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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Fall Do or Don't: Denim on denim

Denim on denim is having a moment. I keep spotting beautiful women pairing denim shirts with jeans, and they look incredibly chic. Who would have thought?! The trick seems to be wearing the softest chambray shirt you can find, which makes the look feel effortless (versus stiff).

Thoughts? Would you wear this?

P.S. Jordan suggests adding red shoes, which is a cute idea!

(Photos from Stockholm Street Style and The Sartorialist)

146 comments:

13bees said...

meredith melling (top pic) looks good in anything!

Joanna Goddard said...

seriously, she is a stunner.

Erin said...

I am in no way cool enough to pull this look off, unfortunately, unless, like in the second picture, the bottoms are a totally different color!

Robyn said...

love them it-me-not so much! love the party theme though!

The Framed Lady said...

I totally would! I have yet to find a good chambray top though. My boobs are much bigger than a size 0 model. TMI? I should have been invited to that party.

Tess
www.theframedlady.com

Delphine said...

I think the key is *soft* denim - nothing too rigid (read: 80s).

Megan said...

i love how chambray shirts make a great coverup in the warmer months & transition so well into the colder months.

Julie [FerociousOstrich] said...

I don't mind it if the colors are different (like the black and blue denim in the middle) but blue-on-blue just reminds me of Britney and Justin circa 2001: http://www.loblerdelaney.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/37479275.jpg

Eek.

Jennifer King said...

Definitely a do! I love this look. The key is to wear two different shades of denim. Even the top pic really works because the chambray looks so incredibly soft and creates a nice balance against the wide-legger jeans on the bottom.

maticki said...

If u look like one of these girls, then definitely yes!

maticki said...

If u look like one of these girls, then definitely yes!

Tara said...

Fine unless the shirt is done with that trendy half tuck (half in, half out). That bugs me.

Sara said...

Oh, I don't like denim on denim. Cord on cord is a huge style no no for me too. BUT the chambray w/ black jeans looks great ... (I suppose its more of a colour thing then fabric match) ... which is good to see because I have a chambray shirt and have failed to find bottoms to go with it.

Victoria said...

These images make look great but for me it just doesn't work.

Elise said...

Yes! I already do this, and will definitely be continuing into the fall!

J+H @ Beyond The Stoop said...

i agree that the shirt MUST be super floppy.... and "look" effortless and chic, instead of like a middle-aged texas man.

also, your title reminds me of the CHEESIEST joke:

Q: what do mario and luigi like to wear?
A: denimdenimdenim (to the tune of the level 2 music from the original mario brothers game..)

cheeseball joke, i know, but i can't help but laugh!!

cheers :D

Monica Lee said...

This is so funny, my husband and I raise this question all the time-weird, right? He says no, no, no. I say Yes, if it is done right. I even showed him last months Glamour featuring denim or denim. He just doesn't buy it. That raises the next question...who do you dress for? :)

Laura F. said...

This is definitely a trend I picked up on when I was in Paris about a year ago! Those French - ahead of the fashion curve.

sharville said...

I've always heard of denim on denim referred to as a "Texas Tuxedo." Even though I AM from Texas, it's still a no for me.

Allyn said...

I hope it's yes, because I've been doing it! Ha.
I do however have a very soft chambray shirt and I only wear it with dark denim. I think color difference is key.

Bianca said...

I would absolutely wear this look! In fact, I already have that first outfit pinned :)

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

It's a very sloppy look to me. Red shoes might help the feet, but I really don't find this look appealing. Sorry. I love denim. Love chambray as well, but not put together as in these looks.

Anonymous said...

If done well (I.e., top picture) it is great but most of the time I think it is done poorly. I have never been able to do it well. I just end up looking like a not cool middle age frump.

Spencer and Michelle said...

Do! It's also known as the Canadian Tuxedo. :) I love the idea of pairing it with red shoes...I've also seen it paired with a red statement necklace. Very cute.

Nina said...

I think its a lot easier when the denim are totally different shades. And a chambray shirt goes with, literally, everything.

Kelly Rae said...

sometimes... I love the second one the bestest with the dark dark denim jeans. The last one is awesome, too.

salsa said...

We always called it a "jeans tuxedo" and I've always dreamed of having a real tuxedo made out of denim :)

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

The lady in the 1st photo looks divine. And Carolyn Bessette could have pulled it off nicely. Not too many others, I'm thinking.

tiffany. said...

yep! doing it already!

xo.
http://dropsofjupiterBLOG.com

Anonymous said...

