How to Wear Light Jeans


Dark blue dominates the world of denim despite the multitude of colors on the market and the rich fashion world lingering on the other side of the denim rainbow. Light jeans -- from acid wash to powdery blue -- make your legs the star of the show.

Monochromatic Madame

Pale-blue, acid-wash and creamy-hued denim pair dramatically with similar tones to create a bright, summery palette. Top off your light denim with an ivory tank top or tunic with a geometric pattern. Finish the outfit with a statement necklace, a metallic belt and some nude sandals or pumps for a long, lean look with a dash of dressiness.

Opt for skinny or bootcut jeans and change up this style with a top in ballerina pink, seafoam green or lemon yellow for a feminine, spring-inspired touch.


  • Give your look a fresh, nautical vibe in a snap with a navy striped boatneck shirt, a few metallic bangles and some espadrilles.

Bohemian Spirit

Pale jeans scream boho-chic for ladies eying an edgier style. Top off your acid-wash skinnies or your pale flared pants with a bright, vibrant tunic or blouse in a deep red, rich pink or Kelly green to contrast the denim. Layer over a woven cardigan or pashmina and slip on some flat and strappy gladiator sandals in a vibrant color to create a free-spirited style.

Make that denim cocktail-worthy in a flash with a feminine blouse in a bright color with eye-catching details like as a bow or beading. Pop on some black pumps and a chunky bib necklace. Complete the look with a colorful or beaded clutch for added interest.


  • The daytime look goes best with bootcut jeans, flared jeans or a pair with a little more ankle room. Cuff your jeans for a summery flower-child nod; create a cocktail or date-night outfit with a skinnier cut.

Gentleman's Jeans

Men have a multitude of ways to wear the light denim in their closets. Top off some skinny jeans with a dark green or black T-shirt, a black blazer and some black suede boots for an instant night-on-the-town look. Swap out the black tee for a western-inspired button-up for a more playful look during the summer months.

Switch to a more low-key style with bootcut denim. Add a pale pastel button-up shirt and layer over a soft sweater in light blue or gray. Wrap a scarf in a bold pattern around your neck during those colder months and slip on some light brown loafers and dress socks to create a polished yet relaxed ensemble.


  • Always invest in denim that fits you correctly for the most flattering effect.

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