I'm all for a little style experimentation, but some outfit combinations are too good to be messed with. That goes for sneakers and sweatpants, high-waisted jeans, and white tees. But above all else is one of the most timeless pairings: boots and jeans. The allure is pretty simple. The outfit is no-fuss, incredibly chic, and so highly versatile that virtually any top it's styled with comes out looking equally amazing. It also doesn't hurt that even a fashion novice can't get it wrong.
While trends come and go, jeans and boots are a perennial favorite among fashion people, which means finding fresh, new ways to wear them is as simple as opening Instagram. If even that's too much effort, don't worry—I've assembled 10 prime boot-and-jeans outfits to give you some proper inspiration. Welcome to the holiest of holy-grail outfit formulas.
Style tip: Chunky-soled boots like these from Ganni look best paired with jeans with a wide leg opening.
Style tip: In the vast category of jeans-and-boots outfit combos, cowboy boots and straight-leg jeans paired with a black blazer reign supreme in my book.
Style tip: Black flat ankle boots and black jeans are a fail-safe way to create the illusion of height (which I will always gladly accept).
Style tip: Before you balk at the idea of gray boots, you really can't deny how great these look with a pair of light-wash jeans. Try heeled boots for a formal approach.
Style tip: Bust out your brightest turtleneck, favorite jeans, and riding boots, and I bet you'll never want to take this outfit off. You can stop here or style it with some trendy metal hoops or an interesting hat (wearing both is also an option I totally endorse).