Denimology: How to Shop for Jeans

We asked professional jean-iuses for a cheat sheet.

July 23, 2008 3:47 AM
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THE DRESSING ROOM Like bra-buying, jeans-shopping is highly personal and shouldn't be rushed.
"Allow at least 45 minutes to shop, and try on at least five to eight pairs." ERLENS VITAL, BARNEYS NEW YORK

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THE TREND Shred alert! From Chanel's cool collegiate look to faded jackets over club frocks, distressed denim is the ideal day-to-night.
"Accessories dress it up or down." -LEANN NEALZ, AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS
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FIT'S FIRST RULE Whether the leg is skinny or flared, jeans should have a flatteringly tight fit from waist to knees.
$186, Earnest Sewn, barneys.com for stores.
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The Hi-Rise Top, $44, Ann Taylor Loft; anntaylorloft.com.
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THE HI-RISE The season's It fit is high-waisted. (It makes your abs look fab!)
"A tucked-in shirt is neat, elegant."CHLOE LONSDALE, MIH JEANS
Jeans, $245, MiH Jeans at American Rag Cie; (323) 935-3154.
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THE STYLING Follow the rules of fashion proportion when accessorizing denim. "Long jeans with heels, miniskirt with flats." CHRISTINA TANG, KOVA & T

Heels, $4195, Manolo Blahnik; (212) 582-3007 by special order.
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FIT'S FIRST RULE Whether the leg is skinny or flared, jeans should have a flatteringly tight fit from waist to knees.
"Denim will always stretch." -SCOTT MORRISON, EARNEST SEWN
$220, Earnest Sewn; barneys.com for stores.
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Denimology

FIT'S FIRST RULE Whether the leg is skinny or flared, jeans should have a flatteringly tight fit from waist to knees.
$198, Earnest Sewn; barneys.com for stores.
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Skirt, $275, Kova & T at American Rag Cie; (323) 935-3154.
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THE STYLING Follow the rules of fashion proportion when accessorizing denim. "Long jeans with heels, miniskirt with flats." -CHRISTINA TANG, KOVA & T
Flats, $220, Butter; simplysoles.com.
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Jeans, $209, Siwy Denim; iloveshop.com.
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