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Denim Styling Cues Straight From New York’s Most Casual Fashion Week

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The New York fashion week crowd was noticeably casual this season, but that’s not to say the clothes were boring. From chatty graphic tees to jeans and sneakers, show-goers made the case for taking it easy. Below, five laid-back denim-based outfit ideas that don’t require much effort at all.


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This long flare makes enough of a statement on its own, which makes for stress-free styling on top. Calling all graphic tees.

Shop similar styles: Mother Cruiser High-Rise Flare Jeans, $215; Gap Authentic 1969 flare jean, $69.95; Frame Le Capri Pip Wide Leg jean, $179.


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White denim has rightfully broken through its seasonal restrictions. This take is the perfect summer-to-fall transitional outfit, worn in a slouchy mid-rise and styled with complimenting neutral hues.

Shop similar styles: Blank NYC Boyfriend, $66; Citizens of Humanity Liya in Destressed Selvedge, $227.99; Levi’s 501 CT Boyfriend, $49.99.


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Okay, so the denim mini skirt doesn’t have the brightest past. But forget its Paris Hilton-circa-2004 claim to fame; today’s version is versatile and easy. Added bonus for frayed hems and patchwork detailing.

Shop similar styles: Topshop MOTO Highwaist Denim skirt, $55; All Saints Ace Denim Mini, $125; Rag & Bone Dive skirt, $195.


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These slim fit jeans sit just below the bellybutton for comfortable, everyday wear, with a wash subtle enough to work with any style. And since they don’t demand too much attention on their own, there’s plenty of room for accessories.

Shop similar styles: Gap x (RED) Authentic 1969 selvedge best girlfriend jeans, $89.95; Joe’s The Ex-Lover, $169; Imogene + Willie James Tacoma Straight, $325.


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Wide at the waist and loose on the legs, this look is native to fashion week street style. Wear these jeans low, with a tucked in top for the ultimate laid-back vibe.

Shop similar styles: Current/Elliot Barrel Crop, $208; Helmut Lang Boyfriend, $310; Moussy Erlanger, $333.