Another season, another delivery of distinctive denim offerings, both from our go-to favorite brands—like Frame, R13, and Alexander Wang—to the the buzzy new names on offer—like Grlfrnd (coming soon), Warm, and Sandrine Rose. It’s easy to get so enthused about new shapes, washes, and hems that you can forget that a pair of jeans, no matter how perfectly crafted and subtly detailed, is only as strong as the outfit it inspires. With that in mind, we turned to our resident style experts, a.k.a. the savvy ladies from our Fashion Office and Buying Team, to get the whole picture about what to expect from a new season of denim, as they introduce us to their perfect pairs.

MICHAL KURTIS, DENIM + DENIM

“I’m from Houston where denim is king, so I’m all about the Canadian Tuxedo—which we call Texas Tux, by the way—but I like to put an elevated, feminine spin on it. I paired these Sandrine Rose boyfriend jeans with a denim button-down, also from Sandrine Rose. The embroidered waistband and subtle railroad stripes of the shirt break up the look, making it feel really fresh.”

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SANDRINE ROSE Roses Button-Front Shirt / SANDRINE ROSE The Boyfriend Skinny Jeans / JENNIFER FISHER Small Orb Cuff / ALTUZARRA Ghianda Knot Small Saddle Bag / GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI Cruel Sandals

“Romanticizing an all-denim ensemble means swapping out cowboy boots for sky-high Giuseppe Zanotti stilettos, which may be more demanding, but hey, it’s not my first rodeo.”

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SANDRINE ROSE Roses Button-Front Shirt / SANDRINE ROSE The Boyfriend Skinny Jeans / JENNIFER FISHER Small Orb Cuff / ALTUZARRA Ghianda Knot Small Saddle Bag

HANNAH BIBB, BOY JEANS + POLISHED PUNK

“I tend to build my outfit around an excellent version of a basic—like these relaxed, faded black R13 jeans—and then style in playful, statement-making pieces. This leopard calf hair jacket is anything but subtle. Its loud print and distressed finishing has a downtown attitude, while the fit is tailored enough for the office.”

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R13 Leopard-Print Calf Hair Jacket / Similar BARNEYS NEW YORK Striped Shrunken-Fit Sweater / R13 Straight Boy Crop Jeans / FONTANA MILANO 1915 “A Lady Bag” Satchel / BARNEYS NEW YORK Peep-Toe Ankle-Strap Sandals

“I added in the cobalt blue patent leather Fontana bag because it’s such a fun, polished take on punk, especially when popping against the leopard print and stripes.”

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R13 Leopard-Print Calf Hair Jacket / Similar BARNEYS NEW YORK Striped Shrunken-Fit Sweater / R13 Straight Boy Crop Jeans / FONTANA MILANO 1915 “A Lady Bag” Satchel

ADRIANA BERGUER, WHITE DENIM + PRINTED SILK

“In the beginning of fall, when it’s still hot in the city, cropped white jeans are the perfect choice for running around for our market appointments. White denim pairs well with anything, and I especially love styling it back with the rich suedes and printed silks of the new fall collections. This Derek Lam 10 Crosby pajama-inspired blouse pops against the white in the best way.”

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Similar DEREK LAM 10 CROSBY Top / 3X1 Crop Flare Jeans / MICHINO Squarit PM Satchel / AQUAZZURA Ami Sandals

STEPHANIE PILEVSKY, PATCHES + ARMY GREEN
JILL LAMBIASE,  RAW HEM + CRISP BLOUSE

“To me, denim is a neutral. I like the way different nuances can change the overall effect of the denim, which is why I’m drawn to these Stella jeans with patches. I pair them with an Icons fatigue shirt to play up the military vibe, while the sleek bag and shoes polish off the look for market appointments.” -Stephanie Pilevsky

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ON STEPHANIE: ICONS Fatigue Shirt / STELLA MCCARTNEY Patch-Appliquéd Jeans / FENDI Dot.Com Satchel / AQUAZZURA Cayenne Sandals/ ON JILL: ATLANTIQUE ASCOLI Anemone Blouse / FRAME Nouveau Le Mix Jeans / SIDNEY GARBER Rolling Bracelet / DEREK LAM 10 CROSBY Ludlow Wristlet Bucket Bag / MANOLO BLAHNIK Evocity Slingback Pumps

“For my everyday style, I like to look put together without being fussy. I love the contradiction of the crisp white top and raw hem of the denim, which gives the jeans a bit of an edge (p.s. these Frame Nouveau Le Mix jeans will be major for fall). I’m also a big fan of the mid-heel trend—these Manolo Blahnik shoes elevate the outfit while still being totally wearable. Life’s too short to be wearing uncomfortable shoes!” -Jill Lambiase

