The 8 Staples That London's Best Dressed Always Wear With Jeans

If there is any item in our wardrobe that makes getting ready in the morning easier, it has to be a pair of jeans. Whether it's a cold winter morning or a bright and sunny springjeans are our go-to for very good reason; The easy, throw-on-and-go piece doesn't require much fuss, but given that we wear them day-in, day-out, they can sometimes feel a little bit "samey". The right pair of jeans can elevate even the most simple white t-shirt into something premium, but if you're looking for an outfit that says "I'm in the know", there is one place that we turn to for denim styling inspiration. 

The streets of London are Britain's fashion epicentre, and the capital's best dressed know how to take a wardrobe staple like jeans, and spin it into something Instagrammable. After a deep dive into the feeds of some of our favourite influencers, stylists, and editors, I've pinpointed the 8 key pieces that I saw time and again, paired with jeans of every cut, colour and wash. Whether you're wondering what to wear to work, dressing up for evening, or just putting together a simple yet stylish weekend look, here's what people in the capital are wearing with jeans now. Get ready to screenshot. 

1. JEANS AND A BLAZER

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(Image credit: @nlmarilyn)

Style Notes: What did we wear before someone came up with pairing a blazer and jeans? Here Marilyn masters the "2X2 outfit formula" that always works–2 dressy pieces (the blazer and leather bag), with 2 casual pieces (jeans and trainers), and the result is the perfect mix of high/low dressing. 

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2. JEANS AND LOAFERS

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Style Notes: Summer and sunsets, pasta and cheese, some things are match-made in heaven, and jeans and a pair of loafers are undoubtedly on the list. Loafers are the best shoe to wear all year round so you know you're making a wise investment, and as Kim Turkington proves, the polished style brings elegance to even a chunky turtleneck and indigo denim.

3. JEANS AND A LEATHER TRENCH COAT 

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Style Notes: It's fair to say that dressing for British weather isn't always the easiest, and after an unseasonably cold spring (was that snow?), it pays to be prepared for anything–enter the leather trench. Warm, waterproof, and lighter than a shearling or puffer coat, this is the ideal transitional layer to dress up blue jeans. 

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4. JEANS AND A CARDIGAN

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(Image credit: @Lucywilliams02 )

Style Notes: Thanks to Katie Holmes Khaite bradigan moment in 2019, the cardigan has had a whole new lease of life. It's fashionable reinvention has been long overdue, and we're happy to get behind any trend this cute and cosy. Just add a straight leg and a chunky boot to channel Lucy's laidback weekend uniform. 

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5. JEANS AND A BOMBER JACKET

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Style Notes: Cool girls all agree, the bomber jacket has been having a moment. From the Frankie Shop classic to that Loewe leather bomber, everyone from A-lister to influencers are wearing this voluminous jacket, and their favourite piece to style it with? A loose legged jean. 

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6. JEANS AND A STATEMENT COAT

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(Image credit: @basma_k )

Style Notes: It's spring (even if it doesn't feel like it), and we've been waiting for a reason to dress up in the bursts of colour and print that the season celebrates. On first glance Basma's elegant colour blocking looks like luxe tailoring, but take a closer look and you'll realise just how easily raw denim can be styled up. 

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7. JEANS AND POINTED LEATHER ANKLE BOOTS

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Style Notes: Back to accessories, and there is a clear winner for the most worn shoe and jean combo in fashion–the leather ankle boot. Last year we were Chelsea boot obsessed (and, the chunkier the better), but this spring we're looking forward to chic, pointy boots that work for evening too. 

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8. JEANS AND A DENIM JACKET 

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Style NotesWe called it, and Oluwaseun proves it, double denim is back and better than ever. Matching hues are great, but we also love shade clashing and creating volume with nipped waist jackets or baggy, loose jeans. 

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Remy Farrell
Fashion Editor

Remy Farrell is a London-based shopping editor with nearly 10 years of editorial experience covering fashion, beauty and lifestyle. After graduating with a journalism degree and working on the editorial and fashion teams for titles such as Grazia, Elle, Cosmopolitan and British Vogue, she moved into the luxury e-commerce sector, working as fashion assistant at TheOutnet.com styling for the social media channels and helping to develop the collections for the in-house brand Iris & Ink. After expanding an assisting and styling portfolio that includes shooting talent such as Gigi Hadid, Victoria Beckham and Miquita Oliver, she also branched out into beauty, creating tried-and-tested reviews and diverse beauty content.

In her role as shopping editor at Who What Wear, Remy is interested in discovering new and exciting brands to share with the Who What Wear readership and particularly loves uncovering hidden gems at affordable prices to make shopping accessible to everyone.

Born and raised in Sheffield, Yorkshire, Remy moved to London in 2014 and lives in the Docklands with her partner and pug Billie.