Store, Toss or Wear: The April Edit

Today I will be kicking off a new series called Store, Toss, or Wear. Think of it as a style guide that indicates which items of clothing I recommend wearing this season and which items I recommend storing for later on. Today I’ve put together a little April edit for all of you. Here’s what’s on my list…


Store: Leather Leggings.
These glossy pants were a favorite of mine in the fall and winter months. But now that warmer weather has rolled around, it’s time to swap them out for pastel pants, lightweight shorts and flouncy skirts. Don’t let these ones go though—you will find me wearing mine when autumn rolls around again.

Toss: Flared Jeans.
I’m not one to play favorites…except for when it comes to jeans. Skinny jeans are at the top of my style staples list right now, and flared jeans have just simply fallen off my radar. In my opinion, there’s no need to hold onto your bellbottoms, so go ahead and donate them or sell them at a consignment store. My bet is that the skinny jean empire will reign for quite a while.

Wear: Pastel Pants.
Spring has sprung, which means it’s time to pull out the pastels in full force. Pastel denim is all the rage this season, so look at April as an opportunity to channel your pinks, blues and greens.

What items are you excited to wear this month? What trends are you ready to retire?

Be sure to snap photos of your favorite spring outfits and upload them to the gallery. We’re always on the lookout for our next Chic of the Week!

XO Lauren

UPDATE: I have been reading your comments and I would like to you all to know that the  most important thing is that you are wearing clothing that feels right to you and flatters your figure. If you don’t feel comfortable in pastel skinny jeans, that’s totally ok! Be sure to read up on my post about finding the right jeans for your body type by clicking below, and remember that you look your best when you feel great in the clothes you’re in.

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  • Ashley

    I definitely agree with these picks! :)

  • Kelsey

    Totally agree with these. I am looking forward to wearing pastel everything!

  • Liesl

    I’m such a big fan of pastels for spring and summer! I agree, flared jeans should not be in anyone’s closet right now. Skinnies are the way to go!

    Check out my favorite pretty pastels for spring:

    Liesl xxx

  • Margot

    I mostly agree with these picks..except for tossing the flared jeans. Primarily for the reason that women who have calves that just won’t fit into skinny jeans and have one hell of a time putting on jeggings. Boot Cut/Boyfriend jeans don’t cut it all the time for some as well… Just saying that if you have a style of jean that you know works for your body type, dont’t toss what’s not “”in style”” ESPECIALLY if it makes you uncomfortable and self-conscious.

  • mekenna smith

    What about for the people who can’t wear skinny jeans??? I have huge, huge hips and I don’t think they look even close to flattering on myself… What could I buy in place of skinny’s but still stylish?!?

  • Erin N

    I love this website and all the tips and tricks listed. But I have to say, this is the one time I think LC is wrong. I’ve seen flares voted numerous times as the most universally flattering jean. Skinny jeans just look so bad on a majority of women and a know many who refuse to wear them. Plus, Victoria Beckham has been crusading to bring the flared jean back:

    Sorry, Lauren. I think this fashion call is a big miss

  • Nathalia

    I have to agree with you. Plus I don’t even care if it is in or out of fashion, if it looks unflattering, I won’t wear it. Just like those leather leggings, which make my leggs look like black sausages, skinny jeans have proven to be very unflattering to many women.

  • Nathalia

    I have found that wearing Marlene Trousers or Jeans is in fact the most flattering on women with bigger hips, because it hangs straight to the bottom and doesn’t show which part is more or less. Also, dark jeans with no distressing and trousers with vertical stripes.
    I love Lauren, but she just doesn’t have bigger hips and is skinny. I think wearing coloured jeans would also just draw a lot of attention to wide hips and thighs.

  • Amy Breckenridge

    i’m really not a fan of flared or bootleg jeans…i haven’t worn a pair since my junior year of college which was 6 years ago. i just prefer skinny jeans and find they look better on me. but i know that flared jeans look great on some of my friends and suit their style more, so i wouldn’t recommend they toss theirs!

