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The Best Blue Jeans Ever

I’m a little tired of jeans not being, well, blue. The latest denim trends have ranged from bright to printed to straight-up in-your-face—which is totally fun and all, but recently I've been craving pairs of slouchy skinnies and classic flares in inky indigos and medium washes. Basically, styles James Dean and Ali McGraw would approve of.

Whether you're similarly over the color thing or are just feeling nostalgic, click through to check out some of my all-time favorite true-blue jeans.

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Best Ankle-Zipped

Edgy zippers give this skinny pair attitude, making them an ideal match for leather.
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Best Throwback

The medium wash, not-too-low rise and flared hems are so awesomely '70s.
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Best High-Waisted Skinnies

These are super-high (like, past-your-belly-button high), and super-tight. Meaning they suck you in like a pair of Spanx.
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Best Slouchy Skinnies

Cuff 'em, then polish them up with a blazer and some pointy-toe heels.


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Best Flares

These hug in all the right places and then flare out below, making legs look model-long.


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Best Under $100

They don't stretch out after an hour, the color doesn't fade and they pair perfectly with practically everything in your closet.
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Best Boyfriend

You get all the tomboy-style slouchiness, but a slimmer cut means these won't eat you alive.
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The Best Investment

The color, the rigid denim, the stovepipe cut—you'll wear these for the next 25 years.
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Best Two-Tone

Like a pair of dark and light jeans in one!
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Best Length

"Above the ankle" is the sweet spot of hem lengths: perfect with heels, yet short enough to wear with flats.


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Best Classics

As endearingly American as apple pie—but these will actually make your butt look good.

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