Natalie Geld, 48

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Natalie Geld, 48
Nonprofit Creative Director

Trend Alert
Faded denim is back in a big way, from light blues to sun-bleached pastels. "This is such a cool wash," says Natalie of her Yummie by Heather Thomson jeans. "And the waistband is perfect: I can sit and bend without adjusting it. I also love how the slimmer bootcut makes my legs look so long."

Jeans, Yummie by Heather Thomson, $108. Jacket, Zara, $90. Shirt, PureDKNY, $215. Necklace, Ben-Amun. Belt, BCBG Max Azaria. Ring, Pamela Love. Shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti Design.
Colorful faded jeans

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If you were afraid to wear last season's superbright jeans, try these softer shades. Just don't pair them with pastels unless you want to look like an Easter egg.

Clockwise from top left:

AG Adriano Goldschmied, $168;

Boss Orange, $195;

Joe's, $179;

Jordache, $17;

Topshop, $76;

Christopher Blue, originally $138, now 15 percent off with code OPRAH;
Gap powder blue jeans

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Hot Trend
Gap's '70s-inspired powder blue wash combines retro flair with modern design. ($70;
Adam Glassman

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How to Get it Right
  • Look for jeans that are consistently faded, as opposed to patchy. "You don't need lighter spots that could make areas like the hips, thighs, or butt look bigger."

  • Pair with darker pieces—like a black tee and heels—in winter; switch to lighter tops and accessories once the weather warms up. "Whites look great with faded denim, as do neutral-toned shoes."

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