Denim Guide: My Favorite Jeans In My Closet

Jeans are a way of life as far as I’m concerned. You can never have too many, especially when you consider how every single pair of jeans is made differently. Straight leg jeans, skinny jeans (yes, they’re still “in”—I don’t care what Gen Z says), ripped jeans, cropped jeans—there’s a style and silhouette for every occasion and mood, which is why jeans are so incredibly versatile and the basis of every good outfit. In this denim guide, I’m going to go over the 2021 jean trends and share my absolute favorites across the board with you in every category including white jeans, bootcut jeans, and so many more. I hope you like lots of detail because that’s what you’re about to get!

Editor Notes: I'm 5'10 and my "normal" jean size is 25. 

Ripped Skinny Jeans

Ripped Skinny jeans are probably my most worn style of denim year after year. Below are my favorites of the moment. Technically two pairs have been favorites for at least a year now!

Fashion Jackson Wearing ATM White Tshirt Levis 501 Ripped Skinny Jeans Chanel Slingbacks

Levi's 501 Skinnies

  • High-rise, slim fit, 100% cotton, so comfortable
  • True to size (25) - they will fit tight at first, but they relax so much
  • These are my favorite pair of Levi's
  • Also available here
Fashion Jackson Wearing ATM White Tshirt Boyish Ripped Skinny Jeans Easy Rider Frye White Sneakers

Boyish The Billy Jeans

  • High-rise, form fitting, 100% cotton, comfortable all day
  • Fit true to size (25) - wash "easy rider"
  • I've had this pair for over 2 years so the holes in the knees are more ripped which I love

Non-Ripped Jeans

Its rare that I wear jeans without rips, but when I do the Levi's are my go-to and most recent purchase which I'm loving are the Anine Bing jeans. Non-ripped jeans are great for work environments or when you need something a little more classic.

Fashion Jackson Wearing ATM White Tshirt Levis 501 Skinny Jeans Frye White Sneakers

Levi's 501 Skinny

  • High-rise, slim fit, 99% cotton/1% elastane, very comfortable
  • True to size (25) - they might fit tight at first, but they relax since they have stretch
  • These are my favorite pair of non-ripped jeans
Fashion Jackson Wearing ATM White Tshirt Anine Bing Sonya Slim Jeans Chanel Slingbacks

Anine Bing Sonya Jeans

  • High-rise, slim fitting, 100% cotton, comfortable all day
  • I sized up - wearing a 26
  • Love the darker wash - these are effortlessly cool

Straight Leg Jeans

I've become a fan of straight leg jeans more this past year. I find them so flattering, comfortable, and they work with all my favorite shoe styles. From cropped, ripped and non-ripped, below are my favorite straight leg jeans.

Fashion Jackson Wearing ATM White Tshirt AGOLDE Jamie Ripped Jeans Chanel Slingbacks

Jamie High Rise Ripped Jeans

  • High-rise, form fitting, 100% cotton, comfortable all day
  • Fit true to size (25)
  • This silhouette looks great with all shoe styles - new favorite pair of ripped jeans
Fashion Jackson Wearing ATM White Tshirt SLVRLAKE Virginia Slim Ripped Jeans Frye White Sneakers

SLVRLAKE Virginia Slim Jeans

  • High-rise, slim fit, 100% cotton, so flattering
  • Sized up (26)
  • These have become my go-to for ripped jeans! Love how soft and comfortable they are
  • More sizes here
Fashion Jackson Wearing ATM White Tshirt Citizens of Humanity Liya Ripped Jeans Frye White Sneakers

High Rise Classic Ripped Jeans

  • High-rise, form fitting, 100% cotton, comfortable all day
  • Fit true to size (25)
  • This style is a little longer in length compared to the Jamie jeans and a very soft denim

Ripped Boyfriend Jeans

I'm all for relaxed fit jeans, they are so comfortable and I love dressing them up with a t-shirt and heels. It's easy and effortless.

Fashion Jackson Wearing ATM White Tshirt AGOLDE 90s Ripped Jeans Chanel Slingbacks

High Rise 90s Fit

  • High-rise, relaxed fit, 100% cotton, super flattering
  • Runs big; size down (24)
  • I get so many compliments every time I wear these
Fashion Jackson Wearing ATM White Tshirt Frame Le Original Ripped Boyfriend Jeans Chanel Slingbacks

High Rise Straight Leg

  • High-rise, relaxed fit, 100% cotton, comfortable all day
  • Sized up (26)
  • I wear with booties, sneakers, heels, and sandals - they are super versatile

Black Jeans

After ripped blue jeans, black jeans make up a majority of my denim wardrobe. Most of my favorites I've had for years, which just proves their quality and longevity. Both pairs are under $100!

