Season After Season, This Outfit Combo Stays on Top—10 Fresh Ways to Try It

I'm all for a little style experimentation, but some outfit combinations are too good to be messed with. That goes for sneakers and sweatpants, high-waisted jeans, and white tees. But above all else is one of the most timeless pairings: boots and jeans. The allure is pretty simple. The outfit is no-fuss, incredibly chic, and so highly versatile that virtually any top it's styled with comes out looking equally amazing. It also doesn't hurt that even a fashion novice can't get it wrong. 

While trends come and go, jeans and boots are a perennial favorite among fashion people, which means finding fresh, new ways to wear them is as simple as opening Instagram. If even that's too much effort, don't worry—I've assembled 10 prime boot-and-jeans outfits to give you some proper inspiration. Welcome to the holiest of holy-grail outfit formulas. 


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Style tip: Chunky-soled boots like these from Ganni look best paired with jeans with a wide leg opening.

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Style tip: For an expensive-looking outfit, dark-wash straight-leg jeans are your best bet. While you could wear any boots with these, try a square-toe shape for a modern take.

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Style tip: If looking as Parisian as possible is the goal, pick up a pair of medium-wash straight-leg jeans. They're basically a wardrobe essential for the city's most fashionable women.

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Style tip: In the vast category of jeans-and-boots outfit combos, cowboy boots and straight-leg jeans paired with a black blazer reign supreme in my book.

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Style tip: Black flat ankle boots and black jeans are a fail-safe way to create the illusion of height (which I will always gladly accept).

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Style tip: Before you balk at the idea of gray boots, you really can't deny how great these look with a pair of light-wash jeans. Try heeled boots for a formal approach.

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Style tip: The addition of a simple black belt and a button-down shirt does wonders and adds polish.

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Style tip: When you're not in the mood to think about what to wear, let a wool coat, tapered jeans, and heeled ankle boots be your go-to. Throw on a pair of sleek black sunglasses to amp it up even further.

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Style tip: A fun, creative top is always a safe bet with jeans, and in this case, it works especially well with a low-rise pair. For added cool factor, style your jeans with lug-sole boots.

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Style tip: Bust out your brightest turtleneck, favorite jeans, and riding boots, and I bet you'll never want to take this outfit off. You can stop here or style it with some trendy metal hoops or an interesting hat (wearing both is also an option I totally endorse).

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Fashion Market Editor

Indya Brown is a fashion editor, stylist, and writer living in Los Angeles. While going to school at Columbia University in New York City, she got her feet wet in the fashion industry interning at Elle magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and New York magazine's The Cut. After graduating in 2016, she joined The Cut as a fashion assistant, eventually working her way up to fashion editor. There, she worked on a multitude of projects, including styling inbook feature stories for New York magazine's print issue, writing and pitching market stories for The Cut, and serving as fashion lead for The Cut's branded content. While New York has been her home for over 10 years, she moved to Los Angeles in the midst of the pandemic in 2020 for a new chapter. Now she is a fashion market editor for Who What Wear, focusing on emerging designers, rising trends on and off the internet, interior design, and BIPOC creatives and brands. Aside from her duties as a fashion market editor, Brown is also a freelance stylist and writer, working on national print and video commercial campaigns for Sephora, The Independent, and Cadillac. Her bylines also include Harper's Bazaar, Vox, and The New York Times. But once the computer goes down and the emails turn off, she's likely eating her way through Koreatown, hunting down vintage furniture, scoping out new outrageous nail designs to try, or taking a hot cycling class.