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I scoffed at the idea for years. Why would I wear denim with more denim? Denim was the base, and then you added something different to make an outfit. Then I found this lace-up top from Madewell. I just happened to be wearing my favorite boyfriend jeans from American Eagle and my Express block heels (yes, I do wear those as often as I claim... like 3-4 days out of the week. Seriously. They're that versatile and that comfy! Get yourself a pair already!), and I fell in love with the look. I spent another two weeks in my closet, deciding if I had enough things to pair the top with, and once I decided "yes", I brought it home with me!

Top: Madewell | Jeans: AE | Shoes: Express | Watch: Guess | Bag: Coach | Sunnies: Henri Bendel

I think my favorite thing about the denim-on-denim trend, especially for fall, is how effortlessly pulled together it is. You instantly look chic with just a few accessories and this one trick for understanding how to pair two different denims:

They need to be in the same color family.

Here's what I mean: If you look at my top and jeans, you can see that the darker parts of my jeans have the same blue tone as the top. They (gasp!) match. So when you're pairing denim, simply make sure that you're pairing warm tones with other warm tones, and cool tones with cool tones. I also think that, unless it's a jumpsuit or romper, keeping the two pieces different colors adds a level of sophistication.

And you can't underestimate adding the perfect accessories. Those are what polishes off the look and makes it an outfit.

Since my blues are warm, I used my camel heels, my gold watch, and a neutral but beautifully structured crossbody to pull the outfit together.

The finishing touch? My matte-black Henri Bendel Sunnies with the gold detailing and blue mirrored lenses.

So what do you think? Are you going to try denim-on-denim this fall??

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