The 4 Types of Jeans I'll Always Invest In

They'll never go out of style.

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If you're like me, you've probably lost count of the number of pairs of jeans you have in your closet, and yet you're the first to add new and trendy denim—even when said closet is bursting at the seams. With that being said, now is a perfect time for a little spring cleaning, and we’re starting with our closets. Once you have that full bag of past season's trends ready for donation, you'll finally have room for a few new pieces. This time, make a deal with yourself: Whatever enters your closet now should be an investment (which doesn’t mean it needs to break the bank). It's time to look for that perfect something you’ll reach for again and again. These types of jeans are the ones that'll never go out of style.

The Wide-Leg

berlin, germany june 06 alessa winter wearing wide leg zara denim jeans, black gucci bag, white nubik sneakers, fiorucci tshirt with print, ray ban sunglasses on june 6, 2018 in berlin, germany photo by christian vieriggetty images

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A true classic, this loose-fit silhouette is as flattering as it is effortless. It's designed to sit high on your waist with an exaggerated leg that frames your figure, adds dimension, and looks good on every body type. Dress the wide-leg up with heeled sandals or dress it down with sneakers or boots to wear around the office or out on the weekends. This transitional staple is an investment you'll never regret.

The Relaxed Bootcut

paris, france may 01 alba garavito torre wears a wicker cap, silver earrings, a gold chain cross pendant necklace, a white t shirt, blue faded denim jean flared split pants, a black blazer jacket, a gold love cartier bracelet, gold and silver rings, a green shiny leather braided crossbody bag, beige wicker block heels open sandals shoes, on may 01, 2021 in paris, france photo by edward berthelotgetty images

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This silhouette has been making appearances on catwalks since it was first popularized in the the '60s and '70s, making the bootcut jean worthy of a permanent place in your wardrobe. These high-waisted jeans are designed to fit slimly over the hips and thighs with a small flare from knee to cuff. It's a classic look, and one that won't go away any time soon.

The High-Waisted Skinny

paris, france september 28 cindy bruna wears a checked shirt with ruffles, a balmain bag, black pants, outside elie saab, during paris fashion week womenswear spring summer 2020 on september 28, 2019 in paris, france photo by edward berthelotgetty images

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A well-cut pair of pants designed to sit high on your hip with a slimming, elongated leg cut right to the ankle, creating a smooth and sculpted silhouette—sounds divine, right? Which is why taking the time to find the perfect high-waist skinny jean is worth the investment of your time and money. The high-rise and skinny ankle are perfect for a classic “off-duty model” look. Complement with your favorite crewneck and simple sandal for a look that is effortless and easy any day of the week.

The Straight and Baggy

paris, france april 29 tamara kalinic wears black sestini sunglasses, a black t shirt, a black oversized ripped margiela blazer jacket, a gold ring, blue faded denim oversized ripped margiela jeans pants, a brown shiny leather braided jodie petit bottega veneta handbag, black shiny leather pointed heels bottega veneta ankle boots, on april 29, 2021 in paris, france photo by edward berthelotgetty images

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Direct from a '80s sitcom to your wardrobe, the straight-legged and slightly baggy jeans will soon become your denim workhorse. Designed to hit high at the waist and drop straight down to the hem, these jeans are a closet staple because of their everyman silhouette. They're no-nonsense—no bells and whistles, just jeans designed to stand the coming and going of different trends with their defiantly normcore silhouette. The straight and loose jean remains a comfortable classic that can be complemented with a simple tank top and espadrilles for a modern twist.

Taylor Ayers
Taylor Ayers

Taylor Ayers is fashion editor at Marie Claire covering the new editorial fashion trends, looks, and contemporary styles.