So Here's the Only Way I'll Wear My Jeans This Year

Hannah Almassi
·4-min read

There's no question about it—denim is the big trend of 2021. From the rise of heritage brands to a backlash against skinny jeans (sorry, but baggy and looser fits are where it's at), there's a whole new world of denim-related ideas to get acquainted with. Over the past few weeks we've seen a sharp increase in denim items infiltrating the new-in sections of our favourite affordable retailers, and even the most high-brow of high fashion houses are betting on this humble textile for the season ahead. My Instagram feed is full of the stuff, and it's come to give last year's loungewear a run for its money.

It seems counterintuitive that during a time where we've all been seeking comfort from our clothes that denim would play such an important role, but jeans (and their many denim-rendered siblings) are very much on the agenda for spring, and beyond. As assistant editor Elinor Block stated in her recent denim report, searches for jeans on Lyst are up by 23% in the last month. Many luxury stores told us on multiple occasions throughout 2020 that denim sales were surprisingly strong. Cult cuts are already popping up (looking at you, Agolde Criss Cross), and I'm here to talk about a particular denim-centric outfit that is proving to be one of the season's coolest-looking and most reliable ways to get dressed: Double denim.

The difference for double denim in 2021? It's all about blue hues. Whether shirt and skirt or jacket tucked into jeans, true blue shades worn together is what looks most current. Keep scrolling for the double-denim outfits that have caught my eye.

Style Notes: Perhaps one of my favourite looks of 2021 thus far, Yasminah's sherpa jacket and straight-leg jeans combo is ultra simple but very effective. Perhaps its the subtle unbuttoning of her jacket, or maybe the addition of interesting accessories—either way, I'm digging it.

Monki Taiki Jeans (£40)

Style Notes: This kind of raw indigo blue is really trending again, and it does look extra chic with tan accessories.

Frame Trapunto Topstitched Denim Shirt (£265)

Style Notes: You can do double denim in unexpected ways, like Hodan shows you here with her mismatched jeans and denim bag.

Zara Denim Maxi Bucket Bag (£10)

Style Notes: Your skinny jeans aren't over, no matter how popular looser fits become. And they'll always look like with a denim shirt and ankle boots, á la Lauren.

M&S Collection Denim Long Sleeve Shirt (£30)

Style Notes: However, I do recommend trying everything oversized and see how chic you feel—it works.

Arket Barrel Leg Jeans (£99)

Style Notes: Denim ensembles don't have to be severe—you can add something dainty into the mix like a frilled collar and still look 100% chill.

& Other Stories Ruffled Denim Shirt (£55)

Style Notes: Maja's pared-back uniform just never gets old—try an oversized shirt, straight-leg jeans and chunky boots for the win.

Agolde Lana Distressed Organic Mid-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans (£240)

Style Notes: Tucking denim jackets into jeans is a microtrend within a trend. You're going to see a lot more of this in 2021.

Reiss Philipa Mid Blue Denim Jacket (£155)

Style Notes: Denim pencil skirts are most definitely back, and they look really sharp with a mismatched jean shirt.

Raey Blue Slit-Front Denim Maxi Skirt (£145)

Style Notes: When double denim just isn't enough, do triple!

Free People Adriana Denim Blazer (£140)

Style Notes: Super-dark washes are great when you want your denim look to seem that little bit more grown-up.

Cos Raw Denim Overshirt ($89)

Style Notes: Cutting off a denim shirt to turn it into a layering tool is an idea I'll be stealing off Who What Wear team member, Nell.

H&M Oversized Denim Shirt (£25)

Style Notes: Your double denim look doesn't have to be basic. Here Celeste takes the idea to the max with her floral and checkerboard two-piece. Cute.

Jaded London Flower Print Short Sleeve Denim Crop Top (£68)

Next up, the key sandals trends of 2021.

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