Denim on Denim

The first time I noticed double denim it was sometime in the early 90’s. I was flipping through a magazine when I was stopped by the site of a model wearing dark denim from tip to toe. I remember thinking how fresh and hip she looked. Even though the trend had its moment and then fell into ridicule I never really stopped liking the look. As with so many fashion trends from the early 90’s double denim is back in style. Although I’m not really seeing denim on denim in every ad like it was back then, the look is undeniably popping up on the street. I’ve tried the look myself with varying amounts of success. (I tried it last year in this post. I think I’ve done much better this time.) It’s not easy to look laid back, chic and stylish wearing denim accented with more denim. Often it just looks too matchy-matchy. So I have put together a Pinterest Board to help me figure out just how to wear this trend.

In these photos I’m wearing a warm weather double denim outfit because it was hot as heck the day we took these photos. Unlike the tip to toe dark denim that was all the rage in the early 90’s, I’ve found that double denim looks best when the shades of blue vary. My top is actually chambray, an indigo dyed plain weave that looks much like denim but is lightweight and well suited for tops and blouses. The skirt is made of a dark wash denim. The third element, because there must always be a third element in every successful double denim outfit, is the beige canvas bag.

The camel colored canvas messenger bag in these photos was a gift from Skinny Vinny.  I will be posting an in-depth review of this versatile tote in an upcoming post, but in the meantime let me just say that I love it, and that it’s been my favorite every-day, errand-running, catch-all bag since I received it in the mail a few weeks ago.

The photos were taken under the freeway in Hollenbeck park. One of the oldest city parks in Los Angeles, it has managed to retain much of its charm even though the city built a freeway through it many years ago.


  • Chambray blouse from The Gap
  • Denim pencil skirt from J Crew
  • Convertible Canvas bag by Skinny Vinny
  • Brown sandals by Nine West
  • Faux tortoise-shell cuff and earrings from

What do you think of the double denim trend? Are you wearing it?


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17 Responses to Denim on Denim

  1. Alexis Grace October 24, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    I’ve never done double denim myself (or at least not as an adult), but I do like the look! Maybe I need to take it on 🙂
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    • Heather Fonseca October 24, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

      Hey Alexis. Let us know if you try the trend. I think it would look great on you.

  2. SACRAMENTO October 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    Everything looks brilliant on you Heather.
    I observe trends, more than follow, while a dream of setting.
    Much love, my dear friend
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  3. Jeannie
    October 24, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    Amazing photos, Heather!
    I love love your denim on denim look! Gorgeous!
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  4. Stacey - Total City Girl
    October 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    I really like this outfit. Denim suits you!!
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    • Heather Fonseca October 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

      Thanks Stacey. I’ve been wearing a ton of denim outfits recently. It does seem to work really well in this climate and lifestyle. I’m kind of surprised I didn’t embrace head to toe denim earlier.

  5. Shanti October 25, 2012 at 6:19 am #

    love these photos! the outfit is fab too, so comfortable and put together, great bag!!

  6. Sylvia
    October 25, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    I agree Heather. This look works because the shades of denim are so different. Looking great and fantastic photos again.
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  7. mary joj
    October 26, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    I like the look as long as it’s light and dark together. I think your top with the darker skirt looks great! Hope you have a wonderful weekend Heather!

    xo Mary Jo
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    • Heather Fonseca October 27, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

      Thanks Mary Jo! I’m glad you like my most recent double denim attempt. I’ve been wearing different versions of it and loving the way it looks.

  8. Kirstin Marie October 29, 2012 at 6:15 am #

    I love these photos! You look fantastic. I am loving your denim. xo

  9. San Diego Diner
    November 4, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    It’s good to know that wearing denim on denim won’t categorize anyone as a fashion victim—or does it? The reason I ask is because I have this habit of donning a denim jacket over denim pants (both in blue). My clothing choices are somewhat BLAH. Could you perhaps give me some tips on how to vamp up my usual office get-up?

    • Heather Fonseca November 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

      I’ve been asked before to weigh in on what to wear to work, but I work from home so I don’t know what people wear to an office anymore. Even when I did I had to be comfortable.

      As for denim on denim, yes it’s a big trend! Make sure your blues don’t match. One should be medium or light, the other dark. And pair it with a neutral like camel for a classic look, or something wild like neon for a trendier look.