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12 Styling Ideas That Will Give Your Jeans a New Lease of Life

Ah, jeans. Where would we be without them? As someone who avoided wearing them for the first 20 years of her life, in the decade that’s followed, I have integrated jeans into my wardrobe as easily as I have knickers and bras. I honestly don’t remember how I ever got dressed without them. And while they might not always be the most exciting thing to wear, they do open up countless sartorial possibilities.

Fellow denim devotees will tell you that jeans have the potential to unlock excellent outfits, and you need only look to Instagram for proof. From Lauren-Nicole’s sleek take on the Canadian tuxedo to Ada Oguntodu’s penchant for retro flares to the way Felicia Akerstrom wears ecru jeans, you’re going to look at your denim drawer in a totally new light after seeing these next-level looks. Keep scrolling to see our favourite jeans outfit ideas of the moment and, of course, shop them along the way.

1. Slouchy Blazer + High-Tops

Jeans Outfit Ideas: @fakerstrom wears ecru jeans

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@fakerstrom

Jeans and trainers go hand in hand, and Akerstroms’s look is one of the chicest interpretations we’ve seen. 

Shop the look:
Arket Oversized Wool Hopsack Blazer
Arket
Oversized Wool Hopsack Blazer
£135
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Arket Barrel Leg Jeans
Arket
Barrel Leg Jeans
£69
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Converse Chuck '70 Hi Black Trainers
Converse
Chuck ’70 Hi Black Trainers
£75
£68
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2. Simple Vest + Shoulder Bag

Jeans Outfit Ideas: @champagnemani wears a pair of blue jeans with a white vest top

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@champagnemani

Tick off three major ’90s trends in one outfit with a simple vest top, leather shoulder bag and some vintage-wash denim. 

Shop the look:
COS Fitted Vest Top
COS
Fitted Vest Top
£12
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Monki Handbag
Monki
Handbag
£20
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& Other Stories Keeper Cut Jeans
& Other Stories
Keeper Cut Jeans
£65
£33
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3. Oversized Coat + Track-Sole Boots

Jeans Outfit Ideas: @_jessicaskye wears bleach jeans with a Breton top

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@_jessicaskye

Shop the look:
Weekday Rule Coat
Weekday
Rule Coat
£80
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AG Jeans Wide-Leg Jeans
AG
Jeans Wide-Leg Jeans
£368
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Ganni Chunky Sole Boots
Ganni
Chunky Sole Boots
£530
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4. Gingham Checks + Mules

Jeans Outfit Ideas: @spicy.mayo wears a gingham blouse with classic jeans

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@spicy.mayo

Gingham prints work in every season, and one of the easiest ways to style them (particularly bright iterations) is with a pair of light jeans and your favourite midi heels. 

Shop the look:
Ganni Gingham Crepe Peplum Wrap Blouse
Ganni
Gingham Crepe Peplum Wrap Blouse
£120
£60
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Abercrombie & Fitch Curve Love 90s Ultra High Rise Straight Jeans
Abercrombie & Fitch
Curve Love 90s Ultra High Rise Straight Jeans
£72
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Zara Leather Heeled Mules
Zara
Leather Heeled Mules
£50
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5. Chunky Knit + Matching Shoes

Jeans Outfit Ideas: @symphonyofsilk wears beige jeans with matching boots

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@symphonyofsilk

If white jeans just aren’t your thing but you’re keen to explore lighter shades, follow Lorna Humphrey’s lead by investing in a beige pair. We love how she’s matched the colour of her denim to her boots. 

Shop the look:
Mango Pearls Knitted Sweater
Mango
Pearls Knitted Sweater
£60
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Jacquemus Nimes High-Rise Jeans
Jacquemus
Nimes High-Rise Jeans
£255
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& Other Stories Almond Toe Heeled Leather Boots
& Other Stories
Almond Toe Heeled Leather Boots
£135
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6. Maxi Cardigan + Chunky Boots

Jeans Outfit Ideas: @monikh wears blue jeans with a maxi cardigan

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@monikh

Is it just us, or are maxi cardigans starting to crop up all over the place? Wear yours over classic denim, and finish with chunky boots for an offbeat take on the throwback wardrobe staple. 

