11 Casual, Effortless Ways to Wear Denim Jeans

Here are some style tips for your classic closet staple!
by Jeymi Reyes for Preview.ph   |  Apr 25, 2022
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Has there ever been a more versatile item in our closets than a pair of denim jeans? We didn’t think so. A mainstay in everyone’s wardrobe, denim jeans are the go-to item to pair with a cute top on those days when you find yourself thinking that you have nothing to wear. Their sturdy fabric makes jeans a long-lasting item to keep for years without having to swap them out for a newer pair. 

With denim jeans coming in all different shapes and styles, each has a different vibe to it depending on which pair you opt to wear. As casual as they are at first glance, they can also be styled for a more dressed-up look! No matter what your personal style is, rest assured that there’s the right pair of perfectly flattering jeans out there just waiting for you.

Below, we list 11 ways to style your pair of denim jeans for an effortless day or night look. Keep reading!

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11 Effortless and Laidback Ways to Wear Denim Jeans: 

1. Tapered Mom Jeans + Crop Top + Sneakers + Handbag

A crop top paired with a pair of tapered mom jeans is the ultimate laidback girl’s uniform. It’s such a no-brainer look that doesn’t require too much thought put into which is why it exudes the off-duty model vibe so well!

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2. Baggy Denim Jeans + Longsleeve top + Sneakers + Bodybag

For maximum comfort on outings, why not try a pair of baggy jeans? Popularized back in the '90s, these babies have been making their comeback in recent style trends and from how cute they look, we can totally see why! 

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3. Ripped Denim Jeans + Cardigan

While extremely distressed denim has unfortunately gone out of trend, ripped denim jeans still have a place in our hearts (and closet) this year as evidenced by this generation's affinity for loose-fitting jeans but with smaller rips. You can style this piece with a cardigan for a casual yet cool aesthetic.

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4. Black Denim Jeans + Sweater + Sneakers

A tried-and-tested look that never fails is one that consists of wearing one color and adding a bright, statement piece that stands out. Case in point: This black-on-black OOTD paired with bold red sneakers makes for an edgy street-style vibe. 

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5. Wide Leg Jeans + Sleeveless top + Sandals + Shoulder Bag

A good pair of wide-leg jeans can take you a long way! These flared-out pieces can spice up your regular outfit to one that’s dressier and more youthful. Consider this our take on the popular Y2K trend.

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6. Low-waist Jeans + Tank Top + Slip-on Sandals

We’re obsessed with this early 2000s inspired ‘fit of low-waist denim's coupled with a cropped tank top and chunky footwear. The silhouette this look gives is universally flattering, too, so anyone can pull this off!

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7. Khaki Denim Jeans + Halter Top + Shoulder Bag

When going for a neutral color palette, browns and whites are a must. This aesthetic is perfect if you want to build a wardrobe with pieces that can easily be styled with just about anything. A trusty pair of khaki jeans go cohesively well with a white top and a brown bag to achieve the desired neutral effect.

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8. Embroidered Denim Jeans + Bralette + Denim Jacket + Slingback Heels + Handbag

Up your outfit game by opting for a pair of embroidered denim jeans instead. And of course, denim-on-denim can be easily pulled off if you have an embroidered jacket to match. If you want to keep it simple but add a touch of hubadera, match this look with a simple white bralette underneath, and you're good to go!

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9. Patchwork Denim Jeans + Denim Jacket + White Belt + Sunglasses + Handbag

Another denim-on-denim look that’s a must-try but with its own unique twist to it is donning a pair of patchwork denim jeans and matching your jacket to one of the tones of of your choosing.

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10. Dark-wash Denim Jeans + Bikini Top 

 Yes, you can still wear a pair of jeans during your beach trip! This cute dark-wash denim contrasts nicely with a light-colored bikini tip, making for a casual coverup post-swim.

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11. Lightwash Denim Jeans + Tank Top + Sandals

While denim isn’t the first article of clothing we’d think to wear during a day of lounging, it's definitely one we’ll start to consider now. A relaxed pair of light wash jeans are perfect for days spent at home. Keep with the casual vibe by styling it with a crop tank top and a comfy pair of slides.

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