How to Make Every Damn Pair of Jeans Look Really, Really Good

These days, it seems that there's no place that jeans are considered inappropriate. Countless offices have been freed from the constraints of strict dress codes (not to mention it's now arguably "cooler" to make less of an effort on a night out than we once did). As such, jeans have become the ultimate round-the-clock staple as opposed to the weekend throw-on they were once considered to be.

However, with such copious wear comes inevitable outfit boredom. How are you supposed to feel inspired about styling the item that has become the closest thing you have to a second skin?

Speaking from experience, I found that a short break—be it a few days or a week—was all I needed to reignite my denim fire. I planned my non-jean outfits in advance, then, as I tend to use my commuting time for scrolling anyway, I began to archive how to wear jeans when my self-imposed ban was lifted. The fruits of which you'll find below.

While straight-leg jeans are my personal preference, I've categorised the inspo by jean style. Simply hone in on your go-to and see how influencers are wearing theirs. "How to wear jeans?" is a question you'll never have to pose to yourself again.


Style Notes: A Breton and classic court shoes help elevate the idea of baggy jeans. Thank you, Jessie, for the welcome reminder.

Style Notes: Make like Kicki and add edge to baggy denim with black accessories and retro kicks.

Style Notes: Alexis adds polish to her wide-leg jeans with fresh white boots, a black roll-neck and a timeless trench.


Style Notes: Tamu's grey jeans offer a modern take on the '70s staple—as do her metallic mules and button-down shirt.

Style Notes: Tuck in a printed blouse to further enhance the silhouette created by the flared hem, just like Emili.

Style Notes: Play to the retro mood with a geometric blouse, ensuring you keep the hemline of your jeans long enough to cover your shoes.


Style Notes: Eni gives her high-waist mom jeans a glossy spin with a cream tuxedo jacket and metallic strappy heels.

Style Notes: Keep things simple in a marl grey tee and black strappy heels like Charlotte.

Style Notes: We love how Ume has knotted her shirt to show off the full effect of her high-waisters.


Style Notes: Ripped jeans run the risk of looking cheap, but not where Tine is concerned. Follow her lead by pairing yours with a black oversized blazer and directional block heels.

Style Notes: Lucy gives her rips gravitas by styling them with a tailored coat and chunky jumper.

Style Notes: Ada's combination of ripped jeans, patent boots, a padded puffer and oversized shades is the coolest thing we've seen in a long while.


Style Notes: Skinny jeans are the ideal style to try the dress-over-trousers look with, as evidenced by Karina.

Style Notes: Pippa proves that tucking your jeans into your boots is very much a thing again. Skinnies are the perfect accompaniment to over-the-knee styles.

Style Notes: As they're cut closely to the body, skinny jeans look particularly excellent with oversized coats, just like Khaoula's, in fact.


Style Notes: Straight-leg jeans have fast become the It girl's denim of choice. Wear them with going-out tops and unassuming shoes for fashion kudos.

Style Notes: Straight-leg jeans look their best with statement boots that sit underneath the trouser leg. Case in point? Hannah's patent numbers.

Style Notes: If you're a maximalist like Ellie, straight-leg jeans provide the perfect blank canvas for out-there cover-ups and bright accessories.


Style Notes: White jeans can work for the office as long as you follow Xiayan's lead by wearing them with a camel blazer, a roll-neck and black shoes.

Style Notes: Give them a downtime spin with candy stripes and plimsoles, as seen on Brittany.

Style Notes: Who said the double-denim look was reserved for blues only? Courtney's white-on-white ensemble is the stuff dreams are made of.

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

Next, six simple outfits that are anything but boring.

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