“Why would not you pair denim with denim? It is a pure mixture,” says Elle Market Editor Justine Carreon. At our (pre-social distancing) interview, she’s sporting a chambray shirt layered over a tie-dye tee, and each are tucked right into a pair of straight-leg denims. “Persons are all the time nervous a few Texas tux, however for my part, it seems actually good,” she laughs.
And her outfit does look actually good: Sure, it is a mild nod to cowboy cool, however Carreon’s present go-to combo feels unmistakably fashionable. And this contemporary riff on full-on denim is only one of infinite prospects—denim separates in numerous washes and colours are the stuff of unequalled versatility, from jean jackets and vests to skirts and shorts. (Plus, these live-in items are usually closet staples for years.)
As a few of us have develop into possibly too used to sporting leggings day in and time out, mixing in some feel-good denim is a low-lift, low-pressure method so as to add some selection, and play with our fashion once more. Right here, Carreon shares three informal, lightened-up denim-on-denim outfits to do that season, that includes her favourite AG Denims items. See the seems, store her picks, and trip the full-denim pattern by summer time and effectively past.
If you happen to’re simply beginning out placing a number of denim items collectively, Carreon recommends sporting all white: “It is a simple, clear base and you may decorate and magnificence it nonetheless you need.”
Paired up, a white denim jacket and front-slit midi skirt give the impact of an identical set, which immediately feels polished. Weave in a number of colourful accents—like a pastel-blue shirt and pink equipment—for a glance that may translate simply from daytime walks to summer time nights. Bonus: Come hotter months when the AC blast will get icy, the jacket—worn just a bit boxy to really feel present—will probably be a lifesaver.
Texas Tux 2.0
“I’ve no guidelines,” Carreon says about deciding which denim washes to fashion collectively. “I do not prefer to restrict myself to what I can and might’t do. I often throw on no matter finally ends up feeling good that day.”
For this look, she went with a darker chambray shirt and a pair of sunshine blue denims. The sharp shade distinction between the 2 is a definite departure from the idea of the matchy-matchy denim “go well with,” however a number of cohesive, on-trend touches—a tonal tie-dye tee and white equipment that spherical out the colour story of super-light to indigo—pull the outfit collectively in an unexpectedly stylish method.
Tucking tip: Observe Carreon’s lead and go away the buttons of your shirt undone so you possibly can cross one facet over the opposite when securing them into your denims—it makes for a cleaner, cooler silhouette. On particularly heat days, simply tie the shirt round your waist and you will nonetheless get that juxtaposition of dark-on-light denim.
There’s a direct look that involves thoughts when speaking about denim on denim, however one progressive tackle the theme is to pair items that do not learn as that internalized combo (not less than not at first look). Combine issues up by beginning with one common “blue jean” denim piece, and pair it such as you would with anything, switching up the colour, print, or texture of its (less-obviously denim) counterpart.
Right here, Carreon’s look is predicated round a pair of true-blue, cutoff Bermuda shorts—a resurfaced silhouette du jour, because of their laidback form and up to date runway stamp of approval. Topped with an outsized chambray shirt in misleading pink, the outfit presents as a nonchalant mix of separates, with just-right ’90s skater vibes. After all, the hero items are much more complementary upon nearer inspection.
Simply throw on a number of playful equipment—just like the bucket hat, scarf-belt, and layered necklaces Carreon wears above—to maintain the relaxed look worthy of the weekend.
Images by Will Vendramini, Styling by Lindsay Grosswendt, Hair by Blake Erik, Make-up by Mark Edio.