The original post was written back in January of 2019, and at the time, grey jeans were a bit of a novelty. These days, they’re one of my go-to winter wardrobe essentials.
With washed black being so popular right now, a lot of my jeans read as a shade of grey, but the ones I consider a true grey wash are the Good American Good Legs Cigarette and the Mother Hustler in Lighting Up Lanterns. Unfortunately, those are almost sold out, but there are a few sizes left at Saks and Shopbop.
A similar pair to the Mother Hustler is the Madewell Demi Boot in Hayford Wash or Brookford Wash. In fact, I styled the Hayford Wash in one of the looks below. And if you like a straight fit, the Citizens Charlotte comes in a nice grey wash, and Gap has this pair.
5 Ways to Wear Grey Jeans
Hopefully you can shop your closet to recreate the looks you like below, but I’ll provide links where I can. Some of the exact pieces are sold out, but this is really more or less about the color combinations.
Outfit #1: Grey Jeans + Pink
Pink is one of my favorite colors to pair with grey jeans all year-round, so I shared 3 examples of this color combo back in that 2019 post. Notice that I wore a similar shade of grey shoes or a grey snake print bootie with each of those looks.
I still like the shoes I put with those looks, although in the outfit on the left, I might prefer black to bookend the look since I’m wearing a black jacket. But with the light pink and grey denim combos, I like how the shoes keep the looks cohesive.
Outfit #1 Update:
Even though I still like those outfits a lot and would probably wear them today with only minor tweaks, I wanted to update them with items I currently have in my closet.
To update those looks, I swapped out the skinny jeans for flares and paired them with this pink stripe sweater from LOFT. There’s nothing wrong with wearing skinnies if you prefer them, but I’m liking this ankle-length flare for a change. Also, this sweater is 40% off right now.
And rather than the python print booties, I wore a light beige suede. I topped it all off with my grey wool blend J.Crew Cocoon Coat.
And this polo neck sweater is more of a lavender, but it also looks great with grey jeans. Sizes are limited, but it’s 40% off right now.
Outfit #2: Grey Jeans + Plum or Burgundy
The second look in that original post paired grey jeans with plum or burgundy, and these are the two looks I shared.
With the plum tunic, I wore black booties to anchor the look, and I wore those python print booties with the burgundy sweater. That was Thanksgiving Day, down in Virginia. I remember having Paul take that picture in my parents’ backyard.
I’m not a big fan of tunics these days, although that was a good one. I always liked that sweater because it wasn’t too voluminous. The burgundy sweater was Madewell, and I would definitely still wear that today. In fact, I think that style was still around last fall. The shorter silhouette still looks current.
Outfit #2 Update:
I found this picture on my iPhone from when I wore this outfit a few weeks ago. This outfit definitely needs some accessorizing, but I like the silhouette and proportions of this look.
Of course, the sweater is almost sold out, but I like the shorter style with the high rise crop flares; it creates a nice balance.
Clogs are having a moment right now, so swapping out the snake print booties for clogs keeps it modern. Although, I have to say, as much as I like the clogs, black booties would probably make more sense with the mock neck sweater. When there’s skin showing at the ankle, I like to balance that with a more open neckline.
And then there’s this similar outfit that I wore a few weeks ago with the Good American cigarette leg jeans. This pullover is really cute on, and it’s a great price right now at Evereve.
Outfit #3: Grey Jeans + Black Sweater w/ Burgundy Vest
As I said in the original post, this is a similar color combo to the one above, but the addition of the black sweater creates an extra layer of interest. Plus, a puffer vest over a cashmere turtleneck is super warm.
Outfit #3 Update:
I loved that layered look puffer vest in the look above. I gave it away last year because I knew I couldn’t link it, and every time I wore it, people wanted a link. Ironically, the puffer vest in this updated look is sold out as well. I give! I should probably just stop posting outfits until spring.
Since I don’t have that burgundy vest anymore, I swapped the colors and did a black puffer vest over a burgundy sweater.
This sweater is also old, too, but I just found these booties at Nordstrom Rack! They’re well stocked and 50% off. I’ve been reaching for these so much lately, when I want something a little dressier. The quality is fantastic, and they’re comfortable too. I wore them all over the mall last weekend.
puffer vest alternative // burgundy turtleneck alternative (similar for less) // Mother Hustler (28; option/option) // Paige Lia Booties (8) // belt (M) // sunnies (similar for less) // Rebecca Minkoff Megan Hobo
Here’s another option with a burgundy tank and a black cardigan. This cardigan is a nice basic if you need one for work wear.
#4. Grey Jeans + Neutrals
I love shades of grey and black for a monochromatic look. The key here is to make sure there’s some contrast between the grey of the jeans and the grey of the sweater. The black booties and a black bag anchor keep the look cohesive.
Outfit #4 Update:
I don’t have an exact replica of that outfit, but I do have a few monochromatic looks with grey jeans. In this first look, I wore a cream colored sweater with grey jeans and taupe mules, and I topped it off with a plaid coat in shades of grey and beige.
similar plaid coat // Vince Easy Fit Sweater (S; option) // Madewell Demi Boot Jeans (28) // Dolce Vita braided mules (7.5) // bag // Gucci sunnies (option) // bracelet c/o // necklace c/o // earrings
I also wore my grey Mother Hustlers with the same cream sweater and taupe mules, but I wore a taupe moto jacket instead of the plaid coat.
And this is an outfit from last winter, I believe. I also like pairing grey with black.
In fact, now that I think about it, I’ve done that a lot this winter. This outfit is fully stocked, except the mules are old, but there are similar styles available.
#5. Grey Jeans + Rust
I especially like this combination for fall. A few years ago, I wore my grey jeans and snake print booties with this rust thermal top. I don’t know WHAT was going on with my eyebrows… yoiks! that was clearly pre-microblading.
Last fall, I wore a similar outfit with a Caslon thermal top and those same Marc Fisher Alva Booties in the Cloud Suede.
And I also wore my Good American cigarette leg jeans with this rust henley and my faux leather puffer.
Phew! That’s a lot more than 5 ways to wear grey jeans! I hope this post gives you some fresh outfit inspiration as we muddle through the rest of winter.
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