the style letters: Good Jeans With J.Crew

Good Jeans With J.Crew

Dear Readers,

Good denim can be hard to find, but as you know, I like a style challenge. On a mission to find the perfect pair, I recently partnered with J.Crew to test drive their revamped denim line. Amazing, you guys. Each style is incredibly flattering (and comfortable!) thanks to a four-way stretch. From artfully distressed to the deepest indigo, J.Crew denim has a fit and fabric for everyone.

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My new favorite? The boyfriend jean in traction wash. Easy and broken-in, these have just the right amount of slouch. I paired mine with a cropped sweater in my favorite color of the moment and chunky pumps for Sunday brunch with the boy.

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I also fell in love with the other styles in the collection and will be adding them to my wardrobe one pair at a time. For all J.Crew denim, I’d recommend buying them very fitted; these jeans will stretch with time, and you’ll want to avoid a saggy butt situation.

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Here’s a comprehensive guide for your next visit:

  • The Toothpick: This style is fitted through the hip and thigh with a skinny cropped leg. The classic skinny, looks good with everything.
  • The Lookout High Rise: This style has a nipped waist, great stretch, and legs for miles. Run – don’t walk – and get yourself a pair. It’s my new favorite skinny. (I still love you, though, Toothpick.)
  • The Reid: This style is also fitted through the hip and thigh, yet it has more of a straight leg, similar to the Matchstick style. At 5”4, I found these to be too long even to cuff, but J.Crew offers complimentary hemming. The darkest wash is gorgeous and perfect for a night out.
  • The Boyfriend: This style sits lower on the hips and is more relaxed through the hip and thigh. It has an easy straight leg that looks adorable cuffed, especially with a pair of heels. I had to size down twice for this style, so head to the dressing room with a couple options in tow.

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Have you tried J.Crew denim yet? Would love to hear what you think!

A very special thanks to Emily, Erin, and Ruth at J.Crew on Michigan Avenue for partnering with the style letters and styling me from head to toe! I’ll be back very, very soon.

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  • One of my biggest problems with new denim (and why I don’t buy new jeans nearly enough) is because I HATE when the denim dye rubs off on my hands & turns my palms blue. It’s even more mortifying when your booty rubs the dye onto the light-colored chair or sofa you happen to be seated on!

    Did that happen with these jeans the first few times you wore them?

    • Maria MacNamara

      Hollie, I’ve had the exact same problem before, and it’s the worst! I’ve started washing my super dark denim in cold water and with Woolite for dark clothing before I even wear them – sometimes, I’ll give them a second spin just to be sure. If I’m a little nervous about wearing a white or cream top with them for the first few wears, I’ll layer a tank underneath so that if color does rub off, at least it’s on the cami and not the top! I haven’t had this problem with J.Crew jeans, but it’s happened before with Gap and Old Navy. The above has done the trick, though!