11 Realistic Denim-on-Denim Outfits Ideas to Try

The trend is everywhere, from Beyoncé and Bella Hadid to the street-style crowd.

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You don't need to pay close attention to the trend cycle to know that denim-on-denim outfits are everywhere. On city sidewalks and Fashion Week runways, in celebrity Instagram photo carousels and TikTok 'fit-check videos, 2024's decked-out double-denim trend is polished, playful, contemporary, and cool. Elegant even. A world away from the denim-on-denim looks from Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake in the early aughts

Beyoncé styles sharp denim blazers with micro-mini skirts, denim hot pants, and chambray thigh-hoot boots—a Cowboy Carter tuxedo. Also on a Western-style kick, Bella Hadid styles boot-cut jeans with denim biker jackets (an outfit that pairs well with her real-life cowboy boyfriend, Adan Banuelos). Meanwhile, Katie Holmes commits to denim suiting in her best wide-leg jeans and a medium-wash button-down vest.

Bella Hadid in a jean jacket and jeans, Beyonce in a denim blazer and denim skirt, Katie Holmes in a denim vest and denim trousers

Bella Hadid, Beyoncé, and Katie Holmes, all in their respective takes on the denim-on-denim trend.

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Recent runway collections have also doubled as love letters to the sturdy textile. A slew of luxury designers—Alaïa, Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Dior, Fendi, Versace, amongst many more—paired the hardworking materials in head-to-toe looks. Simply put, 2024's denim trend playbook includes wearing as much of the hardworking material as possible.

But this isn't the Wild West; there are still several styling tactics to consider when curating a top-to-toe denim look this season. These street-style looks feature 11 denim-on-denim outfits and some style tips to ensure yours don't teeter into costume territory.

A Denim Maxi Skirt and Chambray Shirt

Lindsay Peoples wearing a denim shirt and denim maxi skirt at Paris Fashion Week in March 2024

Casual without being too informal, a jean-skirt-and-shirt combo is worth adding to your everyday outfit roster.

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Give your blue jeans the day off and slip into a denim maxi skirt instead. Then, tuck in a chambray shirt in a similar wash (it doesn't have to be a picture-perfect match, but you want them to be close to each other on the color wheel). Notice how her accessories—a black leather belt, chain-link shoulder bag, and animal print pumps—contrast against the denim's light wash to balance out the outfit.

A Denim Suit

Olivia Palermo wears black top, blue denim blazer with matching flared jeans, taupe Hermes bag, black heels, outside Zimmermann, during the Womenswear Fall/Winter 2024/2025 as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 04, 2024 in Paris, France.

Take it from Olivia Palermo: a denim suit leaves a smart style impression.

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A denim suit is the outfit answer for in-office work days when you want to look put-together but not too formal and stuffy. The tailored separates make the outfit inherently professional, while its denim fabrication gives it a laid-back slant. Finish the look with a simple pair of pointed-toe pumps.

Contrasting Washes

Stephanie Broek wearing a blue denim Chanel jacket and bag, Chanel broach and boots, black jeans and Maison Margiela sunglasses outside the Chanel show during the Womenswear Fall/Winter 2024/2025 as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 05, 2024 in Paris, France.

Play with various washes—there's no need to be completely matchy-matchy.

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Varied denim washes are where you can have fun: an indigo blue with heathered gray, dark denim with an acid wash—feel free to get creative. You can replicate the above look with a true blue jean jacket and baggy black jeans. Add some sparkle via a diamond tennis bracelet or crystal-embellished brooch for a touch of glam.

A Denim Bermuda Short and Shacket

Janka Polliani wears blue shorts, light blue tank top, blue shirt outside Ganni during the Copenhagen Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2024 on August 10, 2023 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Here, an effortless pairing to try on the next casual Saturday you spend running errands.

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Bermuda shorts are steadily gaining speed as a break-out summer 2024 trend. So, for eager fashion enthusiasts, why not combine two trends in one outfit by opting for a pair of long-line jean shorts and adding a denim shacket, too? A high-quality white tank top—like Atm's stretch-jersey style—is a great base to build the look around.

A White-on-White Combo

Belen Hostalet was seen wearing brown bag, cropped white jeans jacket as well as white denim jeans outside before Zimmermann Fashion Show during the Womenswear Fall/Winter 2024/2025 as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 04, 2024 in Paris, France.

