The Definitive Denim Guide for Women

  1. Susan says:

    Excellent review as I find jeans the most challenging thing to buy. I now dry clean jeans seems crazy but the average price point is so high I don’t want to risk washing. Thanks for this it was so helpful.

    • carrie martz says:

      Loved your denim post.. Was that a dark gray sweater poncho you had on with one out fit ?? I loved it. Where did you find it??? Have a blessed day!

  2. Suzanne M Smith says:

    Good overview of denim styles. And Casablanca–but of course. So many movies to love.

  3. Lisa Lee says:

    I love your blog. So much great information. I am petite. I know you are not, but can you address more about petite styles. Thanks.

  4. Jeanne says:

    Like your low, medium and high price points. I love a deal, and know how much retail is priced up. I’ve even bought a few of your suggested items, ie., crossbody bag from Walmart and moto jacket from JCPenneys. Love both!

  5. RuthNNn Yeaton says:

    This is a great post; I live in jeans, jackets, blazers, hoodies, sweaters, boots, tennies…you name it, I love my jeans. Beth, your post about wide leg jeans got me to thinking–why not, I can pull them off. Buying them was another issue; I am not fond of going into a store and trying them on, usually finding them on line, then altering the legs if need be. During a thrift shop wander, I found a pair, my size, a good brand, the right length–and it was one of those sales that popped them into my closet. They are wonderful. So now I feel confident enough in the look to take a chance with an on-line purchase from a vendor who carries my size. Your encouragement to try the style was right on tack! I love the look and how much fun it will be to rock it with a boxy short sweater or something equally fun.

  6. patricia dias says:

    Hello there! I´m from Brazil and discoreved you by reading a post from a brazilian digital influencer. I love your tips and looks, and try to reproduce them here, despite the very different climate in my town. Hope you can read and answer ths brief note. Regards!

  7. Diana Owen says:

    I would add khaki denim to the list along with white and black denim. I prefer straight leg/ankle length jeans but took a chance on a wide leg from QVC. (Really good price.) Lots of fun to experiment with a trendy style without breaking the bank. LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!

  8. JohnnaB says:

    Loving all the great changes in the blog. Fantastic job!

  9. Karen says:

    Hi Beth!
    GReat story today and so timely!. I work at Talbots and think they have a really great array of denim. But I also like J Crew and have Ralph lauren in my closet. You are so right about skinny ankle jeans. There are alot out there and they work for everyone. Jeggings are a surprise as well. Many customers say “O no, not for me” without trying them on. With a little spandex in the fabric they are comfortable and flattering. Every band brings out new log styles every season to keep us buying! I like a trouser cut for a piece that is dressier. I didn’t see that in today’s post. You look fabulous by the way!

  10. carrie martz says:

    Loved your denim post.. Was that a dark gray sweater poncho you had on with one out fit ?? I loved it. Where did you find it??? Have a blessed day!

  11. Vicki L Werley says:

    I just love your blog. I am petite, but I been coordinating some of your styles.

  12. Jan says:

    I am also petit and would love more on that subject. Also, I did not see anything about price.

  13. Lisa says:

    Bootcut flare for the win. I love the 70’s!

  14. Carol says:

    I’m glad to see your brown leather jacket. I have two that style and was wondering if they are outdated. I guess they are timeless. I’m glad because they fit my short body just right.

  15. Beth,
    Love the sweater in your first photos ! Info please !

  16. Sharon Mulliken says:

    Beth, this was very helpful info. I am also petite, as the lady above commented, so some tips for us shorties would be ever so appreciated. Also, one item of info I would appreciate is an explanation of BOYFRIEND Jean’s and GIRLFRIEND jeans! Thanks so much. Love to read your blog every day!

  17. Jan says:

    I have never been able to find a boot cut the is my length, they are so long that if I take them to be altered, the flare is cut off any ideas on brands that have lengths of boot cuts, I can’t find any?

  18. Lorraine Torres says:

    Great post on jeans! I have several styles and brands in my closet. I’m currently loving my crop raw hem flares! They go with everything! BTW, you didn’t mention anything about that fantastic camo bag your carrying! Info please! So cute!!

  19. Andrea says:

    Great, timely post, Beth. You are perfectly right in suggesting buying several of your favs. FDJ jeans fit me perfectly and have that perfect stretch that never bags. I had a pair of rich dark browns that stayed colour true for ever. They no longer sell that colour and can’t find it anywhere. That colour and an equally dark blue leaning olive green made me look pound and years younger….weep, weep. I will always buy at least two of my faves from now on.

  20. Elaine says:

    I read your article on jeans. Your spot on. I have a pair of trouser jeans from Talbot that I have hung on to , waiting for them to come back. I always wore those with a blazer. Now I grab, boot cut or girlfriend.

