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Build a Better Wardrobe: 3 Must-Have Jeans

This blog post is part of the Build a Better Wardrobe series. We’ve already talked about the 5 dresses you need, the 5 must-have shoes in your closet, pregnancy wardrobe items, and today we’re diving into the 3 pairs of jeans you need in your closet.

Jeans are the most versatile item in my closet for many reasons. They work for every season, they’re durable and stretch throughout the day so they’re comfortable, they’re appropriate for most occasions, and you can wear virtually ANY pair of shoes with them. I have probably a dozen pairs of jeans (distressed, bright colors, etc.), but there are three timeless pairs I grab over and over. So, if you only get three pairs of jeans, these are the ones to prioritize.

Build a Better Wardrobe: 3 Must-Have Jeans

1. Non-Skinny Jeans

While I’ll always love skinny jeans, there is something to be said about the cute mom-jean trend. And it’s been on trend for a few years so you can still get your money’s worth out of a pair. I’m petite, so I wasn’t sure how the looser fitting jeans would look on me, but I LOVE them. Not only are they flattering, they’re so comfortable. AND they look great with shoes that I typically wouldn’t wear with skinny jeans like sneakers! All of my favorite non-skinny jeans are linked in this post, but my two favorite pairs are the Perfect Vintage Jean from Madewell and the Step-Crop jeans from MOTHER denim. If you get just ONE, I’d get the Madewell pair.

Here are some photos of my Perfect Vintage Jeans from Madewell.

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These are some photos in the Step Crop Jeans from MOTHER.

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2. White Skinny Jeans

White jeans are my favorite for the summer. They work with fun tops and casual t-shirts. The trick with white jeans is to find a pair that are REALLY flattering. I tried on 15 different pairs (seriously) before landing on the best ones: Madewell. Read all about why I love them so much in this post.  I tend to wear sandals, loafers, or wedges with white jeans (rather than sneakers) since they’re a little dressier than blue jeans.

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3. Flattering Skinny Jeans

Like I mentioned earlier, I will always love skinny jeans. While the mom-jean trend is great, skinny jeans are a classic for a reasons. They’re the most flattering option with booties, boots, and heels or wedges. My favorite brands of skinny jeans are Good American or Paige! Good American has a bit more stretch (but don’t stretch out), so if you get just one, get those.

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Bonus – Jean shorts

I am a HUGE fan of jean shorts for the warmer months. I ordered multiple pairs to try this summer and have landed on the Momjean shorts from Madewell. The length is perfect for someone my age (late thirties) but still really cute. Jean shorts are cute with sneakers, sandals, and loafers. I don’t love them with wedges, however, since they make my shorts feel too short.

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Do you have a pair of jeans in your closet you swear by?

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  • Reply

    Are all non-skinny jeans now considered mom jeans? I remember when normal straight-leg jeans were just–straight-leg jeans. And how I’ve always seen them advertised as that… *shrug*

    HOWEVER: thanks to your post I now have the Madewell straight vintage jeans on my radar!!

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      Teri [a foodie stays fit]

      haha yes I think anything not-skinny is now being labeled as momjeans. And it’s all young women without kids who are wearing mom jeans and not skinny jeans… it’s all so confusing. 😉

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