1. Slim and dark
If this style doesn’t already reside in your closet, get your credit card ready because they are essential. Don’t confuse slim for skinny, this cut is much more forgiving and every body type can find a cut that works with their body. Look for a mid- or high-rise (though brace yourself, the low-rise trend is rumbling) in a dark wash or raw indigo color. This silhouette works well for the office when paired with a pullover or graphic tee and blazer and is appropriate for nearly every occasion: date night, happy hour, picking up mushroom jerky at the Farmer’s Market.
2. Worn-in and slouchy
These jeans are the denim equivalent of a weekend warrior: relaxed, easy and probably spent last night on a sofa. Look for a lighter wash– with or without distressing– and a loose fit that skims rather than hugs the body. This style works well with those collectible trainers you’ve been hoarding or a simple high-top. Or make it a high-low look with pegged cuffs and a heel or boot and button-up.
3. Black and straight
Like the slim and dark, black denim is an all-occasion, everyday pair to put on rotation, especially when you want a break from your blues. The great thing about black denim is that it can be dressed up, think: velvet jacket, sequin top or worn casually with a bright tee or chunky sweater. Black jeans also work well for a monochromatic look: black tee, turtleneck or cardigan. You can choose from either a raw black denim or an overdyed denim. Both will inevitably fade over time, but the wear will conform to your body so think of it as your signature wash. Speaking of wash, try to avoid cleaning this as often to preserve the color.