Jeans are a wardrobe staple. Throw on your favourite pair with a comfy jumper and trainers for a casual trip to the cinema, or dress them up with a shirt and smart shoes to get ready for a few drinks in town. Deciding what to wear with jeans is straightforward and fun, as they’re the most versatile item of clothing you own.

But their style potential is often overlooked. We tend to think of jeans as the safe or reliable option, when really they offer a world of opportunities. Start to think of jeans as your greatest asset when it comes to creating stylish outfits.

Just because they’re what you reach for when you can’t decide what to wear, there’s no reason jeans can’t be the inspiration for a fresh new look. After all, when you’re wearing them three or four times in a week, you’re going to have to mix it up a bit. If you’re in a bit of a style rut (we all have them from time to time), let us help you style your jeans in new and exciting ways. No-one wants to be boring.

How to shop for jeans: top tips

Deciding what to wear with jeans might be straightforward, but buying new jeans can be stressful. They’ve got to fit well and look great. With so many styles and shapes available, it’s no surprise people rely on comfy jeans they’ve had for years.

When the time comes to replace your favourite pair, or you want to add a new style, don’t panic. With our top shopping tips, you’ll be ready to take on the task with the right attitude – having fun, not getting stressed.

  • Wear something comfortable (and easy to remove). If you’re going to be trying lots on, the last thing you’ll want is to be getting all hot and bothered while struggling with a tight-fitting outfit. Instead, wear something you feel good in which can be quickly thrown off and on.

  • Know whether you’re just browsing or you’ve got a mission. Shopping with a purpose and browsing for fun are two different things. If you’re going with a friend, make sure they know you’re after new jeans and need to keep focused.

  • Take a break. It’s not a great idea to rush yourself when shopping. After all, it’s supposed to be enjoyable. Give yourself enough time to have a little sit down and treat yourself to a caffeine or sugar boost.

What to wear with skinny jeans: Women

Ever since skinny jeans appeared on the scene over a decade ago, we haven’t looked back. They’re a go-to piece for any event – be it an evening do, weekend brunch or, if you’re lucky, in offices with a smart-casual dress code. With so many great pairs on offer – such as these black ICHI skinny jeans or a light blue pair from Bellfield – we’d be surprised if you didn’t have more than one pair in your wardrobe.

But what do you wear with skinny jeans? Well, if you’re tired of relying on your favourite t-shirts, we recommended trying out a shirt to give your jeans a glamourous edge. Tuck it in and add some heeled boots for a polished look.

For summer, you could try a white shirt (Bellfield have a great option). But if you’re looking for a pop of subtle colour in the colder months, the burgundy tones of ICHI’s Huckleberry blouse are perfect for autumn.

Whatever you’re wearing on your top half, these Hudson heeled boots will serve you well throughout the seasons. At Monks Clothing, we love shoes that work with loads of different outfits. Heeled boots will do just that. Buy a pair and you won’t regret it, as they’ll quickly become your go-to pair of shoes for all occasions – looking great with jeans, as well as dresses and skirts.

What to wear with skinny jeans: Men

Skinny jeans aren’t just for women. Whilst we suggest avoiding the spray-on look, men also look great in jeans that sit a bit closer to the leg. You’re aiming for a look with clean lines and a fitted appearance. If they feel too tight, they probably are.

You want to give a smart, refined and understated impression with your skinny jeans, rather than an in-your-face statement. If that means opting for a slim fit, go for that instead. We suggest trying jeans from Last and True, Mish Mash or Luke 1977.

Versatile enough to work for both an evening out or a laid-back setting, skinny jeans exude effortless style. For a casual look, team them with crisp t-shirt and trainers. This Bewley and Ritch t-shirt, with subtle spotted print, would look great for a summer day out, for instance. Light jeans probably would be best to complete the effortlessly easy-going outfit.

Darker jeans, on the other hand, are easy to style for formal and relaxed occasions, taking you from the office to after-work drinks looking great. Swap the trainers for a smarter shoe (we love brogues and Chelsea boots) and choose a shirt and blazer combination to suit.

Claudio Lugli do some brilliant shirts. With prints including flamingos, pheasants and numerous floral options, they’re sure to help you make a statement. The brand also delivers If you’d rather something a bit subtler. Try this blue cut and sew shirt for a hard day at the office, topped off with a few pints to celebrate a successful day. Paired with black jeans, you’ll ooze formal style throughout the day, but still look at home in the pub.

What to wear with white jeans: Women

If you’re looking to make a bolder statement than blue or black jeans, why not opt for white jeans? Although notoriously difficult to pull off, if you keep everything else neutral you’ll assert real fashion credentials. They’re a great addition to your wardrobe for those times when you want to impress.

First off, try out the all-white look. Popular with stylish celebrities, it’s a great twist for smart casual events. Whereas everyone else will be relying on boring designs, you could wear this Lavish Alice Twist Front shirt and Bellfield white jeans and steal the show. Just add a red lip and some great accessories.

Lavish Alice, one of our favourite womenswear brands, also do an oversized shirt which would look good with white jeans. We love the cool blue colour, perfect for spring. Add some beige Hudson heeled boots with open sides and you’ll be ready to go.

For a different colour palette, this forest green blouse from ICHI is fabulous. When we’re planning what to wear, jeans and a nice tip always comes to mind. But it’s not always easy to find. Well, this is ultimate easy-wear, flattering top you’re after – perfect with white jeans or a darker pair.

The outfit would also work with the Hudson heeled boots, proving once again how much of an asset they’d be to your wardrobe. 

Want to make white jeans work in colder weather? Give the outfit a sophisticated touch with a duster coat. This grey one from Lavish Alice would complete any look with refined style.

What to wear with white jeans: Men

If you’ve got any doubts about wearing white jeans as a man, we’re here to convince you otherwise. They look great with loafers (try this pair from Hudson) and a t-shirt. You could also try the all-white look, as mentioned above, or opt for some colour.

Once you’ve been brave enough to try white jeans, you won’t look back. Just as versatile as other colours of denim, you could team them with a blazer when you’re after a smart, refined look. Picture yourself in white jeans with a navy blazer – what better way to impress at a special occasion? This Bewley and Ritch blazer is perfect for the job.

The most important style lesson you can learn is to mix up garments and make them work with your favourite things in your wardrobe, so you’ve got stylish outfits for all occasions. Whether your favourite jeans are skinny, flared, blue or coloured, invest in key pieces that can be worn with what you’ve already got hanging up.

If you’re after more fashion inspiration, you can contact us online or visit us in store. We’ll be happy to help.