The 8 Alternatives I Go to When I Don't Want to Wear Jeans

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Okay, before we get into it, we would just like to reiterate the following: We love jeans. We love wearing jeans. But it is possible to have too much of a good thing, and that's sometimes the way we feel about them, particularly during summer, when there are a host of other options at your disposal.

While we're by no way suggesting that you should turn your back on jeans for good, we are here to show you the denim-outfit alternatives you can wear in their place. We've carefully chosen eight outfits which we think all jeans wearers will love but that'll give you a temporary break from denim. Placing pause on skirts and dresses for a brief second, we've stuck to ensembles of the trouser and shorts variety so it doesn't feel too removed from the aesthetic you can achieve from jeans.

So which denim-outfit alternatives should you wear when you want to break away from jeans? Scroll on to discover them and to shop any pieces you might need to re-create the looks (if they're not already in your wardrobe, that is).


Style Notes: Often overlooked in favour of more statement-making strides, black tapered trousers are actually one of the classiest trouser styles out there and one of the most versatile. Wear them with a white jersey top and strappy sandals for easy elegance.

Shop the look:

Totême Organic Cotton-Jersey Tank (£85)

Arket Tapered Linen Blend Trousers (£89)

Charles & Keith Padded Thong Sandals (£49)


Style Notes: Co-ords are high on the fashion agenda this season, and we love them when they come in bold, bright hues, just like Abi's.

Shop the look:

Wray One-Shoulder Tank (£60)

Daphine Moune Bracelets Set of Three (£110)

Wray Sabrina Pants (£80)


Style Notes: Often modelled on weighty cotton, khakis are the closest thing you'll find to jeans on this list and are just as simple to style. Our favourite combination? A Breton stripe and chunky flip-flops.

Shop the look:

& Other Stories Relaxed Breton Sweater (£65)

Mulberry Medium Lily in Black Gloss (£895)

Theory Curve Pant in Garment-Dyed Cotton (£265)

FitFlop Lulu Leather Toe-Post Sandals (£65)


Style Notes: If you don't want to turn your back on loungewear just yet, well, don't! Keep the comfort and chicness levels high with a pair of ribbed trousers.

Shop the look:

Taylor Morris Zero Sunglasses (£210)

Samsøe Samsøe Organic Cotton Top (£65)

Missoma Filia & Camail Chain Necklace Set (£340)

H&M Rib Knit Trousers (£10)


Style Notes: Divisive as they may be, cycling shorts are back for 2021, and as Camille proves, they look especially sleek with (more) Breton stripes and a polished handbag.

Shop the look:

Kin Breton Top (£45)

Marni Trunk Medium Leather Shoulder Bag (£1590)

H&M Seamless Biker Shorts (£13)


Style Notes: Another trousers style we often find ourselves overlooking, chinos can help you unlock serious style potential, particularly when worn with a fitted tee and sexy sandals.

Shop the look:

Marks and Spencer Straight-Fit T-Shirt (£8)

Astley Clarke Silver Medium Linia Hoop Earrings (£95)

ASOS Design Chinos in Stone (£20)

The Row Constance Leather Slingback Sandals (£800)


Style Notes: Ahh, joggers—they got us through the last 18 months, so it's downright rude to turn our backs on them. Follow Ellie's lead and try wearing yours with heels and a sharp blazer. You might be surprised at how good it looks.

Shop the look:

Warehouse Boyfriend Sculpted Blazer (£79)

River Island RI Studio Purple Cuffed Joggers (£35)

Amina Muaddi Gilda Glass Sandals (£800)


Style Notes: Are you even a fashion person if you don't own a pair of linen trousers this season? An influencer favourite, we adore Jessica's tonal ensemble.

Shop the look:

& Other Stories Relaxed Cotton Sweatshirt (£55)

Arket Crew Neck T-Shirt (£15)

Marks and Spencer Pure Linen Striped Wide Leg Culottes (£30)

Tkees Lily Matte-Leather Flip-Flops (£50)

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