If you’re like most people, you consider denim a wardrobe essential, and with good reason. Denim staples like jeans are among the most versatile clothing items out there. They’re comfortable enough to wear just about anywhere, as well as tough and durable – the type of clothing that only gets better and more wearable with age. They’re equally appropriate for all seasons, to boot.
However, even the most fashionable denim-based outfit can use a little update from time to time, especially when it comes to dressing things up. The following are just a few of our favorite ways for taking our favorite pair of jeans to the next level and beyond. Which one will you be trying first?
- Pair your jeans with an ultra-girly top.
One of the easiest ways to take jeans from “ho-hum” to “wow” is to pair them with a pretty statement top. Want to create a super chic old-fashioned look in a flash? Try a bohemian poet shirt or a fringed tunic for a delightful hit of retro appeal. Looking for the perfect party outfit or date night ensemble? Now’s the time to break out that new metallic blouse you picked out at the beginning of the season. Denim is a wonderful way to keep even the frilliest tops from looking overly girly or sentimental.
- Add a fantastic pair of tall boots.
Looking for a new way to add style and flair to your favorite pair of skinny jeans? Add any pair of this season’s super chic knee-high leather boots to the mix. Look to shiny finishes and elegant heels to create maximum impact. (We absolutely love the Amanda by Pierre Dumas.) Then allow the boots to be the focal point of your look by keeping the rest of your outfit low-key and understated. This strategy works especially well for dark blue denim. Feeling extra daring? Try this look with thigh-high suede boots to really make a statement.
- Wear with an unusual piece or statement accessory.
Trendy statement items like a metallic jacket or the bright purple hobo bag can present challenges in your everyday wardrobe. Pair your statement pieces with denim since it’s the perfect neutral. Use bright pumps or eye-catching bags to add visual interest to your everyday look. The possibilities are endless.
- Go classy by adding a blazer.
A classic blazer is considered a must-have wardrobe staple for a reason. It looks good with just about anything, and your favorite pair of jeans is no exception. Pair your skinny jeans with a neutral blazer, a silk blouse, and a coordinating pair of pumps for a dressed up look that’s always in style. Rock a statement blazer in a bright shade or an unusual fabric by layering it over an all-black look starring your favorite dark-colored jeans. Blazers and jeans go perfectly together, no matter what’s on your agenda for the day.
- Match your jeans with statement shoes and a leather jacket.
Are you absolutely in love with head-turning statement shoes like this sexy shootie from Pierre Dumas but not sure how to wear them? Channel your inner fashion icon by breaking out your favorite pair of black jeans, rolling the bottoms into an attractive cuff, and topping off the entire look with one of this season’s sleek leather jackets. Looking so stylish has never been so easy.
- Add multiple necklaces to the mix.
Adding sparkle, color, or a pair of pretty shoes isn’t the only way to take your favorite denim pieces to the next level. Balancing the casual appeal of everyone’s favorite fabric with not one but several well-chosen necklaces is a simple way to add a little style to the mix. Keep the look pulled together and polished by selecting necklaces of similar materials, but different lengths. Finish your look off to perfection with a snazzy jacket and coordinating clutch.
- Make things cozy with chunky knits.
Everyone knows that a well-planned layered look is a girl’s best friend, especially when the temperature drops in the winter time. Try freshening up your denim ensemble by wearing a long, cable knit cardigan over a crewneck sweater in a coordinating shade. Ensure the look stays sleek instead of bulky by highlighting your waist with a stylish belt. This look is especially fantastic with cropped jeans and booties.
- Rock a belted jacket.
This season, belted jackets and coats in a variety of colors, lengths, and fabrics are all the rage, and it’s not hard to see why. They don’t just keep you warm. They keep you looking slim, stylish, and put-together by accentuating your waist. Pair a belted winter coat with your favorite pair of slim-fit jeans, a pair of this season’s retro wedge booties, and a sleek pair of shades for a look that’s effortlessly cool in all the right ways.
- Add some elegant lace.
Long, romantic lace tops are more than just one of this season’s hottest trends. They also just so happen to be a no-fail way to dress up an awesome pair of slim-fit jeans. Wear them on their own over a nude camisole that won’t distract from the pretty pattern of your lace. Match them with scarves, blazers, or other accessories as part of a winning layered look. It’s sure to become your new favorite way to add a little extra glam to your favorite jeans.
Of course, these are just a few of the many ways you can dress jeans up and make them your very own. Try pairing yours with a variety of different coats, blouses and accessories for fun and unique outfits. The only limit to the number of looks you can create are the ones dictated by your imagination!