Straight jeans are back in style, and we couldn’t be happier about it. We’re also happy the weather has finally turned cold enough to actually wear jeans and other denim clothing, and this is the first pair we’re reaching for. This denim silhouette is universally flattering and can be dressed up or dressed down, making it an essential item to have in your wardrobe this season.
Our classic straight leg jeans have a mid-rise waistline and streamlined silhouette that looks great on everyone. Plus, they have just the right amount of stretch for comfortable wear all day, all night, or from day to night.
While you can find plenty of inspiration for how to wear wide leg jeans or straight leg jeans by watching a Friends marathon and taking notes, we’ll save you the time and show you how to style straight leg jeans with a modern touch. Bookmark this page to refer back to when you’re getting ready and you’ll have all the inspiration you need.
How to Style Straight Leg Jeans with Tops
Once you’ve chosen to pull on your favorite pair of straight jeans, the next order of business is picking out the perfect top to wear with them. Here are a few tops you can style with straight leg jeans fit to create a number of effortless outfits.
A Cozy Cardigan
Button up a cardigan and wear it as a top with your straight leg jeans for a cozy look that is unique from the standard combination of jeans and a sweater. We suggest pairing this animal print cardigan with our classic straight leg jeans in black and continuing the lively trend by stepping into python boots. During the fall and winter months, this outfit will be your new go-to. It’s warm, casual, and cute.
A Graphic Tee
A graphic t-shirt and straight leg jeans were made for each other. Reach for fun print such as hearts or horseshoes to go with your classic jeans. These tops have a unique pick-up hem so you won’t even need to tuck them in. Throw on a leather jacket when it’s cold out and studded booties to rock the cool-girl look.
A White Button-Down
Jeans and a white button-down blouse will never go out of style. This is a classic look seen on everyone from Monica Geller to Megan Markle and one that anyone can copy. Reach for the white button-down in your closet and try it out. If your straight leg jeans are high waist, you can tuck in the front of the shirt or tie it up in a knot. Add a belt and jewelry or tie a scarf around your neck to add your own personal style to this outfit.
A Feminine Blouse
Straight leg jeans are naturally less of a curve-hugging silhouette than skinny jeans or flared jeans, but they can still feel feminine when paired with the right top. Reach for a blouse with romantic details such as a ruffled collar, blouson sleeves, or a floral print. This will instantly dress up your favorite jeans and make them feel more feminine. For a few great options, look to this smocked tie-front top and this embroidered peasant top. Don’t forget to add jewelry and ballet flats or loafers to bring the feminine look home.
How To Style Straight Leg Jeans with Outerwear
As we turn the corner into colder weather, styling a pair of straight leg jeans with outerwear is less of a choice and more of a necessity. But there are plenty of great ways to wear this silhouette with a jacket or coat. These looks are so good, you’ll want to reach for that second layer even when it’s sunny outside.
A Tailored Blazer
While jeans may be the #1 item every woman has in her wardrobe, a blazer is near the top of the list. This closet staple never goes out of style, but it’s particularly on-trend right now, especially in more fashionable cuts and prints that can be worn outside of the office, like this leopard print option. Pairing a tailored blazer with straight leg jeans strikes the perfect balance between casual and put-together. When you want this look to lean more casual, step into sneakers, and when you want it to lean more dressy, step into heeled boots.
Soften up straight leg jeans with a cozy coatigan—a mix between a cardigan and a coat. We love this neutral option that goes with everything. This thick, warm, and soft outer layer is ideal to wear over a simple tank top or tee with jeans. The layered look is easy and effortless, perfect for a shopping trip, coffee date, or a walk around town with a scarf.
A Denim Jacket
Wondering how to style a denim jacket with jeans? Many people shy away from wearing denim on denim but wrongfully so. This look is easier to pull off than it may seem and fool-proof. Straight leg jeans and a denim jacket can look boyish in the best way; it’s casual, cool, and great for any occasion, from an outdoor concert to a day at the park. We suggest pairing jeans and a jacket in the same denim wash or completely different, such as a dark denim jacket and medium wash jeans or a blue denim jacket and black jeans. When the pieces are almost the same color but not exactly, this look can appear not quite right.
How To Style Straight Leg Jeans with Shoes
While they may feel great from head to heel, many people run into trouble when attempting to find the right shoes to wear with their straight leg jeans. The straight hem can be a bit more difficult to style than, say, a flared or skinny silhouette, but don’t worry, we’re here to help. Any of these style shoes will look great with straight leg jeans.
A slim-fit pair of boots is just the thing to wear with straight leg jeans because it fits snug to the ankle and calf so it can easily slide under the hem of your jeans without bunching up. Not to mention that your favorite pair of ankle booties fit great under the straight leg pants. Additionally, if you opt for a heeled pair, you’ll elongate the look of your legs and get to show off a bit more of the shoe. This is an especially great shoe option if you’re styling your jeans with a tailored blazer or blouse. For a dressy night out, pair your straight leg jeans and slim-fit boots with this sophisticated silky blouse.
Sneakers go with any style of jeans, ever. We love them because they’re comfortable, first and foremost, but also because they’re so easy to wear. Whether you’re wearing your straight leg jeans with a sweater or a graphic tee, step into a pair of sneakers and you’re ready to head out the door. Pro tip: Sneakers go great with jeggings as well as straight leg jeans. Check out our Best Jeggings for Women blog to learn more.
There’s no sense in wearing tall boots with straight-leg jeans because you won’t be able to see them under the jeans and you can’t fit them over the jeans. Booties are a natural solution. Reach for a pair of short booties that will peek out under your straight leg jeans in the fall and winter. You can also cuff your jeans to show off more of the booties. A good rule of thumb is to ensure there’s no more than an inch of skin showing between the hem of your jeans and the top of your booties. You may also want to wear cute neutral socks that poke out the top of the booties and cover more skin.
Straight leg jeans can be dressy, and the best way to dress them up is with a pair of heels. Strappy heels are particularly in vogue, which makes them the perfect choice to turn your jeans outfit a little chicer. For a night out or a fancy setting, style your straight leg jeans with a blouse, such as this one, or button-down, such as this, and a pair of strappy heels.
What are as comfortable as slippers but dressy enough to wear on date night? Fur-lined loafers. Not only are they incredibly cozy, but they also look great with straight leg jeans. All you need is a silky blouse or cozy cardigan on top to complete this chic loafer look. Ok, and maybe a pair of fun earrings too.
There are so many fun ways to style straight leg jeans. Unlike their mom jeans or flared jeans counterparts, straight jeans fit any occasion and any outfit. Whether you’re going for casual outfits and everyday looks or ways to dress up your favorite denim, we’ve got you covered. Refer back to these chic outfits time and time again and reach for your straight leg jeans to bring them to life.