We all have them and we all wear them but only a few of us know how to do it well.
A basic pair of dark wash denim jeans are absolutely indispensable and a go-to wardrobe item for a lot of men including myself.
In this article I want to cover how to wear a pair of jeans with style for the spring season.
Typically, this is what I see:
Yeah, terrible I know.
Let me show you how to do it better.
Trench Coat Casual
This first look is the most casual of the three and something you probably don’t want to wear to the office (depending on where you work).
This outfit is perfect for the weekend when you’re out running errands or just catching up with friends. It can also work very well if you have a date during the day:
In this outfit I have combined a basic, $10 fitted v-neck t-shirt from Uniqlo with a pair of Japanese selvedge denim jeans by A.P.C, black on black Nike Roshe One sneakers, a beautiful, classic trench coat from Banana Republic, a canvas/leather belt from Brooks Brothers, and a simple, stainless steel mesh watch from Skagen.
The key to pulling off this look is definitely the trench coat. It needs to be slim. An oversized coat here will throw the entire look off. Size down if necessary.
What I like about this outfit is the combination of the refined (trench coat) and casual/sporty (sneakers) elements. The trench coat is also very spring appropriate and something you can easily take off if the temperature rises during the day.
The other thing you’ll notice about this outfit is that it’s very monochromatic (i.e. one colour). What makes it still work, however, is the different textures of the fabrics (cotton vs denim vs canvas vs steel). Whenever you plan on putting together a monochromatic outfit like this you want to make sure you vary the texture of the fabrics in order to break up the pieces.
Let’s say you wanted to step up your game at the office on “casual Fridays.”
In this outfit I have combined one of my favourite spring jackets, the Baracuta G9, with the same denim jeans from the first look, a chambray button up shirt from J.Crew, Chelsea boots by Ted Baker, and a brown leather belt from Allen Edmonds.
The star of the show in this look is the Baracuta G9. In fact, I specifically chose a basic chambray button up shirt in order to highlight the Baracuta. When wearing it I highly recommend you don’t zip it up. Let the tartan lining show a little. It creates an eye catching contrast against the chambray shirt.
And much like the trench coat in the first look, you can easily peel off the Baracuta if it gets warm outside. Just roll up the sleeves of the chambray shirt and you’re good to go.
Formal Spring Denim
In this final look I’ve dressed the jeans up into a “formal” outfit.
If all of the other guys around you are wearing baggy denim jeans and untucked button up dress shirts, this is what you should wear instead.
What really ramps this outfit up and makes it more formal than the others are the shoes and the button up shirt. A pair of high quality leather dress shoes instantly elevates any look while a basic white button up dress shirt adds an element of class and sophistication:
In this outfit I’ve combined a cotton/cashmere cardigan from J.Crew with a white button up dress shirt from Batch, the same A.P.C. jeans from the first two looks, Allen Edmonds Strands with an Allen Edmonds brown leather belt, and a classy brown leather wristwatch from Orient.
One of the themes you’ve probably noticed with these outfits is that the outerwear can easily be removed if the temperature rises and that’s no different with this look. The cardigan sweater will come in handy during the cool mornings but can be readily tucked away during the day when the sun’s out in full force.
Denim jeans are a common and indispensable item in men’s wardrobes.
Unfortunately, most men have no idea how to wear them well.
Often they are thrown on with a pair of dirty tennis shoes and an oversized polo or t-shirt. Definitely not what I would consider stellar spring style.
You can do better.
The examples I’ve given above are all great ways to incorporate denim jeans into your spring style. The key is having one transitional piece in the mix like a trench coat, Harrington jacket, or a cardigan sweater.
Play around with the combinations and see if you can come up with your own unique twists. A big part of having great style is the willingness to experiment.
Here’s to looking sharp!