14 Totally Updated Ways to Wear Jeans + Sneakers | The_ONES
14 Totally Updated Ways to Wear Jeans + Sneakers
Jeans with sneakers is the peanut butter and jelly of outfits: an iconic pairing that never gets old. But, just because it’s a classic doesn’t mean you couldn’t use some inspiration for the combo. It actually takes a little thought to pull together a denim-and-sneaker getup that looks considered (and, well, snazzy), and not like it’s laundry day. So we’ve compiled a handy guide to upgrading this pairing, with a few easy pieces you might even already have in your closet, mixed and matched in fresh ways. Have at it!
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1. Class Act
Embellished with pearl detailing down the calf, jeans like these is how you make the combo “glam AF.” It’s a high-low master class with satin bomber jacket and Gucci belt, offset by casual kicks.
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2. The Prepster
High waisted and slightly cropped, these two-tone jeans let just enough sock show to get the party started. A T-over-turtleneck situation up top mirrors the dark-light panels in the pants, pulling the whole look together.
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Overalls! If you don’t have some, get some. Scout’s honor, they’re a one-piece wonder you’ll reach for again and again. Slouchy overalls are the definition of casual cool; styled simply with a bright red sneaker and matching red tee, this look is all about easy confidence.
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4. Double the Fun
Where our hijabi girls at? Hijab meets high-fashion streetwear when wrapped around a Supreme cap (oh yes she did), and paired with a sheer shirt sprinkled with stars. Doubling up on denim—a low-waisted pair belted over a second high-waisted pair—is a commitment for only the most fashion-forward of sneakeristas, but amplifies the outfit’s workwear-with-a-twist vibes. And a thick cuff on the outer pair makes an all-black sneaker sing.
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5. Office Culture
A frayed hem and the retro look of Vans says you’re ready to head to the beach, but topped off with a blazer, this look stills means business.
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6. Paint it Black
Torn black jeans lend themselves well to an outfit that’s equal parts quirky and sophisticated; a hint of minimalism meets sun-drenched SoCal cool with a geometric vintage sweater and beat-up Converse set off with a pop of red sock.
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7. Layer Up
Today’s lesson: When statement coats make a look. Alone, stone-washed denim, a slogan tee, and Puma Romas could be a grocery-run outfit, but when topped with a furry blue-suede extravaganza, they take on a glammy, devil-may-care rockstar quality that we’re all about.
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8. Back to Basics
The jeans-and-a-white-tee standard is elevated with a sexy spin on proportions: high-waisted jeans with carefree tears and a fitted crop top. A pair of classic sneakers (here sharp red-and-white Asics, but slip-on Vans or Puma suedes would also slay) steers the look clear of trying-too-hard territory.
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9. Double Wide
Go big and bold and embrace a super wide leg in a chic, vintage-inspired wash; keep it low-key with a sweatshirt and sneaks.
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10. Oh Canada
In its denim-on-denim way, the Canadian tuxedo is a classic (the og—a literal denim tuxedo—was created for singer Bing Crosby by Levi’s in the 1950s). Keep the focus on the denim with a crisp white tee and matching bright-white hi-tops (Vans, Converse, Filas would all look sharp).
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11. Low Riders
Pull on some super-baggy denim with a navel-baring top (a silhouette perfected by TLC and Aaliyah) and give it some classic street cred with Superstars. After finding its footing on the courts (legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a dedicated fan), the style morphed into an off-court staple and reached icon status with the 1986 Run-DMC anthem My Adidas.
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12. White Hot
One staple every closet should possess: White jeans. Try a ripped white pair with black Adidas to invert the usual color story while keeping things casual.
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13. Extra Fancy
Low-top Chucks help ground the doily-trimmed hems of a pair of statement denim without detracting from their impact. A delicate shirt and chic coat keep the look office-appropriate.
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14. The Right Cuff
Sometimes the simplest looks are the most impactful. A baggy sweater, half tucked into boyfriend-fit jeans, and pale-gray kicks comes across as effortlessly chic. And when it comes to the cuff, a loose roll is slightly more casual than a fold, slightly more practical than a frayed hem, and all sorts of flattering.
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