five ways to elevate your blue jeans

although the country is slowly starting to open back up, we’re still spending a lot, if not the majority of our time at home.  and there’s nothing wrong with wearing blue jeans, tees, and sneakers.  believe me; i’m reaching for that combination a lot more these days.  last week, we opens in a new windowrevisited jeans after months of athleisure wear.  today, we’re going to build on that post and talk five ways to elevate your blue jeans into a timeless and classic look. we’re gonna start with my base outfit below and build five new ones from it by addition, subtraction, and slight modification.  

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outfit 1 

add a blazer, leopard shoes & belt

in our first look, we’ve kept my original jeans but built the outfit around the mighty opens in a new windowblazer.  a blazer will elevate any look, and when you add the leopard pattern with these  ( opens in a new windowsimilar) shoes and opens in a new windowbelt, you’ve got a timeless classic. 

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outfit 2 

add accessories

for our second look, we’ve kept the opens in a new windowblouse but swapped out the opens in a new windowjeans for skinny ones.  the whole idea here, though, is to add accessories.  a belt can be an attention grabber and add life to any pair of jeans.  swap out your daily jewelry for something a little more eye-catching. and don’t forget to add a color pop by using a  opens in a new windowsweater as an accessory. 

opens in a new windowblouse | opens in a new windowjeans | opens in a new windowsimilar shoes | opens in a new windowsweater

outfit 3 


for our third look, let’s keep the opens in a new windowskinny jeans but add a opens in a new windowpoplin popover for that classic long-over-lean look.  such a simple and clean look, but remarkably comfortable as well.  one of my favorites.  (and you didn’t think i’d forget that pop of color.  how about these opens in a new window(similar) shoes?)

opens in a new windowpoplin popover | opens in a new windowjeans | opens in a new windowsimilar shoes

outfit 4 

with a chunky cardigan

for our fourth outfit, we’ve kept our base but simply added a opens in a new windowchunky (similar) cardigan.  talk about reusability.  it looks like we’ve got a few more days of cooler weather here in Athens, and i’ve definitely reached for this cardigan more than once.  super comfy without loosing that timeless classic look.  

opens in a new windowjeans | opens in a new windowpoplin popover | opens in a new windowsimilar cardigan | opens in a new windowsimilar shoes

outfit 5 

add a pop of color

and finally, don’t forget about colored jeans. whether you’re going with black, white, red, or some other color entirely, the fashion possibilities they afford us are endless.   i’ve stuck with a neutral today:  gray opens in a new windowjeans. and i’ve built the entire outfit around the opens in a new windowsafari jacket—one of my personal favorites.  

opens in a new windowjeans | opens in a new windowsafari jacket | opens in a new windowtank | opens in a new windowshoes

thanks for joining us, ladies.  i hope today’s post gives you some inspiration on how to take your jeans and restyle them in a way that gives you that timeless classic look we’re always striving for over here on the blog.  if you’re looking for more inspiration or want to see how these outfits look in 3D, be sure to check out our new YouTube video.  





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  1. Lori Colletti wrote:

    The orange sweater is the best,that color really pops with your hair

    Posted 5.13.20
  2. Thanks for the jeans ideas. BTW, your hair is looking so good.

    Posted 5.13.20
  3. Eva Popovich wrote:

    Thanks for your post about styling jeans. Here in St. Petersburg, FL, our temperatures during the day are quite warm. Today we will be just under 90. So layering doesn’t work, sadly. I’m sure I will catch up with your posts in the summer, as I’m sure it gets hot in Athens, GA. But for right now, I must wear sleeveless or short-sleeved tops, although it is not too hot yet to have to skip a belt. By 10 pm when we take our two dogs out on a walk down to the bay it’s cooler, but by then I’m inclined to just put on a long-sleeved shirt over my clothes.
    Even with that said, I always enjoy your classic but quirky looks!

    Posted 5.13.20
  4. Micheline wrote:

    J’aime vos présentations. Love your classics mix and match! Est-ce que vous habillez les petites size 4 or 6 depending of the company. I’m 5 feet tall and weight 48 kg (108 pounds).
    Thank you.

    Posted 5.13.20
  5. MaryLynne wrote:

    I have all those clothes in my closet. Thanks for new ideas on how to put them together. They are all perfect RV travel outfits if we ever get to travel again. The only downside is that none of my jeans fit right and I can’t shop to try on new ones

    Posted 5.13.20
  6. Lindsey A wrote:

    What a fun post! Jeans are such a classic, and great to see such a range of looks.

