The season of the straight leg is here…so we asked the stylist to dress accordingly, in three cool takes on our ’90s classic straight jean.  

I would say my styling vibe is aspirational
yet attainable, and errs on an easy, cool
mood. I’m not very fussy.
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“I lean in hard on a straight-leg jean. Nothing with too much whiskering, because that normally happens best naturally, over time. I think it’s the most flattering for all body types, in general.”

I feel most creative after having witnessed something beautiful—could be a film or dance performance. Or when I’m reading and an unknown expression sends me down a research hole and creates a wonderful spiral of ideas.
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“When you’re wearing jeans with a button-down in the same color, show a little skin so there’s a break in tonality—whether it’s in your forearms or a little bit of your chest.”
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Ask a stylist:All about fall denimBrie fields a few great questions from our @jcrew followers…
Q: What’s the “dressy” jean this season?BW: I love high-waisted, structured dark denim—almost a raw denim look. That feels very fresh and cool for fall, and similar to a trouser. Elevating, but casual and comfortable.
Q: How do I style the straight-leg jeans I’m seeing everywhere?BW: My fail-safe outfit is a tucked-in, fitted T-shirt with a belt and loafers. You can’t go wrong with that.
(Or you could try any of the three outfits Brie wore on the streets of NYC!)
Q: Best shoe to wear with loose boyfriend denim?BW: A flat shoe, like a loafer or Mary Jane, to counter that relaxed fit.
Q: Double denim still a thing? BW: Forever! I like wearing a denim jacket with jeans in the same tonal family, but not a perfect match. Or I wear a lighter-wash denim shirt with darker bottoms.
Q: Best way to style plus-size denim for a business-casual look?BW: Denim will inherently be casual based off of its roots, so anything you can add like an elegant turtleneck, structured blazer or classic leather belt instantly elevates. I wouldn’t wear sneakers—maybe a loafer or flat like the fisherman sandal I wore.

P.S. Have a question for Brie? Keep your eye on our Stories over @jcrew for the next round.
True BluesFeaturing the ‘90s classic straight jean in Buoy wash
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“Always pick a piece to emphasize. I like that these jeans are cozy and still have a nice drape, but here I really tried to highlight the weight of the cardigan.”
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Watch Brie hit the streets of Tribeca.

I started dancing when I was three—ballet, tap, jazz,
hip-hop. It’s the thing I’m always able to connect with,
no matter the style or my age.
Natural BeautiesFeaturing the ‘90s classic straight carpenter jean
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“If I’m struggling to put an outfit together, I try character dressing. This outfit feels the most like that—the structured blazer and hat make a statement.”
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And stay tuned for more with the stylist next month!
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