With an array of denim washes, cuts, and colors it can become overwhelming to choose exactly which one is right for you. We all have different complexions. Different shades work differently for each person. I often get asked by my styling clients what I think is missing from their wardrobe, or what they need. I always answer that question with my simple and basic guidelines to denim basics. Light, dark, and black. With these three washes and shades you can instantly change any look.
A light wash is great for a casual daytime look. Here I’ve dressed each look with the same plain tee, and you can see the different type of look each wash gives to my image. I usually wear light washes when I’m going for that casual look. I like to keep things light during the day as I'm always on the go. Wearing light denim can instantly turn any “dressy” top down to have a casual feel. This is the wash I probably have the most of since I’m always in denim, and the most comfortable in.
The second wash I recommend is a dark wash. I only recently started to love this shade. Find a pair that is the same dark wash all throughout the pair. This gives the look a more ‘night’ time appropriate denim look, or can make your daytime look more polished and formal. It’s easy to dress this look with a pair of heels for a great casual nighttime look. Plus it’s easy to pair with any top color. I usually wear this wash when I’m trying to look a little more sophisticated, but still have a slight casual feel since it is denim after all. This dark wash can also make you look more slender and elongate your stature.
Finally, the last wash I recommend is black. When I say black, I don’t mean black slacks, but specifically black denim. Having a pair of black denim allows you to wear this pair with almost anything, and can go from casual to formal. Sometimes when I’m having a hard time matching a certain top or print to my denim, having a pair of jet black ‘denim’ pair makes it easier to do this while still keeping it casual and relaxed. In those instances where I want to dress it up, it is easily done with a pair of fancy heels, a light flowing top all styled the right way.
These three washes are the basics of denim. If you are looking to update your wardrobe and want to incorporate key pieces, these denim basics of light, dark, and black are a must in any fashion lover’s closet. These three will give you the most versatility with just three different pairs. And, if you are looking to edit and de clutter your stack of denim, pick your favorite pair from the three categories and you’ll be set! Having a good wardrobe doesn’t mean you need to have an array of options to choose from, instead, it is important to have the right options that will give you the most out of every look.