If you have been out shopping for jeans lately you have probably noticed the number of styles and cuts available today. So how does one know which cut to buy or how to wear each type of cut jeans? The good news is that with the number of styles available today, whether you’re looking for a pair of casual jeans to wear around town on errands or looking for something to go out in on the weekends, there are plenty of designs to choose from.
Jeans have come a long way since Levi Strauss first introduced their riveted work pants in the mid-nineteenth century. Denim was considered a durable yet flexible work pant. Today, men, women and children all love their jeans – not just because they are durable but due to their comfort and style.
In shopping for jeans, there are many things to take into consideration besides style. There is also construction, type of denim and such. Type of construction refers to the way the waistband, placket and features appear on the jeans. Do the jeans have elastic, half-elastic or inset elastic waistbands? Does it have a zippered closure or button?
There is also color. Denim comes in its standard blue but also in dyed colors including black, brown, wheat, olive, purple, orange, red, teal and earth tones. Do you want your denim to look distressed, aged, prewashed, white washed, bleached, acid washed, or just plain? Want embellishments such as lace, leather, gemstones or appliqué? Each brand and company are known for their particular style and look. Some are broadly categorized such as Relaxed Fit, looser Fit.
Next, is size. When looking at size, a straight leg will measure 20 inches at both the knee and the leg bottom while a boot cut will have a slight flare of 21 inches at the bottom from a 19 inch width at the knee. Fuller styles may begin at around 21 inches at the knee and flare to 23 inches at the bottom while a tapered style will begin at around 23 inches at the knee and taper down to 19 inches at the bottom.
Now to determine whether you want boot cut, skinny jeans, low rise or regular. Such determinations can be based on your shape or what types of shoes you are wearing. If you are pear shaped, boot-cut jeans can be flattering. Boot-cut will minimize your thighs and balance out wide hips or behinds. The best way to wear boot-cut is with high-heeled boots or stilettos – no flat shoes. Bootcut jeans will the make the most of anybody’s curves and their wide hem deflects attention from larger waists, hips and thighs. These jeans can also disguise large calves.
Are you built slim with a boyish frame? You will then want to choose skinny jeans. The slender cut at the calves can make your hips appear wider and add curves. You can wear your jeans with flats or tuck them into boots.
If you have short legs, you of course want to make your legs appear longer and this can be done with trouser jeans. These jeans have a higher waist which creates a longer vertical look. Don’t buy your jeans too long, the hem should hit just below the ankles
Last, your jeans should fit your waist so that the waistband does not cut into you. Not only will this be uncomfortable but will also distort your figure giving you a muffin top.
Choosing the right jeans for you can be fun and complimentary, so take your time and it will well be worth the investment.
Author: Sheila Harris
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