I guess the rule is technically if the denim colors don't match, then it's okay. Yes?

But honestly, I think it's all in the attitude of how you wear it. Own the look -- and you'll look smashing :)

Meadow said...

I don't like it... it reminds me of early 90s fashions. Not hot.

The people in the photos are model types and don't even look good. On a 'real' person who doesn't know exactly how to construct the look and who isn't super thin it would look extra weird IMO.

Lindsey said...

This is a 100% DO for me for all seasons! I love denim on denim and definitely don't think you need to limit this look to just the fall season!

A Well Styled Life said...

The trick is to wear very different weights and colors of denim...and also be stunningly gorgeous!

Jessica Hsü said...

I think denim on denim works really well when there is a contrast in color like the black jeans with the chambray shirt in the first photo. White jeans would look great too. But for the second and third photos, I would add a pop of color in the accessories - bag, shoes, etc. The similar denim colors and neutral accessories fall a little flat.

hannah_byrd said...

Yes! I love , love, love denim on denim. It's so chic. If you're nervous to try, wear two very different shades of denim ( like pic #1) , so it's not so "denim tuxedo".

Nomadic D. said...

I would! And in fact, I do all the time! I like to play not just with the textures and weights, but also with the proportions, either a bit oversized button-down with skinny jeans or a more fitted top, half-tucked even, over boyfriend jeans. So easy, so comfy, so cool.

http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

Amber Andrews said...

Style trends change so quickly. I've been seeing a lot of denim on denim over the summer, but I think the trend may die out once Autumn really gets its juices flowing. I'm on the fence about the whole thing. The top pic is the only combination I'd do. I think they only way the whole combination works is if you pick two different color denim (darker wash on the bottoms!)

Bows and Sparrows said...

I'm not a fan of JOJO (the jean on jean offense, as my mister calls it), but chambray and jean may be a different story...especially if the colors aren't too similar.

alissa b said...

thumbs up to it in the fall. thumbs up to year round!

alissa b
http://alissab.us

kati said...

yes!!! so yes. as long as they are not mom jeans and a mom denim jacket or something. it's got to look like it was effortlessly on purpose, not a clueless mistake.

Ms. Morgan said...

I don't mind denim w/ denim if they are two different denims (dark vs light) but when they start getting to similar washes/shades than it's still just too much in my opinion.

Marie said...

I say wear what makes you feel happy. :)

http://www.happypaperplace.com/

Ellie said...

it's a do!! do do do!!!!!!!! the most chic, american, comfortable, and flattering thing that you can wear is denim. why not double it?!

Meagan Murtagh said...

canadian tuxedo at its finest!

Catherine said...

Thinking about it, I wear chambray and denim several times weekly. I saw one reader noticed it seemed sloppy to her. Possibly a style worn by a certain age group (I am 39), though less worn as one gets older. I feel comfortable in denim and comfortable doesn't have to mean sloppy.

Mariclare Cole said...

I love the whole look of the red-haired girl.

Anonymous said...

This trend has been coming around again and again since the 60's. If done right it's great.

Debs said...
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Debs said...

Been doing this for years and haven't stopped. Denim for eva!

laura said...

DO! i love doing this, i'm sort of upset it's caught on though. denim all the way!

Fraser said...

Much better than the denim-on-denim look of the 80s/90s, AKA the Canadian Tuxedo.

Sara said...

that woman in the middle is personifying everything I aspire to in style

Sarah Carlson said...

YES! Do it! I love mixing my gray wash chambray blouse with dark denim, white denim, color denim, etc! It's so great and has a very american vibe!

ashleesanders said...

Totally! Denim is a staple, i don't think it ever goes "out".

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Baltina Hong said...

This has been my go to look for easy breezy weekends here in PNW. American Apparel makes a great unisex chambray shirt in the most perfect color denim that I have on heavy rotation. This look is a total DO!

*I also love the photo of Lucy Chadwick's, & her effortless style.

Paola Albergate said...

Definite do! I think it's a great combination.

Anonymous said...

I think it depends.

I agree about the soft chambray shirt... I have tried (sort of as a joke) to layer a stiff denim jacket (which frankly, I just can't pull off anyway) over jeans, and it looked hilariously bad.

