Jeans! Pretty simple, right? Blue denim, always in style and look better the more you wear them. They are the forever symbol of casual style for your legs. So why is it so hard to find the perfect pair? It turns out that when there are more options, the choices they offer can become paralyzing. And if you’re not sure on what options you’re selecting between trying to find the right pair of jeans can be complicated. So let’s do some legwork on what styles of jeans are trending right now, and consider what styles look best on you.
Skinny jeans are just what they sound like. They’re cut skinny, to fit snugly through the waist, hips and thighs, and ensure they hug your legs like a second skin. Curvy cut jeans are cut with a little more freedom in the hips and thighs, but still designed to hug the calves. Boot cut jeans are designed with a slightly flared leg, so you can wear boots with them (pretty simple stuff).
Rise refers to how high on the hips or waist the jeans ride. The most flattering is medium rise but lately we’ve also been seeing some trendy high waisted jeans and low-rise cuts. If you’re not sure what kind of rise you prefer, err toward medium rise.
Long cut jeans are most flattering on taller figures (as well as with higher heeled shoes). Boot cut jeans are also usually cut long for this reason. Cropped jeans (a summer favorite) stop mid-calf and look good with sandals or more casual shoes.
Jeans are traditionally made of cotton (denim), but frequently incorporate polyester to increase durability. Skinnier cuts of jeans incorporate spandex in order to allow for the sleekest possible profile, while still allowing for flexibility.
The “wash” of a pair of jeans represents how the jeans have been treated with dyes. Generally, the darker the wash, the darker the jeans. Jeans are also frequently “distressed” by sandblasting to create a lived-in or bohemian look. Dark denim is universally flattering and also dressier while the distressed is a laid back favorite.
By carefully considering your options, you can be sure to find what style of jeans are best for your personality, style and body type. Best of all, with stores like rue21 currently offering buy one, get one 50% off on most of their jeans, you can afford to experiment a little.
Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by rue21, but the opinion expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of rue21
As our digestive systems continue to work overtime long after we’ve gorged on rich holiday foods and sweets, a lot of us are left wishing we could return the extra pounds as easily as unwanted gifts. While I’m certainly not the the best person to give diet tips (heck I’m still clearing out the Holiday cookies) I do have a few tricks that I swear by when trying to hide that little extra bulge. Check out my tips and some of my favorite pieces below!
A classic fave outfit of mine is a pair of flared pants or
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Make sure anything worn on top lays right over your hips (I love a good vest cause they’re great for layering). Anything longer will creat a tent like look (not cute), and anything shorter will defeat the purpose of this post 🙂Fringe Vest at Buckle.com
Let Banded bottom tops, sweaters and dresses take the work out of sucking it in all night. They’re not only comfy but surprisingly sexy!
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Look for ruchin on tops and dresses; they’re perfect when trying to camoflauge the lumps and bumps (and if you happen to find a top or dress in a print with ruching EVEN better). I love ruching because it not only hides imperfections, it accentuates curves.
Don’t go for the bigger sizes: either get it altered or get yourself a full bodied spanx. I prefer this one because it’s SO much comfier….no need to be pulling at it all night or worrying if it’s creating a bulge elsewhere. Wear underneath any of the pieces featured for extra figure flattering!
The higher the heels the better! I know heels won’t hide the bulge, but they give you a sense of sexy confidence and when paired with any of the above tips – you’re good to go!
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Ali larter dazzles in this retro inspired outfit. Love the way she paired the faded high waisted jeans with a goldne blazer and simple white tank. Very chic and definitely one of my favorite looks this year! Get Ali’s look for less with pieces from Macy’s, Old Navy and more!
When the skinny jeans craze hit a few years ago, denim buffs everywhere sighed in despair. After all, for those with anything other than the waifish figure of Kate Moss or the perfect curves of Gisele Bundchen, those drainpipe-slender pants were a big no-no.
Thankfully, designers are now offering up a more forgiving style: a wide-legged jean that sits higher on the waist and is cut to one circumference all the way down. This is different from the bootleg, which is fitted to the knee and then gently flares out. It’s also an alternative to the bell-bottom, which hugs the thighs and is uniformly wide from the knee down.
