October 21, 2013

Fall means JEANS!

We are moving into Fall...that means it's jean season. I have a love hate relationship with jeans.  It seems as my weight fluctuates the one place I notice it the most is in the fit of my jeans. This I hate.  But there have been rare times I found the perfect jean.  Nothing can make a girl happier than a perfect fitting jean: one I am convinced makes me look tall and thin.  This I love.

Finding the perfect fitting jean is something we are all searching for.  Here are some tips for you to consider as you set out on the search for the perfect fitting jean:

  • If you can get them zipped without lying down, doesn’t mean they fit. The most important fit component in jeans is the rise (the length between the center of the jean, where everything is stitched together in the crotch and the waistband).  The wrong rise will set off the fit of everything else.
  • Look for softer fabric that will drape your lower body, and move with you rather than stiff denim that moves against you.
  • A slight flare looks good on just about every body type because it balances hips and shoulders.  If the goal is to create an hourglass silhouette, start with a jean that has that silhouette (i.e. boot cut).
  • The darker the denim, the thinner you will look. Period.
  • Distressing can create a visual highlight on areas of your back side you might not want a spotlight on.  When trying on jeans back up from the mirror at least 8-10 feet and see where the visual attention is.
  • Look for a waist that buttons or snaps easily (lying down on the bed to do it doesn’t count).  Also, a waist band that is a little higher in the back than the front is the most flattering.  This is called a contour waist.
  • For low or midrise, make sure the jeans don’t create a "roll" effect over the top of the waistband.  Some like to call this a ‘dun-lap’ or ‘muffin top’.  Whatever your pet name for this look – it isn’t a good one! The way to check this is to try on the jeans without a top – this will clearly show you if you’ve dun-lapped!
  • The waistband of jeans (and all pants for that matter) should fit ON your fluff (about an inch below your belly button), not below, not above…for heaven’s sake, not above! 
  • Back pockets are very important!  The size, the angle, the detail – all key to the look of your jeans.  Your best bet is to look for a jean that has a back pocket that sits lower on your booty, whose shape isn’t a perfect square (one that is somewhat a hexagon shape – larger on top, smaller at the bottom)
  • Make sure the jeans are long enough to wear with a variety of heels. Longer is better.  The back of your pants should skim the floor when you have your shoes on. If you put on your shoes, and the back of the cuff is ½” off the floor…they are too short

1 comment:

Heather Novak said...

Well 1/2 inch off the floor if you are a mom, does that matter? LOL. I heard the pants should hit your foot bone in front, the top of your foot and you are ok, no? What do you think of the fashion blogger suggesting we cut off our jeans into crops with the fray hem...do you hate that????