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What to Wear with Jeans

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Jeans aren’t just for school kids and yard work anymore. With so many designers coming up with sophisticated, stylish takes on this American perennial, jeans can work for you from morning until late into the night. The key is what you pair them with. Wearing jeans to cocktail parties and restaurants is fun, but the look falls flat without the right accessories. Here are a few ideas for what you can wear with your favorite pair of jeans.

•    With the Bohemian look hot right now, tunics are a fun choice to wear over straight-leg jeans and heels.  Keep in mind that a longer jean is necessary to balance out the longer top. Avoid tunic-style tops that pass the mid-thigh area as they will make you look disproportionate. It’s also important to wear flat-front jeans with this style to prevent weird bumps and lumps in the tummy area.

•    Consider the color of the denim. Generally, dressier jeans will have a darker wash. Dark, nicely tailored jeans and a collared shirt could even be a good choice for Casual Friday at the office. Jeans that are more faded and distressed are a good choice for wearing out-and-about and to informal events.

•    Men and ladies can dress up dark jeans with a blazer or tailored jacket. To go to a more relaxed look instantly, just remove the jacket.

•    High heels will add pizazz to jeans every time. If you’re going for an upscale look, avoid pairing jeans with athletic shoes unless you’re wanting to look like Jerry Seinfeld.

•    During the colder months, try layering a button-down shirt with a tee, a jacket and jeans. Low heels and a classic handbag complete a warm yet sophisticated look.

•    A tiered, ruffly tank top and heels are a fun match for a pair of sexy jeans, and perfect for a night out on the town. For a dinner date or a casual evening out, pair well-fitted jeans with a sweater or dressy blouse.

•    Create a cuffed jean by rolling up your jeans, then add leather ankle boots and an elbow-length top for a fun, adventurous style.

•    Belts can go a long way toward making your jeans look sassy or polished. A nice leather belt can finish off a dressy look. Metallic, sequined, studded and various other kinds of belts will draw attention to that curvy silhouette for the nighttime.

•    If you have a pair of “skinny” jeans, try wearing them with ballet flats and a tunic for a casual day look. For a more modern look, wear knee-high boots with the jeans tucked in.

Small details such as contrasting stitching, interesting pocket designs and sparkles can add a great deal to the overall look of a jean. Less is more in this department though, as too much detailing can make jeans look tacky. If you are bottom-heavy, avoid large back pockets or other design elements that draw attention to that area.

White jeans

What to Wear with White Jeans

White jeans

While most people are afraid of white jeans (think ketchup dripping off a burger at that summer barbeque or a Starbuck’s cappuccino that attacks you in the car), this look adds infinite possibilities to your wardrobe. Nothing says spring and summer better than a great pair of white jeans paired with a breezy top. And when you pair white jeans with the right top, shoes and stylish accessories, you can even slip them on year-round.

If you enjoy wearing denim, adding white jeans to your wardrobe is an absolute must. Any outfit will look fresh and contemporary anchored by them, which is the look you’re going for in summer wear. Don’t believe the myth that you have to be super skinny to wear white jeans either. As with any pair of jeans, the factors that will determine how you look are fit and fabric. Find a pair that fits you correctly, and you’ve added tons of versatility to your wardrobe.

Seven for All Mankind’s Ginger jean is a sophisticated pair that hugs in the right places and loosens at the leg, making it a good choice for both thin and curvy silhouettes.

AG Adriano Goldschmied Stilt Cigarette Leg Jeans are another white jean style with great versatility. The lean look balances out longer tops, and flat shoes won’t get lost underneath its narrow leg openings.

Here are few ideas for items you can pair with a great pair of white jeans to create head-turning looks.
•    A flowing, Bohemian-style top is the perfect compliment to white jeans. Add sandals for a modern summer look that can easily go from casual to evening.
•    Like the Bohemian shirt, tunics are also great to wear with white jeans. A long, loose tunic will cover the butt and help the legs look longer and leaner. Balance the longer layers with a long necklace or a few strands of beads.
•    For a stunning monochromatic look, pair a white t-shirt with white jeans. Metallic accessories and shoes will really stand out against this look.
•    With black and white gaining popularity again, wear white jeans paired with a black sweater and black shoes. This look can easily be dressed down for out-and-about wear, and strappy heels with take the look into the evening.
•    Pair a simple tee or tank with a linen blazer and white jeans for a classic summery look.
•    For a leaner look, don’t wear a belt with white jeans. A belt that’s any color other than white will divide your body horizontally and make you appear shorter.

Finally, before you leave the house, check your butt to make sure there aren’t panty lines or shadows to mar your look from behind. Denim is a heavy fabric, but the wrong pair of undies can wreak havoc with a lighter weight pair. Stick with white undergarments when you’re sporting white jeans. You might also consider buying jeans with a lining, although these are less common than those without.