Denim (which gets its name from the French for “from Nîmes” (de Nîmes)) is a rugged cotton twill textile, in which the weft passes under two (twi- “double”) or more warp threads. This twill weaving produces the familiar diagonal ribbing of the fabric, which distinguishes denim from cotton duck.

Denim jeans with wear and tear
It is characteristic of any indigo denim that only the warp threads are dyed, whereas the weft threads remain plain white. As a result of the warp-faced twill weaving, one side of the fabric shows the blue warp threads, the other side shows the white weft threads. This is why jeans are white on the inside and what makes denim’s fading characteristics unique compared to every other fabric.

Even though it started out as simple men’s workwear, denim has become a modern-day closet staple for everyone. And with an endless variety of indigo washes, specialty fabrics, and ever-evolving silhouettes, the styling possibilities are virtually endless. From shorts, skirts, and button-up shirts, chances are you have a few tried-and-true blues in your closet. While they go with just about everything else, did you know that you can pair them up for a super cool, layered look? The trick is to mix washes and fabric weights.

Here’s how I styled my denim on denim look and a few of my favourite layered denim looks.

Shop my look:

Shirt: Picadiily circus
Shorts: Mr. Price
Shoes: Me co. Clothing (find them on instagram)
Necklace: Sass diva