Denim 101


by Wendy Norwood

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 21 at 2:22 PM

Denim Trends
-While blue denim is always in style, have a little fun and bring some colored denim into your wardrobe.
-Distressed is also very in this year.

Before you try on
-Keep an open mind. You might be surprised at the style that fit's you best.
-Wear the right panties. A thong is best. Many brands are comfortable. Try Hanky Panky or Comando. It makes a difference.

-Look for a denim that is about 98% cotton 2% Lycra, Spandex or Elastin
-You can not be a size shopper when buying denim. Every brand and every style run differently. Even the same brand and style of jeans in different types of denim may cause you to have to go up or down a size.

-Know your options. Low, mid and high rise and skinny cut, straight cut and boot cut. Don't let the name or type of jean scare you.

Know your body type
When buying jeans the rules about what looks good are the same for everyone. It's not about having a certain brand or style, it's about finding the best fit for you.

-All body types can wear skinny cut, straight cut or boot cut. It's about how you wear them.
Skinny cut and straight cut look great on everyone paired with a looser fitting or tunic top and a pair of boots.
-Boot cut is the most versatile type jean and can be worn with most everything. Remember to have a little balance in your look. Because of the flared bottom don't go too baggy and loose on your top.
Don't be afraid of a low or mid rise jean. I rarely recommend a highrise for anyone. They are generally unflattering on most body types. Whether you need an low or mid rise can often depend on whether you are long or short waisted. Give them a try and see what works best!

-Medium to dark blues are most versatile. They can go from day to night and they look good with most all colors. Dark is also slimming.
-Light denim is nice but if you are looking to spend money on one pair of jeans go darker. Light denim does not look as good with most colors.

-Jeans should be a little snug when you first put them on. They will stretch as you wear them. A clue that they are too tight is if there are distinct wrinkles in the back of your legs that are cutting into your legs.

-Waist: there should be no gaping in the waist nor should it cut into your sides. It should lay flat.

-Rear End: Choose a jean that gives you a little roundness and lift. Don't choose a jean that flattens you. Watch out of pocket placement. Too wide, too close, too big or too small can give you an illusion that is not flattering.

-Legs: Jeans should fit snug in the back of the leg all the way down to your knee.

-Length: Length is important. If it's not right it really makes for an unpolished look. It can also  take an expensive jean and make it look cheap. This is defintely a faux pas! On a boot cut jean, the hem should fall halfway down the back of your high heel. On a skinny jean the hem should be anywhere from below your ankle to mid heel (shoeless).

Denim is meant to be low maintenance. Washing and drying is perfectly acceptable. I recommend washing them inside out or on cold and gentle. To save your darker colors and denim washes try adding a cup of vinegar to yoru wash. Do not dry clean as this ruins the stretch in your jeans. If you feel they need to be pressed try ironing on low. One last tip, wash your new jeans alone the first or second time to protect your other clothes from the possible bleeding.

Women don't have to spend big money on every item in their closet but I always recommend that a woman have a nice handbag and a nice pair of jeans.

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