Ask A Stylist: The Denim Guide


What’s blue, tried-and-true and loved by all? Denim! Sliding on your favorite jeans feels fab, but finding the perfect pair can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. If you’re overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Fear not! We’ve rounded up some super helpful FAQs from curious ladies looking for denim enlightenment from our Stylists.

Keep reading to see more denim questions from other inquisitive ladies.

Are skinny jeans out?

“Never. Skinny jeans are a new classic! They’re made to be fitted, so a pair that hugs your leg ever-so-perfectly without being too tight is ideal. The majority of skinnies are made with a stretchy blend of fabric to allow for a tight fit without constriction. ”—Sheri

What jeans work best on a pear shape?

“Bootcut jeans are your best friend—the widening of the leg will create an elongated leg line. When wearing skinny or straight-leg jeans, opt for a pair of heels or wedges to give your legs the illusion of length.”—Erika

How do I make my behind look shapely in jeans?  

“Keep an eye out for pockets that have stitch details or flaps, which will help bring some definition to your bottom. For optimal derriere definition, look for pockets that hit at the fullest part of your bum.”—Jennifer

How do I prevent my black jeans from fading?

“When washing (not only black but any denim), you want to turn them inside out and use your gentlest cycle on cold.”—Jennifer

What do I wear with colored denim?

“A tailored, dark-wash chambray shirt is a piece that should be a staple in every girl’s closet. It’s the perfect companion for your colored jeans but will also pair with a multitude of other pieces in your closet.”—Sheri

How old is too old to wear distressed jeans?

“Pair a moderately pair of distressed denim with a simple button-up or a silk blouse for a polished and (more) structured look. Take this outfit to work by donning a blazer and heels on a casual Friday.”—Stephania

How do I make boyfriend jeans look more feminine?
Since your boyfriend jeans are loose (and extra comfortable), choose an ultra-feminine blouse that’s definitely not borrowed from the boys. Try a silk button-up or a floral tank paired with dark or light wash boyfriend jeans.”—Anne

What should I wear with light wash jeans?

“A fun way to play up light-wash skinny jeans is to add pops of color and trendy patterns to your look. Wear your skinny jeans with a floral printed blouse and nude wedges for chic brunch ensemble.”—Brittany

What tops go with high-waisted jeans?

“Don your denim with plenty of polish and choose a fitted layering top, tucked in with a cropped, structured jacket. Collarless tweed styles evoke a vintage feel from a different era, and equally complement your high-risers.”—Jennifer

I live in jeans. What should I wear on a date?

“If you want to stick with your favorite jeans, try a classic cut in a dark wash. A darker wash makes the look feel less casual but just as comfortable.”—Casey

What’s the best top to wear with a jean skirt?

“Go for a breezy boho blouse with a casual front tuck and pair with tan sandals or ankle booties. If you’re looking for added shape, be sure to tuck in your top into your skirt to create an instant hourglass.”—Tyler

What jeans work best for athletic figure?

“When choosing a pair of skinny jeans, look for some with lots of stretch, like jeans that are made with a cotton-polyester blend—they will help avoid the dreaded back gap (& any risk of flashing)—and jeans made with spandex.”—Brittany

What are the most appropriate jeans for the office?

“Dark-wash jeans pull double duty as a figure slimming pair of pants, but also give a more office-appropriate feel. Plus, you can pick up a pair of black, navy and raw wash jeans for a buttoned-up feel.”—Jennifer D.

How do I hide a muffin top in jeans?

“Shorts and jeans in a mid-rise will be much more flattering for your midsection than a lower rise. Of the many new denim trends out there, try some high-rise jeans to create an ultra flattering hourglass shape and hide a muffin top.”—Jami

How do I hem jeans without going to a tailor?

“Embrace the cuff. A small cuff just above the ankle is a timeless look and will show off the narrowest part of your leg. “—Jennifer

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