A Handy Guide To Styling Jeans, With Inspo From Celebs
From a bootcut to distressed washes, to classic straights and regulars and torn jeans, here’s all the ways to wear your jeans
If there’s one garment that’s a staple, a cure-all for any outfit, it’s a pair of good old blue jeans. Isn’t it an item you wear more than any other you own? Possibly the most popular piece of clothing in the world, and one that can be styled in multiple ways, be it a classic, like a plain white tee with a blue jeans, or daring double denim situation, a good pair of jeans in your rotation, and you’ll be pretty much sorted. And who better to take inspiration from than the style-makers from tinsel town? Here’s a look at top looks featuring the evergreen denim, popularised by celebrities.
Bootcut jeans are an American western wear staple that is cut to fit over a pair of cowboy boots. They come in their own sub-genres like slim and relaxed, but each one flares out at the hem. Classic bootcut jeans are cut with a high rise that sits closer to your natural waist, but contemporary versions often have a low rise. The bootcut was extremely relevant in the early ’80s, but has made a comeback recently with brands like Gucci, Levis and American Eagle exploring ’70s aesthetics and Gen Z’s ongoing obsession with Y2K fashion.
Straight fits are exactly what they sound like — the silhouette runs straight from the hips down through the legs. Neither too tight, nor relaxed, these are the closest to perfection a piece of garment can get. Sometimes you will see brands calling this fit a “regular straight” or “classic straight”. Style it with a plaid shirt or a round neck tee, for a look that you can never go wrong with.
The denim industry was forever changed in the ’80s when distressed jeans were first introduced. Though genuine denim purists will despise the idea of fabricated fades, rips, and tears, a pair of artfully ripped jeans can look just as good as a naturally broken-in pair.
White jeans can add a breath of fresh air to your blue jean rotation, especially during the summers. They can be intimidating for a lot of people but can be easily styled if paired correctly. Firstly, go for a pair of off-white or natural cotton jeans, which cools off the bright white shade. Secondly, do not overthink about getting them dirty. Treat them like a pair of blue jeans or painter pants, and these pieces look better as they age.
If calf-clinging, artfully distressed designer denim isn’t your type, there’s nothing wrong with keeping it classic. The nothing-to-see-here distressed jean is proof that old classic jeans look incredibly good. The trick with these jeans is nailing the fit. Think of a slim-straight fit that gives you just a little bit of room to move around, and a hem that comes on the top of your sneakers instead of dangling over your shoelaces.
Rockstar Black Jeans
If the straight-out-of-a-rock-band style is something that you are into, all-black jeans should be your go-to style. The cigarette-skinny black denim is the perfect canvas for a biker jacket and suede boots, plus it’s perfect for a motorcycle event or a concert. They’re versatile but have a dash more attitude that leaves you feeling all edgy.