I love jeans! I live in them on the weekends and would wear them to work everyday if I thought I would get away with it. You might have seen me wearing my favourites for Jeans for Genes day on Friday to raise awareness for the Children’s Medical Research Institute. A great pair of jeans is a must have in EVERY woman’s wardrobe and there truly is a pair out there for everyone that makes them look great and feel fabulous, but deciding which ones are right for you might seem daunting given the choices available. Where to start? Look no further because I have everything you need right here to ensure you get the ones right for you . Read on for all the details …
Before you even hit the stores you need to be armed with a little knowledge ….
1. KNOW YOUR SHAPE
While women come in all shapes and sizes they can be largely grouped into 7 core shapes. Strip down to your underwear and stand in front of a full length mirror in a well lit room (eeek!) with this guide in hand. Look objectively at your body and compare to the shapes below.
2. MEASURE YOUR RISE
Grab a tape measure and measure from the middle of your crotch to your hips. Remember this number or write it down. Later you will need to compare the rise on the jeans that you are looking at to gauge where they are going to sit on you.
3. UNDERSTAND CUT
There are essentially four basic cuts with a number of variations:-
Jegging – A cross between jeans and leggings. Lots of stretch which hugs your curves. Personally I think these are a travesty and they world was a better place before they appeared on the scene. OK I know that is harsh, but the only people that I will allow to wear jeggings without derision are under 12. Leggings (jeggings included) are not pants people!
Skinny – As the name suggests, these are very slim fit and cut to hug your curves, unlike jegging they have the robustness of real denim.
Straight – Cut straight down from the hips with no or little variation through the leg length. The ‘boyfriend’ and more lately the ‘girlfriend’, are versions of the straight cut in a wider, slouchier style.
Boot – Tighter from waist to knee then flaring out over the ankle to enable boots to fit underneath. Barely boot (less pronounced), skyscaper (longer in lower leg to compensate very high heels) and flares (very pronounced) are all versions of the boot cut.
4. WHICH WASH
Jeans come in an overwhelming variety of washes and colours these days. As a basic guide darker blues are going to be more flattering to most shapes and look more dressy whereas lighter, faded colours are going to give a more casual look. Acid wash should have just stayed in the 80’s where it belongs. Please just don’t go there!
Not content with pumping out your standard jeans anymore, designers are adding interest with a raft of details, think whiskering, distressing, inserts, prints, feature stitching, flap pockets, and embellishments. While much of this certainly comes down to personal taste there are a few that will actually affect how flattering these are.
OK, now that you are armed with a little bit of knowledge you can hit the shops. But which ones should you pluck of the shelf and take into the change room with you? Here’s a rough guide on what to look for to get you started:-
Hourglass – A narrower waist can mean it’s difficult to find a waistband that fits while still accommodating your hips and thighs comfortably. Straight legged jeans are your go to. Barely boot is also an option. Look for floor grazing lengths to make you look longer and leaner. A higher waist can be flattering and combat the sagging waist problem. A little stretch in your denim is a good thing. Avoid detailing (whiskering or fading) around the thighs, your widest part.
Apple – Apple’s tend to be short waisted so knowing your rise is critical. A waistband that sits on above your naval is just going to draw attention to your widest area, however too low a rise can create the dreaded muffin top! Apples usually have great legs so skinnies and straight legs are good choices. Accentuate your butt (or lack thereof) with embellished pockets. Flat bottomed girls should avoid boyfriend or relaxed styles as you don’t have the assets to fill them out.
Pear – Wider hips need some balance below, think barely boot, boot, and flare. Petite ladies should pay particular attention to in seam length as you could lose most of the effect of the boot cut if you have to shorten them too much, Pears often have a bigger booty so avoid small pockets or excessive detailing here as it will just make your butt look bigger and no one wants that! Dark washes will slim your lower half.
Inverted Triangle – Adding volume below the waist is a great way to balance out your broad shoulders. You can get away with lighter washes and slouchier styles. Any of the boot cuts will also work well. Bold embellishments, prints and colours are all on the agenda.
Lean & Rectangle – Your goal is to create the illusion of curves. Avoid high waisted styles and add some details like whiskering and feature stitching on pockets to add curves.
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Until Next Time …
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