This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Shopping for denim used to be pretty straightforward. You’d head to your local department store, browse racks that featured countless pairs of the same reigning style of the season, and voila! You were quickly equipped with the only jeans you’d need for the rest of the year.
Somewhere along the line, though, the conversation around denim trends became less uniform. Instead of distinguishing each year as ‘the regime of flares’ or ‘the comeback of skinny jeans,’ we now have tens of trends to choose from.
The many popular silhouettes that have emerged over the last few decades are now classics: wide-legged pants, bell bottoms, kick flares, light wash denim. Basically, as long as you can style them right, there are very few types of jeans you can’t get away with. But, with so many options, it does help to know which are actually essential to your closet. For those feeling overwhelmed, we suggest these seven “classics” ahead.
There is a lot of product out there — some would say too much. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team, but if you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.
Vince High Rise Wide Leg High-waist Jeans, $56.48, available at Jet
3×1 W4 Adeline Split Flare , $211.45, available at Jet
Frame High Rise Raw Hem Baby Bootcut Jeans, $105.01, available at Jet
Style & Co. Plus Distressed Curvy Fit Boyfriend Jeans, $21.69, available at Jet
Vince Utility High Rise Trouser Jeans, $96.84, available at Jet
DG2 by Diane Gilman Virtual Stretch Pom Pom Cropped Jean, $67.9, available at Amazon
Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda Classic Tapered Jeans, $19.98, available at Jet
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