How to Wear Red Jeans

Colored denim is a hot trend this year, and red jeans are showing up everywhere. When I first saw the colored denim trend, I wanted to try it but I thought I’d dip my baby toe into this trend by buying a darker, muted color. But the second I put those red jeans on in the dressing room, I was in love. I bought the darker, muted color too, but it is the red jeans that are getting the most air time in my wardrobe.

how to wear red jeans

Red jeans aren’t as scary as they might seem. After years of pretty much living in blue jeans, I’m enjoying having some variety in my wardrobe.

If you’re considering the trend but haven’t decided to commit just yet, here are some tips for wearing red jeans so that you will be stylish and comfortable.


First and foremost, buy a cut that works for you and that you’re comfortable wearing.

how to wear red jeans

While the colored denim trend is largely associated with skinny jeans, you can find them in straight leg or flared leg if that’s a better look for you. (Personally, I’d stay with skinnies or straight, but to each his own!)

If you’re dabbling in a trend that makes you feel a bit uncomfortable, don’t give yourself a double whammy by trying two new trends at once. Trust me. You’ll probably never wear them. So find a cut that you are comfortable in, and you will be much more likely to get a lot of wear out of them.

I already wear a lot of skinny jeans, so when I came across those red ankle-length skinny jeans at Jennifer on the Avenue a few weeks ago, it wasn’t too far of a stretch to try them in a loud color.


All the rules of proper fit for jeans apply to colored denim as well.

Note: the flared jeans in the post above are too short. They should be within a half inch of the floor, or pretty much almost touching the floor. But you don’t want them dragging either. If you don’t want to have your jeans hemmed, then you’ll have to be sure to wear shoes with a heel height that makes them the right length for you.

What to Wear with Red Jeans


Tops that look best with red are neutrals. I often pair gray with my red jeans. Black, navy, camel or white will work too. I love navy and white with red jeans for a classy, nautical look.

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I prefer to keep my red jeans casual, but you can dress them up if you wish. If you go with the skinny cropped jean, you can wear them with ballet flats or Converse sneakers for a super cute, casual look. You can also wear them with a sassy pair of wedge sandals or even high heels if you dare. I also wear mine tucked into boots.


Either silver or gold accessories work with red jeans. If you are wearing a scarf or other colorful accessory, stay away from red or any other bright colors. It’s probably best to stick with neutrals that play into the rest of the outfit, with maybe just a tiny bit of red in the pattern. The red jeans are enough, you don’t want to do a lot of other red pieces. I do have a red watch band that I like to wear when I wear my red jeans. It’s just enough of another pop of red to tie it all together.

Here are some celebs rocking the red denim.

I know I said I prefer to keep my red jeans casual, but I love this look with the black leather and the leopard bag. I’m not sure I’m that daring, but it looks great.

how to wear red jeans

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This is a great look as well. The blazer is a nice touch but the white tee keeps it casual.

how to wear red jeans

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I love this casual, effortless look with the red ankle-length skinnies. But I’m showing you this picture mainly because that handbag is To. Die. For.

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And here are a couple of outfits I put together myself on Polyvore. These are probably more accessible to the average suburban mom.

Outfits with Red Jeans

I love the nautical look with red denim.

Red Jeans with Navy and White


And this is a dressier look.

red jeans with black and white


Do you have red jeans? Are you participating in the colored denim trend? I’ve been surprised how versatile they are. I guess it helps that I have a lot of gray tops. I’d love to see how YOU’RE wearing them.