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The Best Jeans Ever!

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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.”

Jennifer Lopez
wore a clean, classic jean at a BET 106 & Park event in N.Y.C.

Paris Hilton
belted a super-low-rise cut in Manhattan.

Beyoncé

went casual glam with a subtly distressed pair in London.

Lindsay Lohan
cuffed her Abercrombie & Fitch jean at the Saved! premiere in L.A.

Jessica Simpson
wore Paper Denim & Cloth at an event for Dessert, her beauty line, in Manhattan.

you voted!

WHO LOOKS BEST IN HER JEANS?

50% Jessica Simpson
20% Jennifer Lopez
15% Beyoncé Knowles

8% Paris Hilton
7% Lindsay Lohan

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

1 Cropped

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

HARLOW STUDIO

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…

TOPS

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

ZOOEY

Butterscotch V-neck pique tee, $64; shopintuition.com

KENNETH COLE

Navy cropped jacket, $168; kennethcole.com

WALTER

Silk crinkle top with beading, $165: walterbaker.com

SHOES

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.

ENZO ANGIOLINI

Vic raffia woven mule, $79; 800-999-1877

NINE WEST

Hemi flat ring-toe sandal, $59; ninewest.com

KATE SPADE

Firey wedge in coral, $325; 800-519-3778

A.S. STUDIO BY ANDREW STEVENS

Flair silver sandals, $79; 800-818-7877

CATE BLANCHETT
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.

REBECCA GAYHEART

opted for cropped jeans from Capital Tailor

ELLE MACPHERSON

splurged on custom Nina Morris jeans.

readers’ poll

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE STYLE OF JEANS?

54% prefer boot-cut

30% prefer flared

14% prefer straight-leg

3% prefer baggy

2 Skinny

“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.”

Slim Cut

BIG STAR

Stretch classy jean, $86; Fred Segal, Los Angeles, 323-655-3734

Skinny

LEVI’S

Super-low skinny jean, $58; levis.com

Super Slim

MISS SIXTY

J-Lot trouser, $169; 212-575-0315

WEAR SKINNY JEANS WITH…

TOPS

A longer, fuller top complements the lean look of the jean and can hide imperfect abs. Flawless bods can go tighter and shorter.

THEORY

Linen/silk-blend top in plantain, $155; theory.com

MINT

Beaded silk tank, $233; Curve, Louisville, Ky., 502-899-3252

MAX STUDIO

Silk crinkled chiffon cami, $138; maxstudio.com

SHOES

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.

COACH

White Gianna sandal, $180; coach.com

S.EDELMAN

Staci Gold embroidered flat, $79; lordandtaylor.com

FORNARINA

Courtney Pink caged shoe, $130; fornarina.com

HEIDI KLUM
in slim-cut Sewn jeans.

MISCHA BARTON
took a stroll in skinny Miss Sixtys.

EVE

sported perfect stovepipes in Beverly Hills.

Figure Flatterers

Meet your new best friends. A little pricier, they’re designed to hide, boost and elongate

Legs

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.

Petite

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.

Butt

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.

readers’ poll

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.

7½” rise

GENERRA

slub jeans, $155; Barneys New York, 888-822-7639

9″ rise

BLUE 2

Mid-rise boot-cut jean, $88; E Street Denim, Highland Park, III., 847-433-8338

8″ rise

GAP

Long and lean jean, $58, gap.com

WEAR HIGH-WAISTED JEANS WITH…

TOPS

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

LILY MCNEAL

Tangerine and lavender tank, $99; lilymcneal.com

MIMI & COCO

Mint tie-waist top, $77; Andrea’s, Marlton, N.J., 856-596-8388

SHOES

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

J.CREW

Lucy floral print flat, $138; jcrew.com

DELMAN

Sonia pink metallic sandal, $275; 800-233-6462

VENUS WILLIAMS

in Roberto Cavalli jeans.

reader’s poll

LOW-RISE JEANS: SEXY OR PASSE?

74% say sexy

26% say passé

HOW MANY DAYS A WEEK DO YOU WEAR JEANS TO WORK?

32% never

30% 1-2 days

20% 3-4 days

18% 5 days

Celebrity Faves

Stars never seem to have a bad jeans day. Why? Here, five new reasons…

RACHEL BILSON
loves her Seven Havana 2 jeans.

Seven, $187

Havana 2 flare jean

Barneys New York, 888-822-7639

Worn by: Mischa Barton, Claire Danes, Keira Knightley, Jessica Simpson
The latest: Super distressed, with more fading than ever.

James Cured by Seun,$182

Premium label

shopbop.com

Worn by: Paris Hilton, Nicole Kidman
The latest: The new Premium line mixes cashmere into the denim.

the latest buzz!

Méli-Mélo, $167

Charlotte jean

E Street Denim, Highland Park, III., 847-433-8338

First to wear: Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Garner
Debut line: Spring is the first season for this high-end jean.

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

revolveclothing.com

Fans of the line: Uma Thurman, Faith Hill
The lates: Embroidery on bestselling fit, Sorority Girl.

star talk

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.”

Chloë Sevigny

“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.”

Iman

“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.”

readers’ poll

JEANS TUCKED INTO BOOTS: DO OR DON’T?

79% say don’t

21% say do