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Denim: Everyone’s got the standards down (quite a few, if you’re asking the ladies at PureWow HQ). But with a sprinkling of new trends gaining steam every season, it’s hard to know whether you should break out of your skinnies comfort zone and try, say, a trendy wide leg.

Thankfully, we’ve taken the guesswork out of the equation. Our guide to shopping for all things denim explains exactly what each new style has to offer and how to wear it. Who knows, those flares may become your new staple.

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In case you haven’t already wrapped your head around it, 2015 is officially 1975 redux. And you know what that means: bell-bottoms. Contrary to popular belief, this style can look good on everyone (tall girls and shorties alike). Just make sure your hem skims the floor. Cropped styles are on the market, but we prefer the leg-lengthening look.

Get the look: Madewell ($135), 7 for All Mankind ($235), MiH ($240)

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Otherwise known as ?girlfriend? jeans (think Cindy Crawford circa 1992), this high-waisted pair fits snugly around the waist and butt but falls straight from the knee down (so they?re slightly slouchy). Most often associated with Levi?s 501s, this style looks best with a cuffed or cropped ankle. In sum, they are your ultimate weekend jeans.

Get the look: Urban Renewal ($59), Levi's ($98), Re/Done (from $250)

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Let’s take a moment to thank the fashion gods that Britney Spears’s low-rise jeans are long gone. And then another moment to revel in how flattering a high rise really is (legs for days and, you know, a perky butt). This season, give your basic skinnies a makeover and snag them in, say, a nine-inch rise.

Get the look: Industry Standard ($105), J.Crew ($228), Citizens of Humanity ($314)

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Flares, meet the trouser. Wide-legged denim has similar requirements to those flares you saw above (i.e., you’ll want a floor-skimming hem and heels), but instead of feeling tight through your thighs, these offer a little more breathing room. If you’re tall, don’t go too wide (you’re not a circus clown), and if you’re petite you may want to skip this style to avoid being swallowed by fabric. But if you’re curvy or pear-shaped, this style was practically made for you (it highlights your tiny waist). 

Get the look: Boden ($78), Topshop Unique ($180), Victoria Beckham ($395)

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Remember those jeans that were slashed from thigh to ankle? Yeah, these are decidedly not those. Instead, the update on distressed denim is two simple rips right at the kneecaps. They offer just a hint of skin (and style), making them seem much less juvenile. Not to mention you could actually wear them year-round.

Get the look: AYR ($110), J Brand ($218), Frame Denim ($219)

Complete your look with these white T's

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