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Tuesday, February 25th 2014

Which Wash? The Search for Non-Dark Denim

I just bought a new couch. It’s my first big furniture purchase, and I am extremely protective of it, which has had an unintended consequence on my wardrobe. The majority of my denim is in a super-flattering dark wash—great for me, not so great on my newly acquired light tan sofa. Instead of throwing up my hands to the inevitable blue stains, I’m investing in some less transferable washes: light and white.

Pair these J Brand Love Story Flares with a chambray AG Adriano Goldschmied shirt in a slightly lighter shade for a cool denim-on-denim look.

Say “light-wash denim” to a child of the ’80s/’90s and you can expect a wave of nightmarish tales about acid-wash. But the modern renditions have none of the tapered waist, long back pocket, or mom-jean fit issues of the past. I’m obsessed with both the lightest-hued J Brand Love Story Jeans and the super-distressed One Teaspoon Freebird Jeans.

Distressed white Free People jeans and an A.L.C. sweater offer a fresh take on transitional spring dressing.

A perfect pair of white denim is a wardrobe must. They are worth the risk of spills (not that I’ll ever be eating or drinking on my new couch) and the necessity of nude underwear. Nothing feels as fresh as white jeans in spring. Skinnies are a no brainer, but a bell-bottom silhouette can add an unexpected nautical sensibility.

--Libby S.

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