I’m a Fashion Editor—Here’s How I Dress Up Jeans for a Night Out

I'm a Fashion Editor—Here's How I Dress Up Jeans for a Night Out

I really don’t want to think about the effort I’d have to put into getting dressed if it weren’t for jeans. They’re the piece I grab when I’m in a hurry, when my friends and I decide to meet up last minute or I when just don’t have the mental capacity to pull together a look. However, during the spring and summer months, when dresses become an integral part of my aesthetic, I find myself leaning less on my jeans for the daytime. Instead, they become my preferred nighttime attire.

Unlike party season—when I’m always keen to embrace embellishment and feathers—there’s something so effortlessly cool about more laid-back going-out looks during the spring, and jeans will help you nail that assignment. Keen to see how influencer types style their evening outfits with jeans, I went on a social media deep-dive with the aim of unearthing ensembles I could copy and paste for my next night on the tiles.

Below are six of the best looks that I found, from the shoe choice that fashion people always pair with their denim to the various tops that’ll help elevate your strides and give them after-dark appeal. Scroll on to see the evening outfits with jeans that have impressed me.

Style Notes: Never before has the vest top been so pivotal in our outfits as it is now, but until the temperatures rise, wear the look with a leather biker jacket. 

Style Notes: With strap sandals and a chunky chain necklace, the vest-top-and-jean outfit combo is elevated from day to night. 

The cropped length is a cute spin on the classic biker. 

Arket has some excellent vests this season. 

I wear a chain necklace just like this one almost every single day. 

Editors and influencers both rate Agolde denim. 

Style Notes: Cut-outs are a still key trend in 2023, especially if you’re not into the rivalling sheer look. In top form, cut-outs will instantly give your outfits “going-out” credibility. 

Style Notes: A little sparkle never hurts either. 

If you want to invest in the cut-out vibe, look no further than Musier Paris. 

White denim is having a moment. 

Trust Prada to give us one of the most covetable bags this year. 

Style Notes: There’s something refined about the turtleneck, and a sleeveless iterations loans itself perfectly to nighttime pursuits. 

Style Notes: Swap out blue jeans for unexpected grey, and you’ve got the perfect attire to dance all night in. 

A high neck top makes for a sleek alternative to a simple t-shirt. 

Like it or loathe it, distressed jeans are the Y2K trend that won’t quit. 

Christian Louboutin are experts in refined shoe design.

Style Notes: Crochet textures are about to be huge this summer. In the guise of a halterneck, they also happen to make for the ideal nice top with your jeans. 

Style Notes: A basket bag can help carry your supplies, but you might want to consider a smaller handbag if you’re heading out for a glamorous evening. 

This was made for warm-weather evenings out. 

I really rate the cut of these jeans—buy in your usual size. 

I downright refuse to leave the house without my Missoma hoops. 

Trust me, you’re going to want to wear this every spring and summer for years to come. 

Style Notes: Strapless tops signify one thing: You’re going out. And they also happen to be the base for some exceptionally good jewellery styling. 

Style Notes: A simple shoulder bag is all you need to complete this minimalistic evening look. Oh, and add a blazer if you’re prone to feeling the chill.

Our editor’s favourite blazer, back in stock. 

Such a great shade (but it also comes in no less than 14 other colours). 

The dream handbag. 

These classic jeans come in sizes 4–26. 

Style Notes: A white blazer will instantly lift blue and black denim, giving it a more premium feel that works well for the evening. 

Style Notes: Nearly every influencer on this list has styled their jean evening outfits with mules. If in doubt, invest in a black strappy pair for maximum versatility. 

Twill textures make tailoring more breathable and transitional-appropriate. 

Straight-leg jeans are still a fashion-person favourite. 

You’ll get so much wear out of these BY FAR block heels. 

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