Trusted and timeless, a solid pair of jeans has long been the foundation of any great capsule wardrobe. Beloved by style tastemakers across the decades, from Grace Kelly to Kate Moss, these utilitarian denims, which have their roots in early 20th-century workwear, are the epitome of versatility – able to be dressed up or down, depending on the mood.
As the boundaries between smart and casual dressing have blurred in recent seasons, these reliable pants are a fail-safe option that will feel just as smart with a sweatshirt as a cotton shirt – just ask LA-based brand Frame, which has made it its mission to create the perfect pair, no matter your preferences. Its high-rise stonewash jeans, with a gentle flare and cropped leg, are guaranteed to become your default denims. Team with a color-pop sweatshirt, Loewe’s urban sneakers and Bottega Veneta’s tote for an easy off-duty look. Heading outside? A belted woolen overcoat will add polish while maintaining that essence of laid-back luxe.
For something sleeker, switch them up with a chambray button-up from Nili Lotan and a crisp white blazer from Vince – nothing looks as fresh as bright white tailoring, whatever the season. Slip-on loafers from Loewe, gold-tone jewelry and an understated bag in earthy hues offer a chic and contemporary update on the classic preppy look.