On the grand list of classic pairings—number one is obviously peanut butter and jelly, followed closely by black and white—blazers and jeans don’t rank quite as high as they should. This outfit uniform is understandably tricky to figure out, as pairing a traditionally dressy topper with the most classically casual bottom doesn’t feel intuitive. But once you get used to the roomy shoulders, sharp tailoring and hip-grazing qualities of the blazer, and learn exactly what denim styles to pair it with, your wardrobe will hit great new heights.

With that in mind, here are six blazer and jean outfits you can easily copy, whether your budget allows for just $75 or hovers somewhere around $1K (can we come over?). Each of the pairings below will look great with items you already own (think a T-shirt plus flats or heels). Simply use our template to build a look that feels inherently you, whether that means swapping the tee for a sequined tank or rocking your plaid blazer with Converse sneakers.

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1. Cream Blazer + Wide-Leg Jeans

Here’s proof that you don’t have to shell out the big bucks for a buttoned-up outfit. This $75 getup features a relaxed double-breasted blazer and some true-blue jeans—two pieces that you will get plenty of mileage out of this spring. The cream color of the H&M jacket is rather trendy, but to really nail the look, you’ll want to put it next to similar neutral shades like terra-cotta, cream or tan. Wrap on a brown belt and you’ll look effortlessly en vogue.

Get the look: H&M blazer ($35); Zara jeans ($40)

Total Cost: $75

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2. Pastel Blazer + Ripped Jeans

Balance the primness of a pastel blazer with a few rips and tears—or even just light-wash denim. Just skip wearing your frilly blouse with this set, especially if you’re opting for a collarless jacket. A ribbed tank in white or gray will be the best way to nail that casual-but-cool balance.

Get the look: Zara blazer ($70); American Eagle jeans ($50; $30)

Total cost: $100

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3. Long Blazer + Skinny Jeans

Hot tip: Wear a longer blazer just like you would a tunic. It goes well over slim jeans when buttoned up but can also be worn open with straight-leg jeans and a fitted T-shirt. And yes, you can definitely get away with wearing this particular blazer style in a wild or loud pattern, so go all out.

Get the look: Robert Rodriguez blazer ($595; $119); Free People jeans ($78)

Total cost: $197

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4. Plaid Blazer + Dark Jeans

Although plaid might feel like a thoroughly fall print, especially in iterations of tan or brown, it’s actually seasonless. And it will really pop against a pair of dark-wash skinny jeans. Rock this duo with a pair of crisp white sneakers and you’ve got a new uniform for weekend brunch and errands. Just pop on a crossbody bag (preferably in a bold pop of red) and you’re good to go for the whole day.

Get the look: Everlane blazer ($180); Gap jeans ($80; $64)

Total cost: $244

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5. Belted Blazer + Dark Kick Flares

There’s something about gray plaid and dark denim that reads professional but not stuffy. Amp up that work-ready vibe with a bold pair of glasses and some Mary Jane heels. You absolutely should put that figure-flattering waist belt to use, so be prepared to tie it tight every time you put on this blazer.

Get the look: J.Crew blazer ($228; $160); Mother jeans ($250)

Total cost: $410

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6. Pink Blazer + Straight-Leg Jeans

There’s probably no reason to wear a shirt under this shocking pink blazer, as it offers more than enough coverage. However, lean into an oversized silhouette from head to toe, opting for looser straight-leg jeans. And don’t be shy about finishing off this look with a wild pair of heels—think sparkles, feathers or even a flash of PVC.

Get the look: Jacquemus blazer ($1,075); Khaite jeans ($380)

Total cost: $1,455

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