The average woman owns seven pairs of jeans. If you're anything like her, you count on your trusty denims for countless reasons: They're comfy, affordable, timeless, can be dressed up or down, and there's a style out there that flatters everyone. And with all the cuts and colors available, you don't have to sport pricey fashion jeans or designer denim to look like you're wearing the most expensive styles.
Take a look at these celebrities to see how they wear these fashion-forward denim looks. Plus, Las Vegas-based celebrity stylist Christie Moeller offers her tips on making these styles your own.
Rips, frays, and tears are huge in denim this season, says Moeller. Oscar winner Halle Berry shows the right way to wear a pair of deconstructed jeans. "Whether you DIY them or purchase them, be sure to pair ripped or frayed jeans with easy classic pieces, like Halle's drapey tank and peep-toe heels, so that you don't cross over the line from edgy and grungy into plain messy," Moeller says. On colder days, top with a cropped leather jacket and short pull-on boots. Tip: Distressing that runs up and down the leg as opposed to wide rips across the thigh is more slimming.
Boyfriend jeans are practically synonymous with comfort, so it's no surprise that they're sticking around for another season. But be careful, warns Moeller -- baggy jeans can look sloppy and make you look heavier than you actually are if they're not paired correctly. Rachel Bilson has the right idea, Moeller says: Dress up boyfriend jeans with a simple tee, blazer, or cardigan and hot heels. By tucking in her tee, Rachel defines her waist and shows off her trim figure. For the best fit, pick a pair that fits loosely, but not so much that they fall off your body.
Trendy and sleek, jeggings (jeans meet leggings) are big for fall, predicts Moeller. "Gossip Girl Michelle Trachtenberg has the perfect evening-out combo with tuxedo jacket, strappy heels, statement necklace, and adorned evening clutch," she says. To make jeggings work for you, remember the fashion law of averages: When wearing skin-tight jeans, balance out your look by wearing a fuller top, like a jacket with shoulder pads, a chunky sweater, or a long tunic top.
Trouser-style jeans are as classic as America's sweetheart, Julia Roberts. "This cut is great for dressing up or down," Moeller says. "It's timeless and will be in style for seasons to come." For a polished, casual look, like Julia Roberts here, wear with a loose, untucked top. For a more sophisticated look for work or evening, top with a tucked-in cotton or silk blouse and add a skinny belt. Steal Julia's style tricks: Keeping the pants length long will visually add inches to your legs, and the combo of a boot cut and a dark wash makes thighs look trimmer.
The 1980s retro revival continues in a big way this fall, and zippered denim jeans are right on trend. Fergie dresses like the rock star she is, sporting a gray zippered pair along with a cropped, studded red leather jacket that would make Michael Jackson proud, a black studded handbag, and cutout high-heeled booties with major metal. For everyday wear, limit the accessories with heavy hardware to a piece or two. Make sure when purchasing zippered jeans that you buy the proper length -- just to the ankle, suggests Moeller. "If you get them too long, it could be really uncomfortable, and because of the zippers, these are not easy to alter," she says.
As with jeggings, you want to balance out your proportions by wearing a fuller top with skinny jeans. "Try these with tall boots and an oversized sweater," suggests Moeller. Denim jeans with an obvious vertical nap help thighs look trimmer. Those who are petite, like Hilary, will need a pair of sky-high stilettos to get the height required to pull off these tight jeans. Tip: To make your butt look smaller in form-fitting skinny jeans, buy a pair with medium to large pockets that are placed high on the back and don't have a lot of extra embellishment.
"Gwen Stefani looks fashion-tastic as usual," compliments Moeller. Pair cropped jeans like Gwen's with a heel. "With flats, the jeans loose their impact and just look kind of Erkelish," Moeller says. What you wear on top depends on the fit of the jeans. For baggier styles, keep your top simple and sleek -- a fitted turtleneck and closed-toe booties will work well in colder months. Tighter, cropped denim jeans are harder -- but not impossible -- to pull off because they can make your leg look shorter. To make them more figure flattering, wear with a long layered tank and a cropped sweater or jacket.