The 6 Most Popular Denim Washes and the Exact Jeans to Buy for Each

A good pair of jeans will always be a reliable wardrobe staple, which is why, lately, we’ve seen plenty of interesting takes on classic denim. Printed jeans have been trending since last year, and with brown, beige, and ecru becoming the most popular neutrals of choice, we’re prepared to see them make their way to jeans drawers. But trends aside, there are a number of denim washes that have always been—and always will be—timeless, making them more sustainable purchases since you’ll wear them for seasons to come.

For those who prefer to stick to the classics, we rounded up the six most popular types of denim washes that you should always have on standby, from light wash and dark wash to acid wash. Keep reading to check out how our favorite fashion people are wearing them—plus the must-have pairs of the season to shop for each. 

Light-Wash Denim

light wash denim



You can’t go wrong with a pair of Levi's Dad Jeans.

High-waisted with a straight leg, this pair is slightly oversize but still formfitting.

You can't beat this $35 price point. 

Medium-Wash Denim

medium wash denim



These high-waisted wide-leg jeans are extra long, but they’d look just as cool with a rolled cuff.

These classic straight-leg jeans are lightly faded for a vintage worn-in feel.

You'll never regret buying a pair of Levi's jeans. 

Crafted from a stretchy, sculpting denim, these jeans are guaranteed to make your butt look great.

Dark-Wash Denim

dark wash denim



The raw hem on this pair is great for pairing with your favorite sandals and mules.

From the center leg seams to the split flared hem, these jeans are anything but boring.

These dark-wash bootcut jeans will take you from day to night easily.

White Denim

white denim



White jeans are a spring and summer classic—and this body-hugging pair is super flattering.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: H&M's prices are hard to beat. 

These jeans are designed to feel lived-in, making for extra-comfortable wear.

Black Denim

black denim



The cropped kick-flare on this pair is too good.

The perfect black jeans you’ll wear again and again.

These are not only super flattering, but they can easily be dressed up or dressed down.

Acid-Wash Denim

acid wash denim



Statement-making, yet so easy to style into any look.

A cropped ankle is key for warm weather.

We're obsessed with this color and fit.