On November 20, 2001, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake donned double (triple, quadruple, far too much) denim on the American Music Awards red carpet. It was a full-on blue sea of a couple’s outfit that would make any cowboy weep, and no one looked at double denim the same way again.
Now, double denim is back at it again, steadily creeping into the brackets of timeless fashion. When done right, of course. While some argue that wearing head-to-toe denim is a travesty that should be left in the early ’00s, we believe that it should be given a second chance. Flaunted by the likes of Alexa Chung, Miranda Kerr, Zoë Kravitz and more, we see this monochromatic style gaining a maturity that transcends its trashy pubescent phase a decade ago.
Our resounding yes to the trend is a conditional one, as there are some style codes that have to be followed, lest we fall back into the dark days of 2001.
Here’s some style inspiration on how to wear double denim.
If you’ve got to do a monochromatic look, make it interesting by playing with forms. Take cues from Zoë Kravitz, and choose an oversized top to pair with skinny or bell-bottom jeans. “Don’t-look-at-me” dark glasses are optional.
Button-down front skirts are a cute ’70s accent to any all denim outfit. Style it with a loose denim shirt, and a pencil skirt with brassy front buttons, like this street style icon.
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Break the mould and go for a flowy denim blouse, or a thin tank top. Dakota Fanning does just that, with a deep denim miniskirt for added summery vibes.