Don't you just love how you can wear jeans with a flirty top and a pair of heels and be dressed up to go out, or pull on some sneakers and a plain tank top and be ready for the state fair or a Little League game? And if you're lucky, they can even be the same pair of jeans!
Once you've found the right pair; one that flatters your butt, hips and thighs all at the same time, it's hard to take them off, right? But like a great guy, a fabulous pair of jeans can be hard to find. The good news is that there are more styles and cuts of jeans in stores than ever before, and the even better news is that many of them are now available in organic cotton.
Why does it matter if your jeans are organic or not? I mean, you're not eating them, right? The problem is that conventional cotton manufacture uses tons of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers to grow the crops that eventually become those daisy dukes. In fact, cotton crops are some of the most heavily sprayed in the world, and those chemicals make their way into local ecosystems, polluting streams, rivers and even groundwater, as well as burdening the soil with tons of toxics.
Since the majority of cotton is grown in countries like India, Turkey, Mali and Brazil, that means that Americans' craving for cute cut-offs is directly contributing to the destruction of the environment in countries where environmental regulations are not as strict as they are here.
While the jeans below are all organic, they're still not magic, so you're still going to have to hunt for the best pair for your body. Check out the suggestions below for hints about which styles might work for you and go organic this summer!
Levi's Eco line of jeans is available at stores and online, and their boot cut style, which flares just a bit at the ankle, is perfect for balancing out wider hips and thighs, while the monochromatic darker wash is slimming for everyone. These jeans would be perfect with a tank top now or a chunky sweater come Autumn (and they're on sale for just $19.98)!
If you're looking for white jeans to keep you cool this summer, Loomstate, which makes some of the hottest organic denims around, answers your call. Their Flux jean, which has a medium rise and a straight (but not narrow!) leg, is perfect for less-curvy and/or very slim figures. On sale now for $132 at Kaight in New York, or online.
Of The Earth
Cropping your own jeans for warmer weather might seem like a good idea, but I can never seem to make them look right. The Deva crop jeans are already abbreviated so you can leave your scissors in the drawer. These capris from Of the Earth are 98% organic cotton, and 2% spandex for flexibility, making them perfect for retaining fit and comfort on those hot and humid summer days when it seems everything stretches out of shape.
Del Forte's Tulip jeans are a lovely shade of light grey and look perfect with bright red (or green, or blue) shoes like the model has on here. These jeans have a short inseam, which means they hit at the ankle if you're taller, and won't need tailoring if you're petite. You can find them at Gominyc, along with some other cute Del Forte styles, for $190.
The funky back pockets on Anna Cohen's skinny jeans will really make a statement, and definitely look best with a pair of heels. These denims are ideal for slimmer women with not-so-flat butts, since the detail in the rear could fall flat on a plane-like derriere. Made with all-natural indigo dyes, they are on sale at Greenloop for $119.
High-waisted pants (and jeans!) are in for Fall, and I for one am very excited about this new trend, which is great if you're relatively long-legged and short-waisted like me. The secret to wearing the granny waist is to top it with a fuller, tucked-in blouse, creating a flower-like silhouette where your legs are the stem and the top is the petals. Go for a more tailored top if the jeans are full-legged like the Serfontaines above, and opt for a looser shirt if the trousers are more snug. Available at net-a-porter for $175.
Undesigned by Carol Young
When it's really steamy out, I prefer a breezy skirt. This one from Carol Young's Undesigned label is made from half organic cotton, half bamboo, and the dark color, knee-grazing length, and cute pocket detail in 100% silk make it ideal for almost any body type. Bonus: you can wear it now with nude legs, or in the fall with tights and boots!
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