Remember when jeans were relegated to weekend wear? When you wouldn’t dream of slotting them in to your weekly office wardrobe? Now, it’s difficult to imagine not wearing your blues for just about every occasion…or at least having the option to. And to think it all began with a “going out top” (remember?!) and pair of heels. Dressing up your denim was the fashion revelation of the century.

Even now that we’ve moved well past the bootcut-jeans-and-strappy-sandal combo to endless denim silhouettes and washes and shoe iterations, the heel-and-jean formula is just as foolproof as it was fifteen years ago.

 

Sick of your skinnies? Freshen ’em up with cool spring heels and a flowy jacket or kimono—the difference in proportions will make the style feel brand-new again.

The difference in proportions will make the style for you

The difference in proportions will make the style for you

Denim on denim is 100-percent still happening. We love the simplicity of this combination, especially paired

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with a black heel that’s just a tad more interesting than a traditional pump.
It’s crop top season again! If you’re not so hot on the belly-baring thing, go for the same formula you see here, but add a lightweight blouse underneath or tuck in a slim-fitting top—we wouldn’t want to hide the high-waisted awesomeness of these jeans, would we?
These high-waisted, relaxed-fit blues are the perfect example of updated Mom jeans. Add a pair of embellished stiletto mules and a sleek bomber to make ’em look modern.

Blacktop on blackheels

Blacktop on blackheels

Cuffed, slouchy boyfriend jeans are the perfect pair for ankle-strap stilettos. Add a relaxed tee, light jacket and utilitarian backpack for a genius mix of tomboy and lady. A deep red lip and rose hair accent don’t hurt wither (even if you steal them from the runway)
How much easier (and chicer) could this ensemble be? Black top, black heels and high-waisted jeans win for outfit no-brainer.

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