12 Styling Ideas That Will Give Your Jeans a New Lease of Life

Maxine Eggenberger
·5-min read

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 Felicia's look is one of the chicest interpretations we've seen.

Shop the look:

Max Mara Marisa Pinstripe Blazer (£870)

Officine Générale Dana High-Rise Jeans (£215)

Converse Chuck '70 Hi Black Trainers (£75)

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.

Shop the look:

COS Fitted Vest Top (£12)

Monki Handbag (£20)

& Other Stories Keeper Cut Jeans (£65)

3. Breton Stripes + Strappy Sandals

If you're already dreaming up your alfresco dining looks, you're going to want to bookmark this ensemble of a Breton-stripe top, jeans, and white sandals from Jessica.

Shop the look:

Seasalt Sailor Stripe Long Sleeve Jersey Top (£30)

Mango Slim-Fit Susan Jeans (£35)

Bottega Veneta Leather Sandals (£655)

4. Gingham Checks + Mules

Gingham prints always make a comeback for spring, and one of the easiest ways to style them (particularly bright iterations) is with a pair of light jeans and your favourite midi heels.

Shop the look:

Warehouse Gingham Top With Bib Detail (£45)

Gap Sky High Rise Mom Jeans (£50)

Violeta by Mango Orange Mules (£60)

5. Chunky Knit + Matching Shoes

If white jeans just aren't your thing, but you're keen to explore lighter shades, follow Lorna's lead by investing in a beige pair. We love how she's matched the colour of her denim to her boots.

Shop the look:

Reiss Ali Cable Knit Jumper (£165)

Jacquemus Nimes High-Rise Jeans (£255)

& Other Stories Almond Toe Heeled Leather Boots (£135)

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.

Shop the look:

Missoni Striped Crochet-Knit Cardigan (£1180)

Reformation Cynthia High Rise Straight Jeans (£140)

Dune Palms Black Chunky Leather Boots (£150)

7. Mom Jeans + Bucket Hat

Paloma 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.

Shop the look:

& Other Stories Nylon Bucket Hat (£23)

COS Reversible Quilted Bomber Jacket (£99)

Weekday Rowe Extra High Straight Jeans (£40)

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.

Shop the look:

COS Boyfriend-Fit Blazer (£135)

Reiss Lakely Ripped Pale Blue Jeans (£110)

Marks and Spencer High Cut Ballerina Flats (£35)

9. Collared Knit + Classic Blazer

Hannah 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.

Shop the look:

Karen Millen Formal Blazer Coat (£46)

Sézane Micky Jumper in Hazelnut (£110)

Monki Yoko Off-White Jeans (£40)

10. Leather Jacket + Flares

Ada 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.

Remain Birger Christensen Camel Eilera Belted Leather Jacket (£480)

Frame Denim Le High Flare Jeans (£190)

Arket Square-Toe Leather Boots (£225)

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’s entire getup.

Shop the look:

& Other Stories Mock Neck Sweater (£35)

Paige Federal Grey Jeans (£225)

Gianvito Rossi Glen 85 Suede Boots (£1160)

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.

Shop the look:

Selected Femme Miranda Denim Shirt (£65)

Marks & Spencer Magic Shaping High Waisted Skinny Jeans (£40)

Free People Vegan Going West Boot (£88)

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

Opening Image: @ada_oguntodu

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