Denim is definitely a staple in my wardrobe, and really just about everyone else's. There are so many cuts and washes, and so many changing trends...it's hard sometimes to know what's best for your style and your body in the change sea of style.
A reader recently sent me a few questions, specifically regarding denim trends. The questions she had, and I get asked similar questions very frequently, were about most flattering cuts and what works best for the most bodies, and then, the question I kinda dread answering on paper: how do I feel about "skinnies." I have also been asked about the trendy colored and patterned jeans, as well as coated denim.
Photo of a Wit and Wisdom "Itty Bitty Bootcut" from Nordstrom.com
First question first...I tend to think the most universally flattering cut is a dark rinse, mid-rise boot cut, especially a "baby boot cut" option. It works on the slimmest to the most voluptuous bodies, and looks chic and put together on everyone. They're not calling any extra attention to things anyone wishes to hide, and so many lines have so many varied rises and features to work with just about any perceived or "real flaw" we have.
Image indicating rises from Joy of Clothing.
Onto the subject of this "skinnies" trend. While many sites and "fashion experts" say skinny jeans are for everyone, I am inclined to vehemently disagree. This is a subject I have probably a very unpopular opinion on, because I personally reserve them for only the leanest and most bangin' of bodies. I have spent the majority of my adult life cartwheeling along on the line between plus size and straight size, and after a long stint in the plus size department trying to fit my "apple on sticks" body shape, I feel pretty qualified to share this advice and opinion with the world.
Skinny jeans are not for every body. "Skinnies" bring an apple, or in general any fuller figured woman's body, into what I call an "ice cream cone" shape. Your legs are tapered to a pointed cone, and your butt, hips, stomach and boobs are the scoops of ice cream placed on top. NOT a flattering look. So why do you want to do that to yourself?
Listen, I am not fat-shaming anyone, because I have no room to talk. I am already built like an ice cream cone on my own. I am simply explaining that if you want to make yourself look your absolute best, and why would you not, why would you select something that calls attention to a part of your body that is not your best asset when there are cuts out there that balance the fuller parts of your body with your less full parts? Feel free to have dissenting opinions on that, but I really do feel that women who are not in peak form wearing skinny jeans are doing themselves a serious disservice.
Those looking for skinnies in a ton of colors and options can check out Old Navy and Gap, for starters, as they seem to nail so many denim trends out right now pretty well, colored, printed, coated and even dip-dyed. Forever21 is another one to check out as well.
The ultimate decider on all of this is not me, not any "fashion expert", not any magazine...it's your threshold for comfort and your confidence. If you can rock it, rock it.
What are your favorite trends? And thoughts on "skinnies"?
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