9 New Ways to Double Up on Denim For Spring
Way back when, the Canadian tux was universally uncontested as a fashion don't. But with the rise in frenzy for denim (in every kind of fabric, weight, and rinse imaginable), doubling up on the fabric has become the norm.
These days though, denim-on-denim goes above and beyond the go-to chambray shirt-and-skinny jeans combo. For their spring/summer 2015 collections, designers took an interest in the classic all-American fabric, re-imagining it in new silhouettes and complementing them with unexpected pairings. Take Bally, for instance. Creative director Pablo Coppola matched denims in the same wash, but to prevent them from falling flat, he added dimension with bold prints and a belt.
From military-inspired aesthetics to playful opposite silhouettes, see all the new runway-inspired ways to wear denim this spring.
Break It Up With Prints
Runway inspiration: Bally
Doubling up on denim can sometimes fall flat, especially when both pieces share the same rinse. Add dimension with a belt and bold prints. Shop the look below:
Choies blazer, $40; choies.com. Bella Dahl denim shirt, $128; belladahl.com. Current/Elliott boyfriend jeans, $225; net-a-porter.com. Banana Republic belt, $50; bananarepublic.com. Gap loafers, $65; gap.com.
Experiment With Opposing Silhouettes
Runway inspiration: Chloe
Instead of a ground-grazing skirt, we went with a buttoned pencil that's both sleeker and more wearable. Juxtapose the serious silhouette with a slouchy denim sweatshirt for a touch of playful ease. Shop the look below:
Ground a Military Aesthetic With Warm Accents
Runway inspiration: Gucci
As chic as it is, denim military-inspired toppers are hard to come by, but the look works just as well with a classic jean jacket. Button it up (yes, all the way up) to achieve a similar hardened aesthetic. You can soften it with warm leather accessories and a flirty scarf. Shop the look below:
Echo Design silk scarf, $68; echodesign.com. Mango denim jacket, $70; mango.com. J. Crew wide-leg cropped jeans, $288; jcrew.com. Express braided belt, $40; express.com. Cambridge Satchel cross-body, $193; cambridgesatchel.com. Madewell sandals, $158; madewell.com.
Ease Up On the Fit
Runway inspiration: J. Crew
Forget what you once knew—instead of countering a roomy silhouette with a fitted one, try pitting loose with loose. Just remember to pick pieces with some semblance of structure (you don't want to look sloppy), like a sleek tunic and cuffed wide-leg shorts. Shop the look below:
Trade In Your Denim Jacket for a Trench
Runway inspiration: Marissa Webb
Update the classic textile with another classic outerwear style—the trench. Toughen it up with moto skinnies and cool asymmetric pumps. Shop the look below:
Neutralize a Flirty Skirt With Menswear Pieces
Runway inspiration: Rachel Comey
Too much of one thing can get tiresome. Counter a ladylike denim skirt with masculine pairings, like a boxy top, a cocoon coat, and menswear-inspired flats. Shop the look below:
Take on Sophisticated Denim
Runway inspiration: Michael Kors
It's not always about destroyed finishes and casual jean jackets. Denim can be a sophisticated textile, too. The key is to find perfectly tailored, structured pieces that sit (not hug) your physique. Shop the look below:
Acne Studios jacket, $500; net-a-porter.com. Cos denim trousers, $99; cosstores.com. Uniqlo skinny belt, $20; uniqlo.com. Tory Burch satchel, $475; shopbop.com. Steve Madden heels, $90; stevemadden.com.
Consider an Unexpected Combo
Runway inspiration: Rag & Bone
If you like taking risks, this pairing is for you. Team a long sleeveless denim pinafore with wide-leg trousers and chunky flat sandals. The result? An effortlessly cool ensemble. Shop the pieces below:
Go Girly With a Sweet Top and Skirt
Runway inspiration: Stella McCartney
Couple a breezy denim tank (bonus if it boasts some sweet detailing) with an equally breezy skirt—perfect for those lazy, hazy summer days. Shop the look below: