Denim is a clothing category that has so many style subcategories it can almost be considered a separate wardrobe. A long, sleek flare style provides the exact opposite feeling of loose, baggy low-rise jeans, while a skinny fit goes in a whole other direction. Since denim trends ebb and flow constantly, by now you've probably accumulated quite a few different denim styles in your closet that all provide a certain look and serve a particular purpose for your outfit combinations.
Since springtime is one of denim's main seasons to shine, I thought it might be useful to round up some outfit ideas for each subcategory of your denim collection. After all, what pairs well with skinny jeans might not have quite the same effect with wide-leg styles. This way you'll have a new idea for every silhouette in your wardrobe—from the blazer-and-low-rise-jeans combo that exudes cool to the chicest skinny-jean outfit I've ever seen. Below are 16 cool spring jean outfits for every style you own.
Low-rise jeans are making a comeback in 2020—specifically baggy silhouettes. They may seem like an intimidating trend to try, but styling them is easier than it looks. If you're into the bra top trend, try pairing your favorite one with your baggy jeans and top it off with a blazer.
You can also opt for a longer tank top and oversize button-down to achieve a similar look without showing quite as much midriff.
Bootcut jeans are one of those styles that fluctuate in popularity without ever truly going away. To make yours feel 2020, try pairing with a sleek bodysuit and chain jewelry like our managing editor Kristen did above.
As always, when in doubt, just add a blazer. The contrast between the oversize silhouette of the blazer with the slightly flared jeans makes for an ultra-chic combo.
Straight-leg jeans are the easiest to style, in my opinion, because essentially anything you pair on top will be proportional since the style is slim without being too tight. Whether it's something oversize or fitted on top, it's guaranteed to balance out nicely with a straight-leg style. I'm especially partial to this combo of a relaxed button-down, straight-leg jeans, and ankle boots.
It doesn't get more classic than a white tee, straight-leg denim, and cool boots.
Ecru denim is synonymous with springtime, and it's my favorite alternative to white jeans because it's much easier to style since the color isn't so stark. You can pair almost any color seamlessly with ecru-colored denim, but this brown coat, black T-shirt, and loafers are highly recommended.
A monochrome outfit is always a good idea, and this off-white version just feels so right.
Skinny jeans are another denim silhouette that's fairly easy to style since most items pair well with them, but it doesn't get easier (or cooler) than the classic tank-and-sneaker combo.
Another easy combo that still feels thoughtful is to add a leather separate into the mix. This leather shirt brings just the right amount of polish to a simple jeans-and-tee look.
Cropped flares have taken a back seat to some other buzzy denim styles recently, but they're still a great option when you're looking for a polished outfit. I love this simple but chic combo of cropped flares, an oversize blazer, and nude flats.
This sweater-and-loafers combo is the ideal outfit.
Wide-leg jeans are another major 2020 denim trend, and my personal favorite at the moment. They feel both retro and modern at the same time. This combination of a long trench coat contrasted with a fitted shirt underneath and wide-leg jeans feels of the moment yet classic.
You can never go wrong with denim on denim, and the nostalgic nature of wide-leg jeans is the perfect opportunity to tap into that retro feeling the Canadian tuxedo brings.
I'm just going to go ahead and say it: Flare jeans are the most flattering denim style out there (in my opinion). They can make your legs look miles long and the long hem gives you some extra height. I love this '90s-feeling combo of sneakers, flare jeans, and a blazer.
Another combo that's classic for a reason, flare jeans and a T-shirt are a match made in heaven. Throw on a textured jacket and you've got yourself one chic outfit.
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