Anything but basic: our favorite pairs of jeans for cooler temps (finally!), inspired by the palettes of America's coastlines.

By Rachael Burrow and Betsy Cribb
September 17, 2018
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Photo by Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling by Rachael Burrow

Cape Cod*

Swing into the peninsula's off-season in old-school wide-legs that match Cape Cod Bay's saturated hue. Pair with a boatneck striped shirt and slip-on sneakers for a laid-back look.


Kick back in jeans that are as easygoing as the state's 840 miles of coast, from San Diego gems like La Jolla Cove Beach to Fort Bragg's colorful sea glass– covered Glass Beach.

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The Panhandle and Gulf Coast

Channel the area's powdery, white-sand shores in crisp, cropped jeans. Carry this summery pair into fall's cooler months by wearing them with cozy sweaters and suede mules.

South Florida

Tie on the sun-bleached blues of Miami and the Florida Keys in these leg-lengthening flares. Play up their retro vibe with leather clogs, and tuck in a fluttery, long-sleeved blouse to complete the outfit.

Pacific Northwest

Pull your denim inspiration from the deep, moody blues that belong to the rock-dotted shores of Washington and Oregon. Split seams at the front add a cool, West Coast edge.

*Denim is listed in order from left to right.