Good-quality jeans are arguably the wisest investment you can make for your daytime wardrobe. Casual and classic, simple and versatile, true-blue denim has proven time and time again that it’s here to stay.
An item that feels as universally and enduringly relevant as jeans is a rare thing; it’s rarer still to find one which transcends dress codes. Not only is denim regarded as an essential in casual styling, but it’s proven easy to elevate for evening looks and more formal outings. A simple footwear switch and a smart outerwear option are all you need to take your jeans from laid-back to the height of elegance. Yes, really.
If you need some visual aids to make your denim feel dressy, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve traversed the depths of fashion Instagram to pluck out the finest examples of elegant jeans outfits. The six below feel chic and sophisticated, but also incredibly wearable. See for yourself—then shop the pieces you’ll need to re-create your favourites.