We asked celebs and we asked you, our readers, about a subject close to your heart—and thighs: Jeans. More than 80,000 votes were cast in our online survey, and here, in our ultimate jeans guide, we reveal the results and show you the hottest new styles for spring, how to wear them, what the stars are choosing and the latest in denim news. Says Terence Bogan, v.p. of merchandising for Barneys New York: “You need a pair for every occasion. You can never have too many.”
wore a clean, classic jean at a BET 106 & Park event in N.Y.C.
belted a super-low-rise cut in Manhattan.
went casual glam with a subtly distressed pair in London.
cuffed her Abercrombie & Fitch jean at the Saved! premiere in L.A.
wore Paper Denim & Cloth at an event for Dessert, her beauty line, in Manhattan.
WHO LOOKS BEST IN HER JEANS?
THREE NEW JEAN SHAPES
We’d never try to come between you and your favorite low-slung, boot-cut blues. But for spring, check out these cropped, skinny and higher-rise silhouettes
Whether tight and sexy, cuffed or trouser-style, cropped jeans are a fresh look. “Anybody can wear them,” says jeans expert Bogan. Find the length that works best with your leg shape. A longer crop is universally flattering.
CITIZENS OF HUMANITY
Cambridge jean in Jenner wash, &202; Dish, Berkeley, Calif., 510-540-4784
Emma jean, $106; E Street Denim Co., Highland Park, III., 847-433-8338
CHOICE CALVIN KLEIN
Cuffed crop jean, $39; Macy’s, macys.com
PAIGE PREMIUM DENIM
Little Santa Monica jean, $190; Neiman Marcus, 800-944-9888
WEAR CROPPED JEANS WITH…
When wearing cropped jeans, be aware of proportions. A too-long top will make you appear shorter. With a wider-leg jean, try a cropped jacket; the tighter the leg, the looser the top can be.
BCBG MAX AZRIA
Cropped seersucker jacket, $250; 888-636-BCBG
Butterscotch V-neck pique tee, $64; shopintuition.com
Navy cropped jacket, $168; kennethcole.com
Silk crinkle top with beading, $165: walterbaker.com
Choose a shoe that suits the cut of your jeans. A flat thong looks chic with a skinny pair. A heel or wedge is flattering with any shape. Best all-around choice: a kitten heel.
Vic raffia woven mule, $79; 800-999-1877
Hemi flat ring-toe sandal, $59; ninewest.com
Firey wedge in coral, $325; 800-519-3778
A.S. STUDIO BY ANDREW STEVENS
Flair silver sandals, $79; 800-818-7877
dressed up her Juicy jeans at a BAFTA affair in L.A.
SARAH JESSICA PARKER
rolled her Gap jeans for a Gap event in Manhattan.
opted for cropped jeans from Capital Tailor
splurged on custom Nina Morris jeans.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE STYLE OF JEANS?
54% prefer boot-cut
30% prefer flared
14% prefer straight-leg
3% prefer baggy
“This is our most requested style,” says Toni Lehr, owner of the hip jeans boutique Henry Lehr in N.Y.C. “American girls like to wear narrow cuts long over their shoes, stovepipe style. The Europeans like to shorten theirs to the ankle.”
Stretch classy jean, $86; Fred Segal, Los Angeles, 323-655-3734
Super-low skinny jean, $58; levis.com
J-Lot trouser, $169; 212-575-0315
WEAR SKINNY JEANS WITH…
A longer, fuller top complements the lean look of the jean and can hide imperfect abs. Flawless bods can go tighter and shorter.
Linen/silk-blend top in plantain, $155; theory.com
Beaded silk tank, $233; Curve, Louisville, Ky., 502-899-3252
Silk crinkled chiffon cami, $138; maxstudio.com
Whether flats, sandals, or a pump, it’s all about showing cute toes. Don’t try this look with mules—jeans catch under the heel.
