We love jeans. Jeans are our friends. They give us endless outfit ideas when our inspiration is running dry, and they even translate to our wardrobes year-round. They're a true-blue closet staple. However, there are certain trends that jeans just don't jive with as well as others. Chalk it up to its laid-back associations, but sometimes denim just doesn't do the trick, which is why it's helpful to consider the full range of options in front of you.
This spring, you may have a trend or two (or seven) that you're eyeballing. However, investing in a trend is only the first step because as we all know, the hardest part is tackling the styling aspect. This is where today's denim focus comes into play. While reaching for the closest pair of crop-flare jeans may feel like the best option when test-driving your trend of choice, sometimes it's worth brainstorming a bit further. Ahead, we've highlighted a small pool of pieces that look wonderful paired with non-denim accouterments. Scroll down to find out what they are and to shop the trends.
The Trend: Belt Bag
Instead of Jeans: Spring Dress
If you've yet to try the belt-bag (aka fancy-fanny-pack) trend, rest assured because it's not too late. Unfortunately, fastening the strap inside of your jean loops might prove too fussy. Instead, layer it over an easy spring dress for a cool look that also happens to be hands-free.
TL-180 Fazzoletto Convertible Woven Leather Belt Bag ( ($535)
Wicker Wings Tao Clutch ($338)
H&M Grained Belt Bag ($40)
The Trend: Flip-Flops
Instead of Jeans: Fun Trousers
Because the designer-flip-flop trend is already quite casual, teaming it with a pair of jeans might end up skewing super laid-back. For a more balanced look, simply wear them with a pair of playful trousers.
Staud Rio Leather Sandals ($225)
Tkees Riley Flip Flops ($55)
Pedro García x Raquel Allegra Kaname Printed Satin Flip Flops ($395)
The Trend: Polo Shirt
Instead of Jeans: Embellished Skirt
The polo-shirt trend is going to be huge this spring, and if you're ready to start wearing the preppy piece, opt out of styling it with jeans and go for an unexpected combination, like an embellished skirt.
JoosTricot Polo Shirt ($395)
Tory Sport Stripe Crop Polo ($128)
LHD Le Phare Polo Shirt ($350)
The Trend: Graphic Tee
Instead of Jeans: Roomy Khakis
Sure, a tee and jeans are a seemingly timeless pairing, but somehow styling the graphic T-shirt with a pair of roomy khakis feels instantly cooler and more polished.
Monogram Abstract Lady Tee ($65)
Calvin Klein 205W39NYC Printed T-Shirt ($398)
Scotch & Soda/Maison Scotch Scotch Lazy Day Tee ($65)
The Trend: Ugly Sandals
Instead of Jeans: Midi Dress
Ah, yes. The ugly-shoe trend! We've waxed poetic about this one, and while it may not come as a shock that we suggest contrasting it with something on the softer side, it's worth reiterating that an "ugly" sandal looks amazing styled with something a bit fancier, like a midi dress.
Prada Logo-Embossed Sandals ($590)
Dries Van Noten Calf Hair Platform Slides ($635)
Teva Midform Universal Sandals ($85)
The Trend: Victorian Top
Instead of Jeans: Layer It Under a Dress
The statement sleeve has ruled the last few seasons. However, it seems the Victorian-inspired neckline is making yet another comeback. Sure, you could wear it with a pair of jeans, but why not layer it under a dress for a fresh take on the trend?
Farrow Jeanne Lace Blouse ($118)
Free People Sylvia Blouse ($30)
James Purdey & Sons Ruffle-Trimmed Shirt ($235)
Ahead, discover the worst shoes to wear with jeans.
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