7 Truly Genius Ways to Wear Boyfriend Jeans

Figuring out how to wear boyfriend jeans might not be the most difficult style challenge, but the thing is that they so often seem one-dimensional. No matter what you pair them with, the effect seems largely the same: oversize, undone, and stylish. Which is great, but no matter how much we love them, they can start to become a bit (dare we say it?)… boring.

But all hope is not lost. There are ways to reinvent the wheel here. In fact, we’ve come up with seven genius ways to wear boyfriend jeans right now that we guarantee you haven’t thought of. Anyone can wear them with a staple button-down, a nautical-inspired T-shirt, or a black leather bomber—it takes innovation to pull off these styling tricks. Here’s what to wear with boyfriend jeans to freshen up your look.

Rip them up with reckless abandon.

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Have at it—wear and tear your denim until your heart’s content. Or, you know, find a pair that already has major distressing. Huge rips and tears look über cool on the super-relaxed fit, and they give any look that street style–approved edge. Go ahead and wear them with your most sophisticated heels for a perfect balance of boyish and glam.

Wear them unrolled.

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Far and away, most of us wear our boyfriend jeans rolled at the hems. This is partly because many versions of the trend come in excessively long cuts, but it’s also because it’s been the most fashion-forward way to wear them for some time now. Our suggestion? Try unrolling them for a different, more tailored look. Styling note: You might need to take your beloved jeans to a tailor to achieve the look.

Wear a less traditional dark wash.

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Most boyfriend jeans regularly making rounds on street style blogs stick to a light (sometimes almost white) wash. Break from tradition and pick up a pair in a darker shade, and then pair them with a top in an on-trend pastel like pink or mint.

Give them a model-off-duty treatment.

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The whole model-off-duty vibe never fails to appeal. On that note, pair your favorite boyfriend jeans with a low-heeled sandal and your comfiest T-shirt, and then toss a jacket across your shoulders. Everyone will probably think you’re a model just by association.

Pair them with an oversize blazer.

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The other trend that’s popular right now: checkered blazers. Top your boyfriend jeans with an oversize jacket and then contrast the whole thing with a great pair of high heels.

Mix things up with bright florals.

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Juxtapose your worn-in boyfriend jeans with bright accessories and pretty florals.

Pair them with a cool bomber jacket.

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Opt for a super-relaxed look by pairing distressed boyfriend jeans with an oversize bomber jacket and cool sunglasses.

This story was originally published on October 11, 2017, and has since been updated.