Ah, jeans. They're the all-round performer, year on year. They were originally created as workwear and now we're making them work hard across multiple trends and occasions. Jeans are an incredibly versatile piece of clothing that make a myriad of wardrobe possibilities come to life—what other item can translate an evening look to daytime so effortlessly, for example? They're also built to last and often look so much better with a bit of wear and tear integrated into their fabric after faithfully seeing you through years of dressing.
One of my favourite ways to wear jeans is with a simple, crisp shirt. It's the perfect outfit for these warmer days before we reach the depths of autumn, but a shirt also works well underneath a blazer or leather jacket—two timeless jacket styles we'll see lots of this season and beautifully executed by the likes of Gucci on the A/W 23 runways.
And when it comes to shoes, statement styles can still have their moment with jeans, whether you're looking to reveal an embellished point from beneath a long, loose denim hemline, or a retro-inspired trainer below a turn-up ankle. A pair of loafers with bare ankles or socks looks great with pencil-leg jeans, whilst a Chelsea boot appearing under an ankle-grazing pair also hits the mark. Personally, I love wearing mary janes with jeans; I think it's such a chic look, so scroll down for my pick of the best T-bar styles to wear with denim.
Rumour has it that one big fashion magazine used to ban its staff from wearing jeans in the office, and now they're the ultimate staple item—you won't find a wardrobe without at least one pair. So, cue my tips on how to get the best wear out of your denim all year round, with a special focus on how to wear them with some of autumn 2023's key trends.
1. THE CRISP SHIRT
Brooklyn Gallagher keeps it clean and simple whilst showing some skin with her relaxed white shirt.
Photo:VERSACE A/W 23
Versace sent a starch-stiff white shirt down the runway paired with hard, leather accessories and oversized earrings.
I'd be surprised if you hadn't heard of With Nothing Underneath and its absolutely bang-on shirts. Well-made and comfortable, they're worth the price tag.
2. LEATHER SEPARATES
Anne-Laure Mais keeps it unequivocally French with her low-heel boots, leather jacket and a scarf artfully tossed over her shoulder.
This NYFW guest nails layering with a hoodie under their tough, padded leather jacket.
3. EXECUTIVE TAILORING
Danielle Williams-Eke keeps it formal yet relaxed with a silk blazer and embellished heels, finished off with her miniature handbag.
Photo:GUCCI A/W 23
Gucci maintains this loose, slouchy fit throughout each outerwear piece this season.
4. FANCY FOOTWORK
Anouk Yve pops on some T-bar shoes with her slim-leg jeans for a chic and relaxed look.
Franny looks so chic in her Mary Janes, black jeans and white shirt.
5. THE BLACK MAXI COAT
Erika Boldrin balances her slouchy jeans and chunky trainers with a wide-shouldered, double-breasted black coat for a smart and up-to-date look.
Photo:ALAÏA A/W 23
Alaïa's cocoon coat with exaggerated lapels looks great with turned-up jeans and creates a rounded, sophisticated silhouette.
I can feel the sheer luxury of this coat through my computer screen. I used to work in retail for Joseph many moons ago, and I dreamed of one day owning one of its classic coats which are designed to last a lifetime. (Note: I'm still dreaming.) This one is made from double-layered cashmere for extra warmth and comfort.