I'm a Fashion Editor—Here's How I Dress Up My Favourite Jeans for a Night Out

I really don’t want to think about the effort I’d have to put into getting dressed if it weren’t for jeans. They’re the piece I grab when I’m in a hurry, when my friends and I decide to meet up last minute or I when just don’t have the mental capacity to pull together a look. However, when dresses become an integral part of my aesthetic, I found myself leaning less on my jeans for the daytime. Instead, they became my preferred nighttime attire.

Unlike party season—when I’m always keen to embrace embellishment and feathers—there’s something so effortlessly cool about more laid-back going-out looks during the autumn, and jeans will help you nail that assignment. Keen to see how influencer types style their evening outfits with jeans, I went on a social media deep-dive with the aim of unearthing ensembles I could copy and paste for my next night on the tiles.


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Below are six of the best looks that I found, from the shoe choice that fashion people always pair with their denim to the various tops that’ll help elevate your strides and give them after-dark appeal. Scroll on to see the evening outfits with jeans that have impressed me.



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Style Notes: Never before has the vest top been so pivotal in our outfits as it is now, but until the temperatures rise again, wear the look with a leather biker jacket. 


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Style Notes: With strap sandals and a chunky chain necklace, the vest-top-and-jean outfit combo is elevated from day to night. 

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Style Notes: Cut-outs are a still key trend in 2023, especially if you're not into the rivalling sheer look. In top form, cut-outs will instantly give your outfits "going-out" credibility. 


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Style Notes: A little sparkle never hurts either. 

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Style Notes: There’s something refined about the turtleneck, and a sleeveless iterations loans itself perfectly to nighttime pursuits. 


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Style Notes: Swap out blue jeans for unexpected grey, and you’ve got the perfect attire to dance all night in. 

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Style Notes: Strapless tops signify one thing: You’re going out. And they also happen to be the base for some exceptionally good jewellery styling. 


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Style Notes: A simple shoulder bag is all you need to complete this minimalistic evening look. Oh, and add a blazer if you’re prone to feeling the chill.

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Style Notes: There's a lot to be said for the old phrase 'jeans and a nice top'. If you're still unsure about the relaxed nature of jeans, go full force with your top. My suggestion? Sequins.


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Style Notes: To add to the impact of the look, layer up your jewellery and opt for a striking bag too. 

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Style Notes: A white blazer will instantly lift blue and black denim, giving it a more premium feel that works well for the evening. 


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Style Notes: Nearly every influencer on this list has styled their jean evening outfits with mules. If in doubt, invest in a black strappy pair for maximum versatility. 

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This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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 InStyle.co.uk’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.