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.

neutral tops



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
photo credit: glamourmagazine.co.uk

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
photo credit: glamourmagazine.co.uk

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.

photo credit: photo credit: glamourmagazine.co.uk

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.

Join the Conversation

14 thoughts on “How to Wear Red Jeans

  1. I am going to be putting colored jeans on my wish for the next time I go shopping. I have those purple flats from Target in the one picture, I love them! I want to go back and get a pair in red and black.

  2. I think I would choose the straight that I could be comfortable wearing. I love the tip on the neutral color for the tops thanks for sharing.


  3. I like all the looks you picked inc the one with the leopard bag. I’d SO wear that except with a rounded-toe pump. The pointy-toe would look a bit hootchy-mama-ish on this mama 😉

  4. I haven’t experimented with colored jeans yet. I haven’t had much of a budget for new clothes over the last two months, but I love the idea. I can’t wear red on top, but red jeans would be a way to add that color to my wardrobe.

  5. This is one of my favorite and most helpful posts you’ve written. I just bought red jeans (like you, I resisted for a while, but finally gave in) and wonder what on earth I will pair them with! My first attempt didn’t go so well, so tomorrow I’m going to try a black top. Thanks for the inspiration! I always love what you have to say!

  6. This was a wonderful post. I am dying to get a pair of red denim now – well, red or maybe another cute color, but red might look so hot on me with my blond hair. I have this sexy pair of black heels that I hardly ever wear and they would really make my red denim even sexier. I might steal a few ideas from that very last polyvore you posted.

    Great post!!

  7. ❤ LOVE the red jeans. Great post on how to wear them! I’ve been thinking I need to add some red to my closet. So cute with the black leather jacket or blazer and flats!

  8. I agree with you red jeans are definitely hot right now..as you can already tell I’m on the same band wagon lol. But I’m a big fan of all colored jeans and I think they are around to stay for a while now and I’m loving it. I’m also a fan of stripes as well and pairing them with colored jeans is a good move as well.

    Thanks for being a host of Fashion Friday and I’m a big fan of your blog and your wealth of info and tutorials particularly the blog button and grab code 😉

  9. I am 55 and very petite. I found a GREAT pair of red jeans and just had to buy them. But then I started to feel a little self conscious about wearing them. So I asked my 24 year daughter about what she thought and she said “Mom, you look SO GOOD in those jeans. Wear them”!!! So that’s all it took. I pair it with a navy sweater with a white long t shirt underneath with ballet flats, silver jewelery. Got so many compliments! And thanks for these ideas. Helped pull it together.

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