The Best Ways to Mix Denim
Tonal blues are easier to wear than multicolored patterns.
Mari-Ange Carmen
31, Aspiring Writer-Actress

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Unlike last season's printed jeans—which had the unfortunate effect of making big areas look bigger—Mari-Ange's indigo-on-indigo Lucky Brand jeans do the opposite: The subtle pattern looks almost like vertical stripes, with the same slimming effect. "This was very prairie-looking, but I enjoyed trying something different. I could also see mixing the shirt with leather pants or the jeans with a crisp white top."

Jeans, Lucky Brand Jeans, $119. Shirt, Chico's, $79. Belt, Brave Leather. Boots, N.D.C. Made By Hand.
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From top down:

American Eagle Outfitters, $60;

Guess, $128;

MiH Jeans, $233;

Closed, $208, E Street Denim; 847-433-8388

Vigoss, $79;

JAG Jeans, $84;

Dittos, $118;
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Tie-Dyed Denim

Splurge (left column)
Rag & Bone, $253; for stores

Tory Burch, $195;

Tip: Tie-dyed details visually slim your legs.

Steal (right column)
H&M, $50; for stores.

This shirt looks supercute with white jeans.

Jones New York Jeans, $79;
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How to Get It Right
  • When wearing a denim top and bottom, make one significantly darker than the other to avoid the "Texas tuxedo" effect.

  • Bright prints are not your thighs’ best friends—blue-on-blue patterns are much more wearable.

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