These 13 techniques for jazzing up your jeans are as easy as 1-2-3.
13 Quick Tips For Dressing Up Your Jeans
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We’d venture to guess that within your closet, you have everything needed to dress up your jeans. But if you find yourself in dire need of inventive ways to wear them, you've come to the right place. Click through for exceptional ensembles from stylesetters like Miranda Kerr, Nicole Richie, and Olivia Palermo that will have you singing the blues…jeans that is.
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Style Tip: We recently spotted the Digital Fashion Editor-in-Chief of Glamour Paris in this perfectly-executed ensemble, and we couldn't resist sharing. She draped a black pea coat over a crisp button-down blouse and distressed jeans. However, the accessories stole the spotlight: a ladylike headpiece, chic envelope clutch, and a pair of thin-strapped heels. C'est magnifique!
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Style Tip: If you’re working with a serious pair of flares, the answer is simple: a bold blazer draped over a crisp button-down — it will never let you down.
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Style Tip: This one’s simple, throw on your favorite faux fur jacket and ankle strap heels and you’re done. If you want to go the extra mile (it’s ok if you don’t), try a sleek hairstyle à la Palermo and carry a minimalist clutch.
On Palermo: Dennis Basso jacket; Schutz Irma Ankle Strap Point Toe Pumps ($121)
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Style Tip: While Chanel would undoubtedly dress up any pair of jeans, you don’t have to own the infamous tweed jacket to replicate Poesy’s look, any ladylike outerwear will do! Balance the feminine piece with boyish brogues, a tucked-in t-shirt, and loose waves.
On Poesy: Chanel Couture Spring 2013 tweed jacket; vintage Levi’s jeans; Chanel bag
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Style Tip: Even if you’re constantly on the go (like Witherspoon), you can still add an element of polish to your every-day denim look. Try a peplum blouse, pointy flats, and a structured bag; it’ll elevate your look while maintaining comfort!
On Witherspoon: Koral jeans; The Row tote; Valentino Rockstud Ballerina Flat ($695)
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Style Tip: If you’re not one for layering, dressing up your jeans is still totally doable. Grab a boldly-printed collared jacket, and wear it as a top. Since that will be your outfit’s centerpiece, try a simple pair of flats.
On King: Tory Burch Pre-Fall 14 coat
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Style Tip: If you find yourself reaching for all things sparkly when dressing up your look, we suggest you take inspiration from Perminova’s recent ensemble. She paired a statement necklace and embellished heels with her ladylike top and blue jeans at Chanel’s S/S 14 couture show.
On Perminova: Chanel jacket
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Style Tip: A long coat can go a long way. If you’re lucky enough to own this statement piece, pull it out and layer it over your favorite t-shirt and jeans. Worried you’ll come across more Dick Tracy than Grace Kelly? Try a pair of pointy-toe pumps and a bamboo-handle bag — that should do the trick.
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Style Tip: As of late, the statement sweatshirt seems to be the answer to an outfit conundrum, and this certainly applies to the dilemma of how to dress up your jeans. Grab your trendiest sweatshirt and accessorize with a cross-body bag and strappy heels. Can you say, model-off-duty?
On Mustaparta: Stella McCartney sweatshirt; Chanel bag
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Style Tip: If you’re rocking your favorite pair of ripped jeans, elevate the rest of your look with a belted stole, statement coat, and a couple of solid accessory options like a structured satchel and pumps.
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Style Tip: What do suede thigh-high boots, an ornate necklace, and a lux pink sweater have in common? Aside from a probable hefty price tag, they are all compatible with a pair of blue jeans, as exhibited by Duma. For an extra element, try a white collar under your sweater.
On Duma: Chanel sweater
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City Bag With Strap ($100)
This structured bag is an instant outfit lift.
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AG Adriano Goldschmied
The Legging Ankle Jeans ($178)
These ankle jeans would go perfectly with a pair of ankle-strap heels.
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Try these bad boys with a pair of ankle crop jeans.
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KUT From The Kloth
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Dani Stitch Sweater Jacket ($150)
Looking for instant outfit success? Try this with a pair of cuffed jeans and brogues.
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Balance these bohemian jeans with a crisp button-down blouse.
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Cambridge Blouse ($30)
Tuck this into a pair of skinny jeans and polish it off with thigh-high boots, we swear you can’t go wrong.
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Citizens of Humanity
Avedon Skinny Ankle ($198)
We can’t get over the wash on these jeans.
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Isabela Drape Jacket ($248)
Drape this over a t-shirt and a pair of straight-leg jeans for a sophisticated-yet-casual ensemble.
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Straight-Leg Jeans ($466)
We can totally see Kate Bosworth in these jeans.
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That’s right: the perfect pair of distressed jeans.
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Malva Single Strap Sandals ($265)
These would be the perfect addition to a statement sweatshirt and ankle-crop jeans.
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Not only will these jeans give you legs-for-days, we also suspect they’d go nicely with a statement coat.