Fashion has become much more casual and the blue jeans have become much more dressy. Thus, the two worlds meet and there is a pair of jeans for everyone.
It isn’t necessary for anyone to pay over $300 for a pair of jeans, although there are many brands out there in that price range. The Wall Street Journal just had a feature article showing the actual cost of manufacturing a pair of jeans. It is in the $50 range, which means you are paying a lot for the company’s advertising to convince you that you need the special bells and whistles that identifies the brand.
The challenge in finding “your” jeans is the fit. It usually takes a lot of trying on to find something that works so this is not for the faint of heart.
Rectangle: If hips and shoulders are balanced in width, you have little waist definition and are flat through the derriere, you are a rectangle. You need to search for pants that will not be huge through the hips and thighs. You will look great in jeans with the waist coming just under your natural waist. Since you will want to bypass the waist with a top, so it is not noticeable that you do not have much waist indentation, you can wear a blouse tucked in and give that illusion beautifully. Or, wear an over blouse, bypassing the waist. A rectangle has small hips so jeans with a slim-cut leg will be most flattering.
Triangle: This is the person with a larger derriere wider than their shoulder. There are several manufacturers that make jeans for this body shape. Any good salesperson can direct you. The best style will be a wider leg that falls directly from the hip to the floor. No narrow or skinny jeans for this body shape or you will look like an ice cream cone.
Inverted Triangle: This body shape has shoulders wider than their hips. Something to watch is that the rise is correct. Most inverted triangles have a very short rise causing many trousers not fit correctly. This body shape can wear skinny jeans or the more slender legs beautifully as they are slender through the hips and have slender legs. An excellent look is to tuck in an oversized, blousy top that exaggerates the top and is balanced by the tight-fitting jeans. Truly dramatic!
Oval: This is the body that is wider at the waist than through the shoulders and hips. The key will be to find trousers that really fit. You may need to have some alterations done. If you can wear jeans with slim legs, choose an oversized top that comes just below the hip and bypasses the waist. Make sure it is a 1/3 to 2/3 proportion; either 1/3 length in the top and 2/3 length in the pants or the reverse. It is a much more interesting proportion than half and half. You again have the balance of full with fitted.
Hour Glass: This is the body were shoulders and hips are balanced, the smaller waist sloping in from both hips and shoulders. This body can wear lower rise jeans, although, thank heavens; the really low-rise styles that expose way too much are no longer in vogue. The hour glass can also wear jeans with a higher rise. Because of the wider hips, a straight leg, dropping straight from the hip to the floor might be a better choice. Otherwise, a boot cut will be good. Be careful with slim cut jeans if you have fairly wide hips to avoid the “ice cream cone” effect.
Figure 8: This body is primarily defined by a high hipbone. The waist dips in directly above the hipbone. This body does not slope in from the hips so a jean cut narrower in the hips with a full rise will work best. Slimmer cut jeans can usually be worn, especially if you have long legs. Pockets work well for this body type. This body usually has a long rise so you will look best with a visual break in that area, such as an over blouse, pockets or yoke.
Jeans with a wider leg should end just short of the floor. This limits your choice of shoes. The slim-cut jeans can be rolled up at the ankle or worn straight and will work with any heel height as they end at the ankle.
Distressed jeans will always be casual and usually better for the young.
However, dark-washed can be dressed up or down. Dark-washed, perfectly fitting jeans, have enormous versatility. The blouse or jacket you add will determine how dressy or casual you want to be. Jeans are great for travel. They don’t wrinkle and you will look smart when you arrive. Pop on a smart, non-wrinkle top and a leather jacket and you will not only be comfortable on the flight, but you will arrive looking smart and ready to go.
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