But I think another key, in most cases, is wearing two contrasting shades of denim. And, the usual rule of pairing something flowy or big with something close to the body also usually applies. (Thus, the denim/chambray tunic over skinny dark denim leggings works.) Of course there are exceptions, as you show, although even in those cases there is either a lot of skin (shorts) or the look is still quite fitted mid-body.

...And it never hurts to be gorgeous and chic to begin with! (That is, some people can pull off anything. Take these looks and put them on certain other people with different faces and/or body types and they would look horrible. The same goes for anything, I guess.)

Alex said...

I think you need to do a separate post called "Do or Don't: The ZZ Top Beard With Samurai Bun?" My guy's eye perspective can't see anything but the insanely-haired dude in the bottom shot.

Melissa Blake said...

I'm on the fence with this one. If done right, it could work...not sure I'd wear it, though.

Eleanor said...

I think it's a do. Could most women pull of the middle or last look-maybe not. I do adore black denim with lighter shades of denim though- so easy and classic. :) If you can rock the look of any denim with denim, then do it. It's definitely chic if you're wearing the right shades paired with a flattering style.

katilda said...

huge fan! huge fan of this! i recently tried it out for the first time, AND i scored a denim romper at a thrift store and gave that a go as well...both pictured in this post: http://www.katilda.com/2012/07/do-you-want-good-news-first-or.html

Rebeka said...

The canadian tuxedo is one of my FAVORITE things in life. So good!

I'm glad you posted this!

Ingrid Kong said...

I was looking at some of the other blogs on your rotating links section. Some of them are really great but I just have to compliment you on how personalized, consistent, and witty your blog is. Still my favorite!

Cassidy Short said...

I normally would say no, but sometimes it can look so effortlessly chic!

xoxo
Cassidy

http://norebeccaforayear.blogspot.com/#

Michelle S said...

do do do.

www.prettydinos.com

Grace Lee said...

i like the first and last look but the 2nd seems a little too denim-y... i wouldnt wear a denim shirt and then flared denim jeans. that would be too much for me :)

Karissa Jade Ferguson said...

Definite do!

Alexandra said...

Ah yes, the "denim suit." No thanks. Chambray with non-blue denim can work but otherwise - definitely not for me! There is really no fabric on earth that I love enough to wear as top/bottom separates.

To me it's the same concept of 'balance' as the loose top/fitted bottom v. fitted top/loose bottom thing. Tight one-pieces and loose one-pieces can look fine but generally, pairing separates of the same kind ends up looking...strange. Some things just make sense.

Same fabrics top and bottom feels like of like the sartorial equivalent of burning the candle at both ends. Listen to your grandparents: you can't do it! Well, you can do it; but in most cases, you are better off not.

Carolyn said...

I'm a fan of the shirt with denim shorts, and maybe some cute oxfords or Jack Purcells. Probably wouldn't do it with regular jeans, as it would be too much denim head to toe for me!

Gleemonex said...

Pretty sure the real trick is to look like one of those babes ... but yeah, sure, in theory. ;-)

Heidi said...

Yes I am loving this especially the double denim, done right it looks fab!

simplemittens said...

I love it best when they are a little different!

Jessica said...

I wear my dark skinny jeans with my jcrew selvedge chambray shirt all the time! sometimes just by themselves with some bangles and earrings and cute shoes, or sometiems I pop a bright yellow cableknit sweater over the top of the chambray when I'm chilly. I think it's cute :)

Hayley R. said...

I live in Nashville. This is nothing new.

RR said...

I could never in a million years pull this look off. Never.

http://notsoseriousmidwestmom.blogspot.com/

Jennifer said...

This looks good on the models but I don't think I could pull it off. I can see my daughter wearing this though, not the bell bottoms, but the last outfit. She's a trend setter. Please stop by my blog and help me come up with a good name for my new painting of a woman in red! Thanks so much!

Suzanne said...

I've worn denim on denim twice this week already! Dark denim vest and light washed straight legs on Monday. Then today a Chambray button down turned crop top paired with flairs!

Amy Marie said...

Do!

Mary said...

I am fairly certain I couldn't pull off denim on denim. Perhaps denim and leggings.

Alexa said...

it's not for me but i think others can totally pull it off! :)

Sean said...

I'm doing this right now!

Sarah C. said...

