I’ve had some reader questions about what to wear with light wash jeans, so I thought I’d do a post about it. This might seem like an odd time of year to discuss this topic, but contrary to what you might think, light wash jeans aren’t just for summer.
Sure, they have a great beachy vibe, but I like to wear mine all year ’round. They’re especially nice during this transitional time of year because they have a way of bridging the gap between summer and fall.
Keep reading for my favorite light wash jeans, plus outfit inspiration with the best shoes, tops, and colors to pair with them.
My Favorite Light Wash Jeans for Fall
I have a variety of styes of light wash jeans in my closet at the moment, but my favorites that I’m reaching for the most this season are this MOTHER Roller in Let’s Trip from last spring and the MOTHER Dazzler in Hopeless Romantic from the #NSale.
I rounded up a bunch of my other favorites, plus a few more options at various price points in the shopping widget below, for anyone looking to add light wash jeans to your closet this fall.
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What Goes with Light Wash Jeans?
Honestly, light wash jeans go with just about everything, so don’t overthink it. The most important thing to remember is that light blue jeans tend to read more casual, so if you want to dress them up, be sure to make it look intentional by combining both dressy and casual elements, as I did in the outfit above.
Here are some of my favorite outfits with light wash jeans and why they work.
#1. Light Neutrals
Pairing light wash jeans with light neutrals such as oatmeal, grey, and camel creates a sophisticated and elevated look and feel, even when the individual pieces are on the more casual side.
Here’s a similar look with a grey sweater and white nubuck boots with grey trim.
And another one with a camel sweater, a lighter beige jacket, and brown booties.
#2. A Coordinating Print
I love a floral print grounded on a dark background this time of year. We’re getting our second summer here in Philly this week, and this floral top is the perfect solution to being cool and comfortable and looking seasonally appropriate. The brown accessories help to take it into fall.
#3. Shades of Pink
Pink and light wash denim is a match made in heaven; all shades of pink work, but I especially like the pairing with blush and lighter shades. Here, I paired a blush colored cardigan with light wash straight leg jeans and light beige booties.
Here’s an example with a bolder shade of pink. This time, I wore black boots, which work with my dark hair to bookend the look.
Bright pink also looks great with light wash jeans. In this case, I completed the look with grey booties and a grey coat.
#4. Darker Shades of Blue
When you want a little more contrast, pairing light wash jeans with a darker blue top is a really pleasing combination. I often wear a navy top or sweater with light wash jeans, but in this case, I went with a bolder peacock blue.
Unfortunately, this color of my sweater is sold out, but any dark blue top works. I especially love how this outfit looks with the white sneakers for a casual-cool vibe.
#5. A Contrasting Color
See what I mean? Pretty much anything goes with light wash jeans. A contrasting color can be basically anything, from coral and green, to burgundy to brown… even black.
I hope this post was helpful! Are you a fan of light wash jeans for fall?
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photos: Alison Cornell