2 May 2023

The top 3 reasons you should update your denim!

Update your denim: Cinq a Sept blazer | Paige Claudine jeans | Gucci sandals | Halogen top

The top 3 reasons you should update your denim!

Denim is always a hot topic around here, and it’s understandable since any great outfit revolves around this wardrobe staple. It’s important to get right, because it’s the starting point of every stylish outfit you put together, no matter the occasion. I get many many questions about denim — daily. This includes everything from what’s the right length, to how do I cut my own jeans, to can I wear flare jeans when I’m 5′ 1″, to how do I cuff them … the list goes on and on.

My love of denim goes waaaay back. In the early 2000’s, as a Nordstrom stylist, I worked in the denim department. This gave me firsthand knowledge about everything related to denim, and an incredible opportunity to become very knowledgeable about styles, materials, and brands. These days, it’s still my favorite category of clothing to work with, and I try to stay very current and “in the know.” Also, I have a few trusted resources that give me incredible insider info. The best part is I get to share it with all of you!

Today’s post is about the top 3 reasons you should update your denim this spring. Right now, Nordstrom has the very best selection of denim, as well as everything else you need to make the cutest spring outfits. Keep reading to see which styles are trending, how to wear them, and why keeping your denim updated is s0 so important!


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Here are the top 3 reasons why you should update your denim

#1 – Current styles of denim in your wardrobe will help you stay on-trend and look stylish. Who doesn’t want that?

#2 – New denim refreshes all your outfits!

#3 – Denim is the starting piece of every outfit. Once you find your best fit, add a neutral shoe and then every top or jacket works. Trust me on this one!


How many jeans do you really need?

This varies from person to person and one’s budget, but here’s what I recommend!

On a budget: start with one white, one light or medium blue, and one black. Spend a little more and wear them ALL the time

Have a little more to spend: add an ecrú pair (so chic) and add a second style (like a flare or wide-leg crop) to the ones above

You love denim and the sky’s the limit: lucky you! Start adding the most current styles, like wide-leg jeans, and flare jeans in several washes including black, gray, white, several shades of blue, etc.

Disclaimer: Most of us have too many jeans, which actually makes it harder to get dressed! So, buy carefully — less is more — and make sure you have them altered if needed in order to get the correct length!!


Ready to move on from skinnies? Try a slim, straight leg jean

Rag & Bone top | Paige Cindy jeans | YSL sandals | Tote | Sunglasses | Bracelet

This is the place to start if you love your skinnies and aren’t ready to part with them! Did you know that most slim, straight leg jeans are only a tiny bit wider at the bottom? Ohi, the specialist at Mother Denim, told me that the Dazzler (which is their straight leg style) is the same fit as their skinny (the Looker) from the waist to the knee. You heard it here first 😂

Favorite fits: AG Mari, Mother Dazzler, Mother Tomcat, Frame Le High Straight, Paige Cindy


Flare jeans are everywhere right now

Frame blazer | Stripe top | Rag & Bone Peyton | YSL heel | Crossbody

Yesterday, I popped into Nordstrom, and asked my good friend what’s selling in denim. Her answer without hesitation: everyone is asking for wider leg and flare style jeans! She also casually mentioned that no one is asking for skinnies!! A great reason to update your denim, and talk about cool, leg lengthening, and current. THIS is the jean to try for Spring 2023 (if you haven’t already).

Favorite fits: Rag & Bone Peyton, Frame Le High Flare (try the Le Pixie line if you’re petite), and Paige Laurel Canyon


Wide-leg jeans — ankle length

Veronica Beard top | Paige Anessa | Sam Edelman sandals | Tote | Ray Bans

This style is so chic! I love wide leg jeans with a lower heeled sandal and simple t-shirt for spring and summer. They can sometimes be a little tricky if you’re petite, but I have mine hemmed and they work just fine. They’re classy and cool, and you’ll feel just a bit elevated in them.

Favorite fits: Paige Anessa, AG Saige, Rag & Bone Logan, or Frame Palazzo


Boot-cut jeans — ankle length

Open Edit blazer | Graphic tee | Jeans | Slides | Crossbody

I find this style of denim to be the most flattering on everyone because they make your legs look longer. In fact, it’s my go-to jean of choice for spring. They’re really versatile, and any style of shoe works, including sneakers, flat sandals, strappy sandals and pointy toe slingbacks.

Favorite fits: Frame Mini-Boot, Mother Insider, Mother Hustler, Paige Claudine and AG Farrah bootcut


Shorts, shorts, shorts

Rails jacket | Graphic tee | Paige Dani | AGOLDE Parker | Slides | Hat | Earrings

Every spring and summer, denim shorts start arriving. Find faded styles in a looser fit for the best look this summer. The AGOLDE Parker denim short is the top seller, along with the Paige Dani. Buy them early for longer wearing time!

Favorite fits: AGOLDE Parker and Paige Dani


Give your white jeans a refresh!

If you find a pair of white jeans you love, then you’ll wear them all the time. They look classic throughout spring, all summer and into fall. And if you’re like me and really “wear” them, then most likely you’ll need a refresh the following year 😉 I can’t imagine a a wardrobe without white jeans, and this year there are many different styles to choose from. Check out my faves below.

Favorite fits: Mother Hustler, Frame Le High, Paige Laurel Canyon and Paige Claudine


Do you need écru denim in addition to white?

If you’re on a budget, then I’d choose between white or ecrù jeans. If you can have both, then go for it, and I’m pretty sure you’ll wear them both all the time. For some reason, ecrù denim reads a little more elevated, and I love it when paired with black and beautiful, elegant accessories. That’s a classic look that’ll take you just about anywhere!

Favorite fits: Mother Insider in Cream Puff, Mother Rascal, or AG Farrah crop


Thank you for reading, and thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post xx