Do. Tried it for the first time this week with a light, overwashed long-sleeve on top and some darker jeans. Felt effortless...

Erin J. said...

I love the look! But so far I've only been able to pull off a chambray shirt with black denim skinny jeans. I think I need to build up my courage and try the other looks!!

Amy said...

The canadian tuxedo? Noooo way. That's one of those seasonal trends we will all look back on and hang our heads in shame. No need to jump on board:)

The Meaning of Me said...

I would definitely wear that. Would I look as great as the models? No...

Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet said...

I really dig this type of denim-on-denim look, but I think I would have a really hard time pulling it off without looking like an extra from Urban Cowboy :-)

Maria Xochitl said...

I was about to say no until I saw the third picture.

Kathleen Heffner said...

I wouldn't wear it because i think it looks blah

Jillian said...

I definitely do this. I have a medium shade "denim" shirt actually made of 100% lyocell so it's RIDICulously comfortable and I pair it with a dark denim. They play off of each other nicely.

Try BURGUNDY shoes.

Jessica Wray said...

If it's executed into looking effortlessly cool (like all the example you chose) then definite do. But only if

Elle Johns said...

For me the jury is out. Not sure if I'm down or not..hmm...definitely worth trying though. I think I would have to spice it up with some dope accessories :)

xoxo, Elle

www.thehighfeather.com

k come karolina said...

cool style! i love it!!!



xoxo from rome
K.
kcomekarolina.com

Carol Rial said...

Yes!! I always loved this combo and am already wearing it as a summer trend. Have no doubt I also will on fall.

P.S. Everytime I see this top photo, I wish I was a red :)

angel-fashion said...

stunning,love it,love it…the fashion is just so awesome,love the images…love your blog xo

Lynn said...

Is it just me, or did the beginning of this post about Jason's "mildly inappropriate" party get deleted?

And this look is too hard to pull off and barely looks good on model-types, so I say it's a Don't for the 99%.

Tai said...

Oh no way. I could never pull this off. As a matter of fact I've never owned a chambray shirt and I don't think I ever will. The way they fall just doesn't work for my body.

Lisa said...

Lovely in theory, but I just keep thinking of this awkward family photo we took in the early 90s, where everyone wore denim shirts with denim pants, and then the photographer (wait for it...) added a *denim background* to make the look complete. Ack! That photograph has haunted me away from denim shirts ever since...I don't think I can do it.

Lisa said...

Some of the comments above are hilarious! I will be laughing at "Texas Tuxedo" and "denimdenimdenim" all day.

Inner Outer Beauty said...

Love it!
Caroline

shoegirl said...

My husband always calls it the 'Canadian tuxedo' look, but I love it. I'm partial to it more when the denims are contrasting shades, as opposed to it looking like the same shade from top to bottom.

Heidi said...

I love it! I would wear it. -Heidi http://fabricandfrosting.blogspot.no/

lipoooo said...

stunning photos and really good blog! Plus for you.. Have a nice day, lady :)

~lipoo

Nancy said...

I especially love the second picture. The denim trousers they're just wonderful with that denim shirt.

mamalooks said...

Definitely do, the first girl is just gorgeous.

Jeneric Generation said...

Do: denim on denim
Don't: long beard and pony tail

Anna said...

denim on different color denim is totally ok, like blue and black..and blue&blue combos certainly look nice on these girls but in reality..

lessthanperfectmama said...

I remember dressing like that in high school (middle school, maybe?). I'm not going back. Looks cute on other people, though.

Haydee Rodriguez said...

I really don't like denim on denim!

Anonymous said...

No, no denim suits please.

P.S. Is that Jane Goodall?

Marisa Keris said...

this was practically my uniform in college (painting major) especially with pencil black jeans and a pair of worn in brown cowboy boots, i don't dress like this for the 'professional world' now, but do wear a denim shirt with a j.crew black pencil skirt to work. i love denim on denim and it seems like you'll always be in style with some people, and out of style with others, but if you can pull it off it doesn't even matter. and red lipstick looks great with it too :)

Amy Gemmel said...

You mean the Canadian tuxedo?? Its my go-to comfy outfit. I wear it with cut offs and a very, very pale blue denim oxford. perfection.

Sage Crown Parker said...

these ladies look amazing in everything i'm sure, but all i can think of is the 80's and i couldn't wear it then :)

Allison said...

Love this look! Especially the soft chambray with dark structured denim on the bottom!