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STELLA MCCARTNEY Patch-Appliquéd Jeans / AQUAZZURA Cayenne Sandals/ ON JILL: ATLANTIQUE ASCOLI Anemone Blouse / FRAME Nouveau Le Mix Jeans / DEREK LAM 10 CROSBY Ludlow Wristlet Bucket Bag / MANOLO BLAHNIK Evocity Slingback Pumps

ATHENA PETROPOULOS, DENSE DENIM + SHEER BLOUSE

“I love styling my outfits around an element of balance, which is why I chose to pair this light-as-air printed chiffon blouse with this thick, Japanese denim from Simon Miller. I also love how the off-the-shoulder silhouette balances with that of the cropped pants.”

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R/R STUDIO Peasant Top / SIMON MILLER W005 Crop Jeans / BOTTEGA VENETA Intrecciato Long Clutch / AQUAZZURA Wild Thing Sandals

“The fringe of these Aquazurra sandals mimics the frayed hem of the Simon Miller jeans in a contrasting and playful play.”

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R/R STUDIO Peasant Top / SIMON MILLER W005 Crop Jeans / BOTTEGA VENETA Intrecciato Long Clutch / AQUAZZURA Wild Thing Sandals

GURKI BASRA, CROPPED JEANS + LONG JACKET

“I love that fall weather allows unexpected ways to layer, like pairing these ankle-baring Denim x Alexander Wang jeans with a long-line jacket. This Masscob blazer is great because it’s light enough to wear to business meetings but heavy enough to act as outerwear before a proper coat is needed. Bonus: the cropped length lets me play up these amazing embroidered Aquazzura heels, which will be adding fun and texture to many of my outfits this fall.”

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MASSCOB Glen Plaid Jacket / SEA Sailor-Graphic Cotton T-Shirt / Similar DENIM X ALEXANDER WANG Trap Crop Jeans / AQUAZZURA Embroidered Karlie Sandals

“I love the way these Repossi necklaces dress up the T-shirt and the look in general—such a chic spin on the ‘90s choker trend.”

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MASSCOB Glen Plaid Jacket / SEA Sailor-Graphic Cotton T-Shirt / Similar DENIM X ALEXANDER WANG Trap Crop Jeans / REPOSSI White Gold White Noise Choker / REPOSSI Pink Gold White Noise Choker

JACKIE KIM, SPLIT HEM + FIERCE HEEL

“Denim is such a comfortable and easy choice, and I love to dress it up. It’s amazing how the combo of a feminine top, sharp heel, and fierce bag instantly elevate a pair of slim jeans. I especially love combining something sweet, like this Ulla Johnson floral blouse, with something sexy, like these body-skimming jeans from Grlfrnd (coming soon). The split hem begs to be paired with a fun shoe, which is why I chose these PVC and velvet Gianvito Rossi pumps.”

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ULLA JOHNSON Swiss Dot Cecile Tank / JENNIFER FISHER XL Smooth Circle Earrings / J.W.ANDERSON Pierce Medium Shoulder Bag / GIANVITO ROSSI Plexi Pumps

DANA FERRARO, WIDE LEGS + BLOUSE
JEEYEON LEE, CUFFED JEANS + BOLD BOOT

“I’m inspired by vintage fashion and am always finding ways to mix it into my wardrobe in a relevant way. These relaxed Warm wide leg pants feel fresh because they’re lightweight with clean lines, and they style back really well with this bold, retro-inspired blouse for a look that mixes subtle ‘70s boho and Victorian romance in a so-right-now way.” -Dana Ferraro

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ON DANA: MAISON MAYLE Georgette Blouse / WARM Kate Wide-Leg Jeans / DITA Sunbird Sunglasses / LOEFFLER RANDALL Hadley Tassel Clogs ON JEEYEON: BARNEYS NEW YORK Oxford Cloth Shirt / CURRENT/ELLIOTT The Boyfriend Crop Jeans / Similar TOMASINI PARIS Studded Crossbody / MAISON MARGIELA Platform Chelsea Boots

“I lean toward androgynous looks in general. I always love a twist on a classic, which is probably why Marigela is one of my favorite designers of all time! In this case, I’ve cuffed these straight-leg, slightly distressed jeans to reveal the bold silhouette of these Chelsea boots (by Margiela, of course). It’s a no-fuss look that’s built around clean lines, which really allows bold accessories to shine.” -Jeeyeon Lee

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BARNEYS NEW YORK Oxford Cloth Shirt / CURRENT/ELLIOTT The Boyfriend Crop Jeans / Similar TOMASINI PARIS Studded Crossbody / MAISON MARGIELA Platform Chelsea Boots

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