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.

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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.
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Skinny Leg

Under $200



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Skinny Leg

Under $100



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Straight Leg

Under $300

This works with everything my skinnier style does, but has a little more breathing room in the legs. Since it's such a classic style, I like to pair it with equally timeless shoes, like ballet flats or ankle boots. Click through to shop this style for every budget.


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Straight Leg

Under $200



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Straight Leg

Under $100



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Flares

Under $300

Always make sure the shoe is chunky—pointy-toes and stilettos will read Hollywood circa 2003 in a very bad way. I like to wear something a little preppy up top, like a striped tee or cable knit sweater, to avoid any sort of boho cliché. Click through to shop this style for every budget now.


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Flares

Under $200


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Flares

Under $100


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Boyfriend Fit

Under $300

A slouchy cut in faded material can read sloppy if you don't take care with the rest of your outfit. Pair it with tailored boyfriend-y pieces, like a fitted blazer and brogues. Click through to shop this style for every budget.
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Boyfriend Fit

Under $100