Ah, jeans. Where would we be without them? As someone who avoided wearing them for the first 20 years of her life, in the decade that’s followed, I have integrated jeans into my wardrobe as easily as I have knickers and bras. I honestly don’t remember how I ever got dressed without them. And while they might not always be the most exciting thing to wear, they do open up countless sartorial possibilities.
Fellow denim devotees will tell you that jeans have the potential to unlock excellent outfits, and you need only look to Instagram for proof. From Lauren-Nicole’s sleek take on the Canadian tuxedo to Ada Oguntodu’s penchant for retro flares to the way Felicia Akerstrom wears ecru jeans, you’re going to look at your denim drawer in a totally new light after seeing these next-level looks. Keep scrolling to see our favourite jeans outfit ideas of the moment and, of course, shop them along the way.
1. Slouchy Blazer + High-Tops
Jeans and trainers go hand in hand, and Akerstroms’s look is one of the chicest interpretations we’ve seen.
2. Simple Vest + Shoulder Bag
Tick off three major ’90s trends in one outfit with a simple vest top, leather shoulder bag and some vintage-wash denim.
3. Oversized Coat + Track-Sole Boots
4. Gingham Checks + Mules
Gingham prints work in every season, and one of the easiest ways to style them (particularly bright iterations) is with a pair of light jeans and your favourite midi heels.
5. Chunky Knit + Matching Shoes
If white jeans just aren’t your thing but you’re keen to explore lighter shades, follow Lorna Humphrey’s lead by investing in a beige pair. We love how she’s matched the colour of her denim to her boots.
6. Maxi Cardigan + Chunky Boots
Is it just us, or are maxi cardigans starting to crop up all over the place? Wear yours over classic denim, and finish with chunky boots for an offbeat take on the throwback wardrobe staple.
7. Barrel Jeans + Bucket Hat
Paloma Elsesser gives her grey jeans a cool, off-duty overall by pairing them with a puffer jacket and an on-trend bucket hat. The cuffed hems earn her extra sartorial points, too.
8. Black Blazer + Ripped Jeans
The easiest way to polish ripped jeans? Take cues from Ume, and pair them with a tailored blazer in a classic hue and finish with minimalistic footwear.
9. Collared Knit + Classic Blazer
Hannah Lewis is a master at curating refined outfits with layerable pieces. So much so that she has us digging our white jeans out of our summer storage to wear with zip-front knits and woollen blazers.
10. Leather Jacket + Flares
Ada Oguntodu isn’t afraid to revisit the ’70s with her wares, and this look (indigo flares, a tan leather jacket and cowboy boots) is up there with her finest homages.
11. Skinny Jeans + Knee-High Boots
The Danes have made your favourite ’00s styling trick (the one where you tuck your jeans into your boots) cool again. Case in point? Pernille Teisbaek’s entire getup.
12. Double Denim + Snake Print
Lauren-Nicole is single-handedly bringing the Canadian tuxedo back to the fashion forefront with her double-denim attire. We love the addition of some unexpected snake-print boots, too.
This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.
Opening Image: @ada_oguntodu
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