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Styling a Column of Denim

October 30, 2020

There once was a time when wearing denim on denim was considered gauche, but now wearing your blue jeans with another denim piece is definitely having a style moment. Today I’m sharing one of several ways you can enjoy wearing denim on denim this fall and winter by styling a column of denim underneath a third piece in a contrasting color. I’ll think you’ll like this denim and rich brown combination.

Styling a Column of Denim

Any time we create a column of color by dressing in one color head to toe and then topping that monochromatic look with a third piece in a different color, we achieve a slenderizing and elongating look. So you can definitely do the same thing with denim.

Styling a Column of Denim

In this previous post I created a column of black under this same Italian flannel blazer. In today’s outfit I’m wearing my Levi’s 721 high rise skinny jeans. But you could achieve a similar effect with any cut of jean, including boot cut, wide leg, straight or boyfriend jeans.

Styling a Column of Denim

I do think this formula works best when you choose a denim shirt and jeans that are in a similar wash. The wash doesn’t have to match perfectly, mind you. In fact, if there is a little variation I think your outfit looks more authentic, more casual. But I would try to get the two washes close.

Styling a Column of Denim

I paired my mid wash Levi’s 721 high rise skinny jeans with the denim shirt from Talbots. This 100% cotton shirt runs true to size and it is a major workhorse in my wardrobe year round.

Styling a Column of Denim

By the way, I recently purchased the flannel Windsor pants that match this tortoiseshell brown blazer and they are dreamy. I’ll be sharing them in an upcoming post (or two!) I’m sure, but I wanted to go ahead and let you know that they run true to size and would be well worth purchasing if you buy one of the luxe Italian flannel blazers (which also run true to size). Talbots has a matching pair of pants for each of the four colors of the blazer.

Styling a Column of Denim

I think the jewelry really contributes beautifully to this look, adding a little light and interest to this head to toe denim look. I’m wearing a convertible and adjustable bronze pendant necklace, my coin stretch bracelet (which is sadly sold out) and these gold tone circlet drop hoop earrings. This goldtone artisan cuff bracelet would work nicely with the necklace and earrings here.

Styling a Column of Denim

You could create a similar look wearing a denim shirt or tunic untucked. But I really like the proportions created by tucking the shirt and adding a belt. I’m wearing this black and brown reversible leather belt on the brown side because I like how it coordinates with the jacket and my boots. But black would work well here, too. The belt fits true to size.

Styling a Column of Denim

I purchased these brown suede sock booties at the end of the season last winter, and they have been such a smart and fun purchase. Sock booties are the easiest to wear under most any jean silhouette. These Marc Fisher booties are similar, but I absolutely did not pay anywhere near that price for them. If I were looking for some right now, I’d probably buy these from Everlane. They’re modern, functional and a fraction of the price. Plus, they’re available in so many colors!

Styling a Column of Denim

I finished off the look with my Coach courier bag. It’s no longer available in the black (see how it has a caramel colored thread that coordinates beautifully with my brown pieces?), but it is still available in the sienna brown, and it’s 40% off.

I love how this look came together. Do you ever wear denim on denim? It’s definitely a trend worth trying. Let me know if you have any questions about anything I’ve shared today. Thanks for reading. And have a lovely Friday!

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Jesus doesn’t promise that life will be easy to navigate, but He does promise to walk through life with us, illuminating our paths as we go. Honestly, I’m grateful for that “little more light as we go” approach rather than the crystal clear visibility of the future we sometimes long for. I have encountered seasons of life that I would have run from if I’d known everything that lay ahead of me on the trail. I bet you have, too. By the same token, I would have missed out on seeing God work in amazing and mysterious ways if I had resisted the unseen future that lay ahead. And I would have missed out on blessings that could only be found in the shadows of those hard seasons.

But aren’t we grateful that, while the future sometimes seems dark and scary and difficult to us, Jesus does indeed offer all the light we need to walk through those seasons one step at a time? But don’t miss this, sweet sister. Jesus doesn’t just hold the light, point the light, offer light. He is the light. If we truly want to experience the illumination He offers, we must lean in hard and see Him. We must get to know Him, draw close to Him and follow hard after Him. Today let’s thank Jesus for being the Light of the world. I am grateful that He is the light of my little world and the whole big world, too.

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; the one who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” ~ John 8:12

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20 thoughts on “Styling a Column of Denim

  1. Yes Jesus is the light of the world….we have gone through tough trials ourselves and has only made us stronger in our faith and leaning on him.


    1. I’m so glad you enjoy those, Janet. Thanks so much for letting me know. I hope you have a lovely weekend. And I’d love it if you tell a few friends about my blog. ?

  2. I really like this look. Very becoming on you! Rebecca is my all time fave book, so I couldn’t wait to see the latest movie release. Watched it Tuesday night, and loved it! Very well made, and lily james is wonderful as the second Mrs De Winter. I hope you love it as much as we did.

    1. Oh that is so good to hear. You never know what they’re going to do to books these days but I felt like it would be good with Lily James in it. Yay! Can’t wait!

  3. I love the denim on denim look. Like the pants and jacket in the same color. Many years ago corduroy pants and jacket in the same color was on trend.

  4. Kay, the tortoise colored blazer is gorgeous and looks great with denim. Another favorite fall combination of yours that I may have to copy. Have a great weekend.

  5. Hi Kay,

    I love this outfit! The colors are so pretty on you.

    I don’t have the brown blazer or booties. I have a black blazer and black booties. Black isn’t my best color but I add a scarf with flattering colors.

    Also, what about adding a third color. For example I also have a blazer in olive. Can I wear this color with the denim column and black booties? Maybe I can add a scarf or necklace with similar colors to tie it all together.

    Thank you for consistently posting quality articles and videos. Also I appreciate the community in your Facebook group too.

    God bless you.


    1. Hi Beth, yes you could certainly wear the jeans and denim shirt with your olive blazer. And the black booties would work well. I just happened to have boots in the same color as my jacket, but I would have worn my lace up brown booties otherwise. And black would have worked too. I’d probably wear a black belt then. And yes adding a scarf could help tie it together. But that may not be necessary either. I’d keep the look as pared down and simple as possible really.

      Just have fun with it and keep it simple. ?

  6. Duh! Why didn’t I realize that this is a blue column. I just love column dressing because it makes it so easy to get dressed.
    Loved BFMD. We lost three Windows and some of our roof to the hurricane but the windows are already replaced and I like them better and I did get new blinds, things that seem bad can turn for good when you trust God to help. Anyone seen my garbage can? LOL

  7. Maybe this question isn’t exactly on topic. I’d like to be able to wear my denim jacket more, but I wear jeans nearly everyday so I usually only wear it when in spring or summer when I wear it with chino shorts or over a dress. Is there some way I could style jeans and a denim jacket?

    1. Yes. It’s actually very on trend right now to wear your denim jacket with your jeans. Personally I prefer to wear mine with the jeans of a similar wash. But you really can mix it with another wash too.