Light wash jeans are trending, and I don’t see that letting up this fall, so I thought I’d do a post about what to wear with light wash jeans. Most of the jeans in my closet at the moment are mid to light wash, and I really love how they pair with light neutrals, as well as pastels and brights.
What to Wear with Light Wash Jeans
Here are some of my favorite outfits with light wash jeans and why they work.
#1. Light Neutrals
I paired these light wash bootcut jeans with a white tee and a beige utility jacket with a subtle cheetah print, and to keep it looking more like fall than spring, I added cognac boots and an olive green bag.
Unfortunately, this jacket is low inventory, but it’s on a great sale if you can find your size. I have my usual small, but the arms run a tad short, so I like to cuff them.
I love the combination of the warm cognac against the cool light wash denim, but they’re not so high contrast in color tone that they look out of place.
This is an easy out fit to replicate with different pieces. Just take the color combination, and incorporate whatever you have in your closet. If you don’t have cognac or olive green to work with, any other light neutral accessories will look just as good.
This second look also incorporates light neutrals — but this time, I went with grey and white.
I know white boots seem kind of out there, but with the low contrast of the light was jeans, they suddenly don’t look quite so stark. These are the Marc Fisher Gadri booties from the #NSale. They’re comfortable and good quality, and the Western-inspired styling is very on trend right now.
I also have the Paige Lia booties in the white sitting in my bedroom. They’re a great lower-heeled option, but since I already wore these outdoors, and I can’t justify two new pairs of white booties, I guess I’m keeping these. Anyway, I just wanted to give these a shout-out, because they really are so good.
Adding a light grey sweater on top keeps the look cohesive, and I added the stripe Tory Burch crossbody in light color tones to complement the look. I hate to feature a sweater that’s sold out, but any light grey sweater or t-shirt would work with this look. I often wear a light grey t-shirt with light wash jeans and sneakers or sandals during the summertime.
#2. 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 was jeans, but in this case, I went with a bolder peacock blue.
Again, I hate linking items that are sold out, but I just didn’t have a lot of luck this year with my #NSale choices! All of my favorites sold out super fast. This sweater is the Vince short sleeve wool blend sweater, and it is so luxe and chic! I hope they restock after the sale.
I opted to go with a light neutral shoe on the bottom for this outfit. Notice how the light rosy-beige sandal sort of blends in with my skin tone, which visually elongates the line of the leg. And because the jeans are also a light color tone, the whole lower 2/3 of my body looks long and lean.
But a bootie also works with this outfit. I love these Vince Camuto Welland Booties in the Tortilla Suede with all of my light wash jeans.
#3. A Contrasting Color
I’ve shown this outfit quite a bit already this season, but it illustrates so many great points! A few weeks ago, I featured this look in a post about how to wear crop flare jeans with boots this fall, but I also love how the light wash jeans pair with a bold color like this grass green cardigan.
I kept the rest of the outfit neutral, with a white tee and taupe booties.
#4. White or Cream
The accessories in this outfit are decidedly summer, and I love how the straw tote with cognac leather trim coordinates with the cognac leather sandals, but you can easily take this look into fall by swapping out the sandals for booties and adding a lightweight jacket.
I sort of did that here, although I went with a dressier sandal rather than a fall booties, but you get the idea!
Here’s a more wintry look with a similar color combo. This outfit combines light wash skinny jeans with a cream sweater and taupe moto jacket.
Unfortunately, both of these pieces are discontinued, but you may be able to shop your closet to recreate this look.
#5. Blush Pink
I wish I’d thought to photograph this outfit, or one like it, but this is the best example I have with items currently in stock.
Blush pink is trending again this fall, and it is probably my favorite color to pair with light wash jeans. This Vince crewneck sweater is a gorgeous closet basic that you can wear so many ways this fall and winter, and Nordstrom just dropped this lower priced alternative. It’s this year’s version of the Halogen cashmere crew that has been a staple in their fall/winter inventory for several years.
These kick crop jeans are from LOFT — they’re a nice lower-priced alternative to my favorite Mother Insiders — and these booties are from Zappo’s. This color is called Almond Suede, and it’s such a nice pairing with light wash jeans.
By pairing jeans and boots in low-contrast colors, you create a long, lean leg line rather than chopping it up with high-contrast colors.
I hope this post was helpful! Are you a fan of light wash jeans for fall?
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