  • Amanda Kurtz

    Like most, I feel that jeans should fit your body type, not trends. Perhaps color and material can be updated, but cut is all about what looks good on you, not what is currently on everyone’s radar.

  • Deanne Castro

    This is a good way to give some room in my closet!

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  • Julie Farina

    I think those particular flared jeans should be tossed (especially with those shoes and that top… yuck) but now all flared jeans should. I’ve seen Emma Stone high-waisted dark wash ones and think she looks fab.

  • Barefoot Duchess

    I cannot agree with you about flare jeans! Victoria Beckham would have told you the same 😉

  • darcyylynn

    I agree with you that skinny jeans are the best ones out there, but I think enough people like their bell bottoms that they will stick around for awhile! I’m excited to wear my floral denim this season!

  • Amalia Mejia

    Omg yes!!!!! I love this! Flare jeans are so hideous thank god people might finally stop wearing them. Absolutely love the pastel skinnies

  • Rachel Trampel

    Oh my gosh I was just going to say the same thing as Barefoot Duchess! While I completely agree about wearing more pasteals… if you look as good as Victoria Beckham in a pair of flare jeans… DON’T get rid of them!

  • Ashley Rizzardo

    I like this idea of going through and systematically deciding on what to keep and what to give away. But I can’t say I will be parting with my flairs especially since my shape isn’t really the most compatible with skinny jeans.

  • Katelin Absher

    I totally agree on tossing the flares! But I think it depends on your body type lets face it not everyone looks great in skinny jeans and flares & bootcuts can acutally help balance out wide hips. I love my skinny jeans though and Im no size 0!! Takes confidence and If you have it I say rock them regardless!! :)

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  • Arlena Rubio

    Totally agree with the flare jeans!!! And loving the pastel colors right now!

  • Amber Bullington

    My girls have a ton of neon in their closet from last spring. They are 11yo and 13yo. Is neon still in for their age group?

  • Amber Bullington

    And those leather leggings? Only super-skinny girls like LC can get away with wearing them. The rest of us look like sausage legs. Not cute, not cute at all.

  • CandaceC

    I have turned all my flared jeans into skinnies! If you have basic sewing knowledge, it’s a quick fix. Couldn’t let myself get rid of the flared jeans that fit my body perfectly, so I made them work!

  • Kellie Norton

    This could not have more perfect timing! I just moved yesterday into a new apartment in NYC. I didn’t realize exactly how much crap I had until I started packing… and unpacking. My roommate and I were trying to figure out the best way to get rid of old clothes without throwing something out that’s still “”trendy.”” This post definitely helps!! Thanks so much!

    XO Kellie

  • Kellie Norton

    I love this idea!!

  • Camille

    I really need to find a pair pastel pants! They can be dressed up or dressed down. I think they’re perfect for the season! I’ll probably buy a more affordable pair first to see how I like them :)


    What a great idea!


    Definitely. Finding a style that’s flattering for your body type comes first, but if you can get away with wearing skinny jeans or flared jeans, we’re loving skinny jeans this season. Check out Lauren’s guide to finding the best denim fit for your figure:


    We totally hear you! Finding the right fit for your body is the most important thing. (See Lauren’s denim fit guide here: If skinny jeans aren’t for you, perhaps you can try a bootcut or straight-leg pair this season!

  • My Style Diary

    Great post! Definitely agree :)

  • Lizzie

    I love this post! Always not sure what I should just toss and what I should store. I need to go get some pastel skinnies so I can store my leather leggings.

  • Sheila G.

    If you have a pair of flare jeans that really fit you well, don’t toss them. Take them to a taylor who can turn them into skinny jeans and get just the right fit for you. Especially if you have larger calves, the skinny jeans might not fit you right. By taking them to a taylor, you can get the absolute best fit that looks good on you. And, it might just cost a whole lot less than buying a new pair! I did this with a pair of jeans that fit me really well, but were a bit long and too wide. They are my favorite jeans!

