Do you know the difference between your wide legs and flares?
With fall quickly approaching, it's time to put away our favorite frocks and pull out our best denim. However, it's easy to get overwhelmed by all the many choices, there's skinny jeans, there's wide leg, and flared, boyfriend and bootcut. Here's your definitive guide to every denim style to try right now.
The Classic Skinny
A slim cut jean, tapered through the leg.
Frame jeans, $185, net-a-porter.com.
The Wide Leg
A generous cut leg that is wide through the knee to the ankle.
Citizens of Humanity jeans, $258, citzensofhumanity.com.
For seasons, flattering high-waisted jeans in their many incarnations – skinny, Mom, boyfriend, kickflare – have ruled our off-duty wardrobes. But in the latest fashion casualty of Noughties nostalgia, the ultra low-rise jean appears to be making an unwelcome comeback.
Cast your mind back to the early 2000s when Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Rihanna's after-dark uniforms consisted of hip-hugging bootleg jeans teamed with extreme crop tops and pointed kitten heels.
If not, we're sure you can recall the moment Keira Knightley showed off her entire torso at a Pirates of the Caribbean movie premiere in a pair of low-slung, dark-hued jeans and the tiniest off-the-shoulder top we'd ever seen. It fast became one of the most iconic fashion moments of the decade.
G-Star Raw's Aitor Throup looks like a skater dude and talks like an anthropology professor. The executive creative director throws out phrases like "the great unlearning" and he smells like a cigarette binge. He's won prestigious fellowships and directed music videos for Kasabian. Oh, did we mention he made the District 13 uniforms for The Hunger Games?
A good pair of denim is a staple in any closet. You can dress them up or down and wear them practically anywhere — everybody knows that. But you can also get good jeans from a lot of popular retailers, so when a lot of people become obsessed with a particular pair, it causes us to take notice. Especially if that pair racks up a wait list of 429 people, as Refinery29 pointed out.
We've been studying spring 2017 runway trends for nine months (give or take), but now that summer's here, it's time to fully integrate them into your wardrobe. The start of a new season means time to consider the outfits and looks you want to try. From trending colors to accessories that can switch up pieces already in your closet, consider this your list to start working through.
Boy Scout Sash
The season's major focus on solo shoulders gets its most dignified spin with a sash-like cut. Layer a tee or button-up under a jumpsuit and wear to the office.
Tibi Hessian Linen Jumpsuit, $695; nordstrom.com
After making a reported 1 million dollars on its first day of sales back in October and adding new styles for its season two launch, Emma Grede and Khloe Kardashian's Good American denim collection is back for a third season, dropping new cuts and silhouettes throughout all of June.
Shop Good American: The Pom Pom Good Boot Crop, $169; goodamerican.com; The Pom Pom Mini, $145; goodamerican.com; The Bermuda, $139; goodamerican.com
It's Look Like A Fashion Person 101: Wear a pair of single-soled pumps with a pair of well-loved jeans, and you're set. It almost doesn't matter what you have on top; with a ratty T-shirt or a couture blouse, the combination of jeans and pumps gives your outfit a "on my way to a fashion show" verve.
And, while there are lots of ways to mix and match jeans with heels, there are a few rules to follow, too. The following six people have mastered the balance. Click through to soak in their secrets — and then give the style trick a spin for yourself.
Don't shy away from layering a dress over the jeans.