I Always Do This to Dress Up My Jeans

I don't know about you, but I find it incredibly enticing to wear jeans every single day. I've grown so attached to my denim collection, in fact, that I've begun to test the limits of when and where I can wear them. (So far, I've decided that airplane travel is firmly out of the question). But as for fancier occasions that warrant a more pulled-together approach—things like cocktail hours and date nightI've landed on a solution to keeping my tried-and-true denim in the rotation, and trust me when I say it works like a charm.

My three-step rule is straightforward and a super-simple way to dress up denim. It involves a solid pair of jeans, a slinky statement top, and a fun pair of heels. I start with classic denim—usually, the darker the wash, the better to give them a more polished feel. It's important to pick a pair without any major distressing (a frayed ankle hem is my exception to this).

The next element is crucial. I like to pick out a blouse that feels special for the evening ahead and also sets the tone for the rest of my look. I always gravitate toward a satin top or one with an eye-catching element to it, like a colorful print or luxurious texture. To finish it all off, a fun pair of heels is a must—whether they're strappy sandals or a trendy pair of pumps.

Curious to see how others dress up jeans with my three-step outfit combination? Just below, I'm sharing the looks that nail it in my opinion along with six outfits so you can shop the look for yourself.


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Double up on prints to really pack a style punch.


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Play with proportion—a flowy top balances out her the streamlined silhouette of skinny jeans and pumps.


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Velvet is instantly nighttime-ready.


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Now's the time to break out your most eye-catching colors.


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Try a cropped pair of jeans to show off heels with a pretty ankle tie situation.

Sleek and Modern


Fresh and Colorful

Clean and Minimal

Flirty and Trend-Driven

Sophisticated and Modern

If you're the type to wear jeans every day, try the two-minute trick I always do to make my pairs look cooler.

Senior Editor

Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.