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Dare to wear: denim leggings

  • posted February 9th, 2010
  • Fashion

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Now I have to admit I’m not really a jeans girl. I love how some girls can just throw on a pair of jeans and look effortlessly stylish and cool, but somehow I just can’t do that. It’s not only that I love to dress up in little skirts and pretty dresses, but also that frankly I find jeans rather uncomfortable. “Perhaps you’re wearing them too tight” my stylist friend suggested, which could be true but then other than for lounging around in the house, I think the best jeans should be tight enough to show off your figure.

So it was with joy that I discovered denim leggings last summer and have been a big fan ever since. Most are not actually made of denim but rather give the same appearance as jeans, but with that stretchy comfortable feeling you only get from leggings! They work especially well with an overside shirt or a long tee for a laid back look. Check out New Look’s dark jean leggings with zip cuff detail, which work well if you are tall, or try House of Fraser’s denim effect leggings in the darkest indigo. The ultra deep colour will make your legs look super slim too.  I adore the fit of these J Brand denim leggings or jeggings too. More jean than legging, they are cut to flatter your shape, with an ultra slim cut and button and belt loop hole details. No wonder Jessica Alba and Victoria Beckham are both obsessed with this brand!

Denim leggings shown left to right: New Look jean leggings £10, House of Fraser denim effect leggings £30 and J Brand denim leggings £ 160

Personal Stylist: Jeans Genius

  • posted January 26th, 2010
  • Fashion

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Finding the perfect pair of jeans is a little bit like looking for meaning in a Sweet Valley High novel. In other words, very very tricky. While there is a vast array of styles available to chose from, it’s picking the right ones for your shape that is the difficult part. With that in mind I have put together some easy peasy tricks and helpful hints to picking the perfect pair, whatever your body shape!

CURVY

1. Don’t assume that only skinny girls can wear high-end brands. James Jeans and Serfontaine both do styles with a 34 inch waist.

2. Choose neat, fitted cuts rather than wide-legged or flared styles that can add volume. A straight leg or slight boot-cut is ideal.

PETITE

1. Go for brands that do a 29inch leg, such as Paige Premium Denim or Siwy.

2. High-rise styles will create the illusion of greater height, especially when worn with heels

BIG BUST

1. A low-waisted style will work best to create some distance between your bust and your waist, giving a more hourglass effect.

2. Skinny jeans are a no-no, as you’ll look top-heavy. Try a slouchier, slightly wider leg, such as J Brands selection.

PEAR

1. Look for large square pockets or pointed ones and avoid rounded pockets, to balance out your shape.

2. Boyfriend styles work well as they hang off the hips and will make you look slimmer.
Denim styles from left to right:
Best for curvy shapes: Serfontaine Minx straight leg jeans £125,
Best for petite shapes: J Brand Heartbreaker jeans £110,
Best for big bust: Paige Premium Denim Franklin Boy jeans £47.72
Best for pear shapes: J Brand wide legged jeans £89