The Ultimate Denim Guide

If denim is your way of life, you know exactly how important it is to nail that perfect pair. Here is the essential guide to help you find The One.

Rise Matters

Trends come and go but knowing the right denim rise to flatter your body type has long lasting benefits. For one, it makes the often-dreaded denim shopping experience so much better. 

Waistband sits at the natural waist or just above navel.
The sweet spot where timeless meets trendy, high rise denim (also called mom jeans) happens to be currently ruling the world of style. If you love your waist and plan to tuck in your plaid this fall, this is your new must-have.  

The waistband sits just below the natural waist.
It’s forgiving and comfortable, even after the biggest all you can eat Indian lunch. No surprise then, this denim rise is most commonly preferred. 

Waistband sits 2 or 3 inches below the navel.
It’s a blast from the past but something has to be said about the laidback vibe of a low-rise jean. If done right, it’s a great way to draw attention to your slender frame or curves.

The Fit 411


If we were to note everything that started off as a fashion trend and stayed on to become a staple, skinny jeans would top that list. Slim through the hip and thigh, and skinny at the leg, it’s hard to imagine a modern wardrobe without a pair of these. Wear your dark wash skinny with a crisp button-down to work or take it out at night with a statement bell sleeve blouse, a skinny jean never fails.


If skinny jeans feel too streamlined and boyfriend jeans too casual, the straight leg fits the bill just right. Slim through the hip and thigh, straight at the leg, this jean is the epitome of all things cool and classic.


Out of everything we borrow from the boys, this one tops the list. Relaxed through the hip and thigh with a slim, ankle-skimming leg (feel free to cuff the end), the boyfriend jean stars in all our weekend plans. Pair with an easy t-shirt at brunch and then add a leather jacket for after-hours.


Recreate an iconic fashion moment from the Seventies with flare jeans and a bohemian blouse or take it out for a spin in a new, updated fashion featuring a tucked in turtleneck sweater. A flare jean is slim through the hip and thigh and flares at the leg. Just pair a platform shoe and untap the leg-lengthening magic of these jeans.   

Play with Length 

A slight tease of the ankle in a skinny, the right height paired with a flare, play with proportions and tweak the length of your denim. It’s just as crucial as the fit and wash.

Trend Update

White denim, embroidered details, overalls and more… browse the hottest trends and try before you buy. Next time you land a pair in your tote you can’t live without, simply hang on to it and send back the rest. And if you already know what you need, tell us and we’ll match you with your perfect pair, brand new with Le Tote Select. Get your box now!


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