Putting together outfits with jeans should be easy, right? After all, if you close your eyes, and pick a top from your closet, it should, in theory, match perfectly with your favorite pair of jeans.
Well, yes. And no.
In theory, this is true. But, and isn’t there always a but?
There are no rules to this, unfortunately. Just best practices. And personal preferences. Today, I look into what colors to wear with all your favorite denim washes.
White & Black
White and black jeans are possibly the most versatile denim washes you can own. They are seasonless, neutral, and go with everything. Use the same color top to create a sleek monochromatic look, or go for a contrasting, all-year-round black and white look. I do have a couple of personal preferences. I prefer black jeans with most subtly colored tops, for example, although I’ve broken this “rule” many times.
Dark Blue Jeans
Dark blue jeans are one of the most versatile washes, because they can be dressed up and down so easily. They are also the most flattering and leg-lengthening. What you pair with dark denim largely comes down to your personal style. I prefer them with light-to-medium shades, but they work well with dark-colored tops as well, especially at night.
Medium Wash Jeans
This is possibly the wash of the moment, and is maybe the most versatile of the blue washes, as it pairs equally well with dark and light tops. It’s also a great transitional shade that works in warm and cool weather.
Light Wash Denim
Light wash denim is the most casual, and therefore the least versatile. These are the jeans that tend to look destroyed or shredded. They are also the least seasonless, although that is changing. I love light denim paired with dark or bright tops as well as white, but I’m not a fan of the combination of light jeans and light-colored tops. Again, these rules are all made to be broken, so if you love that combo, go for it.
How do you pair tops with your jeans? What are your rules? And what did you think of these examples? Let me know in the comments!