Hottest thing on two legs? Jeans, of course. Here, in our annual denim issue, the best pairs on the planet, both skinny and on the loose.

So '70s: Kate Moss in London last year in a pair of fave vintage Chloe wide-legs.

Read on to see the latest trends in denim...

Ankle-length skinny

"Always sexy and modern, skinny jeans have become a year-round staple." -Wichy Hassan, Creative Director and Co-Founder, Sixty Group.

From left:

$32.80, Forever 21;

$14.98, Bitten Sarah Jessica Parker; for stores.

$169, Miss Sixty; (212) 575-0315 for stores.

$158, J Brand Jeans at Barneys New York; (888) 8-BARNEYS for stores.

$69, DKNY Jeans Juniors; (800) 777-4524 for stores.

Easy off: When it's hot and sticky, zippered ankles are a godsend for getting off tight jeans.

Curvaceous! Flattering doesn't equal tight; it means roomy enough for real curves.

Tip: How skinny jeans adapt for summer: They're newly cropped above the ankle to show off sexy sandals.

Bright colors

"Bright jeans make a splash in a sea of dark-blue denim." -Joie Rucker, Designer and Co-Owner, Rich & Skinny.

From left:

$189, Rich & Skinny Jeans;

$48, Dollhouse;

$147, Citizens of Humanity;

$3450, Old Navy;
for stores.

$163, AG Adriano Goldschmied;

Narrow passage: Jeans this colorful look clownish if cut too wide — choose a slim leg.

Neutral ground: When pants make the big statement, keep tops quiet in black, white, or neutrals.


From left:

$310, Replay; (888) REPLAY-8.

$185, Habitual at Barneys New York; (888) 8-BARNEYS for stores.

$168, Loomstate;
for stores.

$79, Levi's Eco;

$120, Mavi; (866) MAVI-575.

Bamboo you: Fabric derived from bamboo pulp makes for sustainable — and really soft — jeans.

New finishes

From left:

$410, Just Cavalli;(305) 861-5151.

$65, Cheap Monday at August; (510) 703-1065.

$250, Mulberry; (888) 685-6856.

$145, Jordache at Urban Outfitters;
for stores.

$198, Radcliffe;

Dark night: Jeans's answer to the little black dress — the resin wash means it won't fade.

Silver surfer: They'll come in for a closer look when you wear jeans with a subtle sheen.

"Nothing defines the waist or lengthens the leg better than tailored jeans." -Scott Morrison, President and Designer, Earnest Sewn.

High-waisted wide leg

From left:

$207, Goldsign at Barneys New York; (888) 8-BARNEYS for stores.

$150, Joe Bush Hollywood Creations at Dari; (818) 762-3274.

$198, Marc by Marc Jacobs; (212) 924-0026.

$69.50, Express; (877) 415-4551 for stores.

$240, Earnest Sewn;

Call of the wide: With jeans getting so big, think itty-bitty blouses.

Jive walkin': Disco-style denim is a low-cost way to get in on fall's '70s revival.

Tip: A yoke above the back pocket creates a sweet curve.

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