They may be reminiscent of Woodstock, but today’s flares have a high waist and clean, modern silhouette that lengthens the legs. Pair them with a cropped sweater or blazer for everyday style or lean into their rock-and-roll vibe with a denim-on-denim-on-denim combo. Either way–keep accessories simple and let your jeans do the talking.

To Buy:

Tamara Dark Distressed True Blue Shirt, $118; mavi.com

Rachel Flare Ultra High Rise Instasculpt jean, $199; dl1961.

Loran Deep Hemp Jacket, $128; http://mavi.com

Infinite Necklace, $195; maisonmiru.com

Chuck Taylor All Star Classic Sneakers, $65; converse.com

the new blues

If we had to pick a phrase to describe the season’s denim trends, it would be: All over the place! With so many cuts and rises, shapes and washes, what’s a jeans lover to do? Follow your heart–and our guide to making them work for you.

by Faran Krentcil



Squeeze toilet cleaner into the toilet bowl. Wipe the flush handle and then the seat with a disinfecting wipe. Finally, scrub the toilet’s interior with a brush.

Pass a fresh wipe over the sink, then use it in the basin and other icky exterior parts.

Spray glass cleaner onto a flat-weave microfiber cloth and wipe mirrors. If you have hardened schmutz, like toothpaste get rid of that first. Press a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol on it to soften for easier removal.

Use your hand vac to suck up clumps of hair and dust bunnies.

Replace bath and hand towels.


Thow the bath mat into the wash and air-dry.

Clean grout with a hydrogen peroxide spray and scrub with a toothbrush.

Remove buildup from the showerhead by pouring white vinegar into a gallon-size zip-top bag. Fully submerge the nozzle, and secure it tightly with a rubber band for an overnight soak. (If the fixture is nickel, brass, or gold, soak it for only 30 minutes.)

Squeegee the shower door or clean the curtains and liner. You can usually toss these into the wash–no dryer. Otherwise, spray with mildew stain remover (or replace the liner if necessary). To avoid straining your back and knees, use a broom to scrub your preferred cleaning solution into the walls and tub bottom.

Clean your toothbrushes by dunking them in a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide for 15 minutes. Run the toothbrush holder through the top rack of the dishwasher.


Windex with Vinegar Glass Cleaner, $4; homedepot.com

Soap Dispensing Dish Brush, $12; oxo

Method Daily Shower Spray, $4; target.com

dining room


Clean the table with a formula appropriate for its material (like wood or glass).

Replace any table linens, if you use them.

Straighten up the hutch or sideboard, and put away anything you won’t be using that day.

Add a vase of fresh flowers as a centerpiece for bonus points!


Wipe down the chairs, including the legs, with a lightly damp microfiber cloth. (This works for both wood and upholstery.)

Vacuum the rug (we see you, air nests!), and use your vacuum’s brush attachment on upholstered chairs.

Apply wood polish (follow the manufacturer’s instructions) to your dining table and sideboard if appropriate.

Clean and dust the light fixtures using an extendable dusting wand with a microfiber head.


Extendable Microfiber Duster, $18′ oxc.com

Method Wood Polish and Shine Spray, $6; target.

Clean Sweep Broom, $35; fullcirclehome.com



Put away clean dishes from the dishwasher and drying rack, and transfer any dirty dishes from the sink to the dishwasher

Clean counters with all-purpose spray, and wipe cabinet fronts with a microfiber cloth and warm water.

Suction up crumbs from the stove with a handheld vacuum, then wipe the surface with a microfiber cloth. (For dried-on gunk, rest a damp microfiber cloth on top a few minutes to soften it.)

Take out the trash. If the can smells funky, line it with newspaper, then generously sprinkle baking soda over the paper. Discard once the odor is gone.


Toss old food from the fridge and wash the shelves and drawers with glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth.

Clean appliance exteriors. Wipe stainless steel in the direction of the grain to prevent dullness.

Give the inside of the microwave a good clean (it likely really needs it). Microwave a cup of white vinegar for three to five minutes to loosen caked-on messes. Then follow up with a clean sponge. If the vinegar tends to boil over, a product like the Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner will create steam without the watery mess.

Toss citrus peels into the garbage disposal to defunk it, and scrub down the with Bar Keepers Friend.

Throw your sink stopper into the dishwasher’s top rack to get the gunk out, and hand-wash the dish rack.

When the dishwasher is empty, run a cycle with just a cup of vinegar on the top rack to deodorize it.


Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner, $12.50; amazon.

Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish Spray, $7.50; weiman.com

Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser, $3.50; http://homedepot.com