Jeans, jeans everywhere but not a decent pair! It seems finding the perfect pair of denim is harder than finding the perfect husband. For the past decade we have been sold images of skinny models in skinny jeans. But without the physique of a catwalk creature are they really a good idea and where is a good place to start the denim hunt this season?
The bad new is, skinny jeans are going nowhere. Despite announcements every season that skinny is over, it’s kind of like that teacher you hated in school announcing every year they are retiring only to see them back in September. But believe it or not skinnes do work on lots of shapes. In fact a shapely skinny jean can be a lot more flattering that an overly exaggerated flare that can make you look shorter. There are two tricks of the trade. One. Don’t compromise on the quality of the fabric. Fabric is the difference between wearing once and, well wearing all the time! Two. Style your skinnies in a way that makes you comfortable for your body shape.
Big hips and bum? Opt for longer tops so the eye isn’t drawn to your widest point, your bum. Also team your skinnies with a chunky boot rather than a ballet pump as this gives better balance with your wider hips. Also, go for a neutral colour like black or navy.
Conscious of your tummy? The only way to avoid the dreaded muffin top is to look for a pair with a wider and higher waistband. I think GAP and H&M are quite good for a higher waist. I also love the denim bar in BT2 where you can choose from JBrand, Sass and Bide, MiH Jeans and Seven for all Mankind.
Hold your weight on your bust and have broad shoulders? Go for colourful skinnies to really draw the eye down and team with a simple blouse or shirt to keep your top half fuss free. Again teaming with chunky ankle or knee high boots will give you a better balance with your broader top half.
Other shops on the high street worth a look include Karen Millen, Next, Mint Velvet, French Connection, Miss Selfridge & Topshop for petite, Wallis, Oasis and River Island if you suffer from the dreaded ‘gap’ at the back!