Cookie banner

This site uses cookies. Select "Block all non-essential cookies" to only allow cookies necessary to display content and enable core site features. Select "Accept all cookies" to also personalize your experience on the site with ads and partner content tailored to your interests, and to allow us to measure the effectiveness of our service.

To learn more, review our Cookie Policy, Privacy Notice and Terms of Use.

or
clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Four Ways to Break Out of Your Boring Jeans Uniform

Denim is an essential. No matter the time of year, you probably have a pair of jeans in weekly rotation. It's easy to fall into a rut, though, especially now that sweater season is upon us.

Just because you've been stuck on black skinnies with oversized knits or flares with heels doesn't mean your denim personality has to stay there: There's a whole world of new cuts and fresh washes to explore. Here are four bright ways to wear jeans ranging from casual to formal (really!).


Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.

Fun Brunch, Boring Errands: Cropped Flares + Patterned Accessories

MIH jeans, $270; Isabel Marant boots, $1,480; Paula Cademartori bag, $1,802

For afternoons when you have plans with friends, want to look cute, and also need to get some errands done, try this simple combo: a cropped flare with an undone hem and patterned accessories. The look is cheerful, stylish, and — with a chunky heel and a crossbody bag — it's practical, too.

Begrudgingly Dressed-Up: Skinnies + Dressy Top

Topshop heels, $115; Proenza Schouler top, $2,250; Zara jeans, $40

When you're just not in the mood to dress up for a party, try this combo. An elongated top with plenty of movement and a sharp heel make standard blue skinnies feel formal.

Work Day Blues: Flares + Tie-Neck Blouse

H&M jeans, $30; To Be Adored blouse, $270; Gucci boot, $1,100

For the office, try light wash flares with a ruffled, tie-neck blouse. Eschew the usual pointy pumps and try a mod boot.

Polished Casual: Relaxed Fit + Fancy Knit

& Other Stories clutch, $55; COS sweater, $341; R13 jeans, $395

Nothing's as comfortable as jeans and a sweater. Take it up a notch with a knit that has interesting textural plus a fancy-cool clutch.

Farewell From Racked

Best of Racked

Best of Racked Essays

Best of Racked

Best of Racked Funny Stuff