10 Effortlessly Chic Straight Leg Jeans Outfits

Searching for the best straight leg jeans outfits but can’t quite find something to suit your classic taste? We’re sharing our best tips for how to style straight leg jeans and outfit ideas to copy now.

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Straight Leg Jeans Outfit

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STRAIGHT LEG JEANS

You would think the name would be sufficient, but there have been so many variations of straight-leg jeans, that I thought we would break down the characteristics of a true straight-leg jean. 

Straight-leg jeans are a style of jeans that have a consistent width from the thigh down to the ankle.

Unlike skinny jeans, which taper and become narrower as they reach the ankle, and unlike wide-leg or flared jeans, which widen as they go down, straight leg jeans maintain a straight line from the hip or thigh to the hem.

They are often considered a classic and timeless denim style due to their simple, straight, and regular fit.

STRAIGHT LEG JEAN CHARACTERISTICS:

  1. Uniform Width: The leg of the jeans has the same width from the hip or thigh to the ankle, creating a straight line down the leg.
  2. Versatile Fit: Straight leg jeans are known for their versatility and can work well for a variety of body shapes. They’re not too tight or too loose, making them a comfortable and easy-to-wear option.
  3. Casual and Classic: Straight leg jeans are often associated with a more casual and classic look. They are a timeless denim style that can be dressed up or down.
  4. Available in Different Rises: You can find straight leg jeans in various rises, including high-rise, mid-rise, and low-rise, to suit your personal style and comfort preferences.
  5. Wide Range of Washes and Finishes: Like other jeans styles, straight leg jeans come in various washes (from light to dark) and can be found in distressed, faded, or classic washes.

Straight leg jeans are a great wardrobe staple that can be worn in a variety of settings and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

They work well with various types of footwear, from sneakers to heels, and are a versatile addition to any wardrobe.

HOW TO WEAR STRAIGHT LEG JEANS

The biggest styling tip when wearing straight-leg jeans is minding your proportions. Because the silhouette is fuller on the bottom half, you’ll want to be mindful of your top half.

Consider the rule of thirds.

WHAT IS THE RULE OF THIRDS in fashion?

The rule of thirds in fashion is a visual break in an outfit. Pretend you cut your body into three parts; the top 1/3 is your top and the bottom 2/3 consists of your bottoms.

You want to visually break the perception of your outfit. The easiest way to achieve this is by tucking in your tops to a high waist pair of jeans. You can take it a step further by adding a belt.

High-rise jeans are also a great option if you want a longer-leg look. These should fit at or right above your belly button.

For petites, cropped straight leg jeans are a great option. They keep the denim from swallowing up a smaller frame and are also great at highlighting footwear.

WHAT SHOES TO WEAR WITH STRAIGHT LEG JEANS

If you decide to wear boots with your jeans, look for ankle boots with a taller shaft; right above the ankle. You want the jeans to cover the top of the boot without covering the entire boot shaft.

You want the hem to hit the smallest part of your ankle.

Avoid wearing knee-high boots or over-the-knee boots. Stuffing them inside the boot may make it look too bulky — save these for leggings or skinny jeans. 

More ideas for styling straight leg jeans:

  • Button-down blouse + Pointy-toed pumps
  • Stripped tee + Chelsea Boots
  • Cami + Blazer + Sandals
  • Cardigan + Heels
  • Graphic tee + High Top Sneakers 

STRAIGHT LEG JEANS OUTFITS 

Styling your jeans should be fun and bring out your style.

While many Gen-Z’ers prefer a baggier style, Millennials have come to embrace a more polished, classic style.

Here are some straight-leg jeans outfits for inspiration:

HOW TO STYLE STRAIGHT LEG JEANS FOR SPRING AND SUMMER

Look for ankle-length straight leg jeans when styling for the warmer months. These pair well with sandals, heels, and wedges.

It also exposes the smaller part of your leg, the foot, which helps alleviate the bulkiness that some may experience when pairing straight-leg jeans with a closed-toe shoe or sneakers.

Another great straight leg jeans outfit idea is pairing them with a cropped tee or bodysuit.

Take advantage of the warmer weather to highlight your top half to balance out the volume on the bottom half.

Here are ways to balance out your straight leg jeans outfits and not look frumpy:

  • Wear a cropped tee or one that skims the top of your jeans
  • Wear a bodysuit
  • Half-tuck your top
  • Fully tuck in your top and add a belt to accentuate your waist
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HOW TO STYLE STRAIGHT LEG JEANS FOR FALL

When styling straight leg jeans for fall, you want to make sure the hem hits the smallest part of your leg — ideally at your ankle bone or right above.

This is great for highlighting footwear, especially closed-toed shoes that may otherwise make the outfit look kind of frumpy.

Pair your high-rise straight jeans with a cute top that you can tuck in and a cardigan. Another option that is popular during the fall is pairing a chunky sweater with straight leg jeans.

However, a chunky knit may lack shape. To balance out the volume you have going on in the top and bottom, be sure to do a little half-tuck to accentuate your waist.

This is also a great way to incorporate the rule of thirds and make your legs appear longer.

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WHERE TO BUY STRAIGHT LEG JEANS

BEST BRANDS TO SHOP STRAIGHT JEANS:

  • Madewell (tall and petite sizes)
  • Levi’s
  • Abercrombie (extra short to extra long options)
  • Everlane
  • Topshop

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I hope this helped when it comes to styling your straight leg jeans. This is only a guide and not a rule book.  

You know your body best and your style preference so wear what you want how you want it. 

I do hope that it brought you some outfit inspiration to style your straight leg jeans going forward. 

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4 Comments

  1. 1.15.23
    Nana said:

    Great effort
    In the first picture, I wish you compare with the same jeans!
    cropped jeans most of the time save the stimulation, it was useful to show the tips with long one.
    ** i don’t think that straight leg is the same of boyfriend jeans as you mentioned!

    • 1.16.23

      Great idea! Will definitely add a few more examples soon!

  2. 10.23.23
    Kimberly Myers said:

    Such a nice collections of outfit, they are all beautiful, most especially the second to the last outfit, Mid-rise straight jeans, Crew Neck Cashmere-Like Pullover Sweater, Jacket with zip pockets, it suits you perfectly. You look stunning and sophisticated in that outfit. You look so effortlessly chic. Love it.<3

    • 12.1.23

      Thank you so much Kimberly for reading and for your kind words. Glad you are here! -Maria