The Trend : Denim on Denim

Denim on denim is back with a vengeance! We’ve been seeing denim on denim everywhere this season – on runways, on celebrities, and on the streets. The look, often referred to as a Canadian tuxedo, ends up looking effortless, but actually does require some effort to pull it off in a stylish manner.

Here are four simple tips to help.

1. Ease into the trend

Not quite ready for the full-on double blue look? Ease into it with different colors of denim. Here, I’ve tried a blue and white combo. You could also pair chambray and black , although I do prefer white for the fresh look of white for the summer.

2. Distress your duds

For some reason, distressed pieces work especially well with this look. The rips and the frayed edges give the look a cool, edgy vibe that might otherwise be missing from the pairing. That’s why I loved the idea of this frayed denim top with ripped denim jeans.

3. Dress up the denim

Denim is by nature a casual fabric. So, when you’ve paired two denim pieces, plus perhaps added some distressing, the look is very casual. Dress it up with heels, a bold bag, a red lip, or a statement jewelry piece. These dressy details will elevate the entire look.

Bonus tip: If you’re planning you’re Fourth of July outfit, this could be the perfect opportunity to add a pop of red to this blue and white ensemble. 

4. Strategically use shades

This is key when mixing denim shades: Always remember that darker shades are slimming, while lighter shades and white draw attention to body parts. In this case, the white jeans draw attention to the legs, whereas if you’d rather draw attention to your upper body, maybe go for a lighter wash denim top.

Keep reading for more details on getting this look…

Shop The Look


Marques Almeida denim halter top (exact here (sold out); similar by same designer in red here and in light blue here; love this budget friendly option) | JBrand distressed skinny cropped jeans (exact here and here; other budget friendly options on sale here, on sale here, and here) | Aquazzura wedges (here and here; less expensive (and super comfy!) options here and here) | Thierry Lasry sunglasses (older; similar in red here, same style in blue here; other inexpensive red sunglasses here) | Dannijo necklace (older; similar Dannijo styles here and here; budget friendly option here) | Dannijo cuff (older; similar styles here and here) | Vintage Hermes 25 cm Birkin borrowed from The Vintage Contessa (other red bag options here and here) | Deborah Lippmann blue orchid nail polish (here) | Nars jungle red lipstick (here)

Is this a look you might try for the summer? It would make a great Fourth of July look! Feel free to make the look your own. There are so many options. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

As always, thanks for stopping by!


Photos by Ashley Cardoza



    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Merritt! They’re so comfy. New summer faves. 🙂

  1. Jillian says:

    Love this version of denim on denim!
    xo, Jill

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, Jill! Hope you’re having a great day.

  2. Sheri says:

    I had to giggle about the Canadian Tuxedo — according to the Internet (that reliable source), Bing Crosby was the first to sport that stylish trend 🙂

    It looks good on you Carrie — I really like your Anthropologie halter selection too.

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Sheri! Yes – don’t you love that top! I wish I would have seen it sooner. I really like it. You should give it a try…

  3. Valentina says:

    Great tips and great look. Wedges are to die for 🙂

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you, Valentina! Hugs –

  4. Ally says:

    Great tips Carrie! I really love that blue top on you!

    Xo Ally

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, Ally!

  5. Aubrey says:

    Love those wedge heels! This outfit is perfect for summer 🙂

    xx The Coastal Confidence

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you, Aubrey! They have become my summer faves.

  6. Pam says:

    I love your shoes, your top, the birkin…I love everything!!

    xx Pam

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, Pam. Always great to hear from you. 🙂

  7. Kimberley says:

    I am loving those espadrilles! SWOON!

    Eleventh & Sixteenth

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, Kimberley! They are super comfy.

  8. Alyssa says:

    Love those espadrilles!

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