Dark or light wash, skinny, slim, boot or relaxed cut, stretch denim or raw denim?
Once a sales assistant starts flying these questions at you, it’s enough to have you both puzzled and exhausted – but stay with me.
While some of you love buying jeans – I’m talking to those of you who have tapped into your favourite pair and now make a beeline for the same cut over and over. Yes?
On the other hand, I know there is some of you who will avoid buying jeans completely and are perhaps wearing a pair you have in a ‘till death do us part’ kind of way. However they’re now becoming baggy and threadbare – is this you?
Okay, lets bring this conversation back to how I can help and get some enthusiasm going.
Today’s blog post is designed to shed some light on the most suitable jean cut and style for your body shape. Now obviously I can’t see you and EVERYBODY is different but hopefully this brings a little denim enlightenment.
Low rise: These sit a little below your natural waist and are great for someone with a shorter torso or no tummy.
Mid rise: Great for someone with a bit of a muffin top as the jeans just sit under your belly button.
High rise: Perfect for those of you with a longer torso or if you don’ tuck your tops in. If you have quite an issue with your tummy bulging, this jean cut will cover it up nicely.
Boot cut: This cut will generally be fitted on your thighs and have a slight flare from knee to bottom. Great for curvier figures and the widening of the jean balances out any problem thigh areas.
Slim straight: A straight cut from top to bottom. Great for smaller figures and can accentuate your silhouette.
Slim boot: This is a more modern cut we’re seeing that is slim to the knee and the flaring section is a little more refined than the boot cut. They’ll hug your thighs a little more but the slight widening will again do a great balancing act.
Skinny leg: Completely figure-hugging so while everyone is wearing them, I would only recommend them for petite or slender figures.
And here are my body shape tips for wearing jeans:
- If you think you have a large bottom, avoid tab pockets and details on your backside.
- If you think your thighs and hips are not your best asset, try to avoid pockets on hips, whiskers and fade. Don’t bring attention to these areas.
- Fade running down the front of the jean can elongate you if you are a little shorter.
- If you have short legs, avoid boot cut jeans UNLESS you team them with a heel or a wedge.
- If you have short legs please don’t roll up the cuff – ever.
- Always take the size you think you are and take one size down into the change room.
- If you are tall, head over to Country Road, Jeans West and Levis who have an array of longer jean options for lengthy ladies.
- Be careful of boyfriend jeans. If you are over 50, they can look a little ‘try hard’, especially if you don’t pull an entire look together to complement the jean style.
- Skinny leg jeans can look amazing AND they can also look tragic. For strong inverted triangles or women carrying a lot of weight in the bottom and torso, this style will make you look super heavy. Sometimes you can get away with it by wearing them tucked into knee high boots that create a balancing effect but be careful.
- Jeans are not the be all to fashion, there are many other options including some very stylish casual trouser options – hang on – I feel another blog coming on… If not jeans – what else?
Okay denim lovers and haters – what are your thoughts on this? Tell me, do you struggle when it comes to buying jeans or are you a denim doctor? As always, let’s get a conversation going. I would love your comments.
Love Cindy xx