Most of my go-to outfits include denim. Honestly, I can’t imagine kicking it on the weekend without an effortless jean look, and what I love most about denim is that I can rely on it to go with everything.
The simplest of swaps can take the most casual of jeans to the next level. I’m more than ready to amp up my ever-growing collection of denims, from this season’s gray skinnies, light-wash low-slung crops (still digging the cropped-at-the-ankle look for sure), to vintage-inspired jeans with extra furnishing at the hem.
Here are a few capsule pieces that not only elevate denim looks, but are easy to wear every day. They get me giddy about wearing jeans all through summer!
1. Printed Tee from Envy LookEnvy Look - Printed Tee
Need I say more about tees? They’re for sure the hero item of my casual summer wardrobe. The chill slogan on this loose-fit tee adds a new twist to my jeans-and-tee combos. I’d complete the fuss-free look with eclectic mules.
2. Crop Cami from DEEPNYDEEPNY - Crop Cami
Thanks to its drawcord bodice, this flattering crop top offers a much-needed fresh pop of white. I’m excited to don this cute essential all summer long. One cool way to wear it is with skinnies and chunky boots for a day around town.
3. Longline Flannel Shirt from LIPHOPLIPHOP - Longline Flannel Shirt
Flannel shirts are available in many different designs, but the longline cut, oversized fit and striking hues of this one have me hooked. When I’m already wearing a top and would like to add more oomph to the denim look, tying it around the waist is a no-brainer.
4. Paisley Print Blouse from DABAGIRLDABAGIRL - Paisley Print Blouse
The puffy sleeves and sleek square neck of this lightweight top easily elevate distressed bottoms. It also taps into our current obsession with paisley prints. I totally adore this modern take on the classic pattern.
5. Tailored Striped Shirt from StyleonmeStyleonme - Tailored Striped Shirt
While regular striped shirts might be reserved for a more casual take on the dark jean look, this puff-sleeved and tailored version is an ideal choice to lend a polished vibe for the office. I’d match it with relaxed staples like flat mules and a cozy cardigan for casual Fridays!
6. Oversized Denim Jacket from DABAGIRLDABAGIRL - Oversized Denim Jacket
Thanks to the easy relaxed fit and insouciant dropped shoulders, this denim jacket is one cool grab-and-go number, both to wear on its own or layered over other pieces. It’s also perfect when teamed with dark or gray jeans for a subtler take on the denim-on-denim look. v
7. Plaid Linen Blazer from StyleonmeStyleonme - Plaid Linen Blazer
Structured jackets and blazers add a polished appeal to jean outfits. With its classic plaid print, neutral tones to relaxed fit, this summer-perfect linen blazer makes for an amazing companion to light denims. Wear it over a tee, or button up and wear as a top.
8. Monochrome Twist-Lock Hand Bag from DABAGIRLDABAGIRL - Monochrome Twist-Lock Hand Bag
A slick structured bag easily enhances any denim outfit. The wooden twist lock and pleather construction of this one provide a delightful contrast. This is one work- and weekend-approved style that’ll make jeans look even cooler.
9. Polka Dot Pointed-Toe Mules from LIPHOPLIPHOP - Polka Dot Pointy Mules
Pointed-toe shoes are essential in my wardrobe, thanks to their ability to bring chic vibes to everyday looks. These polka dot mules add an unexpected fun punch to the simplest denim looks, while also working well with party dresses.
10. Square-Toe Strappy Sandals from PPGIRLPPGIRL - Square-Toe Strappy Sandals
Barely-there strappy heels are set to stay through summer and beyond. Ways to style these “naked” shoes are endless, but my favorite is to contrast them with voluminous wide-leg jeans!