Investing in the perfect pair of jeans can result in a large number of outfit possibilities. Dressing up your denim with the right tops and accessories can give you wardrobe ideas for work, the weekend and even for a night out.
Check out the following to smarten up your jeans for any occasion. Simplicity is the key for a smart casual look that is polished and sophisticated. One should mind about what to dress on top like:
A crisp white button-down shirt fitted with room to move and shape through the waist. A black shirt is more casual for this look or a fitted white tee and cardigan.
A dark cardigan (navy, bottle green, chocolate, deep red) is a smarter colour, while lighter ones (pale blues and pinks, soft greens and muted shades) are on the more casual end. A trench coat in cooler weather teamed with jeans is an outfit in itself. Quick and simple, this combination can go from grocery shopping to doing the school-run to the movies.
Wearing jeans with a heel elevates the status of jeans from straight casual to smart casual. Choose a classic one- to two-inch pump in a dark colour for a long-legged look. Black is always a simple staple and lets the rest of the outfit shine.
Peep-toes are a good option when dressing up jeans; flats give a smart casual look and keep the hem of the jeans just above the ground and covering the foot. Closed-in shoes (like ballet flats) are more sophisticated for this look than a pair of sandals or flip flops/thongs.
While accessorizing the outfit Chunky cocktail rings, beaded necklaces or statement earrings pull the look together.
A mid-sized bag complements the outfit and a handheld tote or slouchy hobo is casual, but when added to classic separates, the look becomes smart casual. An oversized bag or evening clutch would look out of place.