...because you have a ton that you NEVER wear.
White denim can be less forgiving than their blue counterparts due to its fabric content (they're bleached rather than stone washed). I usually prefer a boyfriend cut in this color option, but when selecting a skinny pair I look for a thicker fabric with loads of stretch.
Credit: Honor Among Thieves Valentine Jean, $229; honoramongthieves.com.au
Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren White Boyfriend Jean, $198; ralphlauren.com
Roomy and relaxed, this style can look sloppy instead of trendy if the the fit is too baggy. Try going down a size so the pair is loose and the waist is low, but not falling off your hips.
Credit: Current Elliott The Boyfriend Cropped Low Rise, $230; net-a-porter.com
Ah, the skinny jean—a woman's best and worst friend. The trick to buying the perfect pair depends on the pant's rise (the distance from the middle of the crotch seam to the top of the waistband). If you are have a shorter torso, opt for a short to mid-rise jean. If you have a longer torso, look for a mid-to high rise.
Credit: Rag & Bone Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans, $200; net-a-porter.com
J Brand 811 Rise Skinny Jeans, $158; shopbop.com
Whether skinny or boyfriend, a cropped option can be super flattering. Also called the 7/8 jeans (meaning that they are 7/8's of your leg length) the pant should hit at the skinniest part of your leg. My trick: I ask tailors to hem my jeans two inches above my ankle.
Credit: J Brand 835 Cropped Mid-Rise Skinny Jean, $155; net-a-porter.com
Perfect for any season, this pair is best kept for weekends or vacations. Depending on your line of work, it's probably too casual for the office. Not only for the downtown girl, varying degrees of distressed jeans exist! Those who prefer preppier wardrobes can opt for slight fraying around the pockets, while edgier girls can select a more severe style.
Credit: Topshop MOTO Hayden Rip and Repair Jeans, $84; topshop.com
One Teaspoon Dirt Trashed Freebird Jeans, $139; shopbop.com
Jet-black jeans are essential to any woman's wardrobe. They should be fitted and cropped (to just above the ankle) so they can work with both T-shirts and trainers or blazers and heels. This is the one jean where fit is paramount—not too tight, not too loose.
Topshop MOTO Black Leigh Jeans, $65; topshop.com
Helmut Lang Cropped Skinny Jean, $195; shopbop.com
When you hear a guy talk about liking a girl in a T-shirt and jeans, he's likely referring to this pair. Opt for a fitted, cropped version with a decent amount of stretch, or a slight flare to minimize hip size. Wear with a white T-shirt and black leather moto jacket—a great go-to first date outfit if you're meeting that special someone at a bar.
Frame Denim Le Skinny Flare Mid-Rise Jean, $220; net-a-porter.com
Guess Originals Collection in Dark, $89; guess.com
James Jeans Twiggy 5 Pocket Legging Jeans, $114; shopbop.com
When you can't afford leather, a pair of coated jeans are the next best option. This style will look like its cowhide cousin when purchased in black, dark grey, or plum. Even though they might fit a bit snug, they will stretch out after a few wears.
Helmut Lang High Gloss Skinny Jean, $230;
While Kate Middleton might look adorable in her bright pink pants, the trick to purchasing color denim that you'll always want to wear is opting for neutrals. Blushes, muted greens, and tones of grey are viable options and easily match with wardrobe basics. You'll want to select a pair that is more fitted if you choose a grey or green hue, but you can pick a baggier style if opting for a nude shade.
Zara Superskinny Grey Trouser, $79; zara.com
Vince Denim Riley Legging Jeans, $185; shopbop.com
Patterned denim can be extremely flattering to your body shape, even if you carry most of your weight on your lower half. Vertical lines, tonal patterns, or decorative trimmings that adhere to just the sides of the jeans are best. Avoid rounded patterns (they can make your legs look wider than they actually are) and opt for a fitted style that elongates the leg.
Marchesa Voyage TK Jeans