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Closet Staples Part 1: JEANS | Merrick’s Art

closet staples part 1: jeans

I’m so excited to introduce a brand new collection on my weblog, all about CLOSET STAPLES! Every month this yr I’ll be speaking a few staple it is best to have in your closet, sharing outfit concepts, and buying choices. At present let’s speak about denims!


Outfit Particulars: 
Pink Turtleneck Sweater
Mott and Bow Denims (TTS and so snug!)
Leopard Ankle Boots (Leopard is bought out however they’re nonetheless out there in BLACK, Comparable leopard bootie HERE, 
Previous Black Quilted Bag (Comparable HERE) 


Let’s speak about closet staples!

I’m so excited to be beginning this weblog collection about closet staples! This has been within the works for actually years and years and years, as I’ve labored on my closet and found out which items I actually need, actually love, and actually put on.

Right here’s what you’ll see on this collection each month throughout 2019.

Every month throughout 2018 I’ll be sharing a unique closet staple, with again to again posts overlaying:

  • an introduction of the closet staple of the month
  • numerous types of this closet staple and which of them work greatest for YOU
  • my favourite manufacturers and/or good purchasing choices for that closet staple
  • Outfit concepts for the closet staple

So in the present day we’ll cowl types and purchasing choices, after which come again tomorrow to see outfit and styling concepts!


Keep in mind, this can be a foundational wardrobe record.

Earlier than we get began, I need to point out that this isn’t the end-all-be-all record. This can be a foundational wardrobe. I’ve loads of different issues in my closet apart from these 12 gadgets.

This record is for these of you who look in your closet and don’t know what’s going on in there; nothing is sensible and it’s arduous to place collectively outfits, however you haven’t any concept the place to start out.

That is your start line.

Are you prepared?!


Oh wait…first, a few disclaimers.

Disclaimer: This listing of closet necessities won’t work for everybody. There’s actually no one-list-fits-all listing of necessities. I perceive that. Should you work at a job that requires every day pant fits, this closet necessities listing might be not for you. For those who’re the queen of England, this closet necessities listing might be not for you. That is my tried and true listing of closet staples that work for me — a do business from home mother with younger youngsters, who typically will get dressed up for date night time, and wears a gown to church each Sunday. And I feel that’s fairly just like most of you too. However in case you are the queen of England, thanks for studying my weblog 🙂

closet essentials for the everyday woman

Disclaimer #2: you’ll see on my record above that I don’t have some other pants listed. Denims solely. It’s because I don’t actually put on some other pants in addition to denims. That’s a private choice, and you’re welcome so as to add different pants to your closet as your way of life sees match. I’ll be together with a number of “non-jean pant” choices in tomorrow’s weblog submit!


Let’s speak about a number of widespread types of denims.

Right here’s the factor. There are such a lot of physique varieties on the market, and so many types of denims. Attempt some totally different types and see what works for YOUR physique sort!

  • SKINNY. Clearly my favourite fashion. Virtually each pair of denims I personal has a thin leg. There are many new straight leg and extensive leg cropped denims approaching the scene, however my opinion is that skinny leg denims are right here to remain for a very long time. They appear flattering on principally everybody, so long as you decide a great rise in your physique sort and the size of the jean is true in your peak. Tip: you principally can’t go mistaken with a mid-rise ankle-length skinny jean, LIKE THESE ONES.
  • STRAIGHT LEG. We’re seeing extra of this fashion because the mother denims development continues, and I feel they’re the easiest once they’re a cropped or ankle size, LIKE THESE ONES. Avoid straight leg denims that go all the best way right down to your footwear or are lengthy sufficient to bunch up round your footwear.
  • FLARED. I liked flares again within the day, however I haven’t gotten into them as a lot as they’ve re-emerged a couple of occasions within the final 10 years. Nevertheless, they’re superb for petite women! Should you’re in search of peak, placed on a pair of heels or heeled boots and bootcut or flared denims that hit simply an inch under the bottom and your legs will look an additional 10 inches lengthy! I’m additionally seeing cropped flared denims (LIKE THESE ONES) and personally I feel they’re unflattering on anybody with a single curve.
  • MOM JEANS. I’ve to confess I’ve come round to the mother denims. Additionally I feel they fashion choices are higher now than when the development began. These are the sunshine rinse, tremendous excessive waisted, straight legged denims that remind you of your mother in each house video out of your childhood. Levi’s does them higher than anybody, for my part, so in case you’re on the mother jean practice, I like to recommend theirs — LIKE THIS PAIR!
  • BOYFRIEND/GIRLFRIEND. These are the outsized denims which have that lived-in, stole them out of your boyfriend look. I really like them so long as they’re not too outsized. Many shops have a “slim boyfriend” choice (LIKE THESE ONES).  And I all the time advocate sporting them with a female prime or heels to offset the masculinity.
  • WIDE LEG CROP. These are sometimes excessive waisted, fitted on the waist and hips, and the flare out to a large leg. LIKE THESE ONES.  They need to hit proper round or above your ankle bone. I’m seeing these all over the place within the final yr or so and I feel they appear so cool with a shirt tucked in and paired with sandals in the summertime or tall ankle boots within the winter. I personally keep away from them as a result of my hips are the widest a part of my physique, and the best way the pants hug my hips after which flare out is unflattering for my physique sort.