  21. Brenda says:

    I enjoyed the column on denim. I’m upper 70’s and denim is a staple for me. I would appreciate information on the gray sweater poncho. Loved it

  22. Maggie Morris says:

    Thanks Beth! Excellent review of different types of jeans. You have inspired me to take a trip to Nordstrom. I have tried lots of different styles, and last year I bought my first pair of pull on jeans. OMG! Very comfortable. I don’t really wear them out, maybe to run an errand. I have a tummy and I was frankly tired of hole in my shirts from the front fly. Solved that issue! I do love skinny jeans and wear them out and about – NYDJ fit me best.

  23. Donna Fabbri says:

    Hi there

    I enjoyed your input on jeans.

    Great ideas and opinions.

    By the way your haircut is great

  24. Carol says:

    Excellent post! Jeans are definitely a staple in our closets, but sometimes difficult to find the right ones!! Thanks for your helpful tips!

  25. Sonja says:

    I would have to add one more important thing to consider when purchasing jeans – finding the correct rise! It makes all the difference in a good fit. I wear a size 12 petite and for the life of me cannot find a good fit in jeans. I simply cannot wear the high waisted styles that are so popular now. Does this mean I am short waisted or long waisted? How do you know? Would love to see a discussion on this topic Beth. Thanks for all you do to make this blog my absolute favorite!

  26. Mary says:

    I have always been puzzled about how anyone can wear a pair of jeans more than once without washing. Mine always stretch out and lose their fit in the first wearing and I can’t make myself wear them again with a baggy seat and pooching knees. Maybe mine are too cheap…..NYDJ on sale is all I want to afford.

  27. Pat says:

    Great post! You look fabulous in jeans. I so look forward to retirement when I can wear them all the time.

  28. Lyn says:

    I have about 10 pairs of jeans – boyfriend, girlfriend, slim fit, straight leg, and flare – all in a range of washes. Most of my jeans are from Talbots or Ralph Lauren, but I also have discovered a great variety at Old Navy at a really low price point. I have to say that customer service has gone away completely – you can’t even get anyone to look at you in most stores. I remember a few years ago my husband purchased a new suit from Lord & Taylor – the gentleman that helped us was fabulous – he helped us not only select a great suit, but also 3 new shirts, ties, shoes, socks and a belt. For years now I usually buy everything on line and stick to the same brands for sizing.

  29. Linda Tylians says:

    I love your ideas, but I need to know more about the structure of stretch in jeans. Sometimes mine get baggy at the knees and I don’t know what I did wrong. I live in Canada – what about flannel lined jeans? Ever try them, lol? My husband loves them and they go well with plaid boots – crazy look for this Canuck! BTW I love your short hair cut – so edgy that I want to try it too.

  30. Nancy A Reed says:

    Great update on Denoim. You renewed my interest is wear denim this fall

  31. Love the blog today on the different styles of jeans. I have bootcut, skinny, straight leg and 1 pair of boyfriend I just purchased. I find I still wear my skinny jeans and straight leg jeans the most. I think they are the most flattering on me. I am 5’3″ and long waisted so the high waisted jeans fit me great too.

  32. Judy Holmes says:

    Great information! I appreciate your step-by-step way of thinking through jeans! My must-have colors for jeans also include khaki, olive & burgundy. These additional colors work for me. I think everyone needs a pair of “stand-out” jeans – like the leopard ones you wore in one of the photos – something that not everyone else will be wearing. And, must-have denim for me includes at least one jean skirt & one jean jacket. Thank you, Beth!

  33. Harriet says:

    One of your best columns ever! And I love the pop of orange in the last photo!

  34. Kathy says:

    Love your blog. These wardrobe recaps on specific items like denim are great. Two questions: 1) the last few blogs have all been dated January 6th, 2022 instead of the actual date of the blog – why is that? 2) you used to type your copy in all lower case but now I see it’s upper and lower. Just curious, why did you change the style? Thanks!

  35. Linda Bell says:

    I really enjoyed this information on jeans! I especially liked your advice on caring for jeans. I’ve been washing mine way too much! Thanks!

  36. Janice McLoughlin says:

    I loved the article on denim and have to say that jeggings are my absolute favourite for flattering style and comfort. It made me smile to read the last paragraph ‘tips for maintenance’; ‘Wear your jeans up to ten times before washing, place stinky jeans in the freezer to get rid of odour?’ Seriously they would not pass the sniff test beyond three wearings! I guess that’s what the freezer is for ;-o

  37. Nancy says:

    Ever chic, even in all types of jeans Beth! I don’t know how you do it! I try to emulate your “chicness” and am still working on it.
    Excellent post; so helpful! I’m going to take another look and try on all my jeans. My measurements are always fluctuating, so I’m always buying, but then I have so many, I’m overwhelmed! It’s a never ending frustrating cycle.

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