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Goldsign, Paige Premium Denim
Goldsign and Paige Premium Denim are among California's premium denims

We're intrigued by the many premium brands made in the L.A. area. But which ones are the most flattering? We spent an entire afternoon trying on jeans at denim megaboutique American Rag so you wouldn't have to. Here, our favorite new styles for fall:

Bell-bottoms: This classic retro silhouette is subtler and slinkier than in years past. Opt for Paige Premium Denim's Petite Bell Canyon Jean ($189).

Supersoft stretch: Goldsign, the new line from SoCal denim impresario Adriano Goldschmied, turns out lightweight feather-feel stretchy jeans. The Passion Boot Cut ($238) is our vote for best wear-everywhere jean.

High waist: It lengthens the leg and makes muffin-tops impossible. We like J. Brand's Bette ($218) with its flattering flare and the 70s Wide Leg ($218) for its more relaxed fit.

Oh, and when you're at American Rag, be sure to ask for the dressing room outfitted with a rear-view camera to see how those new jeans really look on you.

American Rag, 150 S. La Brea Ave.; 323-935-3154 or

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