Trying to decide what denim to add to your wardrobe?

The trends are constantly changing, and it’s hard to stay on top of them. As a way of help, I chatted with Kim McGowan, co-founder of a newly launched Markdown Alert. They track sale apparel, accessories and shoes from designers and retailers, and this leads to serious research on each season’s looks. Here’s some of Kim’s thoughts on the denim looks to go for

The trouser pant

This season it is paired with white denim which gives it a timeless, crisp preppy feel. This look is fantastic when paired with a feminine print top (tucked-in, of course) and this season?s bright-colored belt or heel trend. . The trouser jean can be dressed up or down, worn to the office or out for a casual lunch, knows no age limit and you can be assured, as it is a classic, that you will get more than one season’s wear out of it. Good examples of the white trouser from Banana Republic, Joe’s Jeans Trouser in White or the 7 For All Mankind Ginger Jean.

mihjeans1Slim leg denim

The skinny jean is not new to Spring 2009 but how it is being worn is. The runways were full of 80s-inspired blazers over skinny jeans and topped off with cut-out or gladiator heels. If it is too much look, take inspiration from it by swapping the boxy blazer for boyfriend cardigan with a wide belt. A more mature women or one that has a curvy shape, can get the look by replacing toothpick jeans, which hug your legs from the waist to the ankle, with a ankle-grazing cigarette-style jean. MiH Jeans The Paris Cropped Slim (pictured) is a good example of this type of jean. Really trendy skinny style jeans I recommend are J.Crew’s matchstick jean or J Brand Petite 12″ Pencil Leg.

The Denim skirt

It is also making a come back this season. Two styles are note-worthy. The first, are super-minis which look great with bohemian styled tops. The flowy tops look great over the skirt for a casual look or cinched with a studded belt for a touch of street chic. Paired with a skinny belt and a beautiful cap sleeve or ruffled front blouse and you have a subtly sexy look. Check out the Rag & Bone Denim Pencil Skirt.

Distressed, boyfriend jeans

Rolled to the bottom of the calf sport rips in the knees or legs are big right now. Katie Holmes, Rachel Bilson and few other 20-something celebs have flaunted the look in recent months by pairing the jeans with a tee and ballet flats. Some examples include Citizens of Humanity Dylan Drop Rise Loose Fit Cropped Jeans and J. Brand’s 1257 steve in camille.