Styling Q&A: Tips and Inspiration to Wear Today’s Denim Trends

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[This post is sponsored by Target.
All content herein solely reflects my personal thoughts and opinions.]

Fashion trends may come and go, but denim is a lifelong, constant love–one you know you can always depend on.

It’s not too hard to let go of a well-loved but worn item that has had a good, long life. But it’s not the same for those favorite jeans.  In my case, it’s a lightweight, dark-wash skinny pair of jeans that have kept me in stylish comfort from work, to nights out on the town, to international globe-trotting adventures. They’ve seen it all. And they feel so ahh-mazing that even though the fabric has started ripping near, uh, “wardrobe malfunction” areas, I still can’t bear to bid them au revoir.

What makes a favorite denim piece so special? Denim has a solid place in your essential wardrobe. It’s versatile enough for just about anything in life, from the beach to the bar, and everything in between. And when you find the One–the style and cut that complement you perfectly–it makes you feel so comfortable, confident, and sexy.

Luckily, denim is one of the hottest styles du jour, with a veritable denim buffet of options available! I happily lost myself in a sea of dyed, washed, embellished, distressed, and stretchy soft denim at Target. Then I realized: If I was getting lost in all the options, how would others feel? Would they approach it with the same delight, or might they feel confused or overwhelmed?

Guessing that there may be some good questions out there, I asked for yours on my Eye For Elegance Facebook page. I’m excited to answer a few of them here!

Q: Denim-on-denim: do or don’t? If a ‘do’, what pieces complement each other?

A: Do! Sure, denim with another fabric/texture (cashmere, cotton blend, silk, etc.) totally works.

However, when you pair a denim top with jeans, you’re making an “I didn’t even try for this effortlessly chic look” fashion statement. When wearing a buttoned denim shirt and jeans, choose a top and a bottom within a few color shades of each other, tuck the top in, and add a few accents such as a belt, hat, and/or statement jewelry. If you’re in the mood for layering, try a soft, unstructured top (you want a strong textural contrast to the denim) under an unbuttoned, untucked denim shirt with rolled-up sleeves. In this case, you have more freedom with the color contrast between the denim top and bottom. (In general, dark wash jeans are flattering for a wide variety of body types.)

Target olive green denim top and denim skirt

Olive green is this fall’s color, and I found this deep olive green denim shirt to be the perfect transitional piece. I balanced the structured feel of the shirt with a soft, flared denim skirt. See? Effortless casual chic!

Target olive green denim top and denim skirt

Target olive green denim top and denim skirt

Q: Yea or nay on jeggings? What are the key jean styles, and how should I wear them?

A: Yes, go for jeggings this season! There are so many to choose from! They’re the ideal combination of the skinny jean’s silhouette-hugging sexiness and the comfort of a cotton-blend legging. A bit more lightweight than jeans, they’re a good transitional season piece. What’s not to love? Like leggings, jeggings pair naturally with a loose top whose hem hits at the lower hip.

However, jeggings are just one of the many silhouettes available this season. Denim joggers (yes, really!), straight-leg jeans, boyfriend jeans, and bootcut jeans are all equally good alternatives. So the real challenge is: Which one do you want to pick?

Target Denim Jean Styles

Joggers are a surprisingly fun fall fashion option. I’d describe them as the denim version of sweats–warm and super-comfortable. Try on a pair; you may be surprised about how much you like them (I was). Wear them with a fitted top (to balance the volume of the pants) and delicate, strappy heels (exposed below by the elastic ankle).

In straight-leg jeans, look for a relaxed but close fit around the hip. It’s a style that’s flattering for a number of body types, and works with a range of top and shoe styles.

Boyfriend jeans are a chill, relaxed relative of the straight-leg. Because of the extra volume, they work well on slim, non-curvaceous body types. For a nonchalantly chic look, pull it off with a slouchy hobo bag, a half-tucked-in button-down top, and wedge heels or booties.

Target Levi's Denizen modern boot cut jeans with crop top

Personally, having worn several seasons of skinnies, I was thrilled to add a pair of flared bootlegs to my wardrobe. I found my perfect fit in Levi’s Denizens at Target. The mid-weight denim has ample stretch but keeps its shape, which is key to a great boost and fit around the derriere. Since I’m petite, I like the snug fit from the upper leg through the knee, flaring out just below the knee. This helps to accentuate the shape of my leg, which would otherwise be lost under a looser fit. The “modern bootleg” style has a moderately-flared hem that goes well with a solid heel, such as these wooden-heeled wedges.

Target Levi's Denizen modern boot cut jeans with crop top

Target Levi's Denizen modern boot cut jeans with crop top

Target Levi's Denizen modern boot cut jeans with crop top

Thanks for your questions; I hope you’ve enjoyed the denim tips and inspiration! To find your next denim BFF, check out Target’s wide online selection. Styles are offered in short, regular, and long for a better fit, and everything is under $30. With free shipping and returns, you can easily determine and keep your favorites, and send back the rest. Enjoy browsing all the stylish options!

Xoxo and aloha,

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  • http://whatsonthelist.net/ Joanne T Ferguson

    I am a big fan of shopping at Target! What a great post highlighting how to wear today’s denim! I sometimes feel like I am a fashion dinosaur!

  • Stockpiling Moms

    I love to wear denim. When I think fall I immediately think denim. My favorite pair of jeans is so comfortable and makes me think of comfort whenever I look at them. Thanks for sharing these great style ideas!

  • Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey

    Great denim tips and inspirations! I have that favorite pair of jeans that I love wearing over and over again! (shhh!) Maybe I should try other styles too. Thank heavens denim doesn’t go out of style!

    http://www.amittenfullofsavings.com

  • Chantal Bernard

    Great post I love both of your outfits! It’s crazy that there are so many styles of jeans these days, my favoruite are bootcut- I LOVE jeans!

  • http://themrstee.com Tiffany MrsTee Haywood

    OMGosh I am absolutely In Love with that skirt!! I have always loved Target denim – I can find the perfect fit at the perfect price. Now I need to go find that skirt :)

  • Jennifer Juro

    We were just there picking up jeans for my kids, I loved their selection for my daughters! Those jeans are cute on you! I didn’t think I needed new jeans but maybe I should stop in for a new pair! Mom’s need new jeans for the
    school year right?

  • http://www.backhomeagainblog.com/ Holly Higgins

    My favorite pair of jeans ripped in the crotch not too long ago and I thought I was going to cry. I’m very picky about my jeans because it seems like for them to fit in the waist then they just hang off of me. Or, they’re way too tight over my runner’s calves.

  • Dogvills

    I love jeans and I wear it almost everyday. I don’t think I could ever wear that top, but I love how you paired it with the jeans. I mostly have straight jeans. I think I would add the bootcut jeans to my collection.

  • http://www.spiffykerms.com Nancy

    Man, I cannot for the life of me do a blue on blue denim (isn’t it called the Canadian Tuxedo? I’m Canadian but I don’t understand that part of it). But I DO love a chambray shirt with white jeans, I think it just simply shouts summer-time-casch. (lol my attempt at shortening the name casual). I also wear ONLY jeggings I feel like, or at least stretchy jeans. I have this pair from Zara that are basically like jeans, but they have a nice stretch to them and aren’t stiff at all.

  • http://www.doubledutymommy.com Jennifer

    Wow I really need to up my denim looks. I almost always wear jeans but they are the same style every time. I guess I should venture out and get some new pieces.