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How to rock your jeans from the classroom to a night out

Edgy fashion on a student-friendly budget

Money for extra jeans — no matter how badly you wish it were — just usually is not in a college student's budget. Here are ways to wear your everyday wardrobe to class and then off to meet friends for the night.
College student wearing jeans

Being a college student means you're most likely balancing your days between studying and living it up with your friends... but it also means you're probably on a pretty tight budget — one that doesn't involve extra money for novelties like extra pairs of jeans. We've got your list of easy ways to make what you have go the farthest.

1

Jackets can do wonders

It doesn't take much for a jacket to transform your jeans — no, really. Wear jeans and a V-neck cotton T-shirt to class and just throw on a leather bomber jacket or black fitted blazer to go out. It takes nothing at all to transition from bookworm to party animal with the swap of a coat.

2

Ditch the heels, girl

If you think you need heels for a night out, you're surely mistaken. Keep it cool and down-to-earth with a well-worn pair of combat boots. If you just feel more comfortable in high heels, a not-so-fancy pair looks worlds better with jeans than does a more severe patent leather stiletto. Think more hip and quirky heels like high-heeled loafers to make jeans look dressed up for nights out.

3

Go bright and feel bold

A good accessory can do wonders. Adding a silver chain necklace is nice, or maybe throw on a gold hoop earring or some chunky bangles. That's all fine and good, but transform everything with a strong red or vibrant pink lip. Really, one small but mighty accessory takes the whole look from something casual to something very sophisticated.

4

A little shimmer and shine never hurt anybody

OK, most likely you weren't thinking of dragging your backpack out with you for a night on the town — or else let's hope not! But a great bag can really make a standard jean into something completely chic. A sequined or shimmery cross-body bag with metal chain strap brings shine and glimmer without being over the top. The jeans keep it down-to-earth, while an extra-glitzy bag looks just glam enough to wear for nights out.

Hot denim trends

  • White or ecru: There's not much to say about such a classic jean, but if you want to take it to a super-modern level, pair it with a white blouse or sweater. All white looks incredibly chic.
  • Coated: Coated is that buttery denim with shiny overlay. It's a little hip for day wear, but not if it's paired with relaxed shirts and super-casual pieces.
  • Two-toned: This is what you get when denim has dark and light shades patched together in various spots. Want to really be hip? Wear a two-toned chambray with it to be edgy, hip and just downright cool.
  • Studded and destroyed: Minimal stud detail is very on trend right now. Be sure not to go overboard with them, but just a little streak of studs along the knee cap, hip or butt pocket draws the eye and gives your look some edge.

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