10 Ways to Wear Denim and Stripes

Street style denim and stripes
Wear stripes with jeans to look up to date this season. Christian Vierig/Getty Images
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How to Wear Stripes With Denim - Outfit Ideas

Street style denim and stripes
Wear stripes with jeans to look up to date this season. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Of all the popular women's fashion trends, denim and stripes may be the most wearable. It's also a fresh and chic combination that can be styled to look right for work and casual weekends.  Check out our street style inspired outfit gallery, for great ideas on how to mix striped shirts, jackets, and more with your jeans (and other denim separates), to look on-trend.

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Dress Up Mom Jeans With a Girly Striped Blouse

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Street style chic in a ruffled striped blouse and mom jeans. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Turn heads this spring — and dress up for daytime brunches, or shopping weekends — by matching trendy high waist jeans with a feminine blouse, such as the blue striped shirt with ruffle details pictured here. 

Styling Tip: Tuck in your blouse to show off your waistline and create an hourglass figure in this pretty spring or fall outfit.

Here's more fashion #inspo for wearing high waisted jeans.

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Match a Sporty Striped Jacket With Basic Jeans

Street style striped jacket and jeans
Wear a striped sporty jacket with basic jeans. Timur Emek/Getty Images

Got a pair of nothing-special blue jeans taking up space in your closet? Make basic jeans look instantly look up-to-date this spring, when you pair them with a colorful, striped utility jacket, for an easy take on this year's sportswear trend

Styling Tip: A cheerful, color blocked jacket, in a light-weight fabric such as nylon, helps you create a cool, retro vibe.

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Try Long-Sleeved Stripes Over Your Denim Shorts

Street style denim shorts and leather jacket
Wear a striped tee over cute denim shorts. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

It's a tried-and-true fashion rule — when you're showing off a lot of skin in one area, it looks best if you're covered up elsewhere. Look polished when you show off your legs in denim shorts this year, by matching them with a striped tunic in a flowing cut. 

Styling Tip: Wear this outfit with basic sneakers and a cross-body purse for low-maintenance weekend style. Or, add some fashion edge to this look by layering on a motorcycle jacket and black leather ankle boots.

Check out 12 more stylish ways to wear denim shorts this summer

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Wear a Striped Pajama Shirt With Faded Jeans

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Wear a pajama-style shirt with faded out jeans. Matthew Sperzel/Getty Images

Pajama-style dressing is a hot fashion trend for women. Look polished for weekends and casual get-togethers when you wear a soft, striped pajama-style top with vintage-inspired, worn-in faded jeans. 

Styling Tip: To look polished — not sloppy — in this outfit, you'll want to accessorize it smartly. A stylish wrap, high-heeled ankle boots, and designer (or designer-look) sunglasses all work to pull this easy outfit together and make it look more polished. 

Learn how to master laid back outfits and casual style

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Striped Tank Top and Straight Leg Jeans for Summer

Street style fashion woman in striped top and jeans
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A colorful striped tank top is a great way to summerize your favorite, comfy pair of straight leg jeans this spring and summer. Make this your weekend uniform for outings from the farmer's market, to antique fairs, or attending sporting events.

Styling Tip: Carry a cute cross-body purse, or a colorful envelope clutch, to dress up this look for daytime. It's more unexpected than your usual weekend bag and helps your outfit look more pulled-together, even when you're wearing basic sneakers

How to wear the new straight leg jeans.

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Wear a Striped Sweater With Boyfriend Jeans

Street style striped sweater and boyfriend jeans
Spring fashion look in stripes and boyfriend jeans. Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images

Spring weather can be unpredictable, making the light-weight sweater a true wardrobe essential at this time of year. Show off your style this season in a trendy, loose-knit striped sweater. Wear it with your most comfortable pair of boyfriend jeans, for an easy, low-maintenance weekend outfit. 

Styling Tip: Skip sloppy, longer sweaters in favor of those that hit you around the hip-bone. These will show off your shape and look more modern with looser fits of jeans.

Find the best boyfriend jeans style for your body type.

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Try a Menswear Style Striped Shirt With Skinny Jeans

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Create a boy-meets-girl look for work with stripes and skinny jeans. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Want to know the secret of stylish fashion editors such as British Vogue's Sarah Harris? Try copying their boy-meets-girl fashion formula, that works well for office dressing and even makes your casual outfits look more polished. Simply layer a menswear-style, striped oxford shirt over go-to skinny jeans, and finish your look with fashionable flat loafers. 

Styling Tip: Add jewelry to make this classic look your own. You could add feminine sparkle by layering a statement necklace over the shirt. Or, play up the boyish vibe of this look by adding a bold, chunky watch.

Get more chic ideas for wearing skinny jeans to work.

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Pair a Striped Blouse With a Denim Skirt

Street style in a denim skirt and stripes
Street style in a cute denim skirt and stripes. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Denim skirts are a major style story this spring and summer. Here's how to wear one to work on denim-friendly days — or just look fabulous for casual days off. Match a denim skirt of any length with a feminine striped blouse. We love how the top pictured here gives a patriotic red, white and blue effect when paired with a blue jean skirt.

Styling Tip: Tuck in your top for a defined waistline in this outfit. You could choose to wear this look with flats, but higher heels are great for elongating your legs (and can look more polished when dressing for the office).

Get street style inspiration for how to wear a denim skirt.

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Wear a Striped T-Shirt With Breezy Culottes

Street style jean jacket and culottes
Layer a jean jacket over a striped tee and gauchos. Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images

Culottes (or gauchos) are trendy for spring and summer, but can be tricky to style. Here's how to copy French girls and pull off culottes, to look effortlessly dressed this season. Belt wide-leg gauchos (whether denim or cotton) and wear them with a tucked-in, classic striped t-shirt. Add a jean jacket for an easy layering piece that protects against breezes (or aggressive air conditioning). 

Styling Tip: A hip-length jacket provides good coverage and works beautifully with the proportions of wider-hemmed pants. 

Browse our denim culottes outfit gallery.

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Wear Flare Jeans With a Striped Tee

Street style flare jeans and striped t-shirt
Easy style in flare jeans and a colorful striped tee. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Want to convey the casual, bohemian style of a Parisian model-off-duty, with barely any effort? Simply tuck a colorful, striped t-shirt into a pair of perfect-fitting flare jeans. Add a cross-body purse to carry your essentials and you're dressed for a day of errands or a cook-out at the neighbors.

Styling Tip: Flare jeans should graze the floor, to look right. When shopping for these jeans, be sure to bring along the shoes you'll wear with them most often, whether those are flats, platforms or high heels.

Learn how to style flare jeans.