13 Quick Tips for Dressing Up Your Jeans

Jeans: We love them. We couldn't imagine a complete wardrobe without a pair (or seven). They are the fail-safe fashion item we pull out when we have nothing else to wear—or when there's no time to even think about it. Jeans are also one of our go-tos for any event, be it brunches, evening 'dos, or for the office (if you're not lumbered with a strict dress code). But we can find ourselves in a style rut when it comes to styling them in new and exciting ways.

Get this, though: We'd venture to guess that within your closet, you already have everything you need to dress up your jeans in a hundred and one ways. So if you find yourself in dire need of inventive refreshes, you've come to the right place. We've hunted down some incredible ensembles to help you make the most of your denim collection. Click through our gallery for 13 tips you can try right now.

1. A Posh Shirt or Blouse

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Style Notes: There are plenty of ruffled, slinky or silk shirts around right now. Anything similar to this will immediately make a pair of jeans look infinitely more glamorous.

2. A Classic Blazer

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Style Notes: Simple and easy, tailoring will take any casual look to the next level.

3. A BacklessTop

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Style Notes: Still loving the off-the-shoulder top? Go one step further and opt for this season's backless shirts—they are the perfect partner to denim.

4. Leopard Print

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Style Notes: There's one item that always makes an outfit immediately more interesting: leopard print.

5. Fancy Footwear

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Style Notes: Okay, these might not be in your wardrobe already, but a pair of shoes such as these Self-Portrait heels (which you can pre-order) are bound to make any denim outfit sing.

6. Pretty Layering

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Style Notes: A white shirt, crop top, and robe seems like an outfit ripe for looking sloppy. But in reality, it's totally swish.

7. An Evening Top

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Style Notes: Sometimes all your denim really needs is a major It piece—for the daytime, naturally.

8. A Bold Dress

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Style Notes: The dress-over-jeans trend isn't going away anytime soon, but the real trick to making your trusty denim look its best? Match your dress colour to your heels.

9. Sparkly Shoes

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Style Notes: It's old-school, but glitter or sequins are always brilliant at making your outfit feel a little bit extra special.

10. Hosiery

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Style Notes: A tiny twist to make jeans appear more exciting is opting for an unexpected bit of hosiery, especially a pair with a pattern or embellishment.

11. High-Heeled Mules

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Style Notes: Is there anything chicer? 

12. A Jean Belt

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Style Notes: What is it about the simple addition of a jean belt that adds such smartness? Perhaps it's the fact that you know you won't be scrambling to pull up your skinny jeans all day and night…

13. Metallics

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Style Notes: Much like glitter, metallics have the ability to make any denim shine.

Next up! How to ace all the latest jeans trends in your 30s.

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