Easy Does It Denim

GIF photographed by Alex Thebez. All others photographed by Jody Rogac.
There’s a time and a place for a show-stopping ensemble, but for every day, there’s something so alluring about a pared-down look. For those with a soft spot for a low-key vibe, a trusty pair of live-in jeans is the foundation for endless effortless outfits. And while comfort is key, casual is by no means synonymous with “meh” — the looks below prove that less really can be so much more.
Tuck, Tuck, Loose
Lack of structure can be a good thing (despite what your parents told you), and off-duty looks call for caring less about a carefully tucked-in top. Instead, let the hem of a boxier tee fly free over cropped denim and high-tops, or half-tuck the front of a tank to break up a relaxed silhouette.
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Left: Levi’s 501 CT Jeans For Women, $98. Stylist's own top. Right: Levi’s 712 Slim Jeans, $78; The Perfect Pocket Tee, $28. Adidas shoes.
Cuff & Roll
When it comes to more leisurely looks, we’re shameless lobbyists for a looser leg. Cuffing your favorite slouchy jeans imperfectly just below the calf makes for a laid-back — and flattering — moment. If you're on the petite side, roll 'em lower on the ankle to add length.
Left: Levi’s 501 CT Jeans For Women, $98. Stylist's own top, LD Tuttle shoes, Miansai bracelet, Jennifer Fisher ring. Right: Levi’s 414 Relaxed Straight Jeans, $54.50; Box Shirt, $69.90. Eugenia Kim hat, stylist's own shoes.
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Tee Up
There’s a reason the whole jeans-and-T-shirt thing is iconic — because it works. Master the look by going for a soft, basic crewneck in a neutral solid or classic stripes. Go for a fit that hits the sweet spot between slim and baggy and pair with a leaner-leg jean.
Left: Levi’s 711 Skinny Jeans, $78; The Perfect Pocket Tee, $28. Jeffrey Campbell shoes, Eugenia Kim hat. Right: Levi’s The Perfect Pocket Tee, $28.
Styling by Sue Choi; Hair by Andre Gunn at Honey Artists; Makeup by Grace Ahn; Nails by Casey Herman at Kate Ryan Inc.
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