White Gianna sandal, $180; coach.com
Staci Gold embroidered flat, $79; lordandtaylor.com
Courtney Pink caged shoe, $130; fornarina.com
in slim-cut Sewn jeans.
took a stroll in skinny Miss Sixtys.
sported perfect stovepipes in Beverly Hills.
Meet your new best friends. A little pricier, they’re designed to hide, boost and elongate
Serfontaine, $215; Rodeo Jean Intermix, New York (800-297-7983)
With its lack of a sideseam and its bold stitching on the inside seam, the design makes your legs look skinnier.
Joe’s Jeans, $174; Provocateur Jean, Ron Herman, Los Angeles (323-651-4129)
Proportioned for petite sizes, they fall naturally with a shorter inseam and higher knee break.
AG Adriano Goldschmied, $130; Legend Jean AG Adriano Goldschmied, Los Angeles (310-247-3222)
Butt-enhancing, the curved back yoke gives the illusion of roundness.
HOW MANY JEANS ARE IN YOUR CLOSET?
37% 5-10 pairs
28% 3-5 pairs
21% 10 or more
14% 1-3 pairs
WHAT’S THE MOST YOU’VE SPENT ON A PAIR OF JEANS?
34% say $50-$80
27% say $25-$50
20% say $80-$110
19% say $110 or more
3 Higher Waist
Rises hit bottom; now they’re inching up. But these aren’t your mother’s jeans. With full back covering, they’re still cool enough to wear out and safer to wear to the office.
slub jeans, $155; Barneys New York, 888-822-7639
Mid-rise boot-cut jean, $88; E Street Denim, Highland Park, III., 847-433-8338
Long and lean jean, $58, gap.com
WEAR HIGH-WAISTED JEANS WITH…
Don’t worry about overexposure! With higher rises, feel free to wear shorter, cropped camisoles and tops.
ALLEN B. BY ALLEN SCHWARTZ
Chiffon embroidered top, $240; macys.com
Tangerine and lavender tank, $99; lilymcneal.com
MIMI & COCO
Mint tie-waist top, $77; Andrea’s, Marlton, N.J., 856-596-8388
For a funky vibe, try a cork wedge. A pretty flat is a great daytime option. At night, a metallic sandal dresses up the look.
CARLOS BY CARLOS SANTANA
Cork and leather platform sandal, $89; shoes.com
Lucy floral print flat, $138; jcrew.com
Sonia pink metallic sandal, $275; 800-233-6462
in Roberto Cavalli jeans.
LOW-RISE JEANS: SEXY OR PASSE?
74% say sexy
26% say passé
HOW MANY DAYS A WEEK DO YOU WEAR JEANS TO WORK?
30% 1-2 days
20% 3-4 days
18% 5 days
Stars never seem to have a bad jeans day. Why? Here, five new reasons…
loves her Seven Havana 2 jeans.
the latest buzz!
True Religion, $372
Woodstock Joey jean
Fred Segal. Santa Monica. 323-651-4129
Fans of the line: Jennifer Lopez, Angelina Jolie, Kate Hudson
The latest: Each pair is hand-detailed, so no two are alike.
Chip + Pepper, $275
Road to Nirvana boot-cut jean in Rainy River wash
Fans of the line: Uma Thurman, Faith Hill
The lates: Embroidery on bestselling fit, Sorority Girl.
High-waisted jeans: Will you or won’t you?
“It depends. You have to do it right, because they can look soccer mom and scary.”
“I’m all about a high waist. I have a little pouch and it keeps it in. I have a hard time with low-rise because I can never find tops that are long enough.”
“They can be chic if they’re super-high: the kind with a waist-band like a cummerbund.”
“High-waisted jeans should definitely be in! The low-waisted is only for the young.”
“Some people can get away with it—I can’t do it. Women’s butts look better when it’s hip-hugging.”
JEANS TUCKED INTO BOOTS: DO OR DON’T?
79% say don’t
21% say do