The Denim Guide

Real talk: I own about 17 pairs of denim. And there’s signs of growth.

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THE LOOK | zara sweater (similar here and here), raw hem denim, brown belt, beige bag, chanel flats (identical), lip color – dragon girl, celine sunglasses, custom necklace

I definitely consider myself a denim lover. I own everything from $10 jeans to designer denim and love them all equally. There are so many things I love about denim and look for in denim. I love denim with sweaters (duh). I love denim with heels. I love denim with tucked in oxfords. I love denim with flats. You get the picture. I love denim!

I wanted to create a little “guide” for those who are looking for a certain type of denim but aren’t sure where to start!

M Y   F A V O R I T E   F I T S

The Skinny Jean

If I had to choose a pair of jeans to live in forever, it would be a skinny jean. This is probably the cut I own the most of. For whatever reason, I find these the most comfortable and most versatile of the denim fits. I love that you can wear skinny denim with flats, heels, booties, and really anything. My favorite jeans are between this Gap pair and this 7 For All Mankind pair. They’re both nearly identical and I’ve had both pairs for years (seriously since my junior year of college). I highly recommend them both! I also can’t discredit my Rag & Bone high waisted jeans. They’re SO comfortable and the high waist gives me a little bit of length.

The Boyfriend Jean

My first pair of boyfriend jeans were from American Eagle. I was a senior in high school and I thought I was SO cool. And then throughout the years, I’ve accumulated a few more pairs. My favorite, by far, is this pair. They’re so comfortable, so effortless and I wear them with everything from sneakers to heels.

The Destroyed (Skinny) Jean

There’s something so effortlessly cool about a pair of destroyed denim. I realized that most of my favorite boyfriend jeans are also destroyed, but I still think destroyed denim in other cuts deserves its own praise. When I bought this pair, I knew I was going to love them so much. I love how a pair of ripped jeans just gives off this “I really don’t care what I look like” vibe, even though you clearly do. Or like “I just rolled out of bed and threw this look together.” Even though you didn’t. I love wearing this kind of denim with an oversized t-shirt.

The Straight Leg

This might be my least worn of the bunch, but still love em. My most recent denim purchase was a more fun pair of denim. This raw hem pair is definitely on trend, but something I’ll wear for a while. I like that these are a bit more of a relaxed fit, and the raw hem looks fun with a pair of ballet flats. This pair (technically destroyed too) is also a great option if you are looking for a pair of designer denim.

For this particular look, I wanted to be super casual. I paired my new denim with a tie sleeve sweater (because I’m into those these days). I love wearing denim with flats when I have a million and one things to do. My Chanel flats have been my go-to shoe for everything. I know they’re a bit of a splurge, but they’re probably the most comfortable flat I’ve ever owned and obviously just a classic. If you’re not looking to make an investment right now, I found a great pair of dupes!


 photos by allie provost

  • I’m right there with ya! My jeans no longer fit in my closet

  • I’m right there with ya… my jeans no longer fit in my closet, but I’m not stopping. Also, dying over the the price of those jeans!

    xx Caroline

    • Dana Mannarino

      Right?! My denim shelf is about to collapse! Also, these jeans are SOOOOO comfy!

  • I’m such a denim lover! You can never have enough pairs… I love trying out new styles and love your picks!

    Brittany 🙂

    • Dana Mannarino

      I agree! Always good to have a few (lot) pairs in rotation 😉

  • 17 pairs!! I love it, lady! Denim is my go-to especially during the colder month. Love all your picks!

    Rachel /

    • Dana Mannarino

      Crazy, right? 😉 I agree, I love a good pair of denim in the winter, they’re cozy and help keep you warm!

  • Kristin Kohler

    I am also a huge denim lover! I haven’t counted lately but I probably have somewhere around the same amount…my jeans shelf is overflowing! Haha but I seriously can’t resist picking more up to try on when shopping. You never know when the next pair is going to be ‘the one!’

    • Dana Mannarino

      Mine too! I feel like I have lots of “the one”s 😉

  • Kristina

    I’m in love with these bell sleeves! My favorite denims are from Topshop and Zara – they fit the best!

    • Dana Mannarino

      Thank you, Kristina! I have a great pair of jeans from Zara! I also have a cool grey pair from Topshop!

  • LOVE your sweater! The bell sleeves are so fun, love they had the little bow straps on them too!

    xo, Chloe //

    • Dana Mannarino

      Thanks, Chloe! It’s really cozy too!

  • So loving the sleeves on that sweater. Cute outfit and post gal!

    Xx Taylor

    • Dana Mannarino

      Aww thank you so much my friend!

  • maria beneventano

    This was a great post! When it comes to denim, there are really so many options out there, that it some times becomes difficult to choose a pair! You seem to have some great denim options!

    • Dana Mannarino

      Aww thank you! I’m so happy you enjoyed it. I agree, there’s a lot of denim out there…I think it comes down to knowing what styles, fits and brands you like and kind of go from there!

  • Mes Voyages à Paris

    Very casual and chic outfit! So Wonderful dear! xx


    Mónica Sors



    • Dana Mannarino

      Aww thank you so much!

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