I Only Wear Basics With My Jeans—These 11 Styles Are My Staples

Jeans have always been an integral part of my wardrobe. From skinny jeans to relaxed fits and high-waisted silhouettes, it is the item I have kept coming back to throughout the years. Finding a pair you love can be a game changer when it comes to putting outfits together. They can be worn with virtually any basic item, from turtleneck tops and shirts to winter coats and oversize cardigans. I wear a wide variety of cuts, styles, and washes, and have found that they are a reliable option when I don’t want to overthink an outfit.

If this resonates with you, then you know the importance of finding and investing in good basics to wear with your jeans. Basics don’t have to be boring. Rather, they can be the staple items you love for their simple practicality or to make an outfit stand out.

Below, I’ve listed the staples I return to when wearing jeans. You will find outfit ideas whether your go-to look is classic, preppy, or inspired by streetwear

A Cable-Knit Sweater

Chunky cable-knit sweaters never go out of style.

An Oversize Cardigan + a Pointelle Tank Top

Cardigan Outfit with Jeans



Channel the balletcore aesthetic by pairing an oversize cardigan and a pointelle tank top.

A Shirt + an Overcoat

This pairing is timeless and versatile and can be worn for any occasion.

A Sleeveless Turtleneck

Bring a fashionable twist to any pair of jeans by wearing them with a sleeveless turtleneck. 

A Collared Pullover Sweater

Wear a polo sweater with dark-wash denim for an instantly sleek yet timeless look.

A Camisole

Camisole tops are a must-have basic item to have in your wardrobe.

A Puffer Jacket

I've been obsessed with this white puffer jacket ever since I bought it. It brightens up any outfit in cold winter weather.

A Matching Denim Jacket

2000s Full Denim Outfit



An effective way of wearing denim on denim is by pairing items designed with the same wash or colorway.

A Turtleneck + a Winter Coat

A turtleneck with a long winter coat is a timeless pairing that will keep you warm all winter long.

A Tank Top

Tank tops in every bright color will always look great with white or blue jeans.

A Graphic Hoodie

Channel '90s grunge and blend it with a little streetwear by pairing a graphic hoodie with washed out denim.