Denim: A Love Story – Abigail Nora
Denim: A Love Story – Abigail Nora

Denim: A Love Story – Abigail Nora

I was catching up on my favorite blogs the other day, and one shared an article featuring eight pairs of can’t-live-without-denim. Eight! That’s a pair a day for a week plus one extra. Meanwhile, I’m over here wearing essentially the exact same pair of Madewell skinny jeans every single day. (The high-rise fit? Life changing! I don’t know what took me so long, but I’ll never let go.)

And I think there’s something to be said for that approach, too. I’m not a true minimalist and likely couldn’t pull off a capsule wardrobe because frankly, I like stuff and shopping too much. However, streamlining and editing your closet really does make life that much simpler. And I firmly believe denim should be part of any good, streamlined closet. Everyone can wear it, from preps to tomboys to It girls and street-style stars.

I know it’s kind of in vogue right now to hate pants (see: Beyoncé), but I wear pants far more than I wear skirts and dresses — preferably those of the skinny, denim variety. Heck, sometimes I will even throw pants on underneath a dress. Because pants are actually great. They’re versatile, comfortable and, yes, flattering… when you find the right pair.

However, I don’t think I’d know what to do with myself if I owned eight pairs of jeans. Like I said, I’ve got one favorite pair that’s in heavy rotation, and I really only need (in the truest, literal sense of the word) that one pair. But because this is a style blog, and I’m really bad at distinguishing needs versus wants, we’re going to bump that number up to three, plus one “trendier” pair.

Here’s the thing, though: these are essentially the exact same pair of jeans. They work for me. High-rise skinny, preferably from Madewell, is my denim match. That style complements nearly everything in my wardrobe: flats, boots, tees, going out tops, whatever. Sure, I was very excited when I scored a pair of J Brand boyfriend jeans on super duper sale…but I keep going back to the Madewell skinnies. Because I love them. Your denim love story? It might be something completely different!

So, without further ado, here are the four pairs of denim that pretty much make up the foundation of my wardrobe:


Image: Madewell

ONE. LIGHT WASH HIGH RISE SKINNY JEANS

A great, everyday pair of denim in a classic wash – the OG, if you will. Buy: Madewell / Nordstrom


Image: Madewell

TWO. DARK WASH HIGH RISE SKINNY JEANS

A “fancier” pair, for when you need to dress it up a little. Buy: MadewellNordstrom


Image: Madewell

THREE. BLACK HIGH RISE SKINNY JEANS

Everyone needs a pair of black jeans, useful in occasions where you don’t want to wear a Canadian tuxedo and/or maybe can’t get away with leggings. Buy: Madewell Nordstrom


Image: Tuula Vintage

FOUR. BLACK DISTRESSED HIGH RISE SKINNY JEANS

This is the “trendy” pair. Distressing is in, and it’s hard to find a pair of jeans with the perfect knee rips — in fact, I’m still looking. This pair looks promising. But they just add a bit of “It Girl” to any outfit that other jeans don’t.

Buy: Madewell