Some people remember lines from movies. I remember outfits. In The Holiday, Cameron Diaz wore a gorgeous cream silk blouse over lunch with Jude Law that I’ll never forget. I’ve been looking for a similar blouse ever since.
A good-looking blouse can easily make an outfit, and blouses work on every body shape. Dress one up for work or formal events, or dress one down with jeans for an elevated casual look. They’re also great to wear under a pullover, cardigan sweater, or blazer.
In this post, I’ll be your personal stylist and cover how to wear jeans with a blouse, and then you’ll see 22 blouse outfit ideas with jeans, pants, skirts, and even shorts. First, let’s talk about how to wear jeans with a blouse.
How do you wear jeans with a blouse?
Pick a jean style that balances proportions to wear jeans with a blouse. The easiest way to wear an oversized or flowy blouse is with jeans that are fitted in the hips and thighs, like straight-leg or skinny jeans. A more fitted blouse works great with wide-leg or baggy jeans.
Create a more formal look by choosing high-waisted jeans with long legs, a dark wash, and a finished hem. Add a belt and heels for an elevated and fashion-forward look. Tuck in your blouse for a more polished feel. You can do a full tuck or a front tuck.
Choose baggy or cropped jeans, jeans with a raw hem, and flat shoes like loafers, ballet flats, sneakers, or sandals for a casual look. Leaving your blouse untucked feels more relaxed.
What looks good with a blouse?
You can make so many stylish outfits with a blouse. For jewelry, pair an open neckline with layering necklaces or chunky necklaces. Wear a blouse with blue jeans, wide-leg trousers, black leather or coated jeans, cords, or a pencil or a-line skirt. For shoes, wear them with ankle boots, tall boots, heels, loafers, ballet flats or sandals.
Let’s look at some fabulous blouse outfit ideas!
1. A black tie-neck blouse with flare jeans and black pointy-toe heels
This black tie-neck sheer blouse can be dressed up or down for different occasions. Wear a black blouse with long dark wash flare jeans. Pick a pair without distressing and a finished hem to create an elevated look that you can even wear to work if your dress code allows them. Add black pointy-toe heels, a black belt, and an elevated black bag, and you have an outfit perfect for a night out. I wore this outfit out to a fancy dinner at a fine dining restaurant during the holidays last year.
2. A gold metallic blouse with coated wide-leg jeans and black satin pointy-toe rhinestone heels
This gold metallic blouse is perfect for the winter holiday happy hour. Pair your blouse with faux leather pants or coated jeans like I do here for an edgy look. Black satin pointy-toe rhinestone heels add a touch of shine that draws the eye down to the feet. The little details make this look come together.
3. A striped ruffle-neck button-down with wide-leg white jeans, a denim jacket, and brown boots
A striped button-down shirt has a preppy classic vibe. Pair your button-down with wide-leg winter white or khaki pants for a chic look. With long, wide-leg pants, block-heel boots are an excellent option if they feel like part of your personal style. Add a denim jacket over your blouse for a layered look that adds visual interest.
4. A magenta blouse with black kick crop cords and black Mary Jane flats
If you’re choosing between a solid-colored top and a solid-colored blouse, the blouse will always have a more elevated feel. I love corduroy pants in the winter because they’re so warm and comfy. Crop flare black cords can easily be dressed up with a blouse. A magenta blouse gives the outfit a fun pop of color. Finish the look with a black belt, shoes, and a handbag.
5. A chambray blouse, black trousers, and black ankle boots
A chambray blouse can be worn in so many different ways. Tuck it into a pair of wide-leg black trousers for a work look. Add some black pointy-toe ankle boots and a black tote bag.
6. A ruffle-neck blouse, sweater vest, velvet blazer, flare jeans, and black rhinestone pumps
Here’s a stunning way to layer a blouse. I’m wearing a ruffle-neck blue striped blouse under a green sweater vest and a black velvet blazer for a preppy elevated holiday look. Notice how the black satin rhinestone pumps tie into the black blazer—the rhinestone bag ties into the rhinestone shoes.
7. A lace blouse, black trousers, and black strappy heels
I love a cream lace blouse. I’m dressing this one up by pairing it with black wide-leg trousers and black strappy heels. A clutch bag is perfect for a night out.
