What’s In for Denim?

This is a great year for all our jeans lovers out there. From our long-loved skinnies to figure-flattering flares, several styles are on trend, making it easy and fun to change up your look from day to day. Here is a guide to the season’s hottest silhouettes and how to wear them:

Flared  Jeans

Looking for the most flattering update to your denim wardrobe? Go for a flared jean. After years of the skinny jean, women are glad to put on a pant that is a little more forgiving for her figure. A good flare makes any woman look taller and leaner. Who wouldn’t want that? Women with bigger hips should especially embrace this trend. The wider the hip, the bigger your flare can be. Try tucking in your top and wearing a thin belt to define your waist. Button down tops and blouses look best with these style jeans. You can wear heels, wedges and flats but make sure your toes are peaking out from underneath! Our favorite, most flattering pairs are from J Brand. The Martini skinny flare or the more dramatic Babe Flare.

Skinnies

This style has been in for while now, and they’re not going anywhere. They look the best with looser tops–whether longer or cropped. Heels, flats, wedges–you name it! They all work with this style and can take you from daytime to a night on the town. J Brand makes the best leggings. They are made with Powerstretch denim, the revolutionary fabric everyone woman loves because it makes you look a size smaller. Hudson’s Collin Skinny jeans are not as tight as the leggings, and the pockets are precisely placed to flatter your derriere.

Cropped Jeans

A throwback to the late 60s classic Audrey Hepburn style, this year’s cropped pant is not like your old capris. These fit closer for a sleeker, sexier look and can be worn on the calf or skimming the ankle. These look great with your strappy blouses or tanks for summer. Top them off with a long necklace and pointy kitten heels, sexy sky high stilettos or fun wedges–whatever your favorite style may be. J Brand makes them in their famous Powerstretch denim.

Red Jeans

Candy-colored jeans are a big hit this year, and red jeans will help you stop traffic. We’ve seen them in the magazines paired with blacks, whites and navy. For a more rock and roll look, wear them with a black tank and some black pumps. For a great spin on the nautical trend, match them with a striped tee. These pretty skinnies from Citizens of Humanity are perfectly cut to satisfy our mod, rocker fantasies. You can’t go wrong with the classic color. Like Bill Blass says, “When in doubt, wear red”

Bootcuts

In a season with so many denim trends, even bootcuts are considered stylish this year. The style is flattering on every figure and with the right wash and fit, they can be anything but boring. Go for a bootcut that fits well through the hips and thigh and slightly flares at the knee. The super low styles are long gone, and the new low rises have risen for a much more flattering fit. Even try going for a medium rise that fits just below the belly button. The key is to get a good pair that fits and flatters your body. I recommend trying the latest in ultra-flattering denim design, Mother denim. Not to mention, they’re made of denim so soft you’ll never want to take them off.

Tips for selecting the right pair

When selecting jeans, make sure they fit well. Ask your salesperson how the fabric will wear, whether they will keep their shape or become more roomy throughout the day.  Most of us will have to get our jeans hemmed to the right length. Go to a reputable seamstress and ask that they keep the original hem so the stitching st the bottom will still match. Bring the type of shoes you’ll be most likely to be wearing with the jeans with you, so they will be the correct length. Also, if your jeans fit in the hips, yet gap above your tush, ask your seamstress to put a dart in the waist for a great fit all over.

For a classy look, don’t wear anything with too much going on on the pockets–or anywhere else. The rhinestones, big embroidered shapes, huge back pocket flaps, contrast stitching or any other embellishments are outdated and can stay on the Jersey Shore, as far as I’m concerned. They instantly make any style look cheap, while minimal designs always look chic.

xoxo, Amanda

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