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Dress Up Your Jeans


Jeans are great. They are comfortable, hard wearing, and suitable for any casual situation. Unfortunately, for many of us, the sheer convenience of throwing on a pair of jeans in the morning can lead to them becoming something of a uniform. Yes, you know it’s summer and maybe you should get your legs out or try some of the beautiful sundresses that are in the stores, but why bother when your trusty jeans are hanging right there (or, more realistically, draped over a chair in your bedroom where you took them off last night)?


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Wearing jeans as standard is the norm for a lot of women, but just because they are your go to thing for all but formal occasions, doesn’t mean you have to look boring. If you want to embrace your jeans habit, forget those plain tanks, boring t-shirts and bland sweaters and choose tops that make you look on trend, sexy and interesting. Here are three styles to consider using to create great jeans based outfits:

Dolman Tops

The dolman sleeve dress (or batwing dress) is all the rage this year, but you can take elements of that style to create good jeans looks too. A dolman sleeve is one that comes out from the waist and then tapers in around the elbow, and it is an interesting and flattering design feature that looks great on tops as well as dresses. You can choose casual dolman tops in prints like stripes for a more fashionable alternative to a normal jersey top, or evening styles in silky or flowy fabrics to wear on a night out (with your ‘going out’ jeans).

Cowl Necks

A cowl neck is a very loose, drapey high neck – imagine a very oversized roll neck. It drapes down creating the effect of a lower neckline (which, if you are busty, you will know looks way better than a high neckline on you!), while still effectively keeping you covered up. It is a chic and sophisticated style that is very flattering, and if you miss the winter because it’s too hot to accessorize with scarves in summer, you can get that same effect on your neckline without an added accessory. Again, choose jersey fabrics or light knits for daytime, or something silky with a slight stretch for evening. Sleeve length is up to you, though sleeveless cowl necks can be great for summer and also work well under jackets when it gets cooler.

Kimono Cardigans

A lightweight, semi transparent kimono style cardigan in a fabric like chiffon can be the perfect casual cover up with jeans, and it is a look that is really in style this summer. Wear it as is, or belt it for a more streamlined look. Choose pretty prints or lace detailing to add femininity and interest, and wear over simple, pretty camisole tops for a great summer jeans look – also works well with the shorts you made by cutting off last year’s jeans!

If you love wearing jeans but don’t want to look boring, pick tops that are in interesting, fashionable cuts and make these the focal point of your outfit!