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5 Ways to Style Boots with Jeans

This combo may be a classic, but with these expert styling tips, you can dress it up or down to create fresh, new looks - without losing the casual comfort that makes it such a perfect pairing.

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It's hard to beat the classic combination of boots and jeans. It's effortless, comfortable, and an everyday essential that can be found in most closets. One of the things we love most about the pairing is how versatile you can be. Whether you want to be formal or casual, rustic, or sleek, finding the right style can be as simple as deciding which type of boot to pair with your jeans. Here are our 5 tips for styling your boots with jeans, courtesy of wardrobe stylist Donnell.

Tip 1: Boot-to-Jean Ratio

If you struggle like some of us trying to figure out what jeans go best with what boots, all you need do is look at the boot-to-jean ratio, or how much jean or boot you want to show.

1. If you want to showcase your boots, you don't want a pair of jeans that are too wide at the bottom where it will cover up the boot.

2. If you're looking to cover the boots slightly, avoid jeans that are too skinny or too tight as they will hover over the top of the boot.

3. When in doubt, straight leg style jeans are often the most balanced way to show just the right amount of boot and jean.

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Tip 2: One Cuff is Enough

When deciding how much to roll up your jeans, consider sticking to one cuff. It's an easy way to look stylish without doing a lot. Plus, you can dress it up for a nice dinner or dress it down when hanging out with friends.

1. One cuff allows you to cover the boot a little bit for a chic look that's understated but still has a powerful presence.

2. Pair it with a denim shirt so there's a nice tie back to the jeans. It's very slimming, too.

3. Add an oversized peacoat and distressed vintage-like gloves for a timeless look featuring powerful solids you can wear almost anywhere.

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Tip 3: Show the Boot

They say if you've got it, flaunt it. In other words, when you have a great looking pair of boots, showing them off is all part of the plan.

1. Roll your jeans up so they hover just above the boot. This way you can fully showcase your boot style and stay sleek.

2. Pair with a Chelsea boot for a smooth, balanced look that feels elegant and effortless. It's the best of both worlds.

3. Complete the look with distressed jeans and rag socks for fun splashes of color, texture, and other features.

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Tip 4: Try It Out

Styling is all about trying things out until you find the look you love. And when it comes to boots with jeans, there are so many possible combinations to love. So, have fun playing around with patterns and colors. Mix and match different styles. And don't be afraid to be bold.

1. How about denim on denim on denim? Pairing a mid-rinse denim jacket with a darker rinse denim top and wide leg jeans will complement the jacket and really let your boots shine.

2. The kind of boots you choose helps determine the right kind of jeans. If the boots are slimmer or skinnier, choose a wide leg, straight fit or skinny fit style of denim. If the boots are chunkier, consider using a heavier boot so the boot to jeans ratio feels balanced and looks amazing.

3. Whatever combos you end up choosing, the most important thing is to do what feels good to you. Because if you feel good, you're going to look good.

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Tip 5: Fit is Key

One of the most essential aspects of styling is fit. If your denim isn't fitting you right, you're going to have a hard time creating a style that looks, and feels, right.

1. It's important to make sure the fit of your jeans meets all your needs, such as proper sizing, body type, activity level, and any other preferences.

2. There are lots of different jeans to choose from, including high waist and low waist, wide leg, classic, skinny, and a myriad of other denim styles. Make sure you choose one that fits you best for your preferred look.

3. Not sure what your best size and style is? Use L.L.Bean's helpful Fit Guide to find the right pair of jeans in just the right fit. A simple thing like making sure your jeans fit well goes a long way to achieving the style you want.

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