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ASK US ANYTHING: DENIM EDITION

You had q’s, we’ve got a’s. From wearing white jeans without looking like you just stepped off a catamaran to getting your cuff juuuuust right, our super stylist Lauren weighs in with her thoughts.

@rajkumar_cs:
Should I belt or not belt with denim pants?

“I generally prefer no belt with jeans, especially if you’re wearing an untucked T-shirt or button-down. The hem will likely hang over the belt, which gives your waist a bulky look. If you do want to wear a belt, I suggest going a little bit retro with a tucked-in white tee, light wash jeans and classic high-tops.”

@ajxcooper:
Are cropped jeans a thing for guys?

“Cropped jeans are very much a thing for guys. Just make sure they hit at or slightly above your ankles. As for shoes, I like boots or sneakers—and don’t be afraid to add a colorful pair of socks.”

@mark_lesser:
Okay, for real though, how do you pull off white jeans?

“Stick with the classics. A subtle graphic tee, a denim jacket, sneakers—boom, you’re done. White on white is cool, but it can be intimidating. Instead, I recommend a black tee with white jeans and black boots—still monochromatic but more laid-back. Oh, and I don’t think white jeans should stay pristine. Like any other pair, they should look a little lived in.”

@______mike___e:
How do you feel about jean shorts or cutoffs during the hot summer days?

Cutoffs are really fun in the summer with a vintage-inspired shirt, like one with a camp collar. As far as length, the only real rule of thumb is that they should never hit below your knees—keep them right above or a few inches higher, depending on how much leg you want to show.”

@j.sotol:
What are good ways for cuffing your jeans?

“A single big cuff (around 2–2.5 inches tall) works well with any style of jeans. If you wear a relaxed straight fit, I suggest ‘pegging’ the bottom for a tapered look. To do that, pull the jeans tightly against your leg, gathering the excess fabric at your heel. Fold that fabric over your ankle, then roll up two to three times, keeping the fold intact as you do. It might take a few tries to get right, so don’t be discouraged.”

Thanks for your expert advice, Lauren! Ready to put it to good use? Our new arrivals are the perfect place to start.