Denim is the staple of many women’s casual wardrobes and, for some of us, serves as our office wear. It’s safe to say that our love of denim is here to stay. The only question remaining is what type of denim should every woman own? If I had to pack in a hurry and could only take five denim items, I know exactly which ones I’d choose.
First up would be my boyfriend jeans. Sometimes a girl just wants a loose, comfortable fit that is still stylish and flatters her curves. They should be faded and broken in, but even then, they can be dressed up with a nice top and blazer. Add some heels, and you could wear them anywhere. You can also laze around the house in them with a t-shirt and sneakers.
Another must have pair of jeans is a simple, straight-legged pair. Some of you may prefer skinny jeans, and they are still a hot look, but these are a classic design that is always in style. A pair in a dark wash will be appropriate for work or play, and go nicely with a silky blouse or leather jacket. I wear mine out to the movies or to dinner, and they never let me down.
We should all own a classic denim skirt, preferably one that hits right above the knee. That length works for most of us and creates an easy-to-wear look that is good for casual Fridays at work or running errands on the weekend. This skirt pairs well with a cardigan or jacket and is something that can be worn for years. As a bonus, it looks good on every body type, even mine.
A good pair of denim shorts can take you through many seasons of hot weather. A loose fit will keep you cool and allow for a little weight fluctuation each summer. These shorts should be as faded and broken in as possible. They are the go-to pair for any hot weather activity, such as hiking, camping, and boating. I wear mine all the time.
The last denim piece I’d be sure to grab is my denim jacket. I’ve had it for years, and it still looks great. It’s perfect as outerwear for spring and fall weather, and also works as a separate during the winter. To be in style, avoid pairing your jacket with denim jeans. That matchy matchy look went out several decades ago. Use it with your dress pants or a slim skirt. The mix of casual and professional wear looks smart and goes about anywhere.
We all have our favorite denim items, but these are my classic five. With a few blouses and blazers, I can make a full wardrobe out of these pieces. Denim is already the foundation of many of our closets, so we need to figure out ways to dress it up, tone it down, and make it even more versatile. In case of possible sudden trips or natural disasters, keep your five important denim items close.
Michelle is a writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle shopping blog, delivering daily fashion and beauty online shopping tips since 2006.