Friday Fashion: A Guide to Denim

Nothing is more synonymous with autumn than denim. My favourite feeling is slipping on my most loved pair of skinny jeans after a long summer of shorts and sundresses. A good pair of jeans is like home. You feel safe, confident, and like your true self.

The thing about jeans is that there are so many styles, fits, washes, distressing options, lengths, sizes, the list goes on. With so much to consider when finding your perfect pair, many of us give up on the hunt and resort to that trusty pair of leggings readily available in our wardrobe (you know you do it).

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When you find the right balance of denim in your wardrobe, those days of “I have nothing to wear” are almost eliminated… almost. I am going to show you what I consider to be the perfect denim collection that will make you feel great, and look great, everyday! I’ve outfitted each pair of jeans with the most basic of white t-shirts to really show how much each pair will change up your look.

Just a side note, I think of my denim as an investment and advise you to grow your collection slowly. Although high quality denim can be pricey, if you are investing in classic fits made out of top of the line fabrics, your collection should last you close to a lifetime.

I’m sure that everyone already has a pair of dark wash skinny jeans and/or black skinny jeans, so I will omit these pairs from the list. Aside from these two styles, there are three pairs of jeans that I feel every girl must include in her wardrobe. These pairs are: the light wash skinny, the relaxed slim straight, and the “wildcard.”

The Light-Wash Skinny:

I feel that the common misconception of denim is that different washes coincide with specific seasons. Light wash denim is one that typically gets pushed to the back of the closet during the cooler months. Come on people, don’t denim discriminate! I love pairing a light wash jean with darker earth toned pieces. For the fall, light wash denim looks best surrounded by darker colours to keep it appropriate for the season. These ones, found here, are a pair of Rockets (I have an addiction to this fit, but that’s another post). The distressing can double as your “wildcard” pair, which I will explain later.

The Relaxed Slim-Straight:

Now I love me a good pair of skinny jeans (obviously), but the new “cool” fit is a more relaxed leg. There are so many ways to wear this style! They look like a slimmer fitting boyfriend jean when cuffed, and create a really cool silhouette when left in their full length. If you want a pair that will be a staple in your wardrobe for years to come, stick to darker washes with minimal distressing. If you are feeling adventurous and want to be super trendy, go all out with rips and patches! This is another pair from Citizens, called the Corey, and can be found here.

The “Wildcard”:

Last, but definitely not least, this brings me to the “wildcard” pair. This is the pair you slip on when you want to stand out. Anything from major distressing, to crazy colours, to unique fabrics count as a “wildcard” pair. This pair will allow you to be adventurous and really explore your personal style. Get crazy and find what works for you! I love a good pair of distressed jeans, so I have chosen the Le Color Ripped from Frame Denim, found here.

This list is by no means comprehensive, but should give you a good foundation for your fall wardrobe! When you find the perfect balance of denim, the rest of your look seems to fall into place.

Tavia is a passionate Marketing Communications student and lover of all things fashion and beauty. While balancing her heavy course load at BCIT, she explores her creativity in writing and photography. Tavia aspires to incorporate her love of fashion and creativity into her future career. She loves pizza, puppies, and great shoes.

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