What to Wear with Light Wash Jeans

light wash jeans outfit

As spring begins to give way to summer, I get particularly excited to style my light wash jeans. Although they don’t go untouched in the cold seasons, I start to rely on them more and more as the weather heats up and I’m gravitating toward airy, casual, light blue jean looks.

In case you’re unsure how to wear them, today’s post is all about what to wear with light wash jeans! See below for a few light wash jean outfit ideas, plus my tips for picking shoes, tops, and colors that pair well with them.

light wash raw hem jeans with sneakers and a floral blouse
light blue jeans and white sneakers closeup

What Goes Well with Light Wash Jeans?

Honestly, light wash jeans go with everything. They are extremely versatile, especially when you’re creating a casual outfit. So don’t worry too much about the pattern or color you’re wearing with them!

The main thing to keep in mind is that light blue jeans tend to read more casual, so if you want to dress them up, reach for elevated shoes and accessories (bag, jewelry, hair pieces) in addition to a dressier top.

Here are the shoes I recommend wearing with light blue jeans:

  • Sneakers, sandals, and low block heel boots work especially well in casual light blue jean outfits.
  • For a dressier blue jean outfit, try heeled booties, heeled sandals, or pumps.

Here are a few colors and top styles to pair with light wash jeans:

  • Contrasting dark neutrals like black, navy, or gray
  • Complementing light neutrals like white, beige, and tan
  • Relaxed tops like cotton t-shirts, button downs, and tank tops
  • Feminine tops with ruffles and puff sleeves
  • Soft pastels and light colors

How to Wear Light Wash Jeans: Outfit Ideas

See below for a few of my favorite ways to wear light blue jeans, plus brief notes on what makes each combination work.

1. With Light Neutrals

I love the combination of light wash denim jeans with soft neutrals like white, tan, and beige. You really can’t go wrong when it comes to pairing them and the relaxed, breezy feel transitions from day to night with a simple shoe swap. 

beige blazer with white t-shirt and light wash jeans
white button down with light wash jeans
white bodysuit with scarf and light wash jeans
tan moto jacket and white sneakers with light wash jeans

2. With Floral, Pastel, & Feminine Tops

The soft color and relaxed feel of light jeans make them the perfect complement to feminine tops. They’re dialed back enough to let a pattern or bright color take center stage. I love wearing them with puff sleeves, ruffles, and bows for a chic warm weather outfit that can be worn with white sneakers or sandals, or dressed up with a wedge or block heel.

floral blouse with light blue jeans and white sneakers
long sleeve floral top with light wash jeans
open back top with ripped light blue jeans

3. With Contrasting Colors

In the fall and winter I lean toward the moodier side of the color world with black, gray, and navy. These all pair beautifully in light blue jeans outfits, and the combo adds an unexpected pop during the months when most people are wearing mid-blue denim, dark blue jeans, or black jeans.

winter light blue jeans outfit with navy coat and heeled booties
black leather jacket with light blue jeans and heeled sandals
gray ruana sweater with light wash jeans and block heel booties

Favorite Light Wash Jeans in My Closet

Below, I rounded up a few pairs the best light wash jeans I’ve tried in case you’re looking to add a new pair for spring/summer.

  • Everlane—The 90’s Cheeky is a true rigid denim that softens with wear and holds up extremely well over time. Size down (I wear 24, normally 26).
  • FRAME—The Le Originals are forgiving, flattering, and a great length for different shoe types. My exacts are sold out, but they have a variety of light washes in this cut.
  • MOTHER—The Tripper jeans are a nice skinny jean and kick crop combination with some fit through the thigh and a little room at the calf and ankle. Love them with sandals!
  • Paige—This brand’s Cindy fit is awesome for tall women (I’m 5’9”) looking for a length that will be versatile for many shoe types.
  • Madewell—The Perfect Vintage Jean is a slim straight at a great price. Size down (they stretch with time).
  • AGOLDE—I don’t know how AGOLDE did it, but their 90s loose fit ripped jeans somehow look flattering with heels and flats. Size down for slightly less baggy look.
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