Denim as an Essential is pretty obvious. What might not be obvious is the style of denim that will be the most flattering to your body and the most chic on you.

First let me say that when building your “Essential Denim Wardrobe” you want to be sure to own bootcut or flare leg denim. I am not talking bell bottoms by the way…

You need to understand that the flare leg jean is by far the most flattering silhouette you can don. They are slenderizing, lengthening, and just plain sexy, and you are going to want numerous pairs in a variety of washes.

Another great denim style is the wide leg. This jean is flattering to everyone’s backside and works beautifully with lots of shoe silhouettes such as sneakers (platform or traditional), clogs, booties, and more.

Straight and wide leg crops are hot right now so have fun there. Skinnies—cropped or not—and boyfriends are also great inclusions for your denim wardrobe.

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