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The Denim Guide: How to Wear Skinny, Straight and Bootcut Jeans

Are you wondering how to wear women's wide leg jeans? Which style of jeans best suits my style? You’re not alone.

Denim is a classic in every wardrobe and is one of the most timeless pieces you can invest in, keeping you looking fabulous for years. With so many different styles, designs and colours, from womens wide leg trousers to skinny jeans, you can switch up your wardrobe easily with a change in your denim. 

However, to avoid getting in a style rut, stop pairing your jeans with that same black t-shirt and instead learn how to elevate your jean outfit. It’s much easier than you may think!

Skinny Jeans

Even though skinny jeans were once a potentially passing trend, they are now a wardrobe staple. You can easily throw on a pair of jeans with any combination of top, shoes and jacket for a quick ensemble and be ready for the day.

But forget about always reaching for that same top and pair of shoes time after time, and be inspired to try something new with your body-hugging denim!

Inject Colour

Inject some colour into your staple black skinny jean outfit with some bright knitwear or a statement coat. Choose an ochre oversized cardigan to layer over t-shirts in the cooler autumn months or a mustard lightweight jacket to take you effortlessly from season to season.


Bold and bright colours such as red, fuschia and yellow can make all the difference when it comes to switching up your everyday jean outfit. Take your ensemble from drab to fab!

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Pair with Leather

Pairing a leather jacket with your classic blue skinny jeans and boot heels will instantly make your outfit catwalk ready. Whether you want to keep it simple with a classic black leather jacket or you want to go bold with a red leather jacket, you are sure to stand out and look effortlessly stylish. 

If you do want to dress down then layer over the top of a white t-shirt and pair with trainers  for a casual day to day look or a floaty blouse to be ready for an evening dinner.

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Incorporate a Blazer

Get office ready and create a smarter outfit option with your skinny jeans by pairing with a blazer jacket. Choose a cosy and heavier blazer for autumn and winter months or a lightweight cotton blazer jacket for a sunny summer day.

Style with a roll neck jumper and riding boots for a cool casual look or a shirt and patent heels for something a little more dressy. A blazer and jean combo can take you from the office to the bar with something as simple as a change in shoes!

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Straight Leg Jeans

The traditionally 90s style straight leg jeans have a place in everybody's wardrobe, not just for when you’re hanging out at Central Perk. They are just as versatile as skinny jeans and extremely flattering especially when belted at the waist. Layer up in the winter or strip back your knitwear for a cami and sandals in the summer months.

Straight leg jeans are a statement piece that are easy to wear and a great way to break away from your typical “spray-on” skinny jean look. Giving you more comfort and a looser fit without looking overly baggy and un-styled.

Choose Chunky Ankle Boots

Team up your straight leg jeans with a chunky ankle boot and shirt for a casual daytime look that can be layered with a jumper or coat in cooler months.


Women’s wide leg trousers and chunky ankle boots look great when your belt is matched with your boots. Simply tuck in a white t-shirt and belt your jeans for an easy but classically stylish look.

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Elevate with Embellished Heels

If you prefer the more understated look of jeans and a t-shirt, a great way to add a bit of pizazz and switch up your jean outfit is with a fabulous pair of embellished heels. They immediately elevate an everyday casual look into a cute evening outfit. 

Choosing pretty embellished heels and a matching luxury handbag creates an outfit perfect for garden parties or afternoon cocktails in town. There’s nothing a bit of sparkle can’t do!

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Bootcut Jeans

Bootcut jeans are always in style - think Britney Spears 90’s and early 00’s street style! They are a cut of jeans that tapers to fit tightly from the thigh to the knee but is loose from the knee to the ankle. Typically the flare effect of bootcut jeans covers shoes, meaning they tend to look great with chunky boots, heels and trainers! 

Bootcut jeans can be worn with most outfits and look fabulous but are often overshadowed by other denim alternatives - let’s give them some love!

Be Cosy in Oversized Knitwear

To look effortlessly chic, choose an oversized roll neck jumper with your bootcut jeans. You can easily dress up your outfit with some heels or heeled boots, alternatively throw on a pair of trainers for a comfortable easy put together ensemble. 


If you want to further style your outfit and move away from the typical denim look, choose a monochromatic finish with black cord bootcut jeans and a charcoal grey chunky knit jumper.

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Go Casual With a Graphic Tee

Pairing denim with a graphic tee is a great way to keep it casual but move away from your typical plain black and white t-shirts. Choose a t-shirt with funky colours to really stand out from the crowd! 

Go for the classic tuck or create a “faux cropped” and modern look by knotting the front of your t-shirt. Pair your bootcut jeans and graphic tee with a longline cardigan and boots to layer up in the cooler Great British weather.

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How do you wear your denim? We’d love to hear! Why not let us know by joining in the conversation on Facebook or Instagram?