How many ‘jeans and a nice top’ events have you been to over the years? We’ve been to quite a few and it always starts out with the same conversation about what everybody else is going to wear.
The classic combination might be pretty self-explanatory but it’s anything but easy. Searching through your wardrobe for the perfect top is one thing but trying to order a nice top online is a challenge in itself. Trying to filter down the tops into the colours and styles you want is one thing, but then trying to guess how it’ll look with your staple jeans is another. To make your life easier we’ve got a 15 of our favourite looks for dressing up jeans!
1. WRAP TOPS
Rob’s Top Tip: If you’re heading out for a social gathering, this look is a winner! Light wash denim is inherently casual and these jeans feature distressing. This can also be accessorised with sleek heels and a bag. If you want to wear wide leg jeans then simply pair them with something that cinches the waistline like this wrap top.
2. JEANS & DRESSES
Rob’s Top Tip: A surprising trend from last year, dresses and jeans. To begin with, we were confused but it’s actually a very smart styling option. Layering a split dress like above is a quirky alternative to a longline coat!
3. SHEER BLOUSES
Rob’s Top Tip: A blouse is probably the most popular ‘nice top’ to go with denim. The sheer blouse, heels and clutch are incredibly feminine but can be balanced out with straight jeans. This edgy look can be accented with ripped knees and rolled cuffs, ideal for grabbing cocktails with the girls.
4. DENIM CULOTTES
Rob’s Top Tip: While jeans are a perfect foundation for dressing up, they can also be the statement in an outfit. Here, these frayed denim culottes have been set off with a matching top. However, they can also frame a simple top as the jeans draw the attention, perfect for dressing up a pair of jeans for any event!
5. BELTED BLAZERS & STANDOUT ACCESSORIES
Rob’s Top Tip: A sophisticated style is to dress up denim with a sleek blazer. Keep the tones of the denim and blazer muted so you can make a pop with your accessories. Also, try belting your blazer to pull in the waistline leaving you with a defined figure.
6. FRILLED TOPS
Rob’s Top Tip: Add character to your look with an elegant Victorian-styled blouse but paired with contemporary denim. Tucking the top into high-waisted jeans leaves you with an elegant look that’s made for dinner and drinks.
Rob’s Top Tip: Washed blue jeans are something everyone should own. To dress them up try out a chic shirt, layered pendants, a contrasting coloured jacket, a textured clutch and statement belt. This look can take you from day-to-night in no time at all!
8. STATEMENT SHIRTS
Rob’s Top Tip: Let your top do all of the talking! Subtly accessorised, this shirt and jacket combo is really stealing the show. The simple addition of gold detailing on the clutch and watch set this look apart from the rest.
9. PLAIN WHITE TEE
Rob’s Top Tip: Effortless and easy to style, a simple white tee can really uplift and dress up jeans. For a more feminine finish cap the sleeves by cutting them yourself or folding them under your bra straps!
10. COLOUR POPPING
Rob’s Top Tip: Quirky jeans like above are a must but make sure they are styled right. If you don’t have a pair of coloured jeans, try a vibrant bag which will make all of the difference and adds lots of character.
11. BROIDERY DETAILING
12. BLACK ON BLACK
Rob’s Top Tip: Eternally stylish, a black-on-black outfit is a vital part of your style bank. Keep everything tonal but switch up the textures and accessories. Remember, if all else fails an all-black ensemble is a great go-to!
13. STANDOUT SHOES
Rob’s Top Tip: A chic and sophisticated way to style your jeans is layering. Use your jeans as a blank canvas and build up the style around them. Like here, try slipping a sweater over a cami and pulling your hair back in a sleek ponytail or up-do.
15. DUSTER JACKET
Rob’s Top Tip: On those cold nights you need to have a go-to look and a good duster is it! Compliment your jacket with a flattering knit paired with boyfriend jeans. It’s best to keep to the rules of matching your shoes and bag together too.