X, Allison
Arrayofcraze.wordpress.com

Red Panda said...

I like light chambray mixed with dark jeans, but am very picky about any other iteration. The first look is absolute perfection!

KJ said...

Anyone have a great recco for a Chambray shirt? I'm looking for something soft, fitted, and long in length. Seems easy enough, but must be a tall order as I haven't been able to find the PERFECT one. If anyone has a suggestion, I'd love to hear it :)

house For Sale In Mississauga said...

She is a beauty.

Heidi said...

I'm pretty sure that if you look like any of these girls you can wear whatever the hell you want and it'll look amazing. If only we all had long skinny legs and perfect hair. Sigh.
Heidi
www.therusticmodernist.com

Bows and Sparrows said...

KJ - I just saw some at Target that were affordable and soft!

Aja said...

This is a year-round MUST. Denim on denim is classic, put together yet easy, and always a cool look.

Hena Tayeb said...

I could never pull it off.. especially the light blue denim on denim.. I am not too excited about the whole trend in general.

domonique said...

Big fan! i've been looking for the perfect fit chambray top. any suggestions? I also love to move away from really dark denim this fall.

Allison McGregor said...

At First this trend reminded me of Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake's matching denim ensembles but the more I see it and the pictures you showed, perhaps I might be swayed. I like the dark jeans with light denim chambray.

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Alyssa has Pink Antlers said...

I do this all the time and love it! Its an easy staple slash uniform for me - and it effortlessly travels from work to play.

Anonymous said...

WHO made the jeans on girl #2?? WHERE can you buy them? Love them. Seriously.

Sam said...

Oooh! I am wild about the Crystal Marquis bracelet in Bright Coral! The mint, coral and periwinkle jewels look like candy! I also love the bubble earrings in neon azalea, what a fun pop of color that would be peeking through my dark hair. What versatile, affordable, beautiful jewelry!

Lillian said...

This has been my summer uniform. Either a light blue chambray button up tunic with dark denim shorts or a white chambray button up with any type of denim pants or shorts. And always red lipstick. :)

Mariana said...

Oh, yes I would!!

Anonymous said...

yes! this is a definite do! ... i do denim on denim constantly and love it.

amanda e said...

The look is actually called the "Canadian tuxedo"!

Liz said...

yep yep. i would totally rock the denim on denim.

Hannah Chandler. said...

I am loving this look. A lot. It oozes the coolness I wish I could bottle up and drink on a daily basis.

Alaina said...

I'm from Toronto, Canada. We usually refer to the denim on denim look as the "Canadian Tuxedo". Seriously, google it!

styleLinx said...

Not so much...of course the exception for me is when it's really dark denim paired with very light denim. Otherwise (to me) it screams bad 70's! And I'm a retro faaaaannnnn(addict) !

Sandy Hurtado said...

Are we still having this debate? LOL These women make it look amazing, of course. As everyone else said, it has to be done right and sadly on the right people. I think the only way I could pull it off is with colored or printed denim.

Chutimita said...

I love the denim shirt with a short jean :-)

Anonymous said...

Absolutely, you MUST! This is coming straight from Levi's HQ, btw :)

Teresa said...

Definite do! I paired my denim on denim look with polka dotted shoes!

Nicole C. said...

I love all of these outfits. I really want the jeans in picture two.

uptowncincy said...

Canadian tuxedo all day baby!

Jackie B. said...

I agree! The key to successfully wearing denim on denim is pairing to different shades and the more contrast, the better! I spoke about this in a style post on my blog if you want to have a look:

http://www.madewithlovebyjackieb.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/hedgehog-cape.html

Chelsey Nichol said...

I wasn't sure, but I tried it and liked it. I wore a lighter jean shirt with white polka dots from Gap and darker wash jeans with gold accessories...and I'm not anywhere near a model's size, but they fit right so it looked right. I say yes!

Sarah said...

I love this blog!

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Ruth said...

It is a dress that most teenage girls like to wear to school and college. When paired with the kind of top and shoes that suit the best with your style, these give a decent and attractive look. Red skinny jeans are quite in fashion nowadays. However, always be careful while picking jeans for yourself - - Not all jeans are meant for all body shapes. Search Here

Tanjina hasib said...

Denim is my favorite. They have some great collection. Jeans like denim or Momotaro Jeans so popular among people for their quality and attractive look.

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