The Perfect Fit: Light Wash Denim

May 11, 2016

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It’s no secret that I have a serious weakness for great denim.  I wear jeans almost everyday – they are my number one wardrobe staple that I just can’t get enough of.  I am always on the lookout for amazing denim.  During the warmer seasons I think light wash denim feels particularly fresh, but it is challenging to find a pair that is flattering.  One tip for a more flattering appearance when it comes to selecting a light wash or white jeans is to buy one size up.  Buying a size up believe it or not will actually make the legs appear slimmer (and prevent that sausage leg look 😮 ) – so don’t get hung up on wearing a particular size – it’s only a number after all!   Another secret to a more flattering look is to observe where the jean’s light and darker areas hit on the leg – it’s exactly like contouring for your legs!  Look for the lightest area of the jeans to be in the middle and ombré darker as it gets to sides of the legs (as opposed to a pair with even color throughout).  I am seriously in love with these Joe’s jeans from Nordstrom that I am wearing today.  They call it their “flawless” fit and now I see why- they are sooo flattering!  And did I mention they are ridiculously soft too?  I don’t say this often about a piece, but these jeans really are a must for summer!  And how cool is the ankle slit with frayed hem?

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Special thanks to Nordstrom for partnering on this post.


Sweater: I Love Mr. Mittens (Love this chunky cardigan for summer)
Tee: J.Crew (Similar)
Jeans: Joe’s (These jeans run slightly large so you will NOT need to order a size larger – for a tighter fit size down.  I’m wearing my usual size)
Shoes: Marissa Webb (Similar and Similar)
Bag: Chloe – in suede

Thanks for visiting!  xx Erica

Below are a few of my current favorite denim picks:


  • Reply Debi May 11, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    I really love your style… I love jeans too … you always look so effortlessly beautiful and stylish.. an inspiration… Thank you

  • Reply Carrie May 11, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Good tips! Amazing styling and beautiful photos as always.


  • Reply Bella AmoreLa Bijoux Bella | by mia May 11, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Loving the splash of fringe on the sandals … Simply adorable and chic! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • Reply La Caleya May 12, 2016 at 1:59 AM

    Love that look!!

  • Reply Michelle Joseph May 12, 2016 at 3:18 AM

    The colour of those jeans are amazing!

    Mich x

  • Reply Kristina May 12, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    I really admire your style…the sandals are perfect and I love this knit jacket.
    ♡ Kristina

  • Reply Tania May 12, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    That knit is just amazing!! It couldn’t be more perfect.

    xx freshfizzle

  • Reply Morgan Schadegg May 15, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    I love the idea of contouring your legs with jeans! I agree that it makes a difference where the lighter part of the wash is. The wash can really make your legs look slim!

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