Buying the Right Denim

I was visiting InStyle Magazine and noticed an excellent post on proper denim fit for various shapes and sizes and realized that it can easily apply to any form of pant. When it comes to style and dress, fit is the most important aspect of ensuring that you always present yourself to look your best.

Clothing several sizes too big only makes you look several sizes bigger ... and clothing several sizes too small only make you look several sizes bigger.

It doesn't matter your size; don't get distracted by the numbers. Clothing that fit trends are fun but they are not always flattering to every body size. For example, high-waist pants and a short torso do not go well together; they will just further accentuate your shorter torso and make you look off-balanced. If you have a bigger bottom and/or wide hips, skinny jeans or leggings may not always be the most flattering cut for your shape as they may make you look wider if not worn with a good balancing top.

Its more important to wear the most flattering than the most trendy pieces.
Always remember the importance of good fit :)

If You Are Short

LOOK FOR… 
  • A classic style that doesn’t overwhelm your small frame and one with a natural waist. 
AVOID… 
  • Wide-leg jeans and low rises. 
DON'T FORGET…
  • Wear legs slightly long, and pair your jeans with heels.
  • Darker rinses can have an elongating look.
  • Skinny styles should also be long, not cropped.

If You Have a Full Bottom

LOOK FOR… 
  • A dark, even wash with a slight flare and stretch. 
AVOID… 
  • Super-skinny jeans, high-waist styles and really wide legs. 
 DON'T FORGET…
  • Try a slightly lower rise; it will allow room for the derrière.
  • A boot-cut style will balance out the body.
  • Avoid small back pockets, which will make the behind look bigger.

If You Have a Boyish Figure

LOOK FOR… 
  • Low-rise, straight-leg styles with a fitted behind. 
AVOID…
  • Flares cut for curvier shapes. 
DON'T FORGET… 
  • Slouchy boyfriend styles with feminine shoes can be chic.
  • You can get away with bigger, more detailed belts.
  • Tuck in your shirt to add shape.
  • Skinny jeans can be flattering.


If You Are Curvy

LOOK FOR… 
  • Styles with at least a bit of stretch and straight or flared legs. You might have to fit your hips and behind, then have a tailor take in the waist. 
AVOID… 
  • Super-low-cut styles that will sit mid-hip and skinny jeans that are too tight on the bottom half of your legs.
DON'T FORGET…
  • For tighter styles, try going a size up and tailoring them.
  • Dark washes are most slimming.
  • Opt for minimal hip details, avoid pocket embroidery.


If You Have a Short Waist

LOOK FOR…
  • A lower rise and a longer hem length. 
AVOID… 
  • High-waist styles and details around the top. 
DON'T FORGET… 
  • Belts should blend in by being slim and neutral.
  • Skinny jeans with longer, untucked tops camouflage your waist.
  • Boyfriend styles that sit on the hips are great weekend alternatives.


If You Have Short Legs

LOOK FOR… 
  • Styles that hit near your natural waist with straight or slightly flared legs. 
AVOID… 
  • Hip-huggers, cropped cuts and anything overly baggy. 
DON'T FORGET…
  • Trouser jeans with a tucked-in blouse can whittle the waist. 
  • Flared styles should be subtle in shape.
  • Wear jeans with a cropped jacket to shorten the torso.

xo, 
Jana-Lynn

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