With every one heading back to school soon I wanted to do a couple of posts on my style essentials and where you can get them. Many a times walking around campus girls will ask me how I have the time to look put together every morning and I tell them really my secret is just preparing my outfits ahead of time and in case things don’t work out, I turn to my style essentials and pair a few together for a casual yet stylish look. This post is dedicated to the American classics – jeans. Denim is a very versatile fabric to work with – there’s denim pants, jackets, tops, shoes, bags, you name it!
I’ll walk you through my favorite styles of jeans, what shades I prefer and where you can get the best jeans on a budget.
Denim: Cut and Color
Jeans are a very important part of your wardrobe – they are something you can fall back on at any time and know you will look good. Because of this, it is very essential that you know exactly which cuts and colors suit you best. Personally, I only will wear two cuts of denim, since I know those suit me best: skinny and boyfriend – the two polar opposites. As for colors, I prefer a light wash denim, but I do sparingly enjoy darker washes and I’m obsessed with colored denim like black and white.
Fit and Flatter
The skinny jean is a jean that hugs the figure from the waist all the way to the ankles, tapering in as it goes down. I find skinny jeans extremely flattering on my small frame as they show off the silhouette of my rather thin legs. One issue I often find with skinny jeans though is that they can bunch up or be too loose around the ankle, so it is important to try them on before purchasing and making sure they hit at the right area for you.
The boyfriend jean, a newer trend, is a jean that fits loosely around the legs. The jean is usually a lower sitting pant and will hit right around the hips. Meant to look like you just threw on your boyfriend’s jeans, these denim god-sends give off a super casual vibe and fit and flatter any body shape!
The color of your denim is very important and should match with the overall aesthetic of your look. As I said, I love a light wash of denim and that is what the majority of my jeans consist of. However, I do like a sprinkle of some darker denim pieces, like the dark blue hollister’s shown below and pacsun jeans shown below. These two pieces makeup the majority of my dark blue denim collection.
Black and white denim are exciting takes on the classically blue jean. I wear my black denim jeans nearly 2-3 times a week in the winter months, loving the dark, grunge look they give to any outfit. White jeans are a staple in my closet year round. Though I wear them mostly in the summer, I can be found rocking them well after labor day (what an outdated fashion rule that is anyway!) I love colored denim as it keeps an outfit comfortable and casual but is a more stylistic approach to just blue jeans and a tee. I love a white tee with white jeans and a black on black denim jean and t-shirt look, accented with a flannel around the waist.
Places to Purchase
My two absolute favorite places to buy jeans are Pacsun and Hollister. Pacsun has a wide variety of brands in their stores, including their own brand Bullhead. Hollister exclusively sells their own range, which feature a wide variety of colors and cuts. The price point of both of these stores is similar with the jeans being around $50-$70. For those of you buying $200 jeans, this may be a steal. But, for those of you who think $50+ for jeans is too much, keep in mind that these jeans can withstand years of washing. Some of these jeans I’ve had since middle school and six years later they still fit and look brand new. Whereas buying $20 jeans from places like Rue21 and Charlotte Russe can be tempting, keep in mind that those jeans often fade and shrink, so a one time investment in a pair of jeans that will last years makes more sense than buying a few pairs of cheaper jeans every few months.
My Current Favorites
Glancing at the pictures below you might find that every pair of jeans I’ll show you has some rips or destroyed detailing on them. I’m currently all about the 90’s grunge trend and have been obsessed with ripped jeans — so much that I don’t even wear regular jeans at the moment. I understand these selections may not suit all school dress codes, but you can easily find non-ripped jeans at Hollister or Pacsun.
This pair from Hollister is probably my most worn pair of jeans of life. They’re a destroyed boyfriend cut jean for which I paid $60, however they’re currently on special for $25 at the link http://www.hollisterco.com/shop/us/girls-boyfriend-jeans/-5003099_01
I’d love to find this exact cut in a black denim.
My other light wash boyfriend cut, these jeans I purchased at Pacsun but are from the Brandy Melville range. These are extremely baggy, more so than any other boyfriend jean I’ve tried on, so be cautious when ordering online. I tried these on in black as well, but found it was not flattering at all.
A truly figure hugging pair, this pair of Hollister skinny jeans have been in my wardrobe since my early years of high school. Still looking as good as ever, these are one of my only dark washed jeans.
My second and last pair of dark washed jeans, these I purchased from Pacsun for only 10 dollars once during a crazy sale. These are a high-waisted pair with slits only at the knees, a super trendy cut this summer.
I stumbled upon these one day as I searched through the entire mall trying to find destroyed black jeans, a search that proved to be harder than I expected. I finally found these in a new store at my mall, Garage. As these are my only Garage jeans, I can’t give a full review, however I can say that with washes and time, these jeans have become a bit stiff.
A gorgeous pair of destroyed white jeans are a must in my closet! I bought these at Pacsun during the same sale and scored a deal of only $10! These have a super soft and buttery material and feel and stretch as good as a legging does.
And there you have it! My favorite colors, cuts and places to buy one of the most essential pieces to any wardrobe: jeans.
Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed!