Ah, the Canadian tuxedo. After decades of relentless taunting, it’s finally made its way back into the trend cycle as a stylish way to wear denim on denim. But how do you pull off double denim without looking (or feeling) like you’re in a western? It’s all in the styling.
If you’re looking to dip your toe in the trend, the most classic iteration of the outfit is a great place to start. Its foundation is the perfect indigo wash, often in the form of rigid, straight-leg jeans. And though the most modern complement to that is a denim jacket or shirt in a matching wash, there aren’t any must-follow fashion rules here. You can take a note from influencer and brand strategist Kellie Brown and pair yours with an oversized light-wash denim jacket, or swap out the jeans for a midi-length skirt and top it off with a denim vest or button-down. You don’t have to go full-denim in the form of jeans and a chambray shirt to nail the look.
To figure out the best double-denim outfit formula for you, start with the item you usually find trickiest to style and use it as your foundation. Once you decide on the star of your outfit—be it a denim bra, à la stylist Mecca James-Williams, or an embroidered denim collar like influencer Molly Blutstein, add in pieces that ground the look like a white tee or a pair of square-toe mules. Ahead, 11 ways to style denim on denim without feeling the least bit costume-like.