Reviewed & updated: October 19, 2022 by Jamie Wilson BA
Every man needs to know what to wear with light blue jeans.
A pair of pale blue jeans are a staple for any man’s wardrobe. But blue jeans sit in the grey area between a neutral and a colour, so they can be difficult to style well.
A pair of blue light jeans can be styled for any weather and look good all year round. You can go for a smarter blue jean look for a casual engagement party or similar event. Or you can keep them casual for a streetwear or bohemian style. You can dress them up with an Oxford shirt or a polo shirt, or dress them down with baggy jeans and an oversized T-Shirt.
There are so many options, it’s hard to know where to start with outfit ideas. But don’t worry – as always, we’re here to help with the ultimate guide to styling your light blue jeans whenever, wherever.
It’s All About Fit
Light wash blue jeans might seem relatively easy to style. But different fits can give you very different looks overall. The key to any light blue jeans outfit is finding the right fit for you and pairing it with pieces that complement the fit.
Straight jeans are the standard fit for men. They’re not too tight or too baggy, but sit a little wider than your body in the leg, becoming more tightly fit at the hip. When you’re trying on straight jeans, make sure there is no extra space on the waistband but they don’t grip too tightly around the thighs, calves or ankles. If you’re going for a classic shirt and jeans look, straight cut jeans look good on anyone.
If you want to branch out from the standard cut, you have a couple of options. Light skinny jeans have exploded in popularity in recent years. They fit close to the skin all the way up and often have elastane in the material to hold them tight. If you like wearing baggy garments on top, like oversized t shirts or hoodies, skinny jeans are a great way to make your style look considered rather than sloppy.
Slim fit jeans are the middle ground between skinny and straight cut. Light wash jeans with a slim fit work well for more elevated outfits, if you’re going for a smart-casual look. White shirts with blue jeans are a great combo, and call for slimmer fit jeans. Another option are dad jeans. These are looser than a straight cut, so if you like the oversized, slouchy look, dad jeans will be a great addition to your wardrobe. As with all jeans, just make sure the waistband fits well.
Keeping It Casual (Or Not)
Light blue jeans are the ultimate casual garment. Lots of men will wear a plain t-shirt with light wash jeans and call it a day. But a casual blue jeans outfit doesn’t have to be boring. Light wash jeans with rip details add an edge to your outfit and keep it casual yet interesting. If you want to wear light wash jeans with a t-shirt, always make sure you have fun details that add to the look. Light blue denim jeans pair perfectly with a leather jacket as it gives a great contrast of colors and textures. If leather isn’t your bag, play with other textures like fleece, suede, or metal hardware.
While light blue jeans are generally seen as a more casual garment, they can easily be styled to work for a smart-casual, elevated look as well. For smarter events or a date, you can wear a white shirt with blue jeans and desert boots or brogues. Or if you want a little twist on that classic, you can wear a black shirt with blue jeans. Add a blazer with a pocket square if you want to go for a more formal look. Light blue jeans are perfect for making an outfit look effortless, so wearing them with dressier items is a perfect combo.
The Perfect Shoes
Shoes can make or break any outfit, and when you wear light wash jeans, you need to choose carefully when it comes to shoes. Boots and light blue jeans are a killer combo. If you’re going for the more classic, smart-casual look, wearing light desert boots in brown or black will finish the outfit perfectly. Patent chelsea boots are also a great option for smart casual. If you want an edgier look, pair your light blue jeans with more heavy duty black leather boots and a simple t shirt.
For something smart yet summer ready, you can pair your blue jeans with deck shoes or loafers for an easy summer event look. This works best with a slimmer fit pair of jeans that you can turn up at the bottom to show off a flash of ankle. You’ll want to wear invisible socks with this look, as material peeking out of the shoe will ruin the clean lines that make this look work. If you want to add some flair, there are some amazing loafers out with bold colours and prints that are great for adding some personality to your outfit.
If you’re keeping it casual, your favourite trainers will always be a great choice. Pick one of your coloured or patterned t shirts to match the trainers, for a super easy casual look. If you want to add something extra to style up your light blue jeans, go for a statement watch, or some statement jewellery. You’d be surprised how much a simple gold bracelet or pendant can elevate an outfit.
To add some real personality to your light blue jeans, pair them with something colourful. Warmer colours work best as they add some contrast. Think pale pink, dark red or even a yellow.
What To Wear With Light Blue Jeans
All men should feel confident styling and wearing light blue jeans. The key elements of any outfit are fit, context and styling. If you nail these three, every outfit will look great.
When you wear light wash jeans, think about the overall look you want and what fit works best with the outfit. For smart, sleek outfits, you want to wear light wash jeans that are more slim fit. If you’re looking for something more edgy or casual, pick a looser pair that have a more relaxed, weekend vibe. Pair casual light blue jeans with a t shirt or a hoodie, your favourite pair of trainers and some statement accessories and you’ll get noticed for all the right reasons. Or, if you want your smart casual outfit to feel effortless, wear your light wash jeans with a shirt and brogues.
Whatever you wear with your light blue denim jeans, pair them with confidence and you can’t go too far wrong.
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