Jeans Therapy: A range of choices in the denim world
JEANS. Everyone has them in their wardrobe but finding 'the' perfect pair is the Holy Grail of shopping.
The task is even trickier with the deluge of brand-new denims on the block. The full spectrum of traditional blue isn't going away anytime soon but a rainbow of new hues has widened the search.
More than three quarters of women "love wearing denim" and the average woman owns 7.2 pairs of jeans, says Yahoo Shine!
If you have space for one more pair in your denim drawer, spring is the time to be a little more experimental. So jump-start the new season in super-fresh jeans.
Donna Ida Thornton (www.donnaida.com) shares her top 10 steps for figure flattery:
"All jeans are essentially the same – two legs, five pockets, but the magic is in the individual fit," Thornton says.
If jeans go on easily, go down a size. Kicking your way into the legs isn't unusual.
When buying jeans with super stretch, look for good quality denim that has great memory – how quickly the denim springs back after wear.
When buying super stretchy jeans, buy them firm but not overly tight. If you have 'seam strain', this could damage the stretch.
The waistband should be snug – if you can fit two fingers down the back, good; a whole hand is not.
A curved, or pieced waistband will be slightly higher at the back than the front and will curve into your waist.
Apple-shaped girls should look for plenty of stretch in a straight leg and dark wash.
Pear-shaped ladies who like skinny jeans should look at high-waisted styles – it elongates the leg and slims down the hips.
Boyish shapes can wear most styles. Add shape and interest with zips and details on back pockets.
Long legs look best in a mid to low rise to keep the waist at the right height, whereas petite girls look great in a high rise.
Alterations can give you the perfect jeans. You could adjust the waistband or slim the legs.