My job at Madewell has really taught me a lot about the modern woman’s wardrobe. What I’ve discovered to be especially crucial is the denim choices. I’ve become an expert on Madewell’s denim bar — the skinny skinny jeans, the skinny skinny crop, the boy jean, the denim legging… for all of the above, I have a comprehensive knowledge on how they fit, how they feel, how they stretch, and how they work for everyone’s body types. I thought I’d throw together an easy-to-reference, go-to list of the four essential jeans for every woman, and how to style them!
T H E C L A S S I C S K I N N Y
Any woman’s go-to denim is the skinny jean. Go to a store like Madewell, JCrew, or Free People to take serious time and find your exact size and the particular style of skinny that works for your body. There is nothing better than finally finding that perfect pair, turning to the stylist, and saying: “I’ll take one in every color!”
Skinnies are great for any occasion, and can very easily be dressed up or down. I love pairing them with an oversized tee or sweater, and with a statement shoe (whether it’s a heel, sandal, or sneaker is totally up to you!). Playing with proportion is key, and is what makes a memorable outfit. Because skinnies are obviously more form-fitting, try a platform heel, large sweater, or oversized jacket. Use accessories to add in a pop of color or an alternative texture — if you allow the oversized top or cool shoes to also add in that extra color, the piece will become too much and overpower the outfit. Try to strike a balance with the different elements of the look!