Denim On Denim: Femme vs. Boy

Believe it or not, I haven't been a fan of denim on denim until this year. The denim jacket is one of those wardrobe staples I knew I should own but couldn't seem to get behind for the longest time. The jackets I saw in stores over the year were either too cropped, too boxy or too stiff for my taste.  Enter this vintage denim jacket I found in a consignment shop in a tiny town in Eastern Maryland. It is perfect; dolman sleeve, hits perfectly the waist, and deliciously soft and worn in.  I found myself loving all the denim looks we saw this past spring, so armed with my trusty new...errr...old denim jacket, I embraced it head-on. 




This denim on denim look feels feminine and empowering, like a modern Rosie the Riveter. For this look I wanted a contrast between the two denim washes, tied together with the print detail on the flares. I’m obsessed with the silhouette these flared jeans give the body. No matter your body type, flares are a fantastic addition to any wardrobe. If you are curvy they help accentuate your curves and the wide legs provide balance if you are top heavy. If you have a narrower figure, flares can give the illusion of curves. The high waist gives definition and makes your butt look fantastic, regardless of whether or not you actually have a butt (me).




For this boy denim on denim look, I wanted to keep things more monochromatic, taking Canadian tuxedo to the next level. At first, I worried the denim overalls under the denim jacket would be too much...then I remembered the now iconic Britney Spears/Justin Timberlake 2000 AMA denim on denim look and realized I was fine. This look was a little outside my comfort zone but, as always, I'm happy I pushed myself to give it a whirl because I now feel confident wearing any denim on denim look that comes my way. The overalls are a slim fit, which makes them flattering in the legs and butt, unlike their baggier siblings. Overalls have a tomboy vibe to them that make me feel ready to tackle any project and get my hands dirty. I feel polished in this pair but also like I could operate a power drill in this outfit (and I have). 


Whether this is your first foray into the world of double denim or if you are an old pro - I hope these two looks inspired you!  Want to share your denim on denim masterpieces?  Tag me on IG @shae_li


Shop the look

fringe-stripe tee (Similar) - Madewell - $42

Vintage Denim Jacket (current) - Guess - $98


Just Float On Flares - Free People - $88

Songbird bandana in Rose - Free People - $28

Elephant Pearl Bangle - Julie Vos - $145 

Shapes Statement Earrings in retro pink - Madewell - $28

petite burst necklace - leah staley - $60


Washed Denim overall in Light Stone - Free People - $88

the biddle - The Treason Toting Company - $130

Gold Disc hopp earrings - world market - $8


Images by Marquel Allen