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5 Creative Jean Ideas and the Case for Statement Jeans

by Leah Bourne


Like almost every woman out there, you have a pair of dark-wash bootcut and skinny jeans in your closet. And you’ve probably worn them both to death at this point, as some of your most reliable staples. This spring, it’s time to think outside the box for some creative jean ideas.

Luckily, this season promises jeans that are formal enough to wear to the office, jeans for a night out on the town, and jeans perfect for your summer vacation—even just a little bit of detailing on a pair of jeans can totally transform your look. There really is something for everyone and every occasion on the shelves this spring. Take a look at these five creative jean ideas to get you started.

1. Trouser Jeans: Your New Work Go-To

If you feel like your regular old skinny jeans are too casual for the office, consider adding wide-leg trouser jeans to your work wardrobe. In the shape of a more formal pant—just in denim—these jeans are perfect to wear with a tucked in white-collared shirt and a blazer for a slightly less formal but still totally pulled together office look.

Trouser jeans

2. Embroidered Jeans: Your New “Night Out” Go-To

There isn’t a rule that says jeans have to be plain. Why not look for an option with embroidery or lace inserts? Let the jeans be the star of the show and pair them with a black tank top and strappy sandals. This spring, you won’t regret opting for more creative embroidered options to pull your outfit together.

Embroidered jeans

3. Side Stripe Jeans: Just the Right Statement

Athletic wear is having a big influence on jeans this spring, and one of our favorite ways to add some oomph to a pair is looking for an option with a stripe down the side. Think of them like a pair of workout pants just a bit dressed up. Keep it simple and pair with your favorite white T-shirt and a pair of ankle boots for a look that’s easy-going but sophisticated.

4. Cuffed Jeans: A New Spin on a Classic

You don’t have to go for a pair of jeans with sequins or stripes to flaunt a new style—even just a little twist can make your jeans look totally different. One of our favorite ways to add that twist is with cuffed jeans. Don’t want to buy jeans that are pre-cuffed? You can even do it yourself in a pinch. Plus, this look is perfect for showing off your favorite new spring shoes.

5. Colored Jeans: Add Some Spring Into Your Step

Why stick to blue denim jeans as the weather gets warmer when you can start to experiment with color? Think white jeans, red jeans, or even pink jeans. Stick to a classic silhouette and stay away from embellishments when going with color, as the shade can steal the show on its own.

Pink jeans

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