Denim Gift Guide: The Six Jeans You Must Own

by Jaime on November 22, 2010

Thinking about buying jeans for that special someone, but you’re not quite sure how to make the right selection? As someone who selects styles and cuts for women almost daily, I know the fear. You don’t want to get it wrong, and you don’t want to choose a style that they won’t wear.

Well, worry no more! Every woman should own six pairs of jeans (obviously she could be like me and own more… but regardless of cost, she should always own six) to keep her wardrobe up-to-date and stay on-trend without looking trendy. You can channel these into your own list – it’s the holidays, which is why I’m focusing on it as a Gift Guide – just change some pronouns and you’re good to go.

Skinny: This slim, sleek style can be great for all body types if you get a perfect wash and a great cut. I can’t recommend J Brand enough – the Agnes ($215 at is great, and J Brand’s Curvy Fit ($159 at Line offers a more generous cut for girls who have a curvier figure.

Denim Legging: She might be hesitant to try this style if she’s a bit curvier (I know that I was!) but one she slips into a pair, her heart will melt when she sees that she can look as great as she feels. My favorite? The James Jeans Twiggy ($112 at, and use code ‘debutante10′ to take an extra 10% off). It’s got a ton of stretch but still keeps its shape. I can’t rave about it enough!

Straight Leg: Perfect for boots, great for a night out and awesome for a casual, cuffed look, the straight leg is a staple in any girl’s closet. Stick with a basic brand like AG Adriano Goldschmeid’s Premiere ($172 at, or go for a new one with DL1961′s Kate Slim Straight ($168 at

Bootcut: I’m not always a big fan of the bootcut, but every woman should own one pair of them. They’re easy to wear and can work well with flats or heels. The best bootcut, hands down, is Hudson’s Signature Bootcut ($140-200 at No brand has even come close to challenging it in my book. It fits like a dream (go True to Size) and offers everything you need.

Flare: Now that the 70′s style is coming back with full force, she’ll definitely need a pair of flares. The Joey Flare from True Religion ($150-250 at is a staple for this style, but I personally lean toward William Rast’s Belle Flare ($165 at or the Ingrid from Citizens of Humanity ($150 at

Trouser: Perfect for work (especially in a slightly less casual work environment), the Trouser is a cut that 7 For All Mankind has always done well but has just recently perfected. I am absolutely in love with the Dojo with Clean Pocket in Daring Cleo and the Featherweight Trouser, both available at Another great brand and style for trousers? Anlo Jeans Kristen Trouser ($198 at

Bonus Tips for the Buyer!

- Avoid heavily distressed jeans – the holes will get bigger – because if you’re buying her a staple piece for her clothing collection, you’ll want to get her something that lasts.

- When in doubt, go dark. Darker washes are always flattering no matter your size, so your girl will be elated with a great, soft pair of dark jeans that she can wear anytime, work or play.

- Spend a little, get a lot! Shop the Sample Sale sites, but know that you’ll have to spend a little money. It’s okay (after all, it’s the holidays!) because you’re not making a frivolous purchase. Denim is an item in her wardrobe that she’ll go to again and again, so it’s a worthwhile item to spend a little bit more than usual. That goes for when you’re shopping for yourself, too!

Share your questions and feedback in the comments, and happy holiday shopping!


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