Jeans for Every Occasion

UPDATED 08/04/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/04/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

Casual

The first rule? There are no rules. But there is a look: well-worn (think sun-faded) with strategically placed holes and frayed pocket edges. Hot styles are cropped and deconstructed. The fit is "below the belly button but not too low," says L.A. stylist Joey Tierney.

R.I.P.: Anything with cargo pockets.

GAP
Cropped Stiletto jean
$49.50 (gap.com)

GREAT FOR: All figures.
WHY: Low rise and slim leg.

Wear with...

UNITED COLORS OF BENETTON
Acrylic knit poncho
$79(800-535-4491)

TED BAKER LONDON
Wool Cypher jacket
$295 (212-343-8989)

UGG
Sheepskin shopper bag
$180 (shopkitson.com)

RAFE
Pink suede city boot
$465 (rafe.com)

HUDSON
Novelty jean
$143 (shopintuition.com)

GREAT FOR: Most body types.
WHY: Stretch waist, flared leg offer comfy fit.

EVISU
Distressed-denim jeans
$460 (Blue Genes, 404-231-3400)

GREAT FOR: The petite, small-waisted.
WHY: The low rise, and sizes run small.

Hot New Line

Jean Paul Da'mage brings his custom-made designs to the masses. His mission: to make a jean that fits all body types, from curvy to stick-straight.

DA'MAGE WHITE
Angela low-rise jean
$179 (Atrium, 212-354-5740)

CELEB STYLE

Fresh, fitted, slightly funky

ELLE MACPHERSON pairing jeans with low-heeled boots for a day of shopping in London.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY attending a World AIDS Day event in London in Miss Sixty jeans.

SARAH JESSICA PARKER strolling Manhattan in tapered jeans and flats.

HALLE BERRY heading out on the N.Y.C. talk show circuit in Blue Cult jeans.

Work

Many Wall Street firms are still holdouts, but jeans with a jacket or cardigan work in most offices, says Terrence Bogan of Barneys Co-op. Look for: Washes that are darker (no whisking), with tailored, not tattered, details; jeans that fit more like trousers, with a flared or slightly tapered leg; and lengths that are long enough to work with a pump.

TREND ALERT: "Customers are requesting a higher waistline," says Bogan.

SEVEN FOR ALL MANKIND
Lulu trouser-cut jean
$144 (shopbop.com)

GREAT FOR: Most bodies.
WHY: Trouser fit and wide waistband minimize butt.

Wear with...

H HILFIGER
Wool pinstriped blazer
$290 (888-T0MMY-4U)

EXPRESS
Vest ($68), shirt ($54) and belt ($28) (expressfashion.com)

H HILFIGER
Suede bag $158 (888-T0MMY-4U)

VIA SPIGA
Faux-croc Berga pump
$189 (800-557-0250)

20X BY WRANGLER
Houston low-rise trouser jean
$40 (20x.com)

GREAT FOR: Curvy and athletic builds.
WHY: More room in hips and thighs.

NOTIFY
Low-rise, classic-fit Tulipa jean, $265 (Bloomingdale's, 212-705-2000)

GREAT FOR: Slim, boyish figures.
WHY: Straight up-and-down fit and low rise.

Hot New Line

Henry Duarte, famed for pricey leather designs loved by pop stars Christina Aguilera and Sheryl Crow, launches a line for the rest of us.

DUARTE JEANS
Bootcut mid-rise Claire jean
$170 (Barneys New York, 212-826-8900)

CELEB STYLE

Cool, clean and coordinated

JENNIFER ANISTON topping a flared pair with a fitted jacket and shirt in Beverly Hills.

LIV TYLER working the red carpet at a N.Y.C. benefit in high-waisted Chloe jeans.

SHERYL CROW taking in Richard Tyler's spring 2004 show in his jeans.

CONNIE NIELSEN accessorizing Miu Miu jeans with pearls and a cinched jacket for a N.Y.C. premiere.

Evening

Nighttime is the right time for sexy: Go for the tightest fit, a lower cut. Though jeans aren't welcome everywhere (New York City's '21' Club bans them), celebs are turning the red carpet blue, dressing them up with glitzy accessories. Office jeans go uptown; ripped jeans go downtown.

SEXY TIP: Cuffing jeans is a great way to show off fabulous shoes normally hidden under long hems.

MISS SIXTY
Extra-low-rise bootcut Ty jeans
$119 (Blooming dale's, 212-705-2000)

GREAT FOR: Curves and long legs.
WHY: Contoured waist and stretch cotton hug curves.

Wear with...

DEVELOPMENT
Wool blazer with tulle trim
$442 (Barneys New York, 212-826-8900)

LAROK
Pink cashmere halter
$165 (blaec.com)

HYPE HANDBAGS
Cracked-leather metallic clutch
$75 (800-847-0072)

KATE SPADE
Metallic Holly heel
$255 (saks.com)

JOE'S JEANS
Palmer Starlet low-rise, straight-leg jean
$145 (Jasmine Sola, 617-867-4636)

GREAT FOR: The slim-hipped.
WHY: Fitted silhouette lengthens legs and flattens butt.

BLUE 2
Medium-rise flare-leg jean
$88 (majolie.com)

GREAT FOR: Curvy and boyish figures.
WHY: Higher rise and flared leg balance proportions.

Hot New Line

Former Paper Denim & Cloth designer/cofounder Scott Morrison created the frayed and ragged jeans to celebrate the concept of beauty in Imperfection.

EARNEST SEWN
Bootcut Hefner 02 jean
$180 (Bloomingdale's, 212-705-2000)

CELEB STYLE

Sleek, sexy, sizzling

ANGIE HARMON striking a pose in cuffed jeans at the Fall 2004 fashion shows.

EVAN RACHEL WOOD shining in Seven jeans at an L.A. premiere.

CLAIRE DANES glitzing up a New York City benefit in Citizens of Humanity jeans.

LINDSAY LOHAN grinning and baring it at an L.A. premiere in Abercrombie & Fitch jeans.

Jeans Tips from a Pro

Model Karolina Kurkova loves her jeans and explains how you can live in yours

TIP 1 Not sure which style?

"Go for bootcut jeans. They give really good shape to your leg. They even make your legs look longer and slimmer."

TIP 2 Check the rear pockets.

"If they're too long, they'll hang below your butt, which can make your butt look bigger, longer and wider."

TIP 3 Think about proportion.

"If I'm wearing tight jeans, I'll probably wear something loose on top—maybe a great cropped jacket with a turtleneck. With baggier jeans, something tighter on top to balance the look."

TIP 4 Don't go too low.

"It looks trashy. Even if you have a beautiful body, you don't need to show it to everyone. Jeans can be low, but not so low that your butt is showing."

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