Denim, A Wardrobe Staple…
Earlier this month, I set aside some time to do a thorough closet clear out. I love my denim, and over the last few years have accumulated quite a few pairs of jeans. While I’ve learned to be cautious about declaring any particular style or silhouette “over,” I think a periodic refresh of even my wardrobe “soulmates” helps keep me looking current.
What I Tossed
Some of my jeans were feeling a bit tired, or were pairs I just hadn’t worn as much recently. Here’s what I culled:
- dark washes with obvious, high-contrast whiskering or fading on thighs. These were hard to avoid a couple of years ago if you wanted a pair of dark wash jeans, but there are much better options now (see below).
- navy sateen. I bought these as a dark wash alternative, never wore them.
- knee rips. Though I never featured them on the blog, I had one pair that I thought I’d wear during warmer weather. They were comfortable, but I found them hard to style without looking too rugged.
- super light wash boyfriend style. Again, this was a pair I’d purchased last year thinking they’d work for warmer months, but they just felt “off” somehow.
- a few pairs that were stretched out, faded, bedraggled.
What I Kept
- skinny and slim leg. Mostly dark washes, little or no distressing. Wear with: flats, ankle boots, longer tops. These are also my preferred style for travel.
- straight leg. Dark and medium washes. These include some cropped styles, and some with released hems. Wear with: ankle boots, wedges, platforms, block heels, any shoe with a bit more visual volume.
- bootcut. One pair in a dark wash with a longer hem, one pair in a lighter wash with a cropped hem. Wear with: wedges, block heels, heeled ankle boots
- black denim (solid) in skinny and straight leg styles. A little dressier than blue denim, but still easy to style.
- white denim. One pair in a straight leg style.
- grey denim. One pair in a skinny leg. I’m on the lookout for a straight leg style that’s not too full.
- olive, skinny. Not denim exactly, but 5-pocket jeans style.
Best In Class: My Fall Denim Picks
Here are my top picks for fall denim in skinny, slim leg, straight leg and bootcut styles. Some are a bit on the spendy side, but they’re also the styles that I’ve kept and worn for years. I find that especially with more fitted styles, fabric quality and cut do make a difference. Try not to wash jeans more than necessary, and always in cold water. I do put mine in the dryer on low heat, remove while slightly damp, and then line dry.
Skinny. Organic cotton skinny jeans in Indigo, in Misses, Petites and Plus. These were my first pair of skinny jeans, and are IMO are still the best-fitting and most comfortable.
I have a prior season’s version of this jean and they’re one of my most often worn pairs.
Slim Leg. A bit hard to tell from this image, but they’re not quite as snug through the lower leg as a skinny. Sometimes referred to as a “cigarette leg,” I find this is one of the most versatile jean styles. I prefer my skinny and slim leg jeans hemmed to top-of-the-ankle length, but some like them longer. (This is the style/cut I’m wearing in both outfits at top, just in different washes.)
Straight Leg. I’ve been wearing this pair multiple times per week. (The wash is not as whiskered in person as it looks online, IMO.)
Bootcut. A full-length boot cut jean can be one of the most flattering styles. The dark wash style I kept has been discontinued, but I’ve seen several recommendations for these. In Plus sizes, this style is well-reviewed.
Black jeans. If I were going to add just one pair of black jeans to my wardrobe this fall, it would be these coated slim jeans. Comfortable, washable, and they can dress up or own. Offered in Misses, Petites and Plus.
What styles of jeans do you wear most often?