It's crisp. It's sophisticated. All-white denim is a combo worth trying. (Just watch out for stains)

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Break out of blue-washes with white jeans and a crisp denim jacket. It's a smart hack that doesn't read Western but stays true to the casual feel of a true-blue denim look. A cheeky pop of color—like a handbag in the ever-present red color trend, will keep the outfit from feeling completely neutral.

A Cropped Denim Jacket and High-Waisted Jeans

woman at fashion week in the street wearing a cropped denim jacket and denim pants with a white back and black shoes

Forgo oversized and look for a jean jacket that hits just above your belly button.

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The primary factor in an outfit's success is its proportions. This Fashion Week show-goer strategically teamed an ultra-cropped denim jacket with a pair of high-waisted trousers, masterfully balancing each piece's dimensions. It's a simple detail with a high style pay-off.

A Cuffed Co-Ord

Woman standing on the street wearing a denim jacket with cuffed denim pants and white heels

When in doubt, a floral silk scarf will add a touch of retro glamour to a full denim look.

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Follow this sharply dressed Fashion Week guest's lead and accessorize a utilitarian denim co-ord with a silk scarf to soften the look. The result blends old-school glamour with workwear practicality.

A Jean Dress With Denim Heels

Grece Ghanem is seen wearing a white shirt, long denim maxi dress, and beige bag outside Sportmax during the Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2023/2024 on February 24, 2023 in Milan, Italy.

A worthwhile reminder: don't limit yourself to only denim ready-to-wear.

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The star of this look is undeniably the strapless denim maxi dress, artfully layered over a crisp white button-down shirt. But the shoes deserve some appreciation, too: By opting for denim pumps, this Fashion Week guest carries the outfit's theme from head to toe. A pair like Versace's printed denim pumps allow you to test drive the look yourself.

A Two-Tone Jean Jacket and a Midi Skirt

Tamu McPherson wears sunglasses, a bi-color dark blue and pale blue denim jacket, a white t-shirt, a blue slit denim skirt, a bag, black leather ankle boots, outside Stella McCartney, during the Womenswear Spring/Summer 2024 as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 02, 2023 in Paris, France.

Tamu McPherson's take on denim-on-denim is whimsical without feeling childish.

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A two-tone jean jacket will do the color-clashing for you. The rest of the outfit is up to you—but, as demonstrated, a split-front denim midi and easy white tank top master the job perfectly.

A Denim Corset and Trousers

Maria Bernad wears denim top, jeans outside Burc Akyol during the Menswear Spring/Summer 2024 as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 20, 2023 in Paris, France.

A pair of platforms and some metallic flash on your wrist complete the look.

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When you've grown tired of your usual going-out outfits (you can't wear a sequined skirt and strapless top every weekend), try a denim bustier and a jean trousers instead. The combo is unexpected, which is always a plus in a late-night look, and it demonstrates the full range of denim-on-denim possibilities.

A Bedazzled Dark Denim Set

A guest wears white latte vintage sunglasses, black and crystals earrings, a dark gray denim with embroidered crystals buttoned jacket, matching dark gray denim with embroidered crystals wide legs pants, a black nylon nailed / studded handbag, silver shiny varnished leather pointed pumps heels shoes , outside Munthe, during the Copenhagen Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2024 on August 10, 2023 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The shimmering silver studs fixed on the gray-wash denim separates make this Fashion Week guest look like the starry night sky.

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It's an incontestable rule: high-shine embellishments mean more fun for everyone. Add a disco spirit to your outerwear collection with a crystal-embellished jean jacket. As for styling the shiny number, you can level up the look with similarly shiny bottoms, but a pair of simple jeans also works.

Emma Childs
Fashion Features Editor

Emma is the fashion features editor at Marie Claire, where she writes deep-dive trend reports, zeitgeisty fashion featurettes on what style tastemakers are wearing, long-form profiles on emerging designers and the names to know, and human interest vignette-style round-ups. Previously, she was Marie Claire's style editor, where she wrote shopping e-commerce guides and seasonal trend reports, assisted with the market for fashion photo shoots, and assigned and edited fashion celebrity news.

Emma also wrote for The Zoe Report, Editorialist, Elite Daily, Bustle, and Mission Magazine. She studied Fashion Studies and New Media at Fordham University Lincoln Center and launched her own magazine, Childs Play Magazine, in 2015 as a creative pastime. When she's not waxing poetic about niche fashion topics, you'll find her stalking eBay for designer vintage, reading literary fiction on her Kindle, and baking banana bread in her tiny NYC kitchen.