Denim done right can make an outfit. Here, L.A.-based stylist Ashley Avignone shows us how it's done.

What I'm wearing...

Tory's Cropped jeans in Rinse, Sass & Bide top, Helmut Lang jacket, Tibi shoes.

Where I'd wear this...

To dinner or to a work event. I wear pants much more often than dresses or skirts.

Two ways to wear the same pair of jeans...

I'm rather short, so I always wear skinny jeans. Any other cut kind of "swallows" me. I wear them dressed up with heels like this or with a t-shirt, leather jacket and a flat boot.

My denim icons…

Kate Moss, Bianca Jagger and Marianne Faithfull in The Girl on a Motorcycle.

Favorite decade for denim...

As I said, I'm a fan of a skinny cut — the tighter the better. So probably the Eighties, when "shrink to fit" was all the rage. I love the pictures of women in the bathtub trying to button their jeans!

When trying on a new pair, always…

Buy a size down because they stretch out.

To wash or not to wash every time you wear...

I wear my jeans as many times as I can before they start to look baggy or loose. I wash them inside out in cold water and dry them on high.

Ashley, photographed by Noa Griffel, in Tory's Cropped jeans in Rinse