Your One-Stop-Shop Guide to Light Wash Denim

Maybe you've got this whole May dressing thing down. Maybe, every morning you sleep in, check your smartphone and see that the day's temperature runs in the 45 to 75 degree range. Maybe then, without hesitation, you whip together the perfect bi-polar weather ensemble, make it to the office on time and receive five compliments before you've finished your coffee. Maybe it's just easy for you, or maybe you are one of these girls—either way, I'm not jealous! (Maybe.)

You see, I have not mastered the art of half-asleep layering on the fly. Instead, with the help of light wash denim, I've been faking springtime style since late March. Here's my trick: by swapping faded denim for a darker rinse, my look instantly seems brighter and airier, even if it's the same old outfit I've been wearing for the last four months.

There's still 50 days left until summer arrives and probably even longer until it's warm 24/27, so I'll definitely be needing a few more pairs until then. You should order some, too. See my suggestions for every style (skinny leg, straight leg, flare leg and boyfriend fit) and budget (under $300, under $200 and under $100) in the slideshow below.

Skinny Leg

Under $300

Because this super slim cut tucks right into boots, it was the first shape I used to transition my winter wardrobe to spring. Come warmer weather, I suggest rolling the cuffs over beat up sneakers. Click through to shop this style for every budget.