I'm starting to save up for my wardrobe refresh and have figured out that my money is probably best spent first building up a good foundation of basics. Seeing that the weather is cooling off here in Florida, one of my focus areas is denim.

I live in skinny jeans, especially on the weekends, but have to admit I'm not fully satisfied with my current pair. I'd like to replace them with a nice uniform dark wash pair that fit almost like leggings. I like the ankles to be tighter as I wear a lot of flowy tops.

What are your favorite denim brands? I'm open to "splurging" on a nice pair if it's truly worth it for a better fit. I'm also curious about the cheaper alternative - the new Loft hi-rise ankle jeans. I do have some curves (measure 39" around the hip) and am shorter at 5'4" although I've never had much luck with petite sizing.

I've included a few finds below that I like. I'd love to know what your favorite brands are and if you have any recommendations. These will be a wardrobe workhorse!