue on blue! Experiment with different color combos and find the ones you like best. I love a crisp pair of white jeans with a dark denim shirt, or incorporating rich denim hues like army green and burgundy once Fall hits.
• Go Beyond the Jean: From denim skirts and overalls, to dresses and rompers, there are so many ways to rock this look beyond your basic jeans and cutoffs. For example, try wrapping a denim shirt around a denim dress for a subtle double denim outfit that's equal parts cool and casual.