It's Official: These Are the Most Versatile Jeans in History

Quick question: Do you know how to wear a pair of Levi's 501 jeans? This isn't a trick. The reason we ask is because the iconic denim, invented in the late 1800s, is a real staple for any jean lover's wardrobe, but they can be particularly troublesome to style. They're not skinny (at least the original 501 iterations aren't), they're often in a washed-out colour, and they are high-waisted. So what do you wear with them to ensure they look fresh and updated, and not like you're doing some kind of throwback look?

As usual, we turn to the biggest street style stars to see how they have worn theirs. From boots and boxy jackets to oversize shirts as well as tucked-in graphic tees, we've realised that these jeans can be styled with a variety of pieces and therefore are the most versatile around. The beauty about them is that they're at once recognisable and also so simple that you can wear pretty much anything with them. For a good guide on how to style yours, we've found 11 chic looks to give you inspo.

Keep scrolling to see our guide on how to wear 501 jeans and where to shop them right now.

Idea #1: Black Boots and a White Blouse

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Style Notes: A simple pair of black boots, a white shirt and a black jacket complete this look.

Idea #2: White Tee and "Ugly" Sandals

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Style Notes: This might just be one of our favourites; you can't go wrong with a classic grey blazer, comfy "ugly" sandals and a white tee.

Idea #3: Midi Heels and a Long Coat

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Style Notes: Take a tip from Vogue's Fashion Features Director, Sarah Harris, and pair your classic 501 pair with a long blue coat and midi heels.

Idea #4: A Bomber, a Roll-Neck, and Bold Shoes

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Style Notes: Just because your jeans are simple doesn't mean the rest of your outfit has to stay pared back. Go for a roll-neck, a bold bomber and shoes to really stand out.

Idea #5: Animal-Print Shoes and a Striped Shirt

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Style Notes: We don't need to tell you that stripes are one of the biggest S/S 17 fashion trends, so pair your 501s with a blue shirt and zebra-print shoes.

Idea #6: Off-the-Shoulder Top and Espadrilles

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Style Notes: Who doesn't love wearing espadrilles in the summer? Sure, it might be a little chilly right now, but come the warmer months, this is going to be one of your go-to looks, guaranteed.

Idea #7: Flats and a Robe

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Style Notes: Another popular piece that's going to hit its stride this year is the robe. (We've already seen the look on every street style star.) It's the perfect alternative to the transitional trench or bomber jacket.

Idea #8: Maxi Dress and Heels

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Style Notes: Not ready to bare the legs yet? Layer a maxi dress over your 501 jeans, and add your favourite pair of heels.

Idea #9: Statement Knitwear and Boots

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Style Notes: The really key part of this look isn't just the statement knitwear but how it's styled (tucked in).

Idea #10: Hooded Jumper and Long-Line Bomber

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Style Notes: Sassleisure is having a moment, so update your classic jeans with a hoodie and long bomber jacket.  

Idea #11: Pretty Blouse and Block Heels

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Style Notes: There's no reason these jeans can't be super elegant. Just pair yours with a pretty blouse and block heels, and you're good to go.

A deep-blue pair works in any kind of wardrobe.

You know how much we love a frayed hem. 

Try bagging yourself a vintage pair of 501s. 

For those who can't put down their skinnies. 

Not a blue-jean kind of girl? Try this black pair. 

High-waisted and the perfect blue. 

For a looser fit, try the boyfriend jean. 

If you're up for classics with a twist, these patchwork versions should do nicely.

Next up! The seven S/S 17 fashion trends you need to know.