This is for everyone who sticks with one tried-and-true pair of jeans — and everyone else who is overwhelmed by the new cuts and washes available at our fingertips.
From '70s-inspired to modernly relaxed to artfully destroyed, denim is enjoying a huge fashion moment this Spring, and we'd be remiss to paint ourselves into a corner when it comes to our not-so-basic blues. In the name of your well-rounded denim wardrobe, here are the essential Gap Inc. denim buys this season.
The Keep-Forever Classics
Always start with a good foundation — classic pieces are the building blocks of the ideal denim wardrobe. They're jeans that never go out of style, but are still trendy now. Case in point, Gap's Authentic 1969 Best Girlfriend Jeans. Relaxed without ever veering into baggy territory, these straight-legged pants will seriously go with everything you own. If you like those but want a darker wash, try on Banana Republic's Medium Wash Boyfriend Jean on for size. Prefer a tighter fit? The ultimate ankle-skimming pants are Gap's AUTHENTIC 1969 True Skinny Jeans are what you're after. The dark wash and leg-defining silhouette will go with all your favorite tops.
Staying Super On-Trend
Did you ever think that '70s-inspired flares would have another moment in the sun? They have in a big way, and styling these retro-inspired pieces has never been easier. First off, start with a classic flare, like Old Navy's High-Rise Flare Jeans. Tuck in a patterned blouse and pair with some cute boots or sandals for a full-on retro outfit. If it's still a bit chilly, try pairing them with a classic crewneck sweater for a decade-blurring look. Banana Republic's Light Wash Flare Jean are a subtle take on the '70s vibe, just begging to be paired with a heeled shoe (and pretty much any top because: versatile!). Ditto for Old Navy's Cropped Flare Jeans, which will look great with sandals.
If subtlety isn't your bag, check out Gap's AUTHENTIC 1969 Patch Pocket Flare Jeans. This pair feels like it was transported directly from the hippie era, with groovy geometric front pockets and visibly seamed pant cuffs.
Don't listen to naysayers who suggest denim is best destroyed after you buy them. There's an art to the effortlessly cool ripped-up look — and there are plenty of great options available. We're currently enamored by Banana Republic's picks: the Deconstructed Boyfriend Jean and the Light Wash Patchwork Straight Leg. The former's a bit more roughed up, the latter a bit more subtle. Old Navy's distressed game is strong in the Boyfriend Distressed Skinny Ankle Jean; its abrasions, whiskering and paint splatter give it a lived-in look right off the rack. But all provide unlimited styling possibilities — dress 'em up or down.
Trying to lighten up a bit? Gap's AUTHENTIC 1969 Destructed True Skinny Jeans pair the best of all worlds: on-trend light denim, skinny silhouette and the crucial destroyed detailing. And don't forget the impact of patchwork denim, which is all at once super modern, vintage-inspired and casually destroyed. If you're intrigued, Gap AUTHENTIC 1969 Patchwork Best Girlfriend Jeans are for you.
Denim Beyond Jeans
Old Navy's Buttoned Up Midi Skirt, though technically not denim, has a great denim feel that aligns perfectly with warmer-weather season — because who isn't thinking about sunnier days? It will look perfect now with a cozy sweater, and great later with a lighter, more flowy top. If you're looking for the nostalgic comfort of denim all over, grab Gap's 1969 Denim Western Tie Shirtdress, which you don't need to be a cowgirl to cop. Layering is crucial come spring, so you're going to want some denim outerwear. First up: Gap's 1969 Utility Denim Jacket, which features pockets to hold everything you own and waist-defining ruching.
Which Gap, Inc. garment is just right for you?