How to Dress Up Denim

Tips for Elevating Jeans
Nordstrom Pink Plaid Coat
Denim: BP. High Waist Skinny Jeans | Outerwear: Halogen Shawl Collar Coat | Sweater: Treasure & Bond Off Shoulder Pullover | Bag: Tory Burch Lee Radziwill Bag | Shoes: Tory Burch {old}

Jeans are a staple in nearly everyone’s closets. However, do you ever struggle with finding ways to dress up denim? Now that gatherings, weddings, parties, and events are back and bigger than ever, I’m finding myself in slightly more formal social situations that require an outfit that’s both comfy and glam.

Listen, by all accounts, daytime denim outfits are easy. We’re all pros when it comes to making jeans work for everyday outfits. Simply add a top, t-shirt, sweater, boots, sneakers, and delicate jewelry, and you’re set!

Nordstrom Pink Off Shoulder Sweater
Nordstrom Ivory Blazer
Denim: BP. High Waist Skinny Jeans | Jacket: Halogen V Neck Open Front Jacket | Vest: Open Edit Fitted Vest | Bag: kate spade new york

But an elegant, effortless outfit with jeans? A bit more challenging. Plus, there’s a fine line between cheesy and classy.

Therefore, today, I wanted to share some of my best and favorite ways to dress up denim. As always, customize any outfit to aligns with your personal style. Hopefully these tips and styles just save you time when you’re in a similar situation.

How to Dress Up Denim

From work to weekend, I’m always looking for ways to dress up denim. Even if I’m going into an office, I like elevating my work wardrobe. From business meetings to networking dinners, dressing up makes me feel confident. At the same time, I like to be comfortable. There’s nothing worse than feeling awful about your outfit or what you’re wearing.

How to Dress Up Denim | Bottega Veneta Pouch Clutch
Denim: Caslon High Waist Black Skinny Jeans | Sweater: Treasure & Bond Off Shoulder Pullover | Bag: Bottega Veneta | Shoes: Alexandre Birman | Jewelry: Bib Necklace {old – similar options here}

Keep in mind, you don’t need to spend a fortunate to make dressed up denim styles happen. The best news is that you may have some of these items already in your closet, but I’m also including some of my top new arrival picks from Nordstrom. With some simple steps, you can take a look from great to glam.

Below, I’m sharing five ways to dress up denim with other layering pieces, accessories, jewelry and beyond.

Dress Up Denim Tips

Let’s start off with five ways to dress up denim. There are truly endless ways to make denim feel chic and effortless. As I’ve said before, these styling tips don’t need to break the bank. Don’t be afraid to comb through your closet to see what styles you already have. If you happen to be in the market for a wardrobe refresh, I’m including some phenomenal options from Nordstrom Made brands.

After all, as you may recall from my Nordstrom work outfits post, the brand is my go-to retailer for any occasion.

Add Sparkle & Shine

Metallics are a wonderful solution to take a casual outfit to a more formal level. The best way to add sparkle and shine is sequins. Add a sequin jacket, top, jacket, or sweater to any jeans for a memorable look. Below, I’m sharing some of my top sparkly styles.

Layer a Blazer or Vest

Beyond adding warmth, blazers are truly the best! Thankfully, Nordstrom has the best selection of styles at a range of prices. Start with Halogen or Caslon, who consistently sell stylish and tailored options. My favorite? This fitted blazer that works with everything (I also love this $79 version).

How to Dress Up Denim
How to Dress Up Denim | Vest Denim Outfit

More recently, I’ve started to invest in more vests. While blazers continue to be my go-to layering piece, vests add visual interest, depth, and color to any outfit. This ivory fitted vest comes in multiple colors and it’s an amazing price. Don’t sleep on this style, friends.

Bold Statement Jewelry

Another fun way to dress up denim? Statement jewelry. The bigger and bolder, the better. Fom earrings to clutches, sparkly heels to a sequin jacket, there are endless ways to make your look extra special.

Jennifer Lake Statement Necklace

In this case, I brought out one of my old (but fabulous) statement necklaces from several years ago. Whenever I see a unique and interesting necklace, I buy it immediately.

Nordstrom’s brand, Open Edit, has a fantastic curated array of accessories to make your outfit amazing. I especially love these statement earrings that are sparkly and glam.

In today’s post, I layered my statement necklace over this gorgeous and soft ivory sweater. The silhouette of the sweater is incredible, and I love it so much that I bought it in two colors. It can be worn off one shoulder or slightly higher on your shoulders for a mock neck feel. The versatility of the piece is worth its weight in gold.

How to Dress Up Denim | HM Conscious Collection Necklace Bib

Additionally, these jeans are SO SO good. The wash is phenomenal, and the waist is super stretchy. I find the style to fit true to size, and it comes in other versions as well.

Style It With a Clutch

While crossbody and tote bags are great for everyday, clutches switch things up in an instant. I especially love any clutch styles that come with a removable handle or strap. Nordstrom has a fantastic array of clutches to chose from, and my personal favorite is this style.

High Heels

Last but not least, dressy heels will instantly dress up your denim. I personally love opting for a colorful pump or stilettos. but you can also opt for ordstrom is one of my go-to spots to find styles to help dress up denim.

Tory Burch Lee Radziwill

Dress Up Denim In Closing

How do you dress up denim? What are some of your favorite styling tips and/or pieces that you’re buying?

Denim: BP. High Waist Skinny Jeans | Outerwear: Halogen Shawl Collar Coat | Sweater: Treasure & Bond Off Shoulder Pullover | Bag: Tory Burch Lee Radziwill Bag | Shoes: Tory Burch {old}

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