Denim on Denim on Duty

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I am definitely a denim girl, especially in the fall, but it can be tough to feel like I'm really switching up my look a lot. I mean come on, how many white shirts can you wear with a pair of jeans before that becomes your uniform? I'm often looking for ways to mix it up and was inspired by an Instagram photo that I saw of a denim-on-denim look. 
Loft chambray shirt | Loft jeans (similar) | Schutz shoes (on sale!) | TJ Maxx backpack (similar)
I will admit, although I have worn this look before, I wasn't a true believer in denim-on-denim. It takes a few tries to get the color right. I am a fan of a lighter shirt on top and just a hit of darker denim on the bottom. You don't want to go too dark on the bottom otherwise it doesn't blend as well. Just be sure that your bottoms are different enough from your top otherwise it'll look like you're wearing a denim jumpsuit, and let's be real... only Rihanna can make that look good! 
These are the jeans that I DIY distressed, check out how I did it here