Welcome to the Founder’s Closet where we take you inside the Redenim world for tips, tidbits, and peeks into what we’re up to!

This week, I’m answering the #1 question I get as the founder of a denim company: How many pairs of jeans do you actually own? See the styles I can’t live without below — right out of my actual closet — and check out more after the jump!

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The rise of the rise: High waist jeans make their comeback

The first time I tried on a pair of high rise jeans I was skeptical. In the sea of low rise denim that we’d been floating through since the early 2000’s, any fly that zipped up past 8 inches seemed so unreasonable, so impossibly counter-trend that only fashion girls could pull it off.

In my mind, high rise jeans couldn’t possibly be comfortable. How was I supposed to sit? How would my butt look? Would they exaggerate my already short torso making me look like I was willingly subjecting myself to an all-day wedgie?

High rise jeans have front rises between 9 and 11 inches… 11+ being super high. With more and more of these styles making an appearance, I knew I had to at least give them a try.

Skepticism hung in the air around me right up until the moment I pulled a pair of DL1961 Margaux skinnies up over my booty and zipped them to completion just under my belly button. At 9.5 inches, they were the highest rise I’d ever dared to try.

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The 3 Denim Styles You Can’t Live Without: Spring Edition

Simplification is virtue when it comes to the jeans in your closet, especially if you’ve been moved to pare down lately. But how do you know exactly what pairs you need to have? We’ve narrowed down a few styles that are always on trend to help you decide. These are the jeans you should always have in your closet:

The Dark Skinny

Skinny jeans in a dark wash with structured fit are a fashion unicorn: They can be dressed up or down, they are universally flattering, and you can wear them year round. Dark skinnies are a closet staple and can take you from the office to a night out to the weekend without missing a beat.

…and I don’t care what anyone says, skinny jeans are not dead. I will defend them until the end of my denim days.

Our Picks:

AG Legging in “Delight”
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