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How to style your jeans: outfit ideas and styling tips

We all have our favorite pair of jeans. Be it a casual ripped jean or a comfortable distressed jean, it’s more than likely that you’ve had your classic for a while. They are, after all, an all-rounder and stay on trend year after year. However, after wearing the same pair of women’s denim pants for so long, you’ve probably fallen into a boring styling routine, always combining the same old tops. But that’s over now! Ditch the boring t-shirt and flip-flops this season and show your favorite jeans some love with a new styling.

Style jeans: outfits suitable for everyday wear

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Avoid flashy embellishments, extreme colors and distressed styles. The goal is to let the jeans be the subject, not the canvas of the painting.
Dark indigo is the most versatile color, but dark blue, dark gray as well as black also work well. Opt for a classic wash (not faded) – these mimic the look of worn work clothes and are much more casual.

Find the right fit

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Try different styles and brands to find a perfect fit jean that suits your body type. Your jeans should fit snugly, with no sagging pant legs, but they shouldn’t be too tight either – you’d rather not have skinny jeans.
Of course, you can have several pairs of jeans with different fits. Straight leg jeans, which have the same width from thigh to ankle, are the most versatile. After that come the bootcut jeans, which are a little flared at the ankle.

Style jeans: balance the formality

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Once you have put together your outfit, you should look for a balance between the different levels of formality and adjust the different garments accordingly.
For example, if you want to complement your jeans with more formal pieces, start with your most formal jeans.
Then add some dressy shoes as well as a comfortable shirt and you’re done with the perfect balance of formality and you won’t end up looking like a mix-and-match book.

Balance the fit

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Make sure that every piece you add to your outfit matches the rest. Sometimes this can go a bit awry if, for example, your jeans are too baggy to look good with a well-fitting shirt and jacket. Therefore, choose garments that are not complete opposites to be on the safe side.

What shoes?

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Not sneakers! You can get away with colored canvas sneakers, but the real key to wearing jeans in a versatile way is the casual leather shoe. But brogues, saddle shoes, suede of all kinds, chukka boots, loafers, monk straps and Dr. Martens can also work well.

A t-shirt with jeans

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Choose a t-shirt with a tight fit – it should fit snugly against your chest and not fall over your belt. Pair it with rugged accents like a sturdy belt and leather work shoes or work boots.
A polo shirt is the dressier alternative to a t-shirt, so pair it with something dressier like chukka boots, boat shoes or loafers. If you’re wearing your polo alone with jeans, leave the collar open, but try it out to see if the outfit might look even better with a jacket.

Style a work shirt with jeans

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You can create another upgrade with a long or short sleeved work shirt: one with buttons and a soft, turn-down collar. If you want to look a little rebellious, you can also leave it open.
However, avoid shirts in a similar blue to your jeans, company logos, and especially those rectangular name patches with the cursive font.

Style a sweater with jeans

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Again, keep it simple. A plain sweater in gray, charcoal, white, brown, dark blue or green is easy to pair with almost any jeans color.
However, simple jeans and a plain sweater alone can sometimes look a bit boring. However, that’s where you can use the texture or shape of the sweater (for example, a shawl collar or cardigan) to make the whole outfit a little more interesting.
Accessories or extra layers, such as a sports jacket or a voluminous sweater, can also make you look more flattering.