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How to Make Your Denim Pants Look Chic

It's possible to be both comfy and chic in your jeans!
How to Make Your Denim Pants Look Chic
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It's possible to be both comfy and chic in your jeans!

Denim is forever. Among the many trends that have come and gone, denim pants have remained to be a closet staple—and with good reason! They're versatile and can be easily spruced up or dressed down. Plus, there are many universally flattering cuts and silhouettes out there, so it's practically impossible not to have a go-to pair. But of course, despite its wardrobe essential status, stylish girls should always be on the lookout for chic new ways to sport it. Need some denim pants outfit ideas? Here, we round up nine easy and cool ways to style your trusty ol' jeans.

Chic Ways to Wear Denim Pants:

1. Take inspo from '70s retro.

Celine is bringing back equestrian-inspired fashion with cool riding jackets and boot-cut jeans. Hop onto the trend and polish off your tailored jeans with button-downs layered with blazers to make your OOTDs look more office-appropriate.

2. Go back to the Victorian era.

If you've noticed, Victorian-inspired prints and silhouettes are all the rage right now. But if baby doll dresses don't strike your fancy, your trusty denim pants will ease you into the trend. Pair your blue wash mom jeans with billowy tops and puff-sleeved pieces.

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3. Explore nautical stripes.

We know pairing breton stripes with jeans isn't exactly new, but drawing inspo from Chanel's latest runway presentations, we've discovered a new way to do it: Wear a textured striped top and layer over a cozy nautical-striped cardigan. Add a chain belt for a contemporary spin while you're at it.

4. Add feminine details.

Don't dismiss your denim jeans as something to be worn only for a laidback day. You can dress up your jeans with silky or satin tops and wear it as you chic brunch 'fit! Don't forget to accessorize to complete your look. Think layered gold necklaces and cute kitten-heeled slip-ons to make your look extra dainty!

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5. Tuck 'em into boots.

Who knew this once called ugly pairing would one day be called cool, right? Comb through Instagram and you'll see a slew of influencers and celebs making this boot-tuck trick trend look chic. We've seen it on Bella Hadid and Hailey Bieber, and even Aimee Song poses intriguing ways to tuck our pants into boots. 

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6. Add volume.

Sure, skinny jeans will forever be a fave, but it will help if you alternate them with baggy jeans every now and then. Take a look at how Laureen Uy does it: It looks smokin' hip and hot when paired with a crop top and accessorized with a bucket hat.

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7. Go for lighter washes.

It's not just the silhouette that needs updating in the denim jean department this 2020. You can explore other colors to update your wardrobe, too. We're thinking two-toned jeans (as seen on Gucci's runway), which can add extra depth to your look if you're sporting a denim-on-denim ensemble. You can also dip your toes into the ultra light end of the color spectrum and sport a white pair of jeans for a clean but casual monochrome outfit. However, if you think you're too clumsy to wear white jeans, go for ecru wash jeans. You can easily pair 'em with other neutrals for a more polished look.

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8. Pair with big blazers.

Make your jeans extra sophisticated by teaming them up with oversized blazers. This styling trick will also balance out the casual or undone look of your ripped jeans. If you're wearing this to a night out, ditch the usual top and wear the blazer as the top. Accessorize with gold pieces and slip into sensible heels to dress it up. But if you're sporting this look as your off-duty 'fit, throw on a casual tee and swap your heels with Birkenstocks or your fave white sneakers.

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9. Expose the pleated seams.

Chanel and Stella McCartney have made jeans that are made for tucked-in tees and tops. Get ready to fall in love with these pleated denim pants that are the new must-have pairs of the year. This simple detailing makes all the difference in cinching your waist even without a belt. But hey, if you're looking for a vintage aesthetic, throw on a little chain belt to achieve the look!

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