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How To Pull Off Double Denim

The term ‘double denim’ usually conjures one of two negative images: Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears arriving at the 2001 MTV awards ceremony in matching head-to-toe denim outfits, or any late 1980s to early 1990s boy band.

Although these previous crimes against fashion may have put you off the look, when done well, double denim is actually quite a classic, stylish and masculine way of dressing.

With this in mind, we asked London stylist Harry Lambert to give us his best advice for pulling off denim-on-denim. And he should know – he works with Topman, Clash magazine and some of music’s biggest personalities.

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Stylist’s Tips: Harry Lambert

FashionBeans: When it comes to mixing denim in a single outfit, where should we start?
Harry Lambert: If you’re combining two different colours of denim, go for a darker shade on the bottom and lighter on top.

This always looks better; never the other way around.

J.Crew AW13 Men's Lookbook - Double DenimPhoto: J.Crew

What’s your biggest time-saving tip for buying a double denim-focussed outfit?
When shopping for denim, if you see a jacket or shirt you like in store, check out the jeans too.

Brands will normally produce jeans in the same denim. Wearing two pieces from the same label is a great way of guaranteeing your double denim outfit works because the cuts and fits are designed to complement each other.

The Kooples Menswear SS15 - Double DenimPhoto: The Kooples

Does black denim work differently?
Black double denim looks best in skinny fits. You need skinny jeans and a super-fitted jacket to pull it off successfully.

If you prefer more relaxed shapes, double denim only really works in a vintage stonewash.

AllSaints February 2015 Men's Lookbook - Double DenimPhoto: AllSaints

What’s your biggest double denim no-no?
There’s no excuse for ill-fitting jeans. Ever.

That said, straight, skinny and cropped styles are all fair game. Flares have also been cropping up on the runways recently, so if you’re confident enough, give them a go.

What are the best brands out there right now for denim?
Levi’s is a classic. In terms of designer labels, Saint Laurent and Acne are great.

Paige is another good brand for skinny guys who don’t mind fitting into women’s jeans.

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