With wide-legged jeans, the circumference of the leg opening can be up to 23 inches compared to the 15 or so inches seen on cigarette jeans. The front rise is at least an inch or so higher than in low-waist jeans and even higher in the back. “Wide legs have a longer rise because the silhouette needs a bit more height to flatter the body,” says Chachi Prasad, founder of the fashion line Bishop of Seventh, whose jeans have been worn by Carrie Underwood and Rumer Willis.
The look is also markedly different from the more casual boyfriend jean, which often features distressed, fraying and upturned hems. Sleek and chic, the wide- leg jean can be worn to work or for an evening out. And it’s not only versatile but affordable too, as premium brands and lower-priced lines offer the silhouette.
Still, this is not a jean that can be thrown on with any old T-shirt or bought by just eyeballing the size. It takes a bit of polish and planning to pull off the look. Here are tips from style experts:
The right pair The wide-legged silhouette looks best on women at least 5 feet 4 inches tall and on the slender side, says Lisa Rudes Sandel, founder and creative director of the denim line Not Your Daughter’s Jeans. “With any trouser, the wider it is, the bigger you look,” she explains. Broader women can still embrace a wider leg with a boyfriend cut in a sleek dark finish, such as those offered by DKNY. For petite women, cuts like the Provocateur by Joe’s Jeans straddle the line between skinny and wide, lengthening the leg with a higher knee break and then flaring to an 18-inch leg opening.
Ladylike tops Skip anything oversized or billowy and opt instead for something fitted on top, such as a trim tee and a cropped jacket. Or, suggests Sarah Bergman, manager of Los Angeles-based vintage store The Way We Wore, consider a feminine Victorian-style white shirt with a band collar and a bib front or ruffle.
High shoes and minimal accessories To balance the look, try a heel or wedge of at least 3 inches. For a handbag, carry a vintage or modern clutch or a small beaded bag. Finishing touches: a skinny belt and a delicate necklace peeking through an open-necked shirt.
Hair height Those killer heels will get the proportions right below the waist; for flattering proportions above the waist, go for tall hair. Suki Duggan, owner of New York City’s Donsuki Townhouse Salon, suggests a classic ponytail with an added “hump” for height. (It can be achieved by sectioning off the front part of the hair, spritzing it with hair spray and folding it back into the ponytail.) Another option: a half updo. “When in doubt, go for volume,” said Duggan. “Draw the attention upward. Check out some of my faves below!
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Drew Barrymore: one of my faves when it comes to the chic boho look. Getting the right mix is a tricky art (even the fabulous Drew walks the razor edge at times with the chic part) but she nailed it this with the khaki/military shirt, skinny jeans, trendy yet classic striped t-shirt and grey platform pumps. Get Drew’s look for less with pieces from, Urban Outfitters, Piperlime, Charlotte Russe and more!
Love Rachel Bilson’s style! Her outfits always have the perfect blend of cute, trendy and sexy. This particular outfit underscores the essential Fall wardrobe and Autumn must-have’s: The comfy and casual blazer; the cute booties and distressed jeans (skirts work well with the outfit too!) Get Rachel’s look for less!
David Beckham looking cool, comfy and casual…..like always! Come on guys, get becks for less….
Hilary Duff looks down right adorable while out shopping in Pasadena. Get her look for less with items from AE, Baghaus, Shopbop and more!
Kelly Ripa redefines the effortlessly cool, well-dressed woman who is always on the go. Her outfit is not only trendy and smart, but the options are limitless: wear the tank with a skirt and sweater for Fall; the jacket goes with anything; try skinny jeans with a sexy top for evening. Lots of wiggle room for the girl on the run! Get Kelly Ripa’s look for less
Jessica Biel’s outfit is perfection! It’s chic, feminine (with a hint of masculinity) and has the has the right touch of trendy. Best of all you can wear these pieces in a variety of different ways: wear the cardigan over a dress and wrap a belt over it; take the pants, pair it with a black tank for the evening, and wear the white tee with just about anything in your wardrobe. Get Jessica’s look for less!