The Do’s and Don’ts of Wearing Denim

Denim is an important part of any stylish wardrobe, but the secret is to keep it simple.

No matter which wash, length or style you choose, there are some basic do’s and don’ts in the denim world.

DO: Add patterns and color

Mix patterns with denim. If you are wearing distressed jeans and a denim button-up, throw on a patterned coat with color. You can get away with wearing all denim if you mix it with patterns and colors. (Pro tip: Brown goes very well with denim).

DON’T: Wear denim accessories

If you are wearing denim, do not couple your outfit with denim accessories. It’s too overwhelming for the eye – so leave the denim hats, denim purses and denim jewelry at home.

DO: Add a pair of flats

Wear cuffed jeans and add a pair of flats. It’s a casual look if you’re on the go, but can also look professional if a blazer is added.

DON’T: Go crazy with pockets

Don’t buy jeans that have a ton of pockets on them. It’ll distract from your curves and make you look heavier than you are. Stick with the simple four pockets, or even better, only two pockets in the back.

DO: Add silvery jewelry

If you are wearing dark wash jeans, add silver jewelry for a classier look. It will make your outfit more modern and will dress up what otherwise would have been a casual ensemble.

DON’T: Wear graffiti jeans

Jeans are meant to show off your legs and curves. If you wear jeans that have images or graffiti all over them, it will be a distraction and will take away from your figure. This type of denim is best left on the rack at the store.

DO: Balance volume

If you’re wearing a pair of skinny jeans, consider wearing a loose blouse or top to balance the volume. Skinny jeans are meant to make your legs look longer, so if you add an itty-bitty tube top, it will shorten your torso area – making your body look disproportionate.

DON’T: Wear denim with too many holes

Don’t buy a pair of jeans that has rips and holes all the way up the thigh area. It will likely look trashy and unflattering. Stick with dark wash jeans that have been slightly distressed if you’re shooting for an edgier look.