If you were to peek inside my wardrobe, you'd quickly see that it's dominated by two items. And while I'd like those items to be It dresses and Manolo Blahniks, the reality is more humble. I'm talking about jeans and jumpers. At last count, I had 12 pairs of jeans and 16 pullovers at my outfit disposal. Now that the weather has reached that tricky in-between stage, I've been (and will undoubtedly continue to be) wearing them on repeat.
Often disregarded as throw-on garments (I'll admit I didn't give my jeans-and-jumper outfits much thought either), the combination can prove to be the perfect wear-anywhere look. Curating your jeans-and-jumper outfits isn't complicated—it's all about finding the knitted yin to your denim yang. With the help of a few sartorially blessed street style stars, I've found seven foolproof formulas that always work. Keep scrolling and you'll see how effective jeans-and-jumper outfits really can be.
BLEACHED CUT-OFFS + DOUBLE-UP KNIT
The double-up knit is one of this season's more unusual trends (although it's free to recreate, so we're not complaining). Slip into Style styles it to perfection with lilac, colour match jumpers and a pair of raw hem, bleach jeans.
This lilac Frankie Shop jumper comes with a second one already attached.
These bleach jeans will work in all seasons.
Anyone who's anyone is toting a Carolina Santo Domingo bag.
YELLOW CREW NECK + HIGH-WAISTED JEANS
Yellow has been the colour comeback kid of 2018 and Hanna Stefansson's chic look shows that it's so easy to wear. Her patent blue coat offers the perfect contrast to the woolly knit, which is nonchalantly tucked into a pair of flattering high-waisted jeans. The white knee-high boots finish the look off nicely.
This yellow hue will flatter all skin tones.
'90s-style straight jeans are officially the new skinny.
On-trend and waterproof. What more could you want?
Wear with everything from casual denim to flowy midi dresses.
LONGLINE COAT + CROPPED FLARES
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Chic and toasty. We're so glad the longline knit is back on our radar for A/W 18. Ensure you balance out the hemline with a pair of cropped kick-flare jeans and block heels.
Buy a size up to enhance the oversized silhouette of this cricket knit.
Topshop's iconic Dree jeans also come in black, indigo, grey—heck, just about every wash you could ever want.
Too early for full-on coats? Begin the new-season transition with a blazer silhouette in a heavy wooly fabric.
PASTEL + WHITE DENIM
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Who said white denim was reserved for summer? With a mottled pastel knit and chunky white kicks, your white jeans will make for the perfect trans-seasonal attire. Best stock on the Daz.
With an array of colours intricately woven into this jumper, you'll be hard-pressed to find something it won't go with.
Look for creamy off-white hues, as they look more expensive and chicer than pure-white styles.
This soft lemon hue will instantly lift your monotone work ensembles.
PRIM + BLEACHED RIPS
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Try giving a cute bobbled or ruffle jumper an edgy overhaul with a pair of contrasting ripped jeans in a throwback wash. Finish up the look with sleek heels and a top-handle bag.
The slightly cropped length of this knit makes it ideal for wearing with trousers, as it'll help showcase the definition of your waist.
The worn-in–looking rips and washed-blue hue make these jeans look like they could be vintage.
Black courts can often be too harsh against denim; look to a brown or neutral shade instead.
BRIGHT ROLL-NECK + BAGGY BLACK JEANS
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Breathe new life into your trusty black strides with a colour-pop knit. We recommend pairing a pair of relaxed jeans with a tucked-in roll-neck jumper for off-duty wear.
Want to make your roll-neck work even harder? Try these outfit formulas, too.
The baggy cut of these trousers makes them ideal for travelling or running errands in.
First, skirts and dresses were given the leopard-print treatment, and now coats have too. This one is a treat for the eyes and the purse strings.
We're already pining after the black version of these boots, but now that they're available in nude, we think we might have to have both pairs.
RETRO STRIPES + WIDE-LEG JEANS
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Rainbow knits are all the rage for autumn 2018, and we reckon the coolest way to wear them is to play on the '70s vibe. With contrast-stitch wide-leg jeans and patent boots, it'll look the throwback part without teetering on fancy-dress territory.
On trend and on sale? This knit is a no-brainer if you ask us.
Keep your top fitted to stop these wide-leg jeans from swapping your frame.
If you're yet to invest in any boots this year, this patent Mango pair is an excellent place to start.
Going out out? Let's see which heels will suit your jeans best…