The Ultimate Guide To Spring Denim

Of all the must-have basics, denim is by far the most versatile. There's the wear-them-so-much-they-mold-to-your-bottom jeans, the hot-hot-hot-pant (that's somehow still okay to wear in public), and even the not-your-art-teacher's overalls that are sneaking their way back into fashion (or at least so says Alexa Chung). Sure, we love almost every iteration, but all jeans were not created equal. To help you launch head first into spring with your fave fabric in mind, we've created an all-encompassing denim guide to help you find your best-bet garments. And hey, if you can't decide, the Canadian tuxedo is still in (insert '90s throwback here).
Update your denim arsenal with these 30 fresh, new pieces you'll be wearing all season long.
Photo: Via Free People.
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Don't shy away from printed denim this spring. Keep it simple on top and let your legs do the talking.

BDG Cigarette Mid-Rise Jean, $68, available at Urban Outfitters, 521 Fifth Avenue (at 43rd street); 212-867-4107; Citizens of Humanity Floral Thompson Jeans, $187, available at Anthropologie, 375 West Broadway (between Broome and Spring streets); 212-343-7070; Rag & Bone Surf Knit Legging, $187, available at Rag & Bone, 73 East Houston (at Elizabeth street); 212-777-2210.
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We love a good flare on a jean and with pastels, '70s throwbacks, and striped variations, we're planning on wearing them all season long.

Alice + Olivia High Waist Striped Pant, $242, available at Alice + Olivia, 80 West 40th Street (at 6th Avenue); 212-840-2010;Forever21 Divine Rights of Denim Bell Bottoms, $21, available at Forever 21, 40 East 14th Street (at Union Square); (212) 228-0598; Madewell Flea Market Flare Colorpop Jeans, $135, available at Madewell,486 Broadway (at Broome Street); 212-226-4957.
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A good denim dress is hard to find, but once you do, it's a great (and casual!) piece to keep in your rotation.

Derek Lam Cap Sleeve Denim Dress, $890, available at Neiman Marcus; Anthropologie Freemont shirt dress, $148, available at Anthropologie, 375 West Broadway (at Broome Street); 212-343-7070; Free People Denim Bustier Dress, $118, available at Free People, 99 Spring Street (at Mercer Street); 212-226-7497.
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You've been rocking denim button-downs all year, and why not continue into spring? Here are three lightweight versions that'll have serious lasting power through the warmer months.

Vince Lightweight Denim Shirt, $225, available at Shopbop; J. Crew Denim Western Shirt, $118, available at J. Crew, 91 5th Avenue (at E 17th street); 212-255-4848; Zara Denim Shirt, $49.90, available at Zara, 39 West 34th Street (between 6th and 5th avenues); 212-868-6551.
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Denim shorts don't need to mean bleach whiskers and frayed edges (although, more power to ya!). Instead, we're loving cool prints, bright colors, and new cuts.

Topshop Moto stripe high waist hotpants, $64, available at Topshop, 478 Broadway (between Spring and Mercer streets); 212-966-9555; Christopher Kance x J Brand High Rise Cutoff Short, $225, available at Barneys, 660 Madison Avenue (at 61st Street); 212-833-2200; APC Worker Shorts, $155, available at APC, 110 Greene Street (at Prince Street); 212-966-5851.
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Jean skirts aren't just limited to middle school. They can be both fun and sophisticated and are a perfect trade for your wool pencil skirt as the weather gets hot.

Diesel Okuka skirt, $75, available at Diesel, 1 Union Square (at 14th Street); 646-336-8552; Tibi Rigid Denim Skirt, $340, available at Tibi, 120 Wooster Street (at Prince Street); 212-226-5852; Topshop Moto Denim Skirt, $50, available at Topshop, 478 Broadway (between Spring and Mercer streets); 212-966-9555.
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For the transitional months, invest in a great pair of skinny jeans that you can wear with crop tops or sandals come May.

Acne Needle Retro Sky Jeans, $200, available at Acne Studios, 10 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand streets); 212-625-2828; 7 For All Mankind Skinny Jeans, $198, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 5th Avenue (between E 49th and E 50th streets); 212-753-4000; H&M Super Sqin Jeans, $19.95, available at H&M, 558 Broadway (at Prince street); 212-343-2722.
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Break out that color! Solid-colored denim is an awesome way to rock the jean trend without looking too dull. (We're personally feeling the pastels.)

Aqua Skinny Denim in Banana, $68, available at Bloomingdales,504 Broadway (between Spring and Broome streets); 212-729-5900;Old Navy The Rock Star Jeggings, $32.50, available at Old Navy, 503 Broadway (at Greene Street); 212-226-0838;Gap 1969 lightweight always skinny skimmer jeans, $69.95, available at Gap, 680 5th Avenue (between 53rd and 54th streets); 212-977-7023.
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Throw them on over a floral mini dress or an easy jersey maxi—denim vests are a great way to add some flair to an outfit, and cover up (just a bit) if need be.

Free People Denim Vest, $128, available at Free People, 1310 3rd Avenue (between E 76th and E 75th streets); 212-744-0379;Madewell Longroad Denim Vest, $88, available at Madewell (at Broome St) at 486 Broadway; (212) 226-4957; Woolrich Bryton Vest, $59, available at Woolrich.
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The jean jacket is a classic staple that's continued to be reinvented. Varsity style, light washed, or extra pockets...we'll take 'em all!

Free People Varsity Jacket, Denim Bustier Dress, $168, available at Free People at 99 Spring Street (between Mercer and Broadway); (212) 226-7497;Paige Denim jacket, get $100 off on Reserve;Diesel Dadel jacket, $298, available at Diesel, 1 Union Square (at 14th Street); 646-336-8552.

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