The 5 denim essentials every woman needs

Okay, so 17 pairs of jeans can sometimes feel pretty effin’ essential. Sometimes they REALLY are (when you stumble on a vintage Levi’s goldmine, for example). But for that capsule kind of wardrobe, the one with all those versatile pieces working overtime and stowing neatly away in a compact closet or suitcase, you’re going to need to narrow things down. Not a denim collector? Then it’s time to update your jean dreams with staple silhouettes that will stand the test of trends. Don’t worry, we’ve got you. Here’s the complete edited list of timeless denim essentials every single woman should have in her closet.

 

THE DENIM SHIRT

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Let’s start from the top down. Whether you go chambray or heavy-duty denim, a jean shirt is a staple that will work for 9-to-5, off-duty and everything in between. Dress it up with a midi skirt and heels, or down with slightly darker denim for a classic Canadian tuxedo. Originating from workwear, just like the classic 5-pocket jean, a denim button-up is a wardrobe workhorse that you’ll find yourself reaching for over and over again. We’re partial to a longer version, hitting mid-thigh, for extra versatility and an updated silhouette. Above: Micaela Greg Light Denim Button Up

 

THE JEAN JACKET

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Borrowed from the boys is a classic take on the denim jacket – oversized, rolled sleeves – which is natural considering the workwear beginnings of Levi Strauss and James Dean’s signature style. But it was Marilyn Monroe’s fitted version that brought the jean jacket into a whole new world of fashion icon status. Whether you like the boyfriend fit or a more feminine tailoring version, there’s something that will work for everyone now (proof here) making this wear-with-everything jacket even more versatile. The denim jacket puts a cool-girl spin on pretty much anything: elegant dresses, office skirts and shirts, we could go on. But we’d rather you try it for yourself. Above: Alexander Wang Daze Oversize Denim Jacket

 

STRAIGHT LEG JEANS

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Mom jeans, dad jeans or cropped, the timeless lines of a fitted straight leg jean will look great no matter the trends. Go for a flattering high-waisted silhouette and find a pair that falls straight down from the hip for the longest leg line. Put your own personal style on the fit with a cool wash, patchwork treatment or chopped hem. With a basic straight leg jean, it’s all in the details. We love them ankle length, the best cut for showing off your shoes. Above: Carleen Two-Tone Jeans

 

BLACK SKINNY JEANS

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There’s a reason why black pants have been a forever piece in women’s closets for decades: they always work. Audrey Hepburn new it, Alexa Chung knows it. Which is why the black skinny jean will be the one left standing in the fight over the future of skinny jeans. And why they’re worth an investment. Pick a mid-rise or high waist, go for premium denim that fits just right, wash sparingly, and the calculate your cost per wear. Above: 3×1 NYC W3 High Rise Crop Skinny

 

FLARED DENIM

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Flared jeans and wide leg denim keep coming back into style for a simple reason: they’re flattering. They give you an hourglass waist, make your legs look longer and balance proportions like nobody’s business. So give in, it’s not just a fad. They’re perfect for those days you want an outfit that makes you feel bold, fashion-forward and excudes confidence. Okay, so that’s all the time.  Above: Kohzo Flare Cut Jean