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Ecru jeans outfit ideas for women

Ecru jeans outfit ideas for women

One of the easiest ways to create outfits that look and feel put-together is to start with a column of color. That’s no different in summer than any other time of year. Switching out darker neutrals for lighter ones will shift your look into summer, so I’ve played around with some outfit ideas starting with ecru jeans and an ivory tee.

Susan B. wears an off-white silk slub tee and ecru cropped jeans.
TEE | JEANS
My sizes: tee – Small, jeans – 28 Petite

This time of year, I’m always on the lookout for off-white tees, which are a mainstay of my summer wardrobe. (Winters can wear optic white, and Summers a soft white, but Springs and Autumns are best in cream or warm ivory tops.) Here I’m wearing a slub silk tee from Amour Vert. It’s lightweight and relaxed, but the silk knit fabric gives it a nice drape and luxurious feel. I love the longer, set-in sleeves, too.

These budget-friendly tees from Madewell and Everlane are also favorites. And if you prefer a v-neck (and longer hem), this one from Lands’ End is also really good.

When I originally ordered these “slim wide leg” jeans, I wanted to compare the fits between the Classic and Petite sizes. See how I styled the “classic” length here. But I liked both lengths for different looks, and decided to keep both. Here I’m wearing the Petite length, which has a more cropped fit on me. (I’m 5’1″, with proportionally long legs.)

This jeans style is also available in white for those of you with cool palettes.

Just a reminder that the top and bottom half in a “column of color” don’t have to match exactly. They just need to be close enough to not create a strong visual break between the pieces. So let’s style up this column to create some summer outfit ideas…

Coastal casual

Susan B. wears a striped cardigan tied over shoulders, an ivory tee, ecru jeans, straw "Paris Milano" tote and woven espadrilles.
CARDIGAN (TIED) | TEE | JEANS | BAG | ESPADRILLES

For a stroll along the boardwalk or a visit to the Saturday morning marché, I’ve added some texture with the cardigan, straw bag, and espadrilles. Add a hat and sunglasses if it’s bright out.

More striped cardigans


Monochromatic with brown accents

I love the ease and relaxed elegance of a monochromatic look. Yes, that’s a cashmere cardigan; in our cool coastal climate I often wear my lighter weight cashmere pieces well into June. (But you could always swap out the cashmere cardi for one in linen. And here’s one in White.) Or you could go with a relaxed linen blazer, like this one.

The brown accessories “ground” the look and tie it together without being matchy. (Cool seasons, you could try gray, black, or navy accessories.)

Sunshine states

My linen shirt is from last year, but the same style is available this season (in different colors). When it really warms up, these shirts are great to wear on their own, over a loose and lightweight pair of pants (or shorts). And I like to pop the collar to keep the sun off my neck.

More linen shirts…


The sandals are also from last year. Here’s this year’s version. (And a similar budget-friendly style.) The bag is new-ish. I love the soft metallic gold handles.

As you can see, it’s quite easy to create outfits starting with a column of color. Whether it’s ecru jeans, or white, or any other neutral base, a matching top and bottom makes a great canvas to work from to build your outfits, no matter what the season.

What’s your go-to piece or easy outfit formula for summer?

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