Fashion Jackson Wearing ATM White Tshirt Everlane Black Button Fly Skinny Jeans Chanel Slingbacks

High-Rise Button Front Skinnies

  • High-rise, form fitting, has stretch, so comfortable
  • Fit is true to size (25). Took the "regular" length
  • These are more of a washed black color vs. true black
  • My favorite and go-to black jeans
Fashion Jackson Wearing ATM White Tshirt Express Ripped Slim Black Jeans Chanel Slingbacks

High Rise Slim Ripped Jeans

  • Super high-rise, Cotton/Polyester/Spandex
  • True size (2) in regular length
  • Love how comfortable these are with the subtle rip on one leg

White Jeans

White jeans don't have to be tricky. For me, I'm not scared to wear them year-around. As far as silhouette goes, I really just need 2 pairs of white denim in my closet at all times. The perfect white skinny and a straight leg cropped fit. I find these are the silhouettes I wear most and look the best all year. Below are my favorite two pairs of white jeans and one pair is under $100!

Fashion Jackson Wearing ATM White Tshirt Everlane White Skinny Jeans Chanel Slingbacks

White Skinny Jeans

  • High-rise, form fitting, has stretch, most flattering, so comfortable
  • Took my true size (25) in the regular length
  • These have been my favorite white skinnies for years
Fashion Jackson Wearing ATM White Tshirt Citizens of Humanity White Charlotte Striaght Jeans Hermes Oran Gold Sandals

White Straight Leg Jeans

  • High-rise, slim fit, comfortable all day
  • Fit true to size (25)
  • This silhouette looks great with all shoe styles & SO flattering
  • More sizes here

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  1. Anna said:
    Posted 2.25.19 · Reply

    You look adorable in jeans. I’m also a denim girl

  2. Jen Russell said:
    Posted 2.25.19 · Reply

    Thank you for this post! So helpful! You’ve become my absolute favorite! For sure you are “my go to” for anything fashion and beauty ❤️❤️

    • Posted 2.25.19 · Reply

      Aw thank you so much, Jen! I appreciate your sweet comment xx

  3. Susan said:
    Posted 2.25.19 · Reply

    Love this series and can’t wait for the next installment. I love that you’re looking at different lengths… as I am 5’11”… but I would love different rises as well. I HATE high rise jeans… feel they make me look like my mom anyway- thank you!!!

    • Posted 2.25.19 · Reply

      Thanks for the feedback Susan! Please email me if you have any denim styles you’re interested in for upcoming series so I can look into including xx

  4. Emily said:
    Posted 2.26.19 · Reply

    LOVE this post! Your page and content is always so spot on and helpful. I second Jen below, you’ve become my go to and I’ve purchased a lot of your recommendations which have been fantastic.. and about to do so with some jeans above 🙂 Thanks for it all!

    • Posted 2.26.19 · Reply

      Aw thank you so much!!!! You are so sweet to leave a nice comment Emily! xx

  5. Ashley said:
    Posted 2.28.19 · Reply

    I think that you could wear anything and it would look good.

  6. Monica said:
    Posted 2.18.20 · Reply

    This was SO helpful!! Loved this review!

  7. Julie P said:
    Posted 2.21.20 · Reply

    Love the looks. How high up does your hem sit above your ankles?

  8. Nipa said:
    Posted 3.2.20 · Reply

    I just went shopping for jeans but didn’t find any I loved. I’ll check out some of your favorites! xo Nipa

  9. Wendy Benoit said:
    Posted 4.5.20 · Reply

    This is great but Im not crazy about the High Rise look, it just makes my belly pop out. I prefer a mid rise style so I’ll keep checking your website for other denim recommendations. Thank you for putting this together though, its easy to see the different styles when they are all on the same post.

  10. Angelica said:
    Posted 3.24.21 · Reply

    Super cute! I love a good classic plain white tee and quality denim.

    XX Angelica
    https://eraenvogue.com

  11. Cecilie Aggerholm said:
    Posted 3.25.21 · Reply

    I absolutely love this as well as your previous denim reviews. However,I was hoping there would be more jeans with stretch – most of these are 100% cotton, and I feel as if I can’t move freely around in them. Also, they are often too hot for summertime. Some spandex or elastane would really work wonders for the fit and feel.

  12. Emma Schoch said:
    Posted 3.26.21 · Reply

    Hi! I usually love your product reviews but I’m a little confused here. Some of your jeans you say are 100% cotton do have stretch in them. And then the white Charlotte jeans from CoH you say have stretch are in fact 100% cotton with no stretch. These reviews are super helpful for me so I’d love if you could clarify the denim composition in the future!