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.
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.
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.
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.
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.