Blue jeans—where would our wardrobes be without them? We dread to think. No item in your wardrobe is as hard-working and versatile as blue jeans. You can wear them for everything from shopping trips to brunch, walks in the park to weekend cocktails. But still, our reliance on them can sometimes mean we take them for granted and don’t give them the same love and attention as we do other items on our outfit roster. We simply throw them on without giving them so much as a second thought. Well, no more!
To stop them from becoming stagnant—particularly in the colder months when we wear them as frequently as we do jumpers—we’ve found nine blue-jeans outfits that will help you truly appreciate them and unlock their full style potential.
So whether you’re looking for new ways to freshen your look for the season ahead or simply want some insight into how to wear them now, continue on to fill up on all the blue-jeans outfit inspiration you could ever need.
1. LEATHER SHACKET + BRA TOP
Style Notes: Blazers and bra tops have been dominating the best part of 2021, and even as we head into the colder months, they’re not going away. However, instead of lightweight blazers, follow Javi’s lead by styling a cropped bralette with a leather cover-up—and blue jeans, of course.
2. CARDIGAN + RACER VEST
Style Notes: Imani serves up some of the best blue-jeans outfits around, and one of our all-time favourites has to be this one. Use pieces you likely already own, and shrug off the shoulders of your cardigan to give this combination a cool edge.
3. SUEDE COAT + EMBROIDERED BLOUSE
Style Notes: Retro outerwear is trending this season, with everything from fur cuffs to suede fabrications making a comeback. Handily, they all look excellent with—yep, you guessed it—blue jeans.
4. CLASSIC KNIT + OXFORD SHIRT
Style Notes: Who knew the simple combination of an oversized navy jumper, a striped Oxford shirt and blue jeans would work so well? Sasha, that’s who! Sorry, joggers—this is precisely what we want to wear in our downtime from here on out.
5. BOUCLÉ BLAZER + CHAIN BELT
Style Notes: Tweedy and bouclé jackets have the power to elevate anything you wear them with—including blue jeans. This look is just the sort of thing to wear to dinner and low-key drinks (which inevitably turn out to be the funnest nights out of them all). Thanks, Jen, for the inspiration. Although the chain belt is optional, we highly recommend incorporating one into your look.
6. TRENCH COAT + WHITE SNEAKS
Style Notes: Trench coats will forever be one of team Who What Wear’s most beloved coats. Paired with blue jeans and classic trainers, no off-duty outfit that looks chicer than this.
7. DOUBLE DENIM + BASEBALL CAP
Style Notes: From Celine to Isabel Marant, countless designers showcased double-denim looks on the A/W 21 runways, making it a trend that’s impossible to ignore this season. Take your cues from Pernille, and pair yours with black accessories, like an offbeat baseball cap.
8. WAISTCOAT + STRAPPY HEELS
Style Notes: Perhaps one for when you’re exclusively going to be indoors, take two of the year’s biggest trends—waistcoats as tops and loose, ripped denim—and what do you get? An outfit we immediately want to re-create.
9. CHECKERBOARD PRINTS + CHUNKY BOOTS
Style Notes: Fashion’s affinity for checkerboard prints might have started last winter, but it’s been building up to become one of the strongest looks of this season, too. With such a standout print—especially in coat form—blue jeans provide the perfect backdrop.
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