I'm Suddenly Obsessed With Double Denim—Here's How I'll Wear It

As someone who has always chosen heeled boots over sneakers and crew-neck knits over hoodies, double denim is, unsurprisingly, not really 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 strange has happened over the last few weeks: I've found myself double-tapping an alarming number of double-denim outfits on Instagram. I've been drawn in by their "I woke up like this" 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 Parisian 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 was 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. Wear With a Shirt

Style Notes: Leia is the epitome of French-girl cool in this outfit. She keeps it super simple but somehow manages to make her denim jacket and high-waisted jeans look polished thanks to the addition of a blue shirt.

2. Layer With a Blazer

Style Notes: Perfect for the cold British weather, Tracey of Tray's Lounge demonstrates expert layering techniques with a denim shirt, denim jacket and blazer. The tailored jacket helps to keep the outfit looking grown-up.

3. Style With Heels

Style Notes: Who knew a pair of white heels could transform a denim jacket and jeans into such an elegant ensemble? Make sure to keep the jeans wide legged to avoid things looking too WAG.

4. Try It in White

Style Notes: It's official—white denim is no longer the reserve of summer holidays. Perfect for Sunday brunch, I'm taking my tonal cues from Jordan Hulse with her white-on-white pairing.

5. Try an Unusual Silhouette

Style Notes: Double denim needn't only apply to traditional button-up denim jackets. I like how Anna Cornelia has opted for a denim trench coat to create a Scandi twist on the '90s classic.

6. Add Smart Accessories

Style Notes: Sylvie Mus is a huge fan of denim, and we're always looking to her for stylish ways to wear the wardrobe staple. In this outfit, she adds grown-up glamour to the Canadian tuxedo with an elegant structured bag and heeled boots.

7. Embraced Oversized

Style Notes: It might sound strange, but picking denim separates in roomier silhouettes (see Alexis Foreman's example above) will make sure your outfit avoids any noughties undertones. Just make sure you style with heels and a fitted base layer.

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