As someone who has always chosen heeled boots over sneakers and crew-neck knits over hoodies, double denim hasn't historically been part of my wardrobe repertoire. Like all good millennials, I dabbled with the pairing back in my teenage years, but that is firmly where it has remained—a relic of bad fashion choices past.
But something has shifted over the last year: I've found myself double-tapping a growing number of double-denim outfits on Instagram. I've been drawn in by their Parisian-inspired nonchalance and low-maintenance appeal. Yet, these are not the skintight ensembles of yore, but an altogether a more grown-up and polished breed. Less Justin and Britney circa 2001, more off-duty It girl.
I have consequently spent the last week or two in a bookmarking frenzy—determined to find a "me" way of wearing this trend. Thankfully, there is more than enough to kickstart my mental scrapbook, and I have ended up with an edit of outfits I can turn to for a more polished spin on the classic Canadian tuxedo. From tailored outwear to slick accessories, here are seven ways to wear double denim and still look like a grown-up. Together, we can make double denim great again.
1. Tuck-in a Colour-Match Shirt
2. Try a Denim Skirt
3. Experiment with a Waistcoat
Style Notes: This is not a look for the denim-ambivalent. This season's waistcoat trend offers an easy way to rock the double-denim look, as seen on Kelly Harrington.
4. Embrace White or Cream Denim
Style Notes: It's official—white denim is no longer the reserve of summer holidays. Perfect for spring Sunday strolls, I'm taking my tonal cues from Chrissy Rutherford with her white-on-white pairing.
5. Experiment With a Dramatic Silhouette
6. Add Smart Accessories
7. Embraced Oversized
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