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The Only Thing You Need To Know To Wear Denim on Denim

When you think about wearing denim on denim, your mind probably pulls up the iconic image of Britney and Justin in their Canadian tuxedos at the 2001 American Music Awards. Don’t worry…there are ways to wear denim on denim over 40 without looking like that or feeling stuck in the early ‘00s. I have one key styling tip for wearing denim on denim without looking ridiculous!
If you missed it, I shared exactly what to look for to find the perfect denim jacket over 40 in this post.

How To Wear Denim on Denim, Erin Busbee of Busbee wearing a distressed puff sleeve denim jacket by Retrofete, 7 For All Mankind distressed jeans, black Alexander Wang cutout booties, white B.P. lace cami, black cat eye sunglasses, and Julie Vos gold cuff bracelets in West Texas

How To Wear Denim on Denim, Erin Busbee of Busbee wearing a distressed puff sleeve denim jacket by Retrofete, 7 For All Mankind distressed jeans, black Alexander Wang cutout booties, white B.P. lace cami, black cat eye sunglasses, and Julie Vos gold cuff bracelets in West Texas

How To Wear Denim on Denim, Erin Busbee of Busbee wearing a distressed puff sleeve denim jacket by Retrofete, 7 For All Mankind distressed jeans, black Alexander Wang cutout booties, white B.P. lace cami, black cat eye sunglasses, and Julie Vos gold cuff bracelets in West Texas

How To Wear Denim on Denim, Erin Busbee of Busbee wearing a distressed puff sleeve denim jacket by Retrofete, 7 For All Mankind distressed jeans, black Alexander Wang cutout booties, white B.P. lace cami, black cat eye sunglasses, and Julie Vos gold cuff bracelets in West Texas

Wearing Denim On Denim Over 40

My one key tip?? Don’t do what Britney and Justin did…Instead, break up the denim with a different color on top! Yes, it’s that simple! You can see in the photos above that I wore a white top under my denim jacket instead of wearing a blue, chambray, or denim top. That small style tip makes a HUGE difference!

This jacket by Retrofete is a gorgeous piece I’ve loved wearing! It’s the perfect mix of feminine and edgy. I love the puffed sleeves and distressing! *I’d size up one size if you have broad shoulders. If you missed the post on how to mix styles like a pro, make sure you check that out here. Under the jacket, I’m wearing a simple white lace cami and a pair of distressed jeans by 7 For All Mankind. I threw on some black booties, a belt, and my favorite gold bracelets to complete the look! See how I styled the same jacket a little differently in this video.

Have you tried wearing denim on denim? Still have questions on how to do it? Please share in the comments!

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How To Manifest Anything, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing an orange and blue Staud Ina dress with white sunglasses walking around in Telluride, Colorado
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After a decade in TV news, a desire to help women "look pretty" sparked a career pivot. I started my own wardrobe consulting business, styling "real" women for many years. In 2014, I changed direction again, using my TV background and styling expertise to launch this website and my YouTube channel. We are now a community of nearly 700,000 dynamic, vibrant, amazing women over 40... who know that age isn't something you need to hide from. For us, life is just getting started!!
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