Summer Alternative to Jeans

Summer Alternative to Jeans

So the weather warms up you need an alternative to jeans, which you appear to live in most of the time!!  You know there must be other options out there to wear instead of jeans, but you just can’t find the time to get out there and find the solutions!  Luckily we’ve done the leg work for you and found you some great alternatives to jeans for every day wear.

Maxi Dress

A great alternative to jeans for all shapes, proportions and sizes!

When it’s warm, a maxi dress gives you coverage whilst feeling cool.  Plus one piece is always easier to wear than creating an outfit if you tend to struggle with what to wear!  Dress down with denim jacket and some tan sandals for the perfect, cool leg coverage this summer.  Dress up with wedges!

Hush, £59
Oasis £38

MaxMara, £165

Maison Scotch, £94.95


This is a style that’s brilliant for Apple Shapes, Diamonds and Hourglasses as an alternative to jeans, as long as you create balance within the outfit.

Invest in a block black colour capsule silk tee or blouse for example, and this is what you would use to make outfits from patterned trousers such as these.  You just need to ensure that the capsule colour you like to wear on your top half is within the pattern of the trouser.  Look to Reiss, Hush, Ted Baker, Coast, Next and All Saints for a nice capsule black silk-look tshirt or blouse.

For shoes, you could wear with nude or black heels, or they’d look great with loafers or slip ons which are very current for SS17.

Wear with a denim jacket to make more casual or a blazer to smarten up for work.

Boss Orange £149
Phase 8 £79
Oasis, £30.40

Maxi Skirts

A maxi skirt can be tricky to get your wear out of in comparison to jeans, as it’s always hard to find lots of tops to work with a skirt like this.  However, this is a really nice alternative to jeans in summer.  You could pair with a cream / white vest or khaki would also well with this pattern.  Sling on a necklace and a denim jacket to dress it down and you’re done!  This can be tricky for petite women, but works well on tall figures.

Karen Millen, £250


AthLeisure is just fabulous for most shapes.  For shoes, wear with trainers, pumps or even sandals – heeled or flat!!  They’re totally versatile!

Dress up with cute jumpers or vests, and of course, some glam trainers and eyewear.  Add a denim or leather jacket for off-duty OR to smarten up, add a silk cream or white blouse and a blazer with heels!

Whistles, £119

Midi Jersey Skirt

This is your skirt version of leggings essentially!  Comfortable, practical and stretchy! 🙂  A fabulous and feminine alternative to jeans!

This type of skirt does work for most shapes but ONLY if you understand how to work your proportions.  This is often why skirts like this end up sat in the wardrobe – you like the idea of it, but you don’t know how to style it to work for your body shape!  It can be a tricky one if you can’t work out your proportions.

However women can struggle to get proportions right when it comes to skirts like this.  Go for a sloppy wide necked tee and wear with flats / sandals.  If you want to add some summer boots, that will help with the proportions and then adding a slouchy blazer will make this skirt a little smarter.

If you have a flat-ish stomach you can go with a fitted vest type top and sling a denim jacket over the top, add a scarf or necklace and you’re ready.

If you’re tummy is a problem area, try a motif tee or striped t-shirt that sits loosely around your middle, but make sure it’s not too long.  Then sling a blazer and some sunglasses on, and add some cute white pumps or converse.

Mint Velvet, £39


These sequin trousers from Next are the perfect way to glam up your look as an alternative to jeans in the summer, when you still want to cover your legs, but with a little more fun!

Either dress them down with a slogan tee and a leather biker and pumps, or dress up with a cold shoulder, fitted black top and glamazonian heels.


Cropped trousers are a really great, versatile option as an alternative to jeans that can look both smart and casual when it comes to the spring and summer months.

Often this style of trouser is really flattering on most women, because the length finishes on the ankle which is usually, on most women, a nice feminine part of the leg.

If your tummy is your issue, wear with a looser drape style top, possibly with an open back, or go for a cold shoulder style top that flows over the tummy.

Shoes are easy.  These pretty much go with everything from heels, to flatforms, to slip ons and sandals.


Warehouse £39

Get Flared

Culottes, flares and wide leg trousers are all over the place in SS17 so pitch your jeans out and opt for some wide-legged trousers.

However, these can be tricky to get right in the flesh for some ladies!

If you are short, try them with wedges or flatforms to give you a boost.  If height isn’t an issue, wear with flats!

Culottes can look lovely with classic heels as a smarter version for work, wereas full length versions look more appropriate for weekend in general.

Miss Selfridge £32
Karen Millen, £120


A cuffed or tapered leg is a great alternative top jeans in the summer months.  You can pretty much style in the same way as you do your jeans!

Styles like this one below from Oasis can be good for a lot of shapes, but if you are conscious of your tummy the belt can add bulk here, so tie it as flat as you can against your tummy OR replace with your own tan belt!  The pleats are really flattering and the colour is super versatile.

Oasis, £38

I hope you’ve found today alternatives to jeans helpful!  If you feel that you need additional help with your wardrobe, make sure you apply for a place on our next 30 Day Program to Transform Your Style & Wardrobe!!

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