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The 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, it’s springtime, perfect 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.

While there were countless trends offered up by the Spring/Summer 2020 runway season, one of the biggest themes was investing in "forever clothes": the key items so classic and perfect that once you buy them, you can wear them forever. At the Celine runway show, designer Hedi Slimane sent dozens of looks with perfectly executed pairs of denim down the runway, each look infused with an individualistic aesthetic and each with their own take on smart dressing. We came away inspired to find the dream denim everyone should keep in their closets. From our favorite, "the relaxed bootcut," a sleek interpretation of the traditional bootcut infused with laid-back vintage styling, to "the ultra high-waisted skinny," a jean that forms perfectly to everyone’s figure, and "the straight and baggy"—a jean that is a contemporary wardrobe staple with a slightly slouchy feel.


The Relaxed Bootcut

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During the Celine Spring/Summer 2020 show, over two dozen looks were sent down the runway, each with the same relaxed bootcut silhouette. At that moment, fashion editors far and wide knew what kind of jeans they better pull from their closet or run to the nearest department store to purchase. This silhouette has been making appearances on catwalks ever since they were first popularized in the the '60s and '70s, making them worthy of the investment and permanent residence 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. They have become a classic look, and one one that isn't going away any time soon.


The High-Waisted Skinny

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Who doesn't love a skinny jean? 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” look. Complement with a your favorite crewneck and simple sandal for a look that is effortless and easy any day of the week.


The Straight and Baggy

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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 is often best complemented with a simple tank top and espadrilles for a modern twist.


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