Most women in the fashion world will merrily admit that their wardrobes rotate around a pair of jeans—blue being the most common go-to. Naturally, the style elite find clever new tricks to make their outfits elevated and super cool beyond measure, even if the same pair of boyfriend jeans sit as the backbone of each look. We’ve decoded 18 of their sartorial twists that will lift your oldest 501s or fresh cropped flares to the front line of cool.
Click through for off-duty outfit inspo from our favourite street style stars, and shop true blue jeans at the end.
Anneli Bush: Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses (£180); Gucci Soho Shoulder Bag (£650); Zara top and jeans; Topshop Juno Shoes (£59).
Style Notes: The devil’s in the details, so get the shoe shape of the season in your daily outfit repertoire (a soft glove-style like Maryam Nassir ZadehRoberta Pumps, £350, will do the trick), and some mega-watt sunglasses on to make your knit-and–frayed jean combo stand out.
On Annabel Rosendahl: Prada sunglasses; Gucci bag (shop similar); Helmut Lang shirt; Re/done jeans; Isabel Marant boots.
Style Notes: Add an unexpected clash of accessories, and incorporate florals and snakeskin, but keep your outfit base classic: linen shirt with classic blue jeans.
On Lucy Williams: Ganni shirt; Mother Sunny Hustler Jeans (£133); Future Glory bag; 3.1 Phillip Lim Cube Mule (£380) available in cream.
Style Notes: Basics don’t need to be basic! The right leather tote (ring handles please), the perfect suede mules and a deftly chic off-white shirt is just the ticket to sartorial perfection.
On Diletta Bonaiuti: Gucci jacket; Isabel Marant Etoile Drew Ankle Boots (£350).
Style Notes: A trophy jacket will amplify your off-duty basics; go cropped to echo the razor-cut hems on your denim threads.
On Sofie Valkiers: Dior sunglasses; By Malene Birger sweater; Saint LaurentSac du Jour Leather Small Tote Bag (£1890); M.i.h Jeans; Rodarte x & Other Stories Patchwork Boots (£285).
Style Notes: A grey jumper and jeans needn’t be a dull affair. Go for key pieces with little details and flourishes, like understatedly embellished pockets on oversize knits and jeans with raw cut edges that put shoes centre stage.
On Roberta Benteler: Vetements jeans; Céline boots.
Style Notes: Take your jeans way out West, but do it the high-fashion way with Céline staples.
On Courtney Trop: Céline Round-Frame Sunglasses (£210); vintage sweater; vintage Levi’s jeans; Gucci Dioynsus Bag (£1480) in beige suede; Manolo Blahnik shoes.
Style Notes: A blend of It accessories and cherry-picked vintage pieces will keep your look 100% unique and untouchable. Word.
On Sylvia Haghjoo: Closed jeans; Louis Vuitton Twist Bag (£2170).
Style Notes: An exaggerated knit top (in lavender to give a nod to the spring season, of course) is the only addition needed to a silk camisole, espadrilles and It bag for the Sunday flower market trip.
On Pernille Teisbaek: Vetements trench coat; Chloé Hudson Tasseled Bag (£1395); Gucci top, jeans, and Metallic Leather Pumps (£530).
Style Notes: Supersize your trench coat! Add a pair of unapologetically on-trend pumps and hit the pavement.
On Sofia Sanchez: Chloé Georgia Bag (£575).
Style Notes: Apple red blends so well with classic blue denim and beige tone accessories.
On Zina Charkoplia: Dior So Real Sunglasses (£370); Zara blazer; Alba Conde top; Levi’s jeans; Aquazzura Sexy Thing Shoes (£390).
Style Notes: It’s not about wearing designer threads head to toe; in fact, more kudos to those who seamlessly blend high-street with high-octane labels. Mix away! Lace and denim is also a yes this season, according to Zina. We concur.
On Pandora Sykes: AllSaints jacket; vintage shirt; Levi’s jeans; Céline boots.
Style Notes: Channel Patricia Arquette in True Romance, and dig out your old favourite leather biker and team it with straight-leg jeans and a semi-sheer leopard print top. This combo is the business.
On Annina Mislin: Current Elliott jeans.
Style Notes: Scruffed up jeans with rips are a yes for off-duty days, but make them relevant for lunch dates with a fine knit top and slick pumps.
On Gilda Ambrosio: Céline sunglasses; Chanel bag.
Style Notes: A long-line cosy cardigan is exactly what your boyfriend T-shirt and straight-leg jeans need to catapult them into weekend mode.
On Edie Campbell: Hillier Bartley bag; Converse Chuck Taylor High Top Trainers (£50).
Style Notes: Add a dose of patriotic Britishness to your look with a baker boy hat and a dramatic cover-up.
On Jeanne Damas: Isabel Marant coat.
Style Notes: Powder blue is the hue du jour so get that colour in your shoe wardrobe stat.
On Alexa Chung: Longchamp bag; Vetements jeans.
Style Notes: Textures are important in the formation of a slick outfit. Go for velvet, silk and denim to contrast the Alexa way.
Chloé Acid-Wash Flared Jeans (£460)
H&M Kick Flare Jeans (£20)
Topshop Unique Draycott Cropped High-Rise Skinny Jeans (£95)
Madewell Perfect Summer Distressed Boyfriend Jeans (£130)
BooHoo Boyfriend Jeans (£20)
Frame Denim Kick-Flare Jeans (£220)
Marques’Almeida Frayed Hem Jeans (£250)