Alternatives to ‘Jeans and a Nice Top’

“Jeans and a nice top” says every girl, always. 

Girls, we are more than familiar with the process of planning an outfit, and the response of anyone asking what we plan to wear being, ‘jeans and a nice top’. This is our trusty go-to – it’s reliable. It always looks good, and it’s comfortable. But, it’s good to mix things up every now and again. Let’s give the jeans a rest and push the boat out (just a little bit) with these alternatives!

High-Waisted Wide Leg Trousers 

Trousers: In The Style / Top: Topshop (similar here)

High-waisted anything is always flattering, but combined with a wide leg trouser and it’s the dream. From Sarah Ashcroft’s collection with In The Style, these trousers are the real star of the outfit and only need a simple top to be paired with them. The paperbag design is a lovely feature, and the crepe material is super stretchy and allows the trousers to fall perfectly. They are just about the perfect length for me – any longer and they would be trailing on the floor. Heels are a must if you’re my height (5’5″-ish), but the length is brilliant for making your legs look nice and long…

I paired the trousers with a trusty white Topshop cami top bought last year, but any other white and black top will look lovely. Now that temperatures are a little cooler, a white or black long-sleeved top or bodysuit would go nicely.

Wide Leg Culottes and a Pop of Colour

Trousers: Missguided / Top: Zara / Shoes: Primark

I never thought I would wear mustard, but I’m a little bit obsessed with this colour. Completely oversized with lovely shoulder features, this top is brilliant for dressing up or dressing down. Culottes are a great alternative to jeans. They look fab with trainers but just as great with heels, or in my case, heeled boots.

I wore this outfit to bottomless brunch in Leeds, so I needed something smart but suitable for the daytime, and suitable for excessive amounts of food (and fizz). This outfit did just the trick. Baggy trousers and an oversized top are the perfect recipe for hiding all food indulgences. There’s no need to feel restricted like you do with skinny jeans. Don’t hold back on food or alcohol for no trousers. 

Can we just talk about the boots for a moment. I’ve been eyeing up several pairs of pointed black boots in high street stores (because when do black heeled boots not come in handy?), but Primark pulled it out the bag. Primark boots got me through uni nights out, and they still have my back. These boots are identical, if not better, than others I was tempted by, but these were £20 cheaper.

Coated Skinny Jeans and a Jumper

Trousers: Missguided / Top: Hush / Cardigan: Zara / Shoes: Primark

Okay technically, these are jeans. But not just any jeans, coated jeans, so it’s allowed…

Does anyone else struggle to find a decent pair of leather-look leggings? They always seem to be baggy, won’t stay up, or just look generally naff. Coated skinny jeans are a much more comfortable, better-looking alternative. IMO. The good thing about this look is that when paired with some nice boots or heels, you can throw on a jumper and still have a good outfit for a social event. Missguided have created the perfect pair of coated skinny jeans for me. They are super high waisted and a great length for being able to roll them up at the bottom.

This Hush jumper is the perfect accompaniment. Stay warm while looking good? Yes please. Slogan jumpers and tees are a big thing at the moment, and I love this one (apt). Navy is a colour that is always in fashion and a trusty colour for any outfit. (If you’re one of those people who believe that all navy and black don’t match, I’m disappointed in you). If you haven’t browsed through the Hush website or their admirable social media feed, you should definitely have a nosy at their relaxed, comfortable, but also wonderfully stylish range.

If you’re going to the pub or out for food, we need to think about warmth – it is England and autumn/winter after all. Sometimes a jacket or coat just doesn’t finish the look off nicely. In such cases, it’s nice to have cosy outerwear that also looks good. Sloppy jumpers are amazing during the cooler months, and Zara have perfected theirs!


Now I am by no means a fashion guru, but hopefully you are feeling inspired to wave goodbye to jeans and a nice top, just every now and again. Take a peek at my Facebook page and give it a like!