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8. A blue striped ruffle-neck blouse, pullover sweater, winter white jeans and ankle boots
To elevate your everyday look, wear a button-down or ruffle-neck blouse underneath your pullover sweater. The collar that sticks out of the top instantly adds polish and another element of visual interest.
9. A white button-down shirt, oversized black sweater, winter white jeans and boots
At first look, this is such a simple outfit. But a white button-down shirt under the sweater makes this outfit so sharp. I’m pairing it with winter white jeans and a black crewneck sweater. The brown boots and bag add another color to the look. I bought this oversized sweater in a smaller size for a more classic fit.
10. A blue floral blouse, black kick crop pants, and brown block-heel sandals
A floral blouse is perfect for springtime. Wearing this printed blouse tucked into crop flare pants shows off your footwear. Here I’m wearing brown strappy block heel sandals with a matching bag.
11. A cream embroidered blouse, black kick crop pants, and brown block-heel sandals
Here’s a cream blouse with a loose fit and embroidery that gives it a Boho vibe. Those black crop flare pants create a chic look with it. At the same time, the brown sandals add an eye-catching pop of brown for a third color.
12. A light blue flutter sleeve blouse, white linen pants, and platform sandals
In the summer, pair your linen pants with a short sleeve blouse for a pretty look. I love how platform sandals add height with linen pants.
13. A tangerine-colored linen blouse, white cropped wide-leg jeans, and raffia slides
Pair a linen blouse with white jeans in spring and summer for a crisp look. I’m tying this look together with a raffia belt, slides, and a similar color bag.
14. An oversized white button-down blouse, blue kick crop jeans, and black ankle wrap pumps
A classic white blouse is a wardrobe staple. Front-tucking this oversized shirt and leaving off a belt creates a laid-back vibe juxtaposed with the elevated bag and heels.
15. A blue striped button-down shirt, black kick crop jeans, and burgundy Chelsea boots
This blue striped classic blouse is one of my all-time favorite shirts. I wear it all four seasons. It’s perfect under a blazer or sweater or layered over a tee in the summer and left unbuttoned. I’m wearing it tucked into black cropped jeans, burgundy Chelsea boots, and a similar belt.
Ready to look at some short and skirt outfits?
16. A black plaid blouse, black shorts, and brown slides
A black and white plaid blouse makes a simple black shorts outfit pop. Brown accessories add a third color to this black-and-white look, increasing visual interest.
17. A white linen shirt, white denim shorts, and brown ankle wrap sandals
An all-white look is super chic, especially in the summer months. Pair your white linen button-down with white denim shorts. Add brown accessories for a pop of color.
18. An oversized white button-down blouse, khaki pleated shorts, and brown ankle wrap sandals
Here’s another look with a white button-down shirt left untucked. This time, I’m wearing it out over pleated shorts. Wearing a long shirt untucked over shorts follows the Rule of Thirds. An outfit broken into thirds creates a visually appealing look. The blouse takes up approximately two-thirds of the outfit, while the shorts take up the remaining third. This proportion pleases the eye and creates a sense of harmony and balance.
19. A black gingham blouse, black shorts, and black slides
A black gingham blouse adds visual interest to a simple black shorts look.
20. An olive green silk shirt, black skirt, and black D’Orsay flats
Here’s a skirt outfit. A blouse is perfect with pencil skirts for a work look. Tuck in the shirt to define your waistline. Black pointy-toe flats are a comfy alternative to heels.
21. A cream and black herringbone blouse, black gauze skirt, and blush ballet flats
This drop waist a-line skirt is perfect with a slim-fitting blouse. Sleeveless blouses paired with lightweight skirts are excellent in the summer. This herringbone blouse adds visual interest to a black-and-white look. Blush ballet flats finish the look.
22. A white Dolman blouse, black gauze skirt, and brown ankle wrap sandals
When you pair a white blouse with a black skirt, add visual interest by wearing shoes and a bag in a third color. I love pairing brown accessories with black for a chic combination.
I hope these outfit formulas have inspired you to make your own looks. Bookmark this post and return to it anytime you struggle to get dressed.