Back to basics: denim

By  | Sassy Wifestyle

It’s that time of the year again … dragging out jeans from the back of your wardrobe only to dump them onto the floordrobe in disgust when you realize they don’t go with any of your new clothes.

My advice? Keep the 501s and ditch the rest. This season, denim is either faded or in acid wash – or a classic shade in well-fitting shape.

J Brand has come up trumps with a new boyfriend jean – after discontinuing their last boyfriend jean two years ago. The Aidan boyfriend jean has a flattering fit on the thighs but carries on straight down to turned-up ankles. Unlike previous boyfriend jeans, the fit is glamorous enough to look good with converse or heels. Wear with a racer-back top and strappy sandals for summer parties.

The white jean trend is always a tricky one, but as it crops up every summer, I suggest you learn how to manage it asap. Rag & Bone make it easy by doing a bright white skinny jean that will look deliciously summery with a loose-fit floral top, or a gingham checked shirt left untucked. They will look pretty at any summer event – but beware of grass stains and refuse to sit anywhere that isn’t covered by a picnic blanket (preferably one that compliments your look).

boyfriend jeans

The best on-trend jeans around are basic, bright and bold. Go straight to Paige’s jeans for an unusual dark gray floral that won’t show any grass stains, or try Current/Elliott for a typically summery white floral pair.

Patterned jeans look best when paired with a contrast pattern top, or try color-blocking by wearing a simple top in a contrast color to the jeans. If you’re trying out bold prints, stay clear of statement jewelry, but feel free to explore with elaborate eye makeup.

Of course, denim doesn’t need to be confined to your jeans. Bring in the summer with a staple light denim jacket. This year’s denim jackets are tight, short, and bright. Say goodbye to the Shoreditch-esque oversized jackets of last year and get your hands on J Brand’s Atomic denim jacket. It falls slightly below the waist and will look great with anything from a maxi to a bodycon.

Hello there! I'm Angela the sassy military wife behind the editorials on this blog. I often shop for bargain deals, check out sales and share my thrifty finds across my social network. Feel free to check out links to my other publications and social pages.


  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    August 7, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    You can never go wrong with denim. I’ve been rocking it for years. I’m so glad it’s back in style.

  2. Marcie W.

    August 7, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    I am in desperate need of some updated denim and really appreciate you sharing these trends. I typically go for a dark wash in a jegging type of fit.

  3. Amber Myers

    August 7, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    I’ve always been a fan of denim. Jeans are basically all I wear. I don’t care if it’s in style or not. It’s comfy to me, so I go for it!

  4. Joely Smith

    August 7, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    I practically live in jeans and I never toss any of them. I can reuse, repurpose, or they can even come back into being on trend. Granted some adjustments and changes may need to be made to make them fashionable for the newest trend. Sometimes the cut changes etc.
    One thing I do not buy much of are colored jeans. Maybe a pair or two but these often make me feel weird when I wear them.

  5. Claudia Krusch

    August 8, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Jeans are always my go to favorites. I need to pick up a few new pairs for the fall and winter season.

  6. Cheryl

    August 8, 2017 at 2:26 am

    While I love summer, I’m looking forward to jeans season. I think I’m falling in love with the boyfriend jean all over again. I just put on my bf’s jeans and loved them.

  7. Karissa @WithOurBest

    August 8, 2017 at 2:57 am

    I love all my colored jeans. They are comfortable and also look a little more formal than blue jeans.

  8. Lisa Marie Heath

    August 8, 2017 at 3:11 am

    I absolutely love my classic blue jeans. I have to wear dress pants all week long, so on the weekends – it’s jeans or pajama pants (pj pants are only when staying home though!)

  9. ricci

    August 8, 2017 at 3:33 am

    I love a good pair of jeans. Right now I am obsessed with boyfriend jeans and skinny jeans. I also love a good pair of dippy jeans, LOL!!

  10. OurFamilyWorld

    August 8, 2017 at 6:23 am

    I love jeans and I wear them all the time. I love how comfy they are. I’m glad they are back in style.

  11. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    August 8, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    I love denim for everyday wear. There’s nothing more comfortable or easy than a great pair of jeans and a nice top. I have way too much denim pants in my closet lol!

  12. Alicia Taylor

    August 8, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Denim is always perfect! It’s durable, easy to accessorize and always fashionable. I live in my denim till it’s naturally distressed. Thankfully, I love the look.

  13. Cherri Megasko

    August 8, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    I love denim and don’t even worry about the style or shade. As long as they fit I’m good to go.

  14. Talin

    August 8, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    I love denim. I have a hard time wearing it in the summer since it’s so hot. Can’t wait to get some for the fall.

  15. Dhemz

    August 9, 2017 at 3:31 am

    Thanks for the tips. You can never go wrong with basic denim jeans. They’re classic! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Dawn McAlexander

    August 9, 2017 at 4:04 am

    One thing you can count on is denim. It never goes out of style.

  17. Lynndee

    August 9, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    I’ve always loved denim, from jeans to jackets and even shorts. I’m loving the white jeans and shorts now too though.

  18. The Cubicle Chick

    August 9, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    My go-to wear is denim jeans and a tee and cute denim jacket or vest, too. I love jeans and people can judge me all day long. – yolonda

  19. Erin F

    August 9, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Love those cute lines in the denim!! I am a jeans and T kinda girl so this look is definitely a fave of mine, hands down!

  20. Amber K

    August 14, 2017 at 7:21 am

    I swear, every year I hear people say “Denim’s making a comeback” and I’m always like, “I’ve been rockin’ it since the 80’s”, lol. I <3 denim

  21. Ashleigh Walls

    August 15, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    I love having a couple different styles of denim in my closet. It’s so easy to play it up or play it down.

  22. Tatanisha Worthey

    August 18, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Jeans are always the best option. I love my jeans that I’ve already broken in. The ones that are super comfy haha

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