How To Wear Your Jeans For A Night Out

Denim is an essential part of most anyone's everyday wardrobe. That's a given. But our love for it runs so deep, we've got no problem slapping on jeans for some fancier occasions, too. You probably wouldn't show up in your blues for a formal event or an important job interview, for example. And wearing jeans for a big night out can really be a hit or miss. But there's an art to looking polished in evening denim, and believe us when we say it can be done.

With the right styling, your most comfy jeans fit chameleon-like into a seriously chic ensemble. Ahead, we’re laying down six going-out outfits with denim staples that do just that. Whether you’ve got a hot date or a meet-up with old work colleagues, here’s how to make your trusty jeans the sartorial highlight of your evening.
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Layer The Jumpsuit
We know — that sleeveless jumpsuit you wore all summer will be difficult to let go. But with some strategic layering, breathing new life into this one-piece is a cinch. Wear a transitional top like this form-fitting short-sleeve turtleneck underneath a denim jumpsuit (yes, even under cut-outs) and you’re good to go. You can never go wrong with with sailor stripes, black-and-white accessories, and delicate jewelry.
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Don’t Fear Culottes
Despite culottes being the It trend everywhere, we get that this gaucho silhouette — especially in the form of jeans — can feel unsexy for a night out. But style the pants with a sheer black top and lace-up pointy flats (a detail that's perfect for the cropped hem), and the look is far from dowdy. Cheeky, whimsical accessories add even more fun.
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Flare It Out
Rather than pretending this whole ‘70s pants trend doesn’t exist, why not ease into it with contemporary accents? An overdyed black wash is the way to go for a night out. Add a simple, low-frills sweater with a sleeveless waistcoat layered on top to streamline the flared bottoms. As with all voluminous pants, opt for an elevated heel or platform to balance out the proportions.
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Go For Gray
While black or dark-wash jeans are a tried-and-true staple for a night out, experiment with gray denim for a more subdued neutral. The steely hue helps graphic black-and-white combinations pop, so play with patterned or colorblocked styles to create a sophisticated look that’s not too matchy-matchy. Still missing your all-black uniform? Go for it — just make sure darker items have an interesting texture, like these soft suede heels from Bloomingdale's or a luxurious leather jacket.
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Rethink The Short
Those lucky enough to be situated in a warm climate who don’t have to give up shorts just yet now have an envy-worthy option for their endless-summer nights: the Bermuda cutoffs. All it takes to dress up these frayed bottoms is a strappy silken evening top, a fun muppet-y clutch for texture, and silver accoutrements for shine.
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Fancy Up The Boyfriend
You probably have a steady rotation of boyfriends (jeans, that is). What you probably don’t have (and could really add to your arsenal) is a pair of gussied-up embellished ones. When fancier brass grommets at the knee replace frayed holes, an oversized button-up shirt and sleek metallic flats seriously upgrade this typically slacker look into something perfectly suitable for the evening.