How to Amp Up Your Jeans With a Few High-Wattage Accessories

By Laura Lajiness

There’s nothing we relish more than an easy outfit. You know the kind: get-ups that require zero thinking like a perfect-fitting tee and jeans, a fitted tank top and shorts, a slip dress and sandals, etc.  Perhaps the best part of something easy and pared-down? It can get kicked up a notch in an instant. All you need is a few choice accessories and a knack for a little fashion forward flair.

Accessories are key for transforming smart, but simple, staples. Whether it’s with a brightly colored bag, glitzy statement earring, or flashy pair of boots—these closet heroes are here to take your outfit from humdrum to “hey girl” in a flash. Designed for ‘wow’ factor, these add-ons do the work for you—what could be better?

Here, we’re decoding four easy outfits rooted in simple pieces of clothing and finished with eye-catching accessories to make each look pop. Whether you’re a jeans and tee kind of gal or want an edgier option for date night, we’re spotlighting a range of outfits that work for various occasions. No shame in the basics game.

A Bodysuit + Distressed Jeans

A bodysuit and jeans are a natural pairing for low-key occasions. Rather than reach for your go-to pair of sneakers, swap for leopard mules and pile on the jewelry. A couple of gold layering necklaces and colorful statement earrings pop against the simple separates.

GET THE LOOK: High-Waisted Destroyed Hem Straight Crop Jean, Drape Front Surplice Tank Thong Bodysuit, Superga Sneakers (Throughout), Rhinestone Tassel Drop Earring, High Low Pendant NecklaceLow Heeled Leopard Mule

A Wrap Top + Skinny Jeans

What’s easier than a figure-flattering top and jeans? While white sneakers are a casual-cool essential for dressed down moments, an animal print bag and red heels rev up the combo for drinks, date night, and beyond. The finishing touch? A sculptural pendant necklace for added shine.

GET THE LOOK: High Waisted Denim Perfect Skyscraper Jeans, One Eleven Modern Rib Wrap Front Tee, Slingback Pumps, Tube Hoop Earrings, Two Tone Mixed Link NecklaceLeopard Chain Handle Bucket Bag

A Black Tank Top + Black Jeans

Black on black is a fail-safe look for so many, and yet the pairing can easily feel stale without the help of a few stylish accents. Sure, sneakers are ideal when you’re running around but when you want to take head-to-toe noir into evening, a sleek belt, snakeskin boots, and resin drop earrings are edgy and impactful.

GET THE LOOK: Ribbed Mock Neck Sleeveless Sweater, Black Mid Rise Stretch Jean Leggings, Embellished Resin Drop Earrings, Small Cat Eye SunglassesDouble O Ring Belt, Snakeskin Thin Heeled Booties

A White Camisole + Jeans

Summer’s not over yet! Which means an all-white ensemble is fresh as can be. Sneakers are fine when the mood is casual, but when you want to step it up, a slim neck scarf, glossy belt, and white boots feel fresh and forward.

GET THE LOOK: Downtown Cami, Super High Waisted Stretch Wide Leg Pant, Silk Scarf (coming soon!), Resin Open Hoop EarringsOval Buckle Belt, Pointed Toe Heeled Booties