7 Trends That Will Make Basic Jeans Look Incredibly Cool

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Testing out new trends doesn't have to be so complicated. Since jeans are the one thing that we all live in on a daily basis, there's no easier way to introduce a new trend into your wardrobe than by wearing it with some of your favorite good old denim. Not all of the spring 2023 trends on deck this season are tailor-made for wearing with jeans, but it just so happens that the seven we're talking about here are.

Below, you’ll uncover some of the trends we're gravitating towards this end of winter and spring, plus we're sharing the denim we're teaming them with to create fresh and forward looks. As a preview, there’s everything from cool leather picks to elevated basics coming your way.

Keep scrolling to find a smattering of style references, complete with a digest of the items we think work flawlessly with classic jeans. Oh, and if you are in fact shopping at the moment, there are also cool items sprinkled throughout.

Bouclé Jackets

Once thought of as "stuffy," the bouclé jacket has returned to the wardrobes of fashion insiders lately and their structured shape looks particularly cool paired with slouchy jeans.

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Ballet Flats

The prettiest shoe trend of the moment, ballet flats, are surprisingly versatile. We love how they add a touch of sweetness to a pair of rigid jeans

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Vintage-Inspired Leather Jackets

Whether they're actually preowned or not, leather jackets that lend a vintage look with distressing and '90s shapes make any pair of jeans look that much cooler.

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Classic Belts

Adding a leather belt is such a small detail to an outfit, but it can really bring together even the simplest of basics into something more cohesive.

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Retro Sneakers

Embrace all the '90s dad vibes when you wear retro sneakers with straight-leg jeans. Actually, most jean shapes work here, but straight fits just make the combo feel nostalgic.

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Shearling Jackets

Just like leather jacket, shearling-lined outerwear single-handedly brings a cool factor literally any denim outfit. Bust yours out for the remainder of the winter or invest now and wear it for years to come (the style never really goes away).

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Double Denim

When in doubt, the Canadian tuxedo will never fail you. The combination fashion people are wearing most right now involves classic trucker jackets with jeans in the same wash color, so it looks like a matching set. Just add a fun bag and you're set.

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Next, check out 2023's hottest denim trend.

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. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars, 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, 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.