With such versatile offerings in denim, all you need to know is how to dress jeans “up or down.”
Buying the perfect pair of jeans can often seem an impossible mission. Luckily, getting ready for end of dressing includes having basic denim in most women’s wardrobes. Thankfully, it has become easier to find styles for those of us with curves! Remember most women—no matter what size—will need to try on at least 12–15 pairs of jeans to find the one that’s best for their body. After all, choosing a more polished jean silhouette is now appropriate in many workplaces with a blazer, and they’re sexy enough for dressing up for an evening out than wearing a cocktail dress to a party.
Playing with the “Dress-Up” Rules
SO what’s going to be your shopping strategy? Here’s the golden rule: Remember that the longer the length of your jeans, the dressier and more polished clothing choice they become.
Rule: For most women, darker denim is the best choice for creating the longest silhouette line for your body. The darker the jean finish, the classier the look.
- Wear your jeans below the ankle with a heel and they’ll look more like “trousers” that can be paired with a polished longer top and fitted blazer for the office or mixed up with a sexy halter, camisole or embellished tunic at night. Pair your denim choice with heels, strappy sandals, or even embellished open-toe flats.
Rule: The more pointed the toe, versus a rounded or square toe dresses up the pant and gives the illusion of a longer leg-line.
- Choose a V-neck shirt (After all, a classic white crisp shirt never goes out of style and the neckline draws attention to your face, and again, lengthens your neckline.) Trying blouse with feminine ruffles will keep the jean “romantic and trendy.” The more feminine the top, the dressier the jeans should become. Try wearing your denim with a camisole or shell—with shape—top.
Rule: A supportive strapless bra is required with camisoles! The best advice is to choose a tone that matches your skin tone, but if you want to wear a colored style bra with straps for more support on a busty figure—the color should be complimentary your top.
- Go for some “drama” with your accessories. Choose a mixed-chains or statement necklace that’s a shorter length to fill in the space at your neckline, or you could try a metallic finish handbag—which will dress up your jeans. It’s the season for all metallic finishes.
Rule: Keep the saturated neutral tones for weekend wear at the beach and the drama and bling for city chic.
Playing with the “Denim Down” – Casually
1. Play with the length anyway you like—cropped or capri jeans say that you’re “ready for the beach” or weekend vibe. Stick to flats to keep the look more casual. Gladiator sandals, Superga sneakers, Topshop.com trendy flats, or low-heeled boots will play down your look in a casual vibe.
2. If you want to step up your white denim a notch, choose a darker top against the clean look of white and pop bright color with your accessories as well.
3. Pair denim with long or short sleeve shirts that don’t “try too hard.” Keeping your skin covered, you tone down the “sexpot” image.
4. Stick with simple jewelry and accessories—a special straw bag with chunky wooden bangles provides sophisticated but subtle accents for a weekend away or a movie date.
Well-fitting pairs of jeans are essential. So here are some golden rules for finding the right style for your curves and some choices from the designers and retailers’ for your size:
- Boot cut: This is the classic shape for most women. The boot cut shape will flatter any curvy shape or size. They’re especially flattering women with wider hips as they balance out the silhouette and are so versatile that they can be put together for virtually any outfit! They look great with sneakers and a casual tee. Or if you want to opt for a more glamorous look, then choose a pair of darker indigo or black jeans and a longer tunic top with some type of embellishment. Check out Svoboda jeans at Nordstrom.com or Kiyonna.com private label jeans.
- High-waisted: Now this is a high fashion look that you don’t have to be super skinny to wear. Promise! The high-waisted jeans are cut especially for a fuller figure and can look great with a pair of heels and a blouse tucked and define your waist with a chunky cinch belt. They are also a good investment and will take you through to next season with ease. Check out MICHAEL by Michael Kors at LordandTaylor.com or EvansLondon.com for a variety of choices.
- Straight Leg: This can look really flattering on a curvy silhouette as they truly “lengthen the leg. Remember that this style jean is not the “tight stretch denim legging” at all, and it’s important that you keep it fresh and modern up-top. Try creating a sophisticated evening look with a pair of heels or during the cooler temps, tuck them into boots for another chic look. Finish it off with this season’s swing jacket, which flatters a curvy figure and looks great with straight leg jeans. Check out Calvin Klein stretch jeans at Bloomingdales.com or Z. Cavaricci at Torrid.com
- High Rise Fitted Bootleg or Flare: Fitted at the thigh and knee then flares out to the hem. This style is particularly flattering for a pear shape silhouette as it balances fuller thighs and hips. Check out Jag Jeans at Nordstrom.com or Jones New York at Macys.com
- Low Rise Fitted Bootleg or Flare: Hitting below the belly button, these can elongate a shorter waist, but if you are fuller in the bootie should be aware that underwear peeking from the backside is not a “fashion do”! Check out the Denim-Lite collection at Avenue.com or the plus-size collection only available online at OldNavy.com
- Wide Leg: Fits neat on the waist then flares from the thigh—great for balancing curvy hips. The key to this shape jean is balance – wear a fitted top or blouse to accentuate an hourglass silhouette. This shape also looks fabulous when dressed up with wedges or heels. Check out the wide-legs at SvobodaJeans.com and Wahoo at Alight.com