Straight-leg jeans have been around since the 1940s, but they’re still incredibly popular today. In fact, you can find them in almost every store you go to and in a variety of styles and washes.
They’re available in denim, twill and canvas fabrics; they also come in different lengths (ankle-length or boot cut) as well as with different fits (skinny, slim or straight).
This makes them perfect for everyday wear—no matter what kind of style you like!
However, one thing that most people don’t know about straight-leg jeans is that they look great with sneakers.
But how do you pull off this fashion-forward look without looking like an 80s rebel?
We’ve got some tips below on how to wear straight-leg jeans with sneakers like a pro:
But, first, let’s answer this question for my readers.
Can I wear straight-leg jeans with sneakers?
Straight-leg jeans can be worn with sneakers, but only if you know what you’re doing!
In order to pull off this look, you need to make sure that the color of your shoes doesn’t clash with your pants.
For example, if you have blue jeans on then find a shoe in an analogous color—something like purple or green should work fine.
These colors are similar enough that they won’t compete for attention but still different enough so that they’re not identical shades of each other (which leads us back to clashing).
You also want to ensure that the cut of your pant leg isn’t too long or too short; if it’s too long and hits below your sneaker’s sole then it’ll probably look awkward and throw off the balance between pants and footwear.
If all these things match up well (and especially if they do!), then congratulations—you’ve just successfully pulled off wearing straight-leg jeans with sneakers!
Check our Detailed Guide Below:
1. Choose the right jean color
When choosing a jean color, it’s important to consider what you want your outfit to look like.
Darker jeans are more formal and can be worn with dressier shoes, while light denim is casual and works well with sneakers.
Neutral colors like khaki and white are also excellent choices.
Blue jeans should not be faded or ripped; if you want a similar look without having to buy new jeans, try washing them in hot water before wearing them for the first time.
2. Fold up the hems of your jeans to show off your shoes
It’s a good idea to fold up the hems of your jeans when wearing sneakers, so that you show off your shoes.
If you want to roll up the cuffs instead, that would work as well.
You can wear these jeans with sneakers or boots, but also with hightops.
3. Try white leather sneakers
White sneakers are a great way to add color to your outfit—especially if you’re not the biggest fan of bright colors.
White is also a great way to add contrast, which can help balance out other colors in your outfit (like black).
A pair of white leather sneakers is also a great way to add height and style. If you’re looking for some height, these will do it!
4. Bright colors, stripes and patterns
If you love bright colors and patterns, then we’ve got some great ideas for you. Look for sneakers with fun accents, like metallic details or contrasting laces.
Another option is to go with a white leather sneaker to highlight the ankle—this look can be especially chic if accompanied by a cropped flare jean that shows off your ankle’s natural shape.
If you’re unsure about pairing skinny jeans with sneakers (because of the narrow ankle), then try out this look on yourself first before buying it in store!
5. Highlight the ankle with a cropped flare
For an alternative way to wear your straight leg jeans with sneakers, consider highlighting the ankle with a cropped flare.
This look really emphasizes the shape of your legs and creates a clean silhouette that will help you look taller.
To pull off this style, choose a pair of jeans that are cropped at the ankle without being too tight around there (you want it to be comfortable).
You also want them to be long enough so they don’t hit right above or below your shoe—if they’re too short, it’ll look like you’re wearing capris; if they’re long enough but end up looking baggy around your ankles, people might think they belong on someone else (and not necessarily on anyone).
6. Wear skinny jeans with sneakers if you have narrow ankles.
If you have narrow ankles, straight-leg jeans are a great option for wearing with sneakers.
The loose fit will help balance your proportions and prevent the pants from looking like they’re too short.
To wear this style, make sure not to pair it with skinny jeans—they’ll only make your legs look short! Instead of going for the tightest pair of straight leg jeans, choose a slightly looser fit in order to avoid looking boxy.
7. Experiment with different types of shoes
Once you’ve found the perfect pair of jeans, it’s time to style them!
Avoid using the same shoes every day by trying different types of sneakers with your jeans.
For example, if you usually wear black sneakers with your straight-leg jeans, try wearing some white or red ones instead.
You could also try adding a pair of boots or even high-top Converse sneakers in place of typical low-top sneakers.
Experiment with different colors and materials until you find a combination that works best for you.
8. Tuck in the shirt to make your waist stand out
If you want to tuck in your shirt, then make sure it’s not too small for you. The shirt should be long enough so that when it is tucked in, it doesn’t go past your waistline.
If the shirt is too short, then there will be a lot of exposed skin at the bottom which can look sloppy and unflattering.
The other thing to keep in mind is that if you are going to wear this outfit on a hot day or an evening occasion when it could get chilly later on, then make sure the t-shirt isn’t too thin or see-through because this could leave marks on your torso.
It’s also important not to overdo things either; don’t tuck in a shirt that is too big as well since this will make your waist look even smaller than what it already is (see above).
9. Layer up a turtleneck or mock neck sweater
For the final step, layer a turtleneck or mock neck sweater on top.
These will add an extra layer to your outfit and keep you warm in the winter months.
You can choose any color you like, and pair it with sneakers or boots depending on what type of look you’re going for.
10. Add a statement coat
Adding a statement coat can be a great way to make your outfit stand out and add color to your outfit.
You can wear one with jeans, or with other types of clothing.
A statement coat can be the focal point of your outfit—or it could just be part of the overall look.
If you’re going to wear jeans with sneakers, then it’s important that they’re the right pair.
You need a pair that is not too tight around your ankles or knees, but still fits like regular jeans.
Another thing to consider is the color of your sneakers; they should match or complement your pants so they don’t look weird together.
When it comes down to it though, just have fun trying new combinations until something works!
Hi, I’m Isabella! I’m a fashion-obsessed writer who loves everything about it: the clothes, the accessories, and especially the people. I’ve been writing about fashion for nearly 8 years now—and during that time, I’ve learned a few things. First of all, there’s no such thing as bad style. It’s just a matter of what works for you. Second of all, fashion is more than just clothes—it can be a way to express yourself or your personality. And finally: Fashion is fun!