Shop the look:
Zara Long Knit Cardigan With Pockets
Zara
Long Knit Cardigan With Pockets
£50
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Reformation Cynthia High Rise Straight Jeans
Reformation
Cynthia High Rise Straight Jeans
£130
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Dune Palms Black Chunky Leather Boots
Dune
Palms Black Chunky Leather Boots
£160
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7. Barrel Jeans + Bucket Hat

Jeans Outfit Ideas: @palomija wears grey jeans with a padded jacket

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@palomija

Paloma Elsesser gives her grey jeans a cool, off-duty overall by pairing them with a puffer jacket and an on-trend bucket hat. The cuffed hems earn her extra sartorial points, too. 

Shop the look:
COS Bucket Hat
COS
Bucket Hat
£35
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COS Quilted Jacket
COS
Quilted Jacket
£99
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Whistles Authentic Barrel Leg Jean
Whistles
Authentic Barrel Leg Jean
£95
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8. Black Blazer + Ripped Jeans

Jeans Outfit Ideas: @umeromaan wears a pair of ripped jeans with a blazer

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@umeromaan

The easiest way to polish ripped jeans? Take cues from Ume, and pair them with a tailored blazer in a classic hue and finish with minimalistic footwear. 

Shop the look:
& Other Stories Oversized Wool Blazer
& Other Stories
Oversized Wool Blazer
£165
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Arket Regular Cropped Stretch Jeans
Arket
Regular Cropped Stretch Jeans
£59
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Marsèll Pointed Toe Pumps
Marsèll
Pointed Toe Pumps
£561
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9. Collared Knit + Classic Blazer

Jeans Outfit Ideas: @hannahlewisstylist wears a pair of white jeans with a navy blazer

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@hannahlewisstylist

Hannah Lewis is a master at curating refined outfits with layerable pieces. So much so that she has us digging our white jeans out of our summer storage to wear with zip-front knits and woollen blazers. 

Shop the look:
Karen Millen Formal Blazer Coat
Karen Millen
Formal Blazer Coat
£115
£46
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Sézane Micky Jumper in Hazelnut
Sézane
Micky Jumper in Hazelnut
£110
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Monki Yoko Off-White Jeans
Monki
Yoko Off-White Jeans
£40
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10. Leather Jacket + Flares

Jeans Outfit Ideas: @ada_oguntodu wears flares with a tan leather jacket

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@ada_oguntodu

Ada Oguntodu isn’t afraid to revisit the ’70s with her wares, and this look (indigo flares, a tan leather jacket and cowboy boots) is up there with her finest homages. 

Remain Birger Christensen Camel Eilera Belted Leather Jacket
Remain Birger Christensen
Camel Eilera Belted Leather Jacket
£480
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Frame Denim Le High Flare Jeans
Frame Denim
Le High Flare Jeans
£190
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Arket Square-Toe Leather Boots
Arket
Square-Toe Leather Boots
£225
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11. Skinny Jeans + Knee-High Boots

Jeans Outfit Ideas: @pernilleteisbaek wears grey jeans with matching boots

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@pernilleteisbaek

The Danes have made your favourite ’00s styling trick (the one where you tuck your jeans into your boots) cool again. Case in point? Pernille Teisbaek’s entire getup.

Shop the look:
& Other Stories Mock Neck Sweater
& Other Stories
Mock Neck Sweater
£35
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Paige Federal Grey Jeans
Paige
Federal Grey Jeans
£225
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Gianvito Rossi Glen 85 Suede Boots
Gianvito Rossi
Glen 85 Suede Boots
£1160
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12. Double Denim + Snake Print

Jeans Outfit Ideas: @laurennicolefk wears a Canadian Tuxedo

Photo:

@laurennicolefk

Lauren-Nicole is single-handedly bringing the Canadian tuxedo back to the fashion forefront with her double-denim attire. We love the addition of some unexpected snake-print boots, too. 

Shop the look:
Selected Femme Miranda Denim Shirt
Selected Femme
Miranda Denim Shirt
£65
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Marks and Spencer Magic Shaping High Waisted Skinny Jeans
Marks and Spencer
Magic Shaping High Waisted Skinny Jeans
£40
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Free People Vegan Going West Boot
Free People
Vegan Going West Boot
£88
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This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

Opening Image: @ada_oguntodu

Next up: Honestly, These Basic Tops Are the Only Things I Want to Be Wearing RN

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