It’s hard to imagine a time when basic denim wasn’t a viable fashion choice. Indeed, until the 1950s, blue jeans were unavailable for mass consumption and were reserved for factory-worker uniforms due to their durability. But ever since James Dean (swoon) paired them with a white T-shirt and a black leather jacket in Rebel Without a Cause, blue jeans have become a closet staple all over the world.
College students, especially, wear jeans for almost any occasion; when you don’t have an office job that requires business-casual dress, jeans have basically become a uniform in the United States. They are comfortable, easy to wear and look good with almost anything! In all honesty, most of my friends — and even myself — are guilty of wearing blue jeans upwards of four times a week. This trend becomes even more obvious during the cold winter months. When sundresses and shorts are off the table (bare legs are never a good idea in subzero temperatures) and ballet flats are eschewed in favor of boots, it’s so much easier to throw on jeans and a sweater than to pray that those opaque black tights block out the winter chill.
If you want to add a little flair to your winter wardrobe, take a cue from this Fashionista and swap out your basic blues for something with a bit of color. If you don’t want to try anything too crazy, wear taupe or beige jeans like the photo above. Because they are still a neutral, you can wear them with literally anything you want and they function just like basic blue jeans. Feeling adventurous? Try a bright color like citron yellow or a fun floral print. If you want to add some texture to your look, a wine-colored corduroy option is sure to turn heads without being too loud. If you do decide to try something a little more daring on bottom, try to stick to a neutral palette on top. A black coat and cognac boots are a great choice, and you can style them with basically anything else later on!