I am a true advocate for purchasing jeans that fit and look great, despite the denim trends that seem to come and pass almost daily. Also, I am fully aware that the Citizens of Humanity skinny jeans I own do not match the normally budget-friendly criteria I set an example of. However, when it comes to jeans, I do not object to going over one’s budget to get the best fit in all areas, and most importantly, I take into consideration what I already have in my closet that will work to incorporate my new Citizens into my daily wardrobe. You, too, can now have the tips I use for myself and have given other women including my shorter, large-chested roommate and my tall, athletic best friend. Remember, no matter what your body type, you can wear any jean style. Just be sure to always have the basics already in your closet: a pair of killer stilettos (nude and black) and riding boots (flat or heeled both work), a boyfriend blazer (make sure you can cuff the sleeves), and a belt to cinch around your waist. Voila! You already have what you need to make any outfit look amazing.
Now, my denim rules: first, the darker the wash, the slimmer you will look. Acid-wash or faded jeans may look great on the mannequin, but I am sure some of us know that once we try them on ourselves, we somehow do not look quite the same as the plastic dummy in the window. If you are dying to pull off the lighter-jeans trend that has hit runways, be sure to balance your bottom half with your top half. Whether you are wearing slouchy and destroyed boyfriend jeans or light-gray skinnies, always accent your waist. This can be done through wearing belts, a well-fitted blazer, or a top cut to define the curves that make you a woman. We do not want to be confused for a construction worker….
Next, I have good news: it is possible for anyone to wear skinny jeans. It is all about how you wear them that determines how flattering they will be. When in doubt, add boots or heels. If today is a casual day with no need to wear your Louboutin’s, then do not bother. Throw on your favorite Sam Edelman or Nine West over-the-knee or riding boots to add volume to the bottom part of your body and avoid looking bottom-heavy. Another option is to add heels. The easy boost to your height will make you instantly look ten pounds lighter regardless of how tight those jeggings are. If you are looking to add curves, add a flowy top with skin-grazing fabrics.
The flared leg is making a comeback. To avoid looking shorter, combine the bell-bottomed hems with some dangerously high platform heels. The added height makes your legs appear longer; a bonus for shorter girls who want to carry off the trend as well as wearing their favorite dancing shoes. For taller girls that may not consider heels as an option, hem your jeans to accommodate the length of the leg (Note: never let the hemline be less than half of an inch above the ground, and my best recommendation for flat shoes is one with a pointy and/or detailed toe to accentuate a girly detail and avoid looking shlumpy) .
No matter what your shape, bootleg is always flattering on any frame or height. I could care less what shirt you wear; if you are wearing heels or flip flops, or if your hair is a mess or in a perfect coif, bootleg jeans flatter everyone. So when in doubt, choose this classic cut. It is the most versatile for any wardrobe and it is extremely easy to wear the timeless fit.
Just as a few general guidelines, when wearing flats, sandals, or boots, make sure to wear a blouse that will balance out your top half with the bottom- girls with larger chests should wear a longer top to elongate your torso, and those with less-ample cup sizes should layer (a tank and a loose shrug is always a good choice for a casual look). For an easy look to go from work to cocktails, be sure to wear a thicker jean with less stretch, a boyfriend blazer, and basic heels with your favorite blouse underneath. BAM. You are ready to hit the town and you did not even have to try!