Forever in Blue Jeans

With the opening of two new stores that specialize in jeans—Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, on Newbury Street, and Madewell, in Chestnut Hill—there have never been more denim options available around town. Here’s a look at our favorite pairs across six style categories.
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Photograph by Jonathon Kambouris. Styling by Sabrina Strelitz/Anchor Artists.

1. WIDE LEG
Habitual “Harlow” cotton-and-polyester jeans, $221, the Blues Jean Bar.

2. SKINNY
Cotton, polyester, and spandex jeans, $115, Madewell.

3. CLASSIC STRAIGHT
Fidelity “Rev” cotton-and-polyester mid-rise jeans, $204, the Blues Jean Bar.

4. BOOTCUT
J Brand “Brooke” cotton, polyester, and elastane mid-rise jeans, $194, Barneys New York.

5. BOYFRIEND
“Calera” cotton jeans, $125, Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren.

6. CROPPED
Mother “The Looker” cotton, polyester, and elastane jeans, $200, Injeanius.

 

FIT COMMANDMENTS
Alison Barnard, owner of the North End shop Injeanius, spills her denim secrets.

To thine own butt be true: Don’t get caught up in trends or what looks good on a model or your best friend—just because you like the way jeans look on someone else doesn’t mean they will suit your shape.

Mind the pockets: Pockets should sit in the center of your behind and be proportional to its length, width, and curve. For example, if you have a flat derrière and wide hips, you need larger pockets to add shape.

Buy them tight: Jeans with spandex or elastane in them will stretch a full size after you’ve worn them a few times. Try on jeans that are one size up to see how they will fit after they stretch.

Tailor, tailor, tailor: Because we come in all shapes and sizes, it’s hard for designers to get it right for everyone. A tailor can adjust the length (wash them first), nip in waists, or patch holes to prolong the life of your blues.


Courtney Hollands
Courtney Hollands Courtney Hollands, Senior Editor, Lifestyle at Boston Magazine chollands@bostonmagazine.com