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5 New Denim Styles and How to Wear Them

With Spring officially here and Summer on the horizon, it’s time to talk about the denim styles that will get you through the next few months. Sure, you may spend many of your days in cutoffs and mini skirts, but what will you wear when those simply won’t cut it? Enter ELLE.com’s jean-ius (ha!) guide. With this masterclass, we’ll bring you up to speed on the best old-school silhouettes, fresh cuts with unexpected hemlines, and of course what to wear with every style.

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ELOQUII High Rise Wide Leg Denim, $89.90; eloquii.com. Lane Bryant Essential Cotton Cami, $19.95; lanebryant.com. F.R.S For Restless Sleepers Philotes Printed Cotton and Silk-Blend Twill Shirt, $875; net-a-porter.com. Mlouye Mini Lantern Bag, $460; mlouye.com. Lady Grey Eva Collar in Rhodium, $288; ladygreyjewelry.com. Cecilia Rosetta shoes, $155; cecelianewyork.com.

Tired of your usual skinny jeans? Me too, which is why wide legs are such an exciting pick for summer. Opposites attract when it comes to the type of shirt you should wear with these jeans—think a crisp button down or tube top (always tucked in!)—but feel free to get chunky with your shoes. Espadrilles, flatforms, platfrom sneakers: anything that will add height and elongate your leg are the perfect partner for your jeans.

Madewell Cali Demi-Boot Jeans, $128; madewell.com. Ulla Johnson Amandine Blouse, $265; ullajohnson.com. Mlouye Mini Triangle Bag, $420; mlouye.com. iRi Red Neoprene Pumps, $290; irinyc.com. Madewell Three-Pack Hoop Earring Set, $32; madewell.com. Parpala Jewelry Alma Necklace, $72; parpalajewelry.com. Closer by WWAKE Wrap Neck Cuff, $464; closerbywwake.com.

Kick flare jeans (also known as cropped flares) have quickly gone from trendy to trusted, so if you don’t own a pair already, now is the time. Choose a style that hits right above the ankle to avoid any confusion (“Are those high-waters or nah?”) and finish with heels that have a low vamp so more of your leg can show.

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J Brand Joan High-Rise Wide-Leg Crop, $248; jbrandjeans.com. Tibi Pleated Cropped Top, $525; tibi.com. Cecelia Hibiscus shoes, $195; cecelianewyork.com. Brother Vellies Small Nusa Disc bag, $395; garmentory.com. Henri Bendel Heart Scarf and Key Fob Holder, $28; henribendel.com. Henri Bendel Whimsy Beach Cabana Skinny Mini Scarf, $48; henribendel.com. Lady Grey Alma Ring, $168; ladygreyjewelry.com. Lady Grey Palette Earrings, $228; ladygreyjewelry.com.

Why cuff your own jeans when you can buy a pair with a hemline that’s been perfectly folded for you? Jeans like this have a bit of a sturdier feel for them, so your shoes should match that weighty vibe. Go for a low, chunky heel or sky-high platforms (if that’s your thing), so long as the shoe doesn’t read as dainty. A bright top screams it’s time for cocktails, but these also look great with a regular old white T.

No. 21 Straight Leg Pants, $450; farfetch.com. Assembly New York Non Collar Blouse, $276; assemblynewyork.com. 3.1 Phillip Lim Oversized Belted Blazer, $850; 31philliplim.com. Sigerson Morrison Jeanie Slingback shoes, $375; sigersonmorrison.com. Closer by WWAKE Painted Veil Earrings, $515; totokaelo.com. Bing Bang NYC Scarpa Concave Studs, $69; bingbangnyc.com.

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Surprise! Stove pipe jeans are back and better than ever. But these aren’t the ones you wore in the ’90s. With a polished touch and dark finish you’ll find yourself reaching for these when you want a dressier option on casual Fridays. Proportion is key here: jean legs should fall straight and hit right below the ankle. A trip to the tailor ensures they fit perfectly— scrunching at the ankle is definitely not the wave.

American Eagle Wide Leg Crop Jean, $49.95; ae.com. Jill Stuart Colette Open Back Knit, $440; modaoperandi.com. Creatures of Comfort Pierre Trench Floral Habotai, $620; creaturesofcomfort.us. Common Projects Original Achilles Low Sneaker, $395; forzieri.com. Building Block Puck in Sun bag, $395; building–block.com. Lady Grey Palette Earrings, $228; ladygreyjewelry.com.

These may not seem like the most flattering cut upon first glance, but I guarantee you’ll find yourself reaching for them more and more as the days go on. Fit almost like a cropped trouser, these jeans work with sneakers for a daytime bop through the farmer’s market, but add a sleek ankle strap and voila: you’re ready for happy hour margaritas with the girls. The most versatile of all styles shown here, grab both a light wash and dark wash then watch the outfit ideas pile up.

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Photographer: Tyler Joe; Stylist: Renata Gar | Makeup by Hiro Yonemoto for Charlotte Tilbury Beauty @ Art Department Charlotte Tilbury | Hair by Yukiko Tajima at See Management using Oribe | Models:Dana Conlin @ Jag Models | Madison Kirkbride @ Wilhelmina | Alisha Shepard @ Muse

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