8 Denim Styling Ideas That Come Street Style-Approved

When looking through the latest batch of street style imagery, I find that I’m drawn to outfits that look like something I would wear for a coffee in the park or to meet friends for lunch, instead of anything too “fashion”. Rather than an overly considered “look”, these outfits are centred around elevated basics and, almost always, include denim as the base. 

There is a definite feeling of nostalgia when it comes to denim trends this year, with a return to ’70s flares and denim maxi skirts from the ’90s. Nothing is too fitted or close to the body – jeans all have slouch and a baggy silhouette and denim skirts have an A-line silhouette that skim the hips. It’s no coincidence that one of the most hyped catwalk images of the spring/summer 2023 season was Kate Moss at Bottega Veneta wearing a pair of “anti-fit” jeans, with a checked shirt and tank top. This simple approach to styling is certainly having a moment. 

When it comes to styling ideas, there’s been lots of bomber jackets, leather moto jackets and trench coats at fashion month. What the seven looks below all have in common is a sense of ease and comfort. One of my favourite looks was stylist Shiona Turini wearing denim cargo pants with a cropped white turtleneck and checked coat. Lucy Williams, meanwhile, dressed up her baggy jeans and chunky loafers with an impeccable ivory textured coat by London label Tove – the jeans were the perfect counterpoint to the more formal structure of the coat. 

In need of some new every day outfit ideas? See below for fresh ways to wear in denim in 2023. 

Double denim

Phil Oh

Acne Studios Distressed Denim Jacket

Acne Studios 1993 Straight-Leg Mid-Rise Jeans

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16Arlington Kikka Leather Bag

Daphine Chris Tennis Necklace

All of the basics

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COS Regular-Fit Twill Trench Coat

Slvrlake Detroit Oversized Organic Denim Jacket

Slvrlake London Cropped High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans

Arket Heavy Weight T-Shirt

Make cargo pants the main character

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Reformation Wayne Checked Recycled Wool-Blend Coat

Mango Multi-Pocket Cargo Jeans

Isabel Marant Zineae Cropped Twist-Front Cotton-Jersey T-shirt

Jimmy Choo Cass 95 Black Leather Pumps

Dress up slouchy jeans with a polished coat

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Tove Pia Belted-Waist Coat

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Agolde Baggy Low Slung Organic Jeans

Bottega Veneta Mini Knotted Leather Tote

Bottega Veneta Monsieur 50 Leather Loafers

Go for ’90s minimalism with a denim maxi skirt

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Arket Oversized Leather Jacket

Agolde Hilla Frayed Organic Denim Maxi Skirt

Khaite Jo Cashmere-Blend Sweater

Ray-Ban Frank Square-Frame Gold-Tone Sunglasses

Pair a leather bomber with slouchy denim

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ME+EM Leather Boyfriend Bomber Jacket

Weekday Mason Low Loose Cargo Jeans

The Row Half Moon Leather Shoulder Bag

Isabel Marant Palda 80 Metal Point-Toe Leather Pumps

Go for ’70s cool with flares and brown leather

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Bottega Veneta Leather Jacket

With Nothing Underneath the Classic Denim

Paige Leenah High-Rise Flared Jeans

Ray-Ban Classic Aviator Sunglasses

Go for a statement jacket and colourful handbag

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The Great. The Baseball Brushed-Felt Bomber Jacket

Goldsign The Atticus Pleated Wide-Leg Jeans

Fendi Croissant Small Leather Shoulder Bag

Toteme Snake-Effect Leather Waist Belt

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