5 Affordable Ways To Style Jeans For A Clean, Minimal Look

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A great pair of jeans form the cornerstone of any wardrobe. With a versatility to be paired back or dressed up across the seasons, they’re one of the most wearable sartorial staples we own.

A regular in our wardrobe rotation, it’s easy to fall into a styling rut when it comes to our favourite denim, relying on the same tried and tested looks on repeat.

If you’re after some styling inspiration to breathe new life into your beloved pair of jeans, take cues from marie claire Australia’s Fashion & Production Assistant, Emily Gittany.

How To Style Jeans

Emily wears the H&M boyfriend jeans. (Credit: Supplied.)

1. Light & Bright

Emily says: “Style your straight darker blue jeans with a lighter top and matching shoes, to brighten it up.”

Shop the look: 

Cropped Linen Blend Shirt, $55.95 at ZARA, Colour Mesh Bag, $17.95 at ZARA, 90s Boyfriend Jean, $69.99 at H&M

Emily wears the H&M Wide and High jeans. (Credit: Supplied.)

2. Seeing Sage

Emily says: “Light denim pairs perfectly with green, which is why I chose this sage blazer. The white sweater and sneakers work to elevate the look for an a comfy-chic aesthetic.”

Shop the look: 

Sneakers, $200 at New Balance, Sweater $34.99 at H&M, Double Breasted Jacket, $49.99 at H&M, Wide & High Jeans, $49.99 at H&M

Emily wears the Zara oversized denim shirt. (Credit: Supplied.)

3. Double Down 

Emily says: “Double denim isn’t something to be afraid of and this set is perfect for a busy day as it requires minimal effort. Pair with sneakers and a tote bag and you’re ready to make some stylish moves on your to do list.”

Shop the look: 

Oversize Shirt With Rhinestones, $159 at ZARA, Sneakers, $49.99 at H&M, Saint Laurent Small Rive Gauche Tote Bag, $2,206 at COSETTE

White jeans make any look clean and fresh. (Credit: Supplied.)

4. Cool & Casual

Emily says: “Don’t shy away from white jeans for fear of spills or constant washing, they make for a super clean and fresh look. Pairing it with a blue stripe shirt provides the most effortlessly chic outfit, perfect for a brunch date or the office.”

Shop the look: 

Cropped Striped Shirt, $55.95 at ZARA, Wide High Jeans, $49.99 at H&M

Black and white is a classic combo. (Credit: Supplied.)

5. Make It Monochromatic 

Emily says: “I love pairing white jeans back with black pieces to create a powerful and chic look. I opted for the sling back ballet shoes to elevate the look, but if you’re wanting to dress it up a little more swap them out for some patent pointed pumps.”

Shop the look:

Block Heel Slingback Shoes, $99 at ZARA, Prada Cleo Brushed Leather Shoulder Bag, $3,115 at COSETTE, Mom Ultra High Ankle Jeans, $59.99 at H&M

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