A tried and true staple, denim is everything that’s right with clothing fashion. Jeans, generally speaking, have not strayed far from its fundamental design since 1873, with the exception of a few color alterations and embellishments along the way.
But what makes denim truly great is its wardrobe versatility. Need pants that are dressy but not too formal? No problem — dark denim it is! Looking for something with casual appeal, but is more socially acceptable than sweatpants? Wear a light, medium or color wash in any variety of bootcut, flare, straight leg, or skinny leg styles. The options are virtually endless!
With that being said, it’s important to be cognizant of when and where it’s actually acceptable to wear jeans. Funerals, job interviews, the courthouse, an opera, a wedding — etiquette says absolutely never. Instead, save it for more lighthearted places and occasions, such as your little bro’s birthday, a hot date or semi-casual Friday at the office.
Because it's now the time of year when denim reigns supreme, let’s round out your wardrobe’s bottom half with some top styles. Showcased below are some of best washes, cuts and brands that’ll have you looking classy, never slouchy or sloppy, for fall!
Regardless your style, owning dark denim is a wardrobe must. For men, a pair of black jeans is a nice alternative to wearing the typical blue. Hudson’s Byron Straight gives off an upscale look that can transition from a day in to a night out with ease.
Staying true to a dark wash, the mid rise Flawless – Hello Skinny from Joe’s Jeans is a pure winner. Not only can you dress your outfit up or down seamlessly, but this pant also has an integrated dual-pocket design so you can discreetly carry your iPhone and charging battery without added bulge.
Military pants, also known as combat or camo, continue to make fashion waves. For the ladies, try a slim fitting skinny leg for an urban chic look that’ll grab attention. This Hudson Lilly mid-rise pairs nicely with heels or flats.
Men — if you’re looking for a more subdued military look, an olive pant would make for a great denim addition. Again, keep the look refined with a slim, tailored fit and polish off your smart style with a snazzy pair of burnished chukka boots.
Sometimes a change of pace does a person good. The same can also be said for your choice of denim. Believe it or not, a washed-out, greyish look can actually make you stand out from the masses. With a lived-in feel, these Paige favorites combine nicely with contrasting black, white or offsetting grey hues.