How about totally different colours of denims?

No, not speaking about coloured denims. The purple denims craze from 2010 can keep there, so far as I’m involved.

  • BLACK JEANS. I stay in black denims within the winter. THESE ones from AEO are my very favourite.
  • GRAY JEANS. I’ve owned many pairs of grey denims through the years, and I like a light-weight grey pair within the spring and summer time, and a darkish grey pair within the winter. I’ve been sporting THESE Sanctuary ones a bunch this winter.
  • WHITE JEANS. I really like a pair of white denims for the summer time! So crisp and clear, and excellent with mild blues, navy, pinks, and, in fact, extra white. Within the winter, white denims can completely work — I’d advocate pairing them with deeper and richer hues like black, grey, camel, burgundy, forest inexperienced, and so forth. to make them really feel season applicable. I purchased THIS Clean NYC PAIR final yr and wore them a ton. They’re not see by means of and have a great stretch.
red j.crew turtleneck sweater and dark wash jeans
mott and bow dark wash jeans

Are “jeggings” nonetheless a factor, and will I put on them or avoid them?

Jeggings ARE nonetheless a factor. Nevertheless, they’ve come a looong means because the days of “pajama denims.” Do you keep in mind that infomercial??

Jeggings simply signifies that it’s extra of a stretch denim, quite than a real denim, and that makes them tremendous snug. They’re a keep at house mother’s greatest good friend trigger you possibly can really feel cozy however look put collectively.

I personally advocate the jegging line from American Eagle. They nonetheless feel and appear like denim (not like stretchy material) however they’ve a very good quantity of stretch and are tremendous snug. I’ve owned a number of pairs and put on measurement 4.


What’s the level of getting darkish wash, mild wash, mid rinse denims? Do I want all three??

I like proudly owning at the least certainly one of every, as a result of they serve totally different functions for me.

  • Darkish wash denims are probably the most slimming, and are very straightforward to decorate up. My Mott and Bow denims are my present favourite darkish wash pair for winter and date nights.
  • Mild wash denims are in all probability the least slimming (lighter colours are likely to make you look wider, the place darker colours make you look narrower), however I really like a light-weight wash pair of denims in the summertime as a result of they’ve a really informal really feel. I purchased an excellent comparable model of THESE H&M JEANS final spring and wore them continuously. You possibly can see me sporting them HERE.
  • Mid rinse denims are the in between. They’re someplace in between darkish and lightweight wash, and could be dressed up or dressed down. They’re probably the most versatile wash. However I’ll point out that through the winter, I discover myself sporting them a lot much less — I’m reaching for my darkish wash, black, and darkish grey denims probably the most. My favourite mid rinse denims are THESE ONES from Madewell.
how to pick the right jeans

What are my favourite manufacturers of denims?

  • Madewell.  Their 9″ and 10″ rise skinny denims are my very favourite. Their denims are superb high quality, and the pairs I’ve owned are true to measurement and don’t stretch out.
  • Mott and Bow. I’ve owned two and beloved them. They’re light-weight, stretchy, flattering, and tremendous snug. THIS PAIR is on present repeat.
  • BlankNYC. I fell in love with the model once I purchased THESE JEANS about 5 years in the past. I additionally purchased THIS PAIR in the course of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale final summer time. I discover that they run somewhat on the small aspect, and their denim is sturdy and has a tiny little bit of stretch to it.
  • American Eagle. Like I stated above, their jegging line is my favourite. I put on a measurement 4 they usually’re an excellent sturdy denim with plenty of stretch. I’ve lived in these BLACK JEANS for the previous few months.
  • Levi’s. In the event you’re in search of a very good pair of mother denims, Levi’s is your model. However additionally they have another actually good types. I really like THIS SKINNY PAIR a lot and put on them continuously in the summertime.


WHEW! Did you make it by way of?

Depart a remark if I left one thing out, or you’ve a further query!

And don’t overlook to verify again tomorrow to see a bunch of styling and outfit concepts!

pictures by Priscilla Frey


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