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    The CEO of Levi's, Chip Bergh, has admitted publicly that he hasn't washed his jeans in over a year. That sentence may call upon your sense of smell and some sort of musky odor might have just filled your nose. The magnitude of such a stench would depend on how often you wear jeans, how much you sweat, and if you wear underwear.

    A couple of years ago, Levi's was pushing this concept but under the guise that not washing your jeans will save the environment. Now, it's just cool to be dirty because dirty jeans last longer, fit better, and aren't really as dirty as we think.

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    Whoa. The little crash diet she's been following in order to gear up for her May 24 wedding is obviously working wonders; Kim Kardashian looked minuscule in ripped jeans while out and about in Calabasas with Kourtney Kardashian on Monday.

    And when I say ripped jeans, I mean rippppeeed jeans -- not jeans that have a couple holes in them due to general wear and tear.

    Actually, you'll probably wonder why in the heck Kim didn't just throw on a pair of Daisy Dukes and call it a day, what with how torn up these things are.

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    I'm sitting here as I type wearing stocking jeans. Some may call them leggings that look like denim, but they most definitely aren't. They also shouldn't be confused with Pajama Jeans, which I so bravely tested out and have since donated because they looked awful on me and hopefully someone somewhere had better luck with them than I did. These stocking jeans, as the cool kids are calling them these days, are actually more comfortable than Pajama Jeans. I'm sitting. Cross-legged. Computer on lap. I'm comfortable. But taking these for a walk outside is a whole other thing.

    They aren't awful looking, but they have their own issues.

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    Skinny jeans are a wardrobe staple for me. There was a time I was more of a bell bottom girl. I went through a boot cut phase. And once upon a time, I wore wide leg skater pants. There was even a time I hated jeans and only wore dresses and leggings because most jeans didn't fit my body type and this was before stretch denim. But now I love skinny jeans. That's probably an understatement. I think I love them most because ... well ... because of shoes. I love shoes. And the best way to wear the shoes I love is with a skinny jean. Ankle boots. Wedge sandals. Heels. Knee-high boots with jeans tucked in, easily. All these shoes work best with skinny jeans.

    And that's why I love them. I also find them irresistibly comfortable and they work with my tunic top kind of style. I thought every woman should wear them. Because of their tightness and stretch, they are essentially like much warmer leggings in denim form. But so many women hate them. And I mean HATE.

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    Like shoes and tubes of lipstick, you can never have enough pairs of jeans in your closet. Multiply this rule by a thousand if you're a mom because we desperately need quick, fuss-free dress options that are sturdy enough to hold up after a day of chasing our toddlers, but fashionable enough to look great when we finally venture out of the house for a much-needed cocktail.

    But with so many styles of denim out there, it can become easy to get sucked into the vortex of super-trendy, over-the-top, or plain old unflattering jean items that no mom actually needs in her closet. Over the years, I'll admit I've accumulated more pairs of skinny, lime-green jeans with zippers in places zippers aren't needed than I care to admit. The moment I rid myself of these pieces, the better I felt!

    Here are 3 kinds of jeans you absolutely need in your closet in order to look your best and 3 you can toss right in the trash.

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    Holy moly am I bored to tears of my winter "uniform!" And by that I mean either jeans or leggings with the same boring rotation of boring long-sleeved tops and boring sweaters. I need a tropical vacation! For three months!

    Sigh. Since we can't all have that (and if you can, can you please put me in your suitcase?), we CAN indulge in a little retail therapy. Tons of stuff is on major mark-down right now, so it's the perfect time to treat yourself (and your closet!).


    Image via Dress Barn

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    My husband hates the way I dress. What I mean to say is, he likes how I dress after all is said and done. But he hates the process and double-hates the fact that he always feels he needs to change out of his jeans and hooded sweatshirt after I've emerged from our bedroom wearing a pencil skirt and heels to go to dinner at a friend's house. I'm the one at the party who is usually a little more dressed up than everyone else. I consider it blasphemy to wear jeans to a funeral or wake and have owned the same pair of sneakers for seven years -- they're still spotless. My husband jokes and says every day is like prom for me. Maybe. But prom sure beats the grocery store, doesn't it? 

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    I hate jeans.


    I said it.

    Second only to "I hate Bruce Springsteen, hot dogs, fireworks, and partisan politics," there is no statement more decidedly un-American. It's the sort of opinion that makes people look at you as though you've got a penis sticking out of your forehead: Fascination co-mingled with abject disgust. I might as well confess to being a KGB operative or, worse still -- French.

    But it's true. I hate them. I hate the way they look, I hate the way they feel, I hate their ubiquity, and the lame way they pretend to still be "folksy" and "of the people." Whatever guys. Kings wear jeans.

    Most of all, I hate that no matter what I do, I can't change any of those things. Jeans are here to stay. They remain, in my closet and the universe, the Kim Jong-un of the world of casual-wear. Nobody dares defies them. And also they are inexplicably fond of Dennis Rodman.

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    There's nothing boot-i-ful (har, har) about making fashion mistakes that involve our favorite winter footwear (yay, boots!) and our warm-weather pants and dresses. Much the way we wouldn't pair a cowboy hat with a cocktail dress, some boot styles are a match made in heaven with certain outfits -- while others just leave us looking clunky or too sexy for the street.

    Remember these simple tricks and you'll perfect the art of wearing these 4 super-hot boot styles any time your heart desires!



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    A few days before Christmas, I took my favorite jeans out of the dryer, slipped them on, and squatted down ... all part of my time-honored ritual for getting them just so. And then something horrible happened. The stuff of nightmares, I tell you: I heard a ripping sound! Nooooo! SAY IT ISN'T SO, I cried. But it was so.

    And worst of all -- the placement of the rip was in a terrible spot ...

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