Denim: The Perfect Fit
Our Guide to All Things Blue Jeans
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“A must for any woman,” Marasco says. “A skinny can be dressed up or down.” For spring, choose a light wash.Citizens of Humanity Racer Lowrise Skinny, $228 Next: Black Jeans
The Black Jean
“A basic you can wear any day of the week,” says Marasco, who notes that black jeans are a good way to work in a super-slim cut.Emma Legging by DL1961, $168 Next: Boyfriend Jeans
“The boyfriend style is über-cool,” says Marasco. “Anyone can wear it because it’s so comfortable.”Jimmy Jimmy Skinny Boyfriend by Paige, $189 Next: Crop Jeans
“Definitely a go-to style for spring and summer,” says Marasco. “I love this look with a tee and a blazer.”Stilt Cigarette Leg by AG Adriano Goldschmied, $164 Next: Skinny Jeans
How to Wear the Season's Most Popular Styles
Arlington’s Hilary Phelps—who has her own lifestyle website, HilaryPhelps.com—says that when she’s shopping for jeans, her body type is at the top of her mind. “I was a D1 collegiate swimmer and an Ironman finisher, and I’m a certified yoga practitioner, so I have an athletic frame,” says Phelps, who also happens to be a sister of Olympian Michael Phelps. “I have muscle, I have curves, and at five-eight I have height.” In other words, like every woman, Phelps can have trouble finding jeans that fit. So we asked her to model a few styles we pulled based on what Susan Marasco, Bloomingdale’s contemporary-fashion director, says will be hot for spring.
All jeans featured from Bloomingdale’s, Chevy Chase. Shirt by Theory, $190 at Bloomingdale’s. Phelps’s own Nine West leopard pumps. Photographs of Phelps by Jeff Elkins. Studio space courtesy of DC campus of Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts
More Styles at a Glance
Skinny Skinny Ankle in canister wash, $115 at Madewell
Five-pocket denim legging, $185 at Tory Burch (Tysons Galleria)
Low-rise faded straight-leg, $39.95 at H&M
Mid-rise toothpick in distressed indigo, $168 at J. Crew
Rag & Bone
Racer-stripe ankle-zip skinny, $265 at Intermix (Tysons Galleria)
Indigo five-pocket roll-up, $89.50 at Banana Republic
To the Polls: Denim Habits of Local Women
We surveyed women from the region to ask where they shop, what styles they rely on, and how much they consider too much to spend on the perfect jeans.
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