How to Wear Double Denim

by Jamie Wilson

Reviewed & updated: October 19, 2022 by Jamie Wilson BA

Double denim can be a tricky trend to pull off, but when it’s done correctly it can be one of the most flattering and stylish menswear staples you can wear. This guide is going to dispel any myths or rumours that surround double denim, and shed some light on how you can pull it off every time.

How to Wear Dark Double Denim

It was in 2001 when Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears donned all denim outfits to the American Music Awards and since then double denim has become taboo. We’ve come a long way since those dark days and double denim is something to be revelled in, not dismissed. 

How to Wear Blue Double Denim

Probably the most classic way to wear double up on your denim as it stems from 1950’s American workwear. Practical, stylish and versatile, blue double denim is a forced to be reckoned with when it’s done right.

Keep your denim light and relatively in the same shade as you don’t want to go too overboard. Pair your denim jacket and jeans with a simple white T-shirt and trainers as this will allow the rest of your outfit to speak for itself. 

How to Wear Black Double Denim

Leaning on the more alternative side, black double denim will be the most understated and easiest for of double denim to wear. Because the colours are so dark, you can easily get away with pairing a black denim jacket with a pair of slim fit black jeans. You can keep the outfit in the same colour pallet with a simple black T-shirt and shoes, or add a pop of colour with a statement shirt. 

How to Wear White Double Denim

This one may take some of you surprise, but white double denim is a look to be championed. Definitely a look more appropriate for the summer, this ensemble will either have you championing the style stakes or it’ll fall flat completely. Either go for an all white outfit, or add some colour in the mix to break up your outfit. 

How to Wear Triple Denim

If you feel that you’ve tackled the world of double denim then giving triple denim a whirl shouldn’t be too much effort. Not for the faint-hearted when it comes to style, triple denim goes against everything people have told you over the years. But when it’s done correctly it can look brilliant. 

Denim on Denim Rules

When it comes to wearing double denim there are some rules that you need to abide by, as you can easily get it wrong. Try and vary up the shades of the pieces that you’re wearing, as this creates a nice contrast to your outfit. 

How to Look After Your Denim

Many of you probably haven’t given your denim’s welfare a second thought, but if you look after it properly it can last you for years to come. Many people suggest against washing your denim (not a nice thought I know), but this keeps the denim’s colour and allows the structure of the denim to really fit to your shape. 

Take the Mr. Black denim refresh spray and lightly spray all of your jeans and let it dry completely. This gives your denim that much needed pick-me-up when it’s starting to smell a bit. Or, if you do want to give them a wash then use the Mr. Black denim wash which is specially designed for washing your precious denim. 

How to Refresh Your Denim

Sometimes your denim needs a little refresh to keep it looking and smelling great. Many lovers of denim will advise against washing your denim on a regular basis, or even at all, which may sound a little grim to some. But where does this leave you? You want to have a nice pair of jeans, yet you don’t want to ruin them by washing them. So, this is where Mr. Black’s denim refresh comes in:

  1. Lay out your jeans flat and turn them inside out.
  2. Take your denim refresh spray and spray liberally all over your jeans.
  3. Flip them over and spray the other side.
  4. Turn them outside in and spray liberally again on both sides.
  5. Leave them to dry for about five minutes or until they feel dry.

How to Wear Double Denim

  • Vary up the shades of denim you’re wearing to create a contrast.
  • If you’re wearing a denim jacket with jeans then keep the rest of your outfit simple. 
  • Make sure it all fits correctly, as ill-fitting clothing can throw off your entire outfit. 

On That Note

Double denim shouldn’t be dismissed. It’s a trend that takes a little bit of confidence to wear, but once you know how to pull it off you’ll be wearing it all of the time. Forget the thoughts of looking like you’ve just stepped out of the wild west and start thinking something more practical and stylish. 

The fit of your clothing is everything, so that’s your first step in pulling off an outfit. Once you’ve nailed the fit of your outfit then you can start thinking about the colour and shapes you want to play around with. It’s important to create a contrast in your outfit when you’re wearing double denim because an all denim look in one colour can look a bit odd.

Take a light denim shirt with a darker pair of jeans or vice versa and play around with how you want to wear them, whether it’s a more casual feel with a pair of trainers or you want to go for something a little more formal with a smarter shoe and overcoat.

If you want to go for triple denim then go right ahead. Once you’ve mastered double denim then you’ll be in the right frame of mind to tackle this tricky trend. Again, you’ll want to play around with the colour and textures of your denim, as creating a contrast is key to pulling this look off. Take a dark denim jacket and a lighter denim shirt and team them with a mid-shade pair of jeans.

Triple denim is a great autumnal look as you can layer on an overcoat in a camel or black colour to really set your outfit apart. By following this simple guide, you’ll be pulling off double, or maybe even triple denim in no time at all.

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