Any old-time Earl Jean fans in the house? OK, the brand isn't that old. Let's just say, before there was J Brand, there was Earl. If you like the no-frills, body-hugging style of J Brand, you'll love the relaunched Earl. I used to shop at their store in SoHo, New York, and was addicted to the original skinny jean, as well as their jean jackets (I still wear my dark-denim one and white one).
They made great men's jeans, too. If you didn't wear Earl, you probably at least heard about celebrities wearing them: they were the first premium denim line to have celebrity attachment in the late 1990s. The brand folded around 2005 and is back for Fall '08 under new ownership with Arnold Simon — who used to the be the CEO of Calvin Klein Jeans. Look forward to more original skinnies as well as boot cut, straight leg, super flare, pretty much every style you can think of, in every wash imaginable. The best part: They will be more affordable. Prices will range from $78 to $128. Go-to retailers will include Macy's, National Jean Company, and Fred Segal.