The Top-and-Jeans Outfit Formula You'll Find Chic Women Across Europe Wearing

A woman's outfit with black top and jeans.

(Image credit: @sylviemus_)

Gone are the days when I used to set my alarm for 6 a.m. to wash and style my hair, apply a full face of makeup, and spend about 20 minutes deciding on and ironing my outfit before heading off to work. As I work remotely, I feel less inclined to do more than the bare minimum in terms of getting ready for the day, but aside from that, I've found that I'm looking for simplicity in all aspects of my life—including the outfits I wear when I'm not sat at my desk. Now, I spend my scrolling time looking for low-lift but stylish looks I can re-create with pieces I already own. It was just this weekend when I was looking back at the most recent additions to my Instagram Saved folder that I realized one of the looks I'd saved down featured a very easy two-part formula: a black top and blue jeans.

Granted, this might not sound like the most exciting pairing, but it is reliable in its timelessness. In fact, below are eight of my favorite black-top-with-jeans outfits that I think serve as a testament to how chic the pairing can be. Scroll on to see and shop eight uncomplicated yet stylish black-top-with-jeans outfits that will never let you down, from shirts and camisoles to T-shirts and blazers worn by women in London, Paris, and Copenhagen alike.

1. Fitted Shirt + Ballet Flats

Woman wearing a black long-sleeve button-down, blue jeans, and black ballet flats.

(Image credit: @ingridedvinsen)

Style Notes: I'm noticing that fitted shirts keep cropping up on the market this season, offering an elevated take on the shirt-and-jeans look so many of us rely upon.

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2. Camisole + Mary Janes

Woman wearing a black tank top, blue jeans, and black ballet flats.

(Image credit: @lizzyhadfield)

Style Notes: For a outfit that can genuinely carry you from day to night, look no further than a camisole, blue jeans, and on-trend Mary Janes.

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3. Blazer + Tote Bag

Woman wearing a black blazer, blue jeans, and black sandals and carrying a white tote bag..

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Style Notes: Adding a blazer to your jeans is one of my favorite ways to level up my favorite denim. Make it black and pair it with a simple black top underneath and you can't go wrong.

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4. Strapless Top + Corsage Necklace

Woman wearing a black strapless top and blue jeans.

(Image credit: @iliridakrasniqi)

Style Notes: A strapless top paired with jeans taps into the Y2K aesthetic that continues to endure. Look for slouchy denim to bring the look up-to-date and finish with a current-feeling corsage necklace.

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5. Coat + Cardigan

Woman wearing a black coat, a black cardigan, and blue jeans and carrying a brown handbag.

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Style Notes: This outfit idea is so British, so even in the "warmer" months, knitwear and tailored coats can never be too out of reach. Handily, in a black colorway, they look stylish and will keep you warm when the weather takes a downward turn.

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6. Sleeveless Knit + Heeled Mules

Woman wearing a black sleeveless knit top and blue jeans.

(Image credit: @_sylviemus)

Style Notes: When it is warm enough, I am always tempted to go sleeveless. A knitted tank top or waistcoat will echo the clean lines of simple, straight-leg denim.

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7. Leather Shirt + Heels

Woman wearing a black leather top and blue jeans.

(Image credit: @giasinatra)

Style Notes: Add another texture into the equation with the addition of a leather shirt or shacket. This combination looks authentically '90s in the best possible way.

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8. T-Shirt + Studded Belt + Loafers

Woman wearing a black t-shirt and blue jeans.

(Image credit: @lizzyhadfield)

Style Notes: Sticking to wardrobe classics allows you to showcase bolder accessories. I, for one, will be re-creating this outfit featuring dark-blue jeans, a black tee, and a studded belt ASAP.

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This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK.

Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.