    Post idea/request – just the other day I was pulling out jewellery to go with my Mothers day dress, and realizing that my collection is quite ‘serious’, with high quality precious and semi-precious, quite conservative pieces. Which don’t get me wrong, I love them all and many have very sentimental associations too. Lately though, I’ve been kinda wanting to try out some more ‘fun’ pieces at times, but am not entirely sure where to start with this. A post on matching fun/costume jewellery with our outfits, and/or when to use our more expensive pieces and when to use costume, and/or how to do a jewellery high/low mix, would I think be something very helpful!

    Posted 5.13.20
    • Stacey Haney wrote:

      I agree, I have both kinds of jewelry but sometimes not taking the risks I should in wearing them. Jewelry and purses are so fun to incorporate. Maybe a piece about switching out purses. Do you use an organizer inside to make it easy or do you use the same purse all the time?

      Posted 5.20.20
  7. Sylvia Espinoza wrote:

    Great post! Love your girl-next-door look in the first picture, the pop-of-color shoes (there’s a bright orange pair in my closet waiting for a test drive), and the way you look in the gray jeans outfit. Wow. Gotta hunt for gray jeans now! My preference is black but your fabulous jeans make me want a pair, too. Thanks for all the work you put into inspiring us to try new looks…or old looks in a fresh new way!~

    Posted 5.13.20
  8. Hi Beth;
    Great post. I love that you show along with your tell | advice! I think my personal favorite is the chunky sweeter, just the smallest hint of a Chanel look.

    I saw a few shots of you, especially in your bio with your hair combed back.
    LOVE THE LOOK. It opens up that beautiful face.
    Thanks for the blog.

    Posted 5.13.20
  9. Maria wrote:

    Looking Good As Always Love Watching You 🥰

    Posted 5.13.20
  10. Andrea wrote:

    First off, your hair looks so beautiful – classic!

    I have always loved red and coral, but now I’m grey(pepper/salt), I’m not so fond of it close to my face. This is the perfect solution for my favs…I even have a supply of blue and slate striped shirts!

    You have finally convinced me to buy the pair of similar coloured shoes, I have oft dreamed of, but never quite made the leap. They so elevate the outfit and allow us to use colours we love but can’t wear close to our face. Thanks for giving me strength, Beth. 🎁

    Posted 5.13.20
  11. Vikki Andrews wrote:

    Oh my! Love the looks! Love your hair! Love the shoes. Great ideas!

    Thanks for sharing! Comfy looks with a classic style.

    Posted 5.13.20
  12. Sangita M wrote:

    The blog and video were fabulous! I loved all your combinations and suggestions. I did purchase the easy spirit snakeskin shoes. Can’t wait for them to arrive. You look fabulous as always.
    Take Care and be well

    Posted 5.13.20
  13. Dawn wrote:

    Hi from Australia! I enjoy all your posts but liked this one especially- great ideas I can use for a travel capsule….once we are allowed to travel again.

    Posted 5.13.20
  14. Nancy A Reed wrote:

    GREAT LOOKS. Thanks for the ideas

    Posted 5.13.20
  15. Suzanne Smith wrote:

    Nice combinations of looks. I wear my jeans a lot, because if I don’t, I’m afraid I’ll gain weight if I’m constantly in stretchy pants! It makes me remember not to eat too much during the day. Today, we had to get dolled up to do a drive-by parade in front of a birthday girl’s home! Such excitement, n’est ce pas?! We decked out the car’s exterior, made things to wave with, wore nice clothes, and it actually was fun to see her face when all the cars rolled through in front of her home. First time I’ve gotten “dressed up” in some days. We live in strange times, don’t we? haaaaaa

    Posted 5.13.20
  16. Lisa wrote:

    Hi Beth. Great post and video. Loved all the looks, but the chunky sweater was freaking awesome. It’s very very similar to a cardigan from Francis Valentine, but yours is better.

    I look forward to your blog and I have learned so much about the history of fashion from you. You work it girlie!

    Posted 5.13.20
  17. Susan wrote:

    Hi Beth…Love the gray jeans. Talbot has jeans in many colors. Would you think about a ootd using different colors. I am sure I am not the only One that does not do blue jeans, but love colored jeans! I have yellow, pink, red, you would a ball styling them! Love your blog!!

    Posted 5.13.20
  18. Joy wrote:

    Outfit 2 for the win
    It’s the best representation of the happiness and”good thing” your blog/work adds to life

    Posted 5.14.20

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