It’s all about good jeans, baby.
When I started working at Bloomingdale’s Lenox in Atlanta allllll those years ago in 2004, I started on the sales floor as a “Denim Specialist.” Sounds fancy, doesn’t it? While I sold everything, denim was my focus, and I took it very seriously. I tried on every pair (and bought a whole lot of them, too).
So I guess you could say that’s where my love affair with denim began. Take a step into my closet and you will see an embarrassing number of jeans that I’ve collected over the years. I have my favorites (like these babies that you’ve seen on the blog a lot) and my go-to easy mama jeans.
And while I do believe that there aren’t rules in fashion, I can’t quite agree that goes for the jeans on your booty. Gone are the days of light stitching on a dark wash and pockets so blinged out they look like they belong on a Vegas stage.
In fact, keep ALL stitching and details to the bare minimum and your denim will be classic and easily take you into the next decade.
As you’ll see, a lot of my denim is distressed, which happens to be the trend at the moment. And while I do think that you should own one pair of distressed jeans, don’t break the bank on them. It’s likely that in a couple of years, that trend will go the way of the Jersey Shore True Religion jeans (YIKES).
As for your denim collection overall, invest in a good pair and I promise you won’t regret it. I’ve included my favorites in each category below, but also some pairs that will be nicer on the wallet.
So, keep it simple. And slowly, over time, build your denim collection with these must have pairs…
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The most relaxed pair of the bunch. These are your everyday, running around, carrying kids, getting groceries jeans. They should be a bit baggy and SUPER comfortable and are generally cropped at the ankle. Perfect in the spring + summer for rolling up and pairing with your favorite kicks.
Keep these babies totally classic, with no distressing and very little details. You’ll live in them for the next 15 years. I promise.
While most of my denim is dark, I LOVE a good pair of light wash jeans.
THE trend of the moment. And I just can’t quite get enough.
Oh, flares. How I love thee. My legs are short, but I can throw on a good pair of flares + some heels and they look LOOOOOONG. It’s a miracle. And, they add instant polish to an outfit. (I like to wear them extra long, but you don’t have to have them this long. Just make sure they’re not floods, so bring your highest heel to the tailor.)
I admit, I probably own 3 pairs of black denim, and they’re all different. Hands down my favorite pair is this one. Super soft, comfy + easy. Perfect.
Perhaps the trendiest of the bunch, but also the prettiest. A pair of soft gray denim looks good with just about anything. Dressed up or down, you really can’t go wrong.