Light Wash Jeans And My Fav Way To Wear Them


I love a good light wash jean.  I especially love when the light wash jean has a button-front, a high rise, and an ever-so-slightly distressed wash. And for some reason, I think light-wash jeans really shine when paired with a bright little t-shirt.  The resulting outfit has a playful, vintage vibe I’m totally digging.

Any color tee will work with light wash jeans (blue, red, green, etc) but I’m a brunette, so I like yellow.  It’s a rule.

The tricky part of this outfit is the shoes & accessories.  Black will be too overpowering, gray is just totally wrong, but…..brown?  Tan, specifically?  Tan or camel is perfect for this look.  Even a cozy cream cardigan (or jacket) lets the bright + lightwash shine.

Outfit Details

teeJ.Crew size small – bright and fun.  J.Crew tees are some of my very favorites.  The fit is perfect – I end up wearing mine for years.

jeans: J.Crew size 24 (NOT petite) – I can’t decide about the length of these jeans.  I think I might try hacking them off a bit (in hindsight, I should’ve just ordered the petites maybe??)

cardigan: Free People (xs) – I’m not usually a cardigan girl, but this one is all oversized deliciousness and I LOVE it.

boots: Free People Cecile – my longtime favorites.  They’re so perfect (the heel is high enough to feel sexy, low enough to be walkable) that I broke my longtime rule and bought TWO in different colors.

bag: Madewell – these new bags from Madewell are so freaking good.  I love the mini version.

hat: Intermix – on sale!

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Here are a few fun ones that caught my eye…..


Why So Confusing, Light Wash Jeans?

Are any of you guys struggling with denim right now?  Unless I’m wearing my trusty skinnies, I can never quite figure out if the leg opening is too big/too small, if the awkward crop is actually at the right point, or if my shoe choices actually work with the jean.  The JCrew pair I’m wearing works great with my heeled sock boots, but I’m not totally convinced it looks good with sneakers.  Will chopping them off help?  NOBODY KNOWS.

Add to this mess the fact that – like every Spring – I’m dying for a perfectly faded pair.  Something with a little distressing but not too much.  And retailer photos, they lie.  I’ve ordered many a sunbleached skinny only to have a pair of dark denim arrive at my house.  (Breaking:  this pair of AG Farrah’s are perfection.  Also at Nordstrom.)

So.  Below is a mad, crazy list of the actual pairs of potentially lightwash denim that I’m actually considering.  It is only moderately well-edited.  It is not streamlined.  It is chaotic like my brain when trying to finagle through the mess that is Spring Denim 2018.  Frankly, I need a chart*.


* The interns are working on a chart.  I love the interns.



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Shana founded The Mom Edit in 2008. She lives with the love of her life (his name's Mike) and their two crazy boys in downtown Philadelphia. She loves a good styling challenge (her engineering side shows eventually), appreciates kindness, and usually picks scotch over wine, sneakers over stilettos, and shorts known as denim-underwear, always.

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  1. I’m oddly encouraged that you struggle a bit with jean length as you always look so amazingly put together! I have zero fashion instinct and continuously look to this blog and all of your (all the contributors) instagrams for help, and the jean length question is always a tough one for me. Actually, five minutes before I read this I was trying on jeans and shoes and thinking about taking the scissors to a couple of pairs, due also to this blog :). Please continue this discussion about jean length!

  2. I have a different style of AGolde’s—the Jamie—in a perfect light blue wash (Brooklyn) and they are indeed AMAZING. So insanely flattering, in all ways, and also comfortable, despite being a not-super-stretchy denim, and with a vintage-but-right-now feel. The color is perfect with everything (I love them right now with a red high-neck Victorian/sister-wife blouse!) And they don’t stretch/bag out much. I am, however, still struggling with the length! (They’re too long, but I’ve neither chopped them off nor had them hemmed as I can’t decide how short they should be: Too short—the length of my skinnies—looks wrong, somehow. I’m confused.) Just FYI: The Rileys run a size small, so size up! (The Jamies don’t!) I also own a pair of Citizens, the Liya, that are very similar in style and I honestly love them more than the AGolde’s. Which is saying A LOT. They stretch out more, but the cut is just somehow a little more wearable, especially for warm weather!

  3. Update!!! Received the Hudson jeans today! OMG! Love them. Soft, stretchy, perfect distressing and perfect light wash!! I need to do pics. I never do pics. That’s how good they are.

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