I know it sounds simple. Denim is a wardrobe staple for most of us. I don't know anyone-I repeat, anyone-who doesn't own at least one pair of jeans. But while most of us have grown up with a trusted old pair of jeans in the closet, it's not as easy to figure out how to wear them. There are different colors, washes, and fits. Thanks to standardized sizing, your size will vary from brand to brand. And now, there seems to be no limit to the amount of rips and tears you can wear with them. Your whole quadricep could be exposed and you'll still be on trend. So how do you wear jeans? Regardless of how many denim trends come and go, the fact remains that jeans are here to stay. I've combed through some of my favorite Uptown Bourgeois posts to scrounge up some helpful hints. Here's 10 surefire ways to wear them that don't rely too heavily on trend and keep you casual in style. (And if you're feeling nostalgic for these posts, click the pics to travel back in UB history.)
1. Reach back to your college years.
It may seem silly to look for style inspiration from a period of your life defined by keg stands and all-nighters. But this isn't about your college student lifestyle. It's about your actual style. A pair of jeans with light distressing and minimal rips paired back to a sweatshirt and varsity jacket is the best of both worlds. If you're a 9 to 5 guy during the week, you can relive your glory days off the clock without looking like a 30-year-old frat boy.
2. Get classy.
Pairing denim with unlikely suspects from your closet can work wonders for your look. When we wear denim, our initial instinct is to reach for a t-shirt or a basic knit that screams "This is my day off!". It doesn't have to be this way. A great, elevated outerwear piece allows you to add a dapper aesthetic to your denim outfit without sacrificing your comfort.
3. Go for a more rustic look.
I can't think of a more versatile player in your wardrobe than jeans. They're there for you on casual Fridays, first dates, weekend errands, and nights out with friends. They're appropriate for every occasion. But sometimes, you just have to rough it and put them to the test. Throwing on a pair of your favorite boots adds a bit of masculine charm and edge that other pairings just can't achieve.
4. Suit up!
The perfect blazer pairing can elevate your jeans from weekend bar hopping staple to boardroom essential. But make sure you do it right. Suiting blazers don't usually work in this scenario; sometimes the best of both worlds can equal the worst of one. Stick to separates and go for either tweed in winter or cotton in summer.
5. Look to the past.
The stylish men of bygone eras really knew what they were doing. Take a look back at the 50s and 60s for some styling inspiration. A straight fit, cuffed pant leg, funky socks, and waist-length jacket can make onlookers forget you're even wearing jeans to begin with. Style your look as though you're wearing your favorite pair of chinos. Except you're not-you're wearing jeans!
6. Wax on, wax off.
I'm a huge fan of waxed denim. In black, this denim alternative can add an edge that's otherwise impossible to duplicate. The pair above, from Greywire, are so expertly waxed that they're often mistaken for leather pants when I wear them. Sometimes it's about finding a pair of jeans that don't look or feel like jeans at all.
7. Change your shoes-get low.
Loafers can have the same effect as an elevated outerwear piece. Great shoes don't just complete an outfit. They add character, depth, and direction from all the way down there.
8. Take a risk.
Try something new. Invest in a crazy new wash and pair it with a high-end bomber like this Paul Smith camo beauty above. Taking your denim to new heights is all about experimentation and testing your limits. Sometimes, you just need to listen to your inner style spirit and wear what you want.
9. Go big blue.
Don't make it about the jeans. Wear 'em well by taking the focus away from them completely. A gigantic accessory, a sharp bag, an accented shoe choice-all of these things help gel your look and soon the real accessory is your jeans.
10. Go casual once in a while...it's okay.
A beanie, chucks, and a sweatshirt is all you need sometimes. After all, the majority of us are most comfortable in our jeans when we're dressed down. We can't forget that it's okay to relax and take the effort out of wearing jeans. As long as they fit well, it doesn't really matter what you wear with them.