Three Rules When Wearing Double Denim Taken from Jessica Alba

Forget everything you learned about not wearing denim with another denim. Denim plus denim is an outfit that you can pull off. But wearing two denim pieces in one outfit can be a little tricky so we looked up to Jessica Alba’s most recent outfit for some ground rules.

Jessica Alba1

Jessica Alba2

Jessica Alba3Jessica Alba out and about in New York City on September 9, 2014

First, the 33-year-old mixed two shades of denim. Her pair of ripped boyfriend jeans has a lighter tone while her button down shirt looks several shades darker. If you are going to wear denim with another denim, make sure they are closely similar in color.

Try not to pair dark, acid-washed denim with a blue denim top. That’s bound to be a disaster. So if you are wearing dark denim pants, a similar black or grey denim top would work. In the same way, blue denim will work best with another shade of blue.

Second, keep texture in mind. Jeans are definitely stiffer and rougher. You would want to look for a denim top that has a softer texture so it will drape well over your body and not look too stiff and overpowering.

Third, keep your accessories simple and minimal. The denim look already has a strong vibe to it. Opt for solid-colored shoes just like the actress’ pair of white pumps. Your jewelry should also be simple and nondescript.

Also, we weren’t expecting the fashion icon/business mogul to wear a leather backpack with it. We’re definitely eyeing her Reece Hudson Siren Backpack!

To make your work easier, we came up with three outfit coordinates for a perfect Jessica Alba-inspired denim-on-denim look.

1. McGuire Denim Mrs. Robinson Jeans, $258.00

McGuire Denim Mrs Robinson Jeans

Wear it with:

McGuire Denim Mrs Robinson Jeans coordinates

Maison Scotch Star Studded Button Down Shirt, $189.00
Gianvito Rossi Bonnie Pumps, $775.67
McQ Alexander McQueen Leather Knapsack, $995.00

2. McQ Alexander McQueen Patched Boyfriend Jeans, $505.00

McQ Alexander McQueen Patched Boyfriend Jeans

Wear it with:

McQ Alexander McQueen Patched Boyfriend Jeans coordinates

AG Adriano Goldschmied Finch Chambray Shirt, $178.00
Sophia Webster Coco Lunar Flamingo Pumps, $551.63
Alexander Wang Prisma Skeletal Backpack, $1050.00

3. Free People Boyfriend Jeans, $148.00

Free People Boyfriend Jeans

Wear it with:

Free People Boyfriend Jeans coordinates

Rag & Bone/JEAN The Tent Shirt, $138.60
Dolce & Gabbana Single Sole Pumps, $1195.00
Milly Riley Backpack, $425.00

Would you brave a denim-on-denim look just like Jessica Alba?


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