How to Buy It: Best. Jeans. Ever.

Leg Opening

Like it or not, the skinny jean is here to stay. For those of you not ready to take the plunge, look for cuts like “straight leg skinny” or “slim cut straight leg.” This means that the denim will have that slim leg line of a skinny jean without hugging every curve as closely. If that still feels too snug, look for a slim boot cut that hugs the leg through the knee and tapers out from the calf. Pair these slimmer jeans with a pointy-toed flat, a heeled bootie, or a wedge, or tuck them into your favorite boots.

Pocket Placement

Gone are the days of bedazzled, labeled, and ridiculously large pockets. Minimalist, classic denim is the way to go. Look for small or closed pockets in front (with skinnier-cut jeans, watch for unsightly pocket outlines making an appearance on the thighs) and simple back pockets that fall squarely on the derriere.

Side Seam

Oversized and dramatic seaming had a fashion moment, but, sadly, that moment is over (not too sadly, actually). Current stylish prints, colors and coating are dramatic enough. Look for seaming that matches the color of the denim.


Jewel tones are a great way to embrace the colored jean trend without feeling too flashy. Burgundy, forest, plum, and amber are options that go with almost anything in your closet that you would wear with regular denim. To keep colors bright, wash your jeans inside out with a detergent designed for cold water.


Slight fade marks on the thighs of the jeans resembling whiskers was in, then it was out, and now it’s somewhere in the middle. It can be flattering on lighter-washed distressed jeans, but for now stay away from dramatic whiskering on your basic blue denim.


Go for a modern, luxe look with coated denim—a much easier and less expensive alternative to leather or specialty fabrics. Search for metallics such as pewter or bronze, or leather-like coatings in black or burgundy.

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