  • Zoe g. Bullard

    I am actually loving flared jeans right now and am especially excited to wear them with some open toed wedges and a light tank or blouse now that the weather is warmer. I’m also dusting off all of my floral printed dresses and denim shorts! Can’t wait to store sweaters and jackets for the summer :)

  • Brynn Rathsack

    I absolutely adore my mint green skinnies from Express, pretty sure they are the ones pictured up top, if not, they are close! I also love your kate printed pink skinnies that I just bought from Kohls :) I ordered your coral pair and they just arrived, I’m so excited! <3

  • OLJC

    I must agree.. I just donated all of my flared jeans that I’ve been “”storing”” for years now… it was hard to let them go but it was time. xo, olivia

  • peanut86

    I disagree I love a flare, it’s so flattering on my pear shape figure. In the UK skinnies are slowly going out of style, the bootcut and flare are coming back, but I do love a pastel or floral jean for spring/summer.

  • Hannah Johnson

    I love pastel skinny’s! I don’t mind a little bit of flare for a casual weekend look, or with a pair of heels. Skinny’s are definitely my first choice though.

  • Rafael Centenera

    \(O) //

  • Christy

    What does everyone think about a subtle flare, like 7 for all Mankind’s “”Dojo””? I know the brand considers this a trouser style, but to me it has always seemed to fit like a flared leg jean.

  • Joann

    I think we need to come up with some alternatives to these three pairs. I think that (as the comments below have indicated) that you have to find the “”right fit”” for YOU!I find that a high hill goes great with the boot cut Jean-if your not comfortable with the skinny. Those bell bottoms have to go, though! :(

  • Taryn Taylor

    Neon is still super popular for girls. It will be through the summer!

  • AnselSf

    Another option for bell bottoms is cutting them into fun shorts! :)

  • megan magers

    i cant believe im saying this but i dont own a pair of leather leggings! rather than run out and buy a pair im definitely planning to rock the pastels skinnies. another alternative is pairing a spring printed top with neutral shades like my recent post below xo

  • hooleywithaz

    if you have one great pair of flare jeans that will fit you for a while, i think it’s safe to keep them in storage, but i totally agree. boot cut and skinny jeans will be sticking around as the trend in force. full flares are just not quite back yet. love the pastels too…i have a mint pair on the way and once i put them on, it will feel like spring is here!

  • Sarah @ Sequin Doll

    I totally agree with you on the jean thing. I *occasionally* wear my boot cut jeans but always am reaching for my skinnies. I mean, you just can’t fit flares or even boot legs into boots like you can with skinnies! Also — absolutely love pastel jeans right now. I think mint is my fav at the moment :)

  • Ana Valentin

    I love my mint jeans! They’re light go perfectly with my chiffon tops and light swingy cardigans! Pastels have always been in my color scheme now my world is FULL Of it!

  • Kelby Peachey

    If you feel good in your jeans, regardless of style, wear them! After all, fashion is all about you, not what’s in style or what others are wearing. :) Your most prized possession is your confidence and if your flared jeans make you feel that way, I say go for it!


  • Raven West

    The only reason I refuse to toss my boot cut or flared jeans is because skinny jeans, on me, only look good with a looser top. My boot cuts always look good with a tighter top. I don’t like wearing everything too loose or too tight, specific pieces being loose and tight balances my outfits.

  • Melissa mould

    completely agree with your decisions … leather jeans are a total classic and so i’ll definitely be storing them. I’ve been getting all my colour jeans out recently, i love how they make spring feel like its finally here :)

    Mel x
    UK Style Blogger

  • Rachelle

    I’ve been guilty of wearing my leathers lately.


  • Nikki

    I love pastel jeans. They are so fresh and fun for this season.

    Here’s an OOTD with mint jeans.

  • Tiffani Stuart

    Really Loved this post! I’m loving that there is a little more variety to what is seen regularly on the site! Great job!

  • Erin

    Well, your forecast lasted about 2 years. The teens and preteens that were wearing bell-bottoms in the late nineties and early 00’s have now started reminiscing in fashion and flares are back. Not that I will be jumping on the bandwagon.



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