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Splurge vs steal: Dark denim

Dark denim is the shade that looks universally good on everyone, but knowing when to splurge and when to save can be a tough choice. Out of these eight pairs, you might find the perfect one.


Jeans to splurge on


J Brand

J Brand is synonymous with high quality and a perfect, sexy fit. A favorite of the fashion world, they have collaborated on designs with Proenza Schouler, and currently, a selection by Christopher Kane (designer of Burberry Prorsum) is available for purchase. A great feature of their site is the Fit Guide, which breaks down the perfect jean for you based on a selection of five different body shapes. It’s safe to splurge on J Brand because of the fit and high regard in the fashion realm. (620 Super Skinny Power Stretch Denim, $180).


J. Crew

This straight legged jean slims throughout the hip and thigh for a straight and elongating figure. The Matchstick is the perfect blend between the skinny-mini legging and a standard bootcut, but the second reason worth coughing up more cash for these is its comfort. No matter how many times its worn, the stretch still feels tight and snug. (Matchstick jean in classic rinse wash $115).



When you’re welcomed to the site by a sign to visit The Denim Bar, it’s bound to be stocked with every option you’re looking for — and it is. Choose from the Skinny Skinny, the Legging, the Rail Straight or the Bootlegger Jean, to find exactly what’s right for you. Plus, free shipping on jeans all the time ensures the fit you’re after will be yours. But one can do no wrong with a classic bootcut. It’s flattering to all body types by sitting above the hips, fitting throughout the thigh, then widening with a bootcut finish. (Bootlegger jeans in Madewell wash, $99).


7 For All Mankind

Why invest in an above-the-ankle jean? 7 For All Mankind’s Slim Straight jean was so well loved, they turned it into a staple item available year-round. Even if you live in colder climates, dress it up for a night out with a blouse and a pair of high heels and the ankle pant instantly looks appropriate and hip. (Slim Straight in Los Angeles Dark, $169).


Jeans to save on


Uniqlo is known for providing style, stageringly low prices and most of all, comfort. The Skinny Fit Tapered Jean is great at retaining its shape and having just the right amount of stretch to feel comfortable, yet polished. You can find a wide selection of fits and styles all with an average price of $30. (Uniqlo Skinny Fit Tapered Jean, $30).



To grab a pair of stylish skinnies, Zara is the place where affordability connects with the hottest trends. For the ultimate dark rinse jean, Zara’s Dark Wash Skinny Jean is the classic pant, with slight fading around the thigh and knee, they look broken in and tough, just like a good pair should be. (Zara Dark Wash Skinny Jeans, $50).


The Limited

When you want to feel comfortable and covered, The Limited’s 312 Slim Bootcut Jeans provides a little wiggle room. For those who want a slimming effect, but with a waist that doesn’t hang too low, or tight materials that don’t squeeze your thighs too tightly, this is the happy medium. (The Limited 312 Slim Bootcut Jean, $75).


American Eagle

When you want comfort but can’t forgo style, the jegging is the ideal mix. It leaves a feeling as if you’re wearing a legging pant rather than denim, but no one else can tell. Good for tucking into boots, and leaving you feeling casual and polished. (American Eagle Jegging Authentic Dark Indigo-Super Stretch, $35).

3 classics shirts to wear with any pair

Chambray shirt (Madewell, $80)
Chambray shirt
(Madewell, $80)
Silk Blouse (J.Crew, $60)
Silk Blouse
(J.Crew, $60)

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