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Your Spring Denim Shopping Cheat Sheet

The best styles and where to find them.

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Let’s be honest: We probably throw around the term “closet staple” a bit too liberally. But if anything deserves that title, it’s jeans, which you likely wear more often than you wear anything else you own.

Finding that favorite pair, though — the ones that tick all your boxes — can be frustrating, to say the least. To help you streamline the shopping experience, we’ve put together a little category-by-category guide that highlights the very best fits and styles out there right now. It covers a lot of ground in terms of desired fit, including boyfriend jeans, high-waisted wide legs, cropped jeans, slouchy skinnies, and everything in between (like our favorite embellished pairs, too).

Shop them all below, and for more spring shopping guidance, see our guides to the season’s best sandals, purses, graphic tees, and ruffled tops — four things that will look super-cute with your new favorite jeans.


Boyfriend Jeans

Roomy throughout, with a relaxed waist that sits low on your hips.

Light wash distressed denim.
Boohoo Plus Rugby Boyfriend Jeans, $50
Faded black boyfriend jeans.
Isabel Marant Étoile Cliff High-Rise Jeans, $187
Darker washed feathered denim.
Current/Elliott Boyfriend Cropped Jeans, $225

Slouchy Skinny Jeans

Tapered and slim-fit throughout, but not totally skin-tight like the jeggings of yesteryear.

Feathered true blue jeans.
Frame Le Boy Jean, $239
Dark blue skinny jeans.
Citizens of Humanity Rocket Jeans, $208
Dark blue skinny jeans.
Industry Standard Margot High-Rise, $125
Chloe Kardashian’s jeans Good American in blue
Good American Good Legs, $159

Wide-Leg Jeans

Fitted through the hips with a high waist and a wide cut through the knee and ankle.

white wide leg jeans with raw hem
Rachel Comey Legion High-Rise, $400
Light blue wide leg denim
3x1 Wide-Leg Mora Jeans, $265
Dark denim with whispers wide leg
Joe’s Wide-Leg Jean, $147

Mom Jeans

Vintage-inspired with a relaxed fit throughout, a high waist, and a slightly tapered leg.

Light wash high waisted mom jeans.
Goldsign Balloon Jeans, $330
Dark blue mom jeans.
Re/Done No. 27HR, $292
Pair of black mom jeans from topshop.
Topshop Mom Jeans, $70

Cropped Jeans

Relaxed, straight-leg fit that hits above the ankle.

Cropped blue jeans.
GRLFRND Helena Crop, $228
Black high waisted cropped jeans.
T by Alexander Wang High-Rise Cropped Jeans, $265

Embellished Jeans

Denim decked out in everything from fringe to embroidery.

Black high-waisted jeans with black fringe on sides.
Zara Fringe Jeans, $69.90
white jeans with orange and pink embroidery
M.i.h Daily Jean, $315
High-waisted skinny blue jeans with white stars.
Stella McCartney Skinny Printed Jeans, $465
black jeans embroidered with red roses
Topshop Moto Rose Embroidered Mom Jeans, $110