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4 Ways to Style an All-Denim Outfit

Think beyond the traditional Canadian tuxedo.
IMAGE Victoria Hely- Hutchinson
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The denim-on-denim outfit has come a long way in contemporary menswear: The trick is knowing the right denim combinations to use so that you don’t look like a certain early-2000s boy band member and his pop star girlfriend. 

With a little bit of help from our friends at AG Jeans, we’ve put together four double-denim outfits that'll help kick your summer style into high gear.

1| Elevate the Canadian tuxedo by sticking to darker washes. 


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Our advice for elevating the traditional Canadian tuxedo is to avoid the usual medium- and light-wash looks that conjure images of beer-swilling truck drivers. Instead, go with dark washes—like black jeans, a black trucker, and a striped tee with black Chelsea or Western boots. Or, for a more grunge-y street style vibe, pair super faded dark blue denim with a graphic tee and canvas sneakers or chucks. 

2| Pair light wash denim with dark wash denim.


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If you want to avoid kitschy double denim evening wear comparisons altogether, mix denim shades and go darker on top, lighter on the bottom (or vice versa). Try a light wash pair of jeans with a dark-wash denim shirt and light or white henley. Mix those with either classic canvas sneakers for a dialed-down look, or your favorite retro high-top sneakers—or even chunky designer dad sneakers—for something trendier.

3| Style a denim top with a denim jacket.


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Double denim doesn’t necessarily mean jeans and a denim top. You can also do it entirely on the upper half of your body by mixing a dark denim trucker jacket or chore coat with a lighter denim shirt underneath. Complement that saturation of blue with a pair of khaki or olive chinos and brown leather boots. It’s great for a more rustic, workwear vibe. Just make sure to avoid mixing the same shades of blue denim up top. 

4| Mix it up with multicolor denim. 


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One great thing about contemporary fashion is that denim now comes in a variety of colors, which means you can do a more subversive outfit in color that, from far away, doesn't even look like double denim. Just make sure to keep your color palette neutral so that you don’t look like a third grader whose parents let him dress himself. Try an olive green trucker jacket with dusty pink jeans, a white button-down, and chunky dad sneakers. For a more summery vibe, try white jeans with a dusty pink trucker jacket, a striped tee, and a pair of suede loafers. As long as you rein in the color, the sky’s pretty much the limit on this one. 

In this story: Photography by Victoria Hely-Hutchinson, Styling by Nico Amarca, Grooming by Janera Rose.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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