Today we are talking about the second item in my top ten essentials list - jeans.
These days there are so many styles of jeans made from a multitude of different fabrics such that there is definitely something for everyone.
I must admit that whilst they are now firmly ensconced in my list there was a time when I struggled with finding jeans that fit me, were comfortable to wear and looked good.
There are 3 things that happened in the world of jeans that changed all that for me, the introduction of (1) stretch denim, (2) (shock horror) the elastic waist and (3) boyfriend jeans.
The thing is, for me, whilst I like to look good, I also like to be comfortable. I always found that with my body shape, jeans that fit me around the waist would be too big in the thighs and if they fit me through the leg the waist would cut into my tummy - which was both uncomfortable and resulted in the dreaded muffin top.
This is why the skinny jean with stretch denim and even better an elastic waist was a god send. These jeans are comfortable and fit my body perfectly. Because I wear longer line tops over this style of jeans - think floaty top or long line shirt - the elastic waist is not an issue. The key with this style of jean is what you wear it with.
I am also a big fan of the boyfriend style jean. These have a more relaxed fit and often are faded or distressed. They are super comfortable to wear and have an instant cool factor when cuffed at the bottom and styled with a white t shirt, sharp blazer and ballet flats.
Some things to remember when buying jeans
If you are still unsure about what style will suit you visit a speciality denim store (just jeans, jeans west) or the jeans section in a Department Store and try on a variety of different styles to find out what works.
Once you have found a brand and/or style that works for you - build up your denim wardrobe with other colours or washes. Its always good to start with classic indigo and add in a lighter wash, a black and a white. You can also consider ripped or distressed jeans if you are game.
Buy your stretch denim firm fitting - otherwise the jeans will stretch and sag within an hour or two of wear.
You may feel a bit silly, but doing a few lunges in the change room will show you how they feel when they warm up and how comfortable they are likely to be.
Look for jeans that sit at about your belly button - this will minimise the muffin top effect. Depending on the length of your torso, this could mean a mid rise or high rise.
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Lets go Shopping!
As I said there is a jean for everybody. These are some of my favourites for style and comfort.
Blue Illusion's Bengajean range is a best seller for the brand and are always available in a core range of 3 styles - skinny, straight and crop in blue denim, white and black. From season to season there will also be different seasonal colours and styles available. These jeans are the holy grail for me as they are a high quality stretch denim with an elastic waist. I have recommended these to many clients as they suit almost all body shapes.
Blue Illusion Skinny Leg Bengajean $149.95
Uniqlo do a more affordable version of the Bengajean. They offer these in a wider range of colours in a both a skinny (year round) and crop version (for spring summer). If you buy them in store they will adjust the length for free - usually within the hour.
Uniqlo Leggings Pants $29.90 (on sale)
Nobody Denim is a Melbourne based brand that makes ultra cool denim that is in high demand the world over. The Cult Skinny is one of their most popular styles and comes in a range of different lengths, colours and washes. They are a high rise jean made from stretch denim.
Nobody Denim Cult Skinny Addictive $199
NYDJ are well know for their flattering cuts that are both comfortable and flattering. They are a little pricey, but worth it if you struggle to find jeans that fit. The cross stretch in fabric sucks you in whilst still being comfortable.
NYDJ Future Fit Alina Legging $259
Jeans West offer a large range of styles and washes that are relatively affordable when compared with designer denim. I particularly like their boyfriend style jeans. The Florence Slim Boyfriend is in a soft stretch fabric with a subtle vintage wash.
Jeans West Florence Slim Boyfriend Jean $99 (currently 25% off)
Citizens of Humanity are a designer denim brand from the US with a cult following and a price tag to match. If you can afford a pair you can't go past the Emerson Slim Boyfriend jean. This style is bought out year after year and is both comfortable and super flattering. Style with a leather jacket and sneakers for a cool casual look.
Citizens of Humanity Emerson Slim Boyfriend Jean $379.00