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One pair of jeans, three ways: how to style summer's most versatile denim shape

John Brown,
guest editor

Straight legged or tapered, boyfriend jeans are about to become your new go-to...

how to wear boyfriend jeans

Sewn into your skinnies? Shake up your denim collection and look to relaxed styles as your jean of choice this spring – pale denim with whiskering and a lightly distressed wash will prove a versatile multitasker. Here’s our take on how to wear boyfriend jeans from desk to dinner – and off duty, too.

How to wear boyfriend jeans in the day

Yes, you can wear jeans to work

Classic monochrome pieces such as a longline, collarless white shirt and a cuffed, boxy dark jacket are the perfect partners for a chic and contemporary work look. Little styling touches add flair – roll up your denim, try a half-tuck with your shirt and wear its cuffs longer than the sleeves of your jacket, revealing a large gold-bracelet watch, which always looks stylish. A handbag worn across the body pulls the outfit together.

How to wear boyfriend jeans in the evening

Statement accessories make it work after dark

Ring the changes for spring with a new animal print, switching classic leopard for a bold zebra stripe or snakeskin design. This boho blouse from Somerset by Alice Temperley includes a pretty laced neckline and on-trend ruffles. A minimal metallic clutch and large gold hoop earrings help transform daytime denim into an outfit that’s perfect for after hours. While you may have paired your jeans with stilettos last year, this season it’s black bow-tie mules that instantly update the look.

How to wear boyfriend jeans at the weekend

A feminine knit updates your weekend wardrobe

For an off-duty, dress-down vibe, invest in playful spring knits with ruffle or button detailing. Roll up jeans an inch above the ankle and make sure jumpers sit on the waistband to create the most flattering silhouette. A large leather tote in a bold block colour is the perfect carry-all solution: you can fit everything in while still making a statement. Platform slip-ons lend the outfit a practical yet stylish edge.