Denim Diva: The Right Look For Your Body
Oh, the woes of shopping for denim. I think most, if not all, women have been there - that feeling of hopelessness as we try on each and every pair of jeans in the store, before giving up in disgust and sulking next door to the cafe to pig out on a cupcake and a full-fat latte. (Oh, wait; is that last part just me?) It took me a very long time, and many pairs of ill-fitting blue jeans to figure out how to shop properly for this wardrobe staple. In a former life (read: college) I was a "Denim Specialist" at the GAP, and it was during this time that I learned how to not only outfit my own body in the perfect pair of curve-hugging denim pants, but I learned how to help other women do the same. Here I share with you some tips that you can use to avoid disappointment in the dressing room.
1. Know your body type. If you are lean, without many curves, you should avoid jeans that are cut for women who are, and vise versa. Just like a petite woman wouldn't dare purchase a pair of extra-long jeans, a woman with curves should avoid straight-cut jeans and other looks that won't accentuate her best qualities. Go into the store already aware of what your best physical qualities are, and it will be easier for you to shop to highlight them.
2. Read the labels. Generally they are pretty straightforward and will give you the most insight into your denim quest. Descriptions of the cut of denim will help you tremendously in knowing which pairs of jeans are even deserving of your time in the dressing room. Often you will read things like "straight through the hip and thigh" or "relaxed through the hip and thigh" that will help you to determine what you need. If you go in knowing your body type, then ruling out the cuts that aren't for you will be a cinch!
3. Color is important. The color of denim (known as the "wash" or "rinse" to those in the know) can make a huge difference! A darker wash can help to elongate legs and generally give a slimming effect (the same idea behind wearing black). Similarly, a lighter wash is great for the long and lean variety of women, and someone searching for curves can try a bit of whiskering on the outside of the jean, to create a more girly appearance.
4 Shop snug. When I try on jeans in the dressing room, I like them to fit a bit snugly. Denim is a very strong material, but it will give, especially a stretch fit. After you've been wearing it for a few hours, it will loosen up, and if it wasn't a bit snug to begin with, you end up with a baggy jean. Unless that is your intended look, you won't feel as comfortable or sexy in them after a few hours of wear. This doesn't mean you should buy jeans that are a size too small -- they won't give that much -- but a pair that hugs your body comfortably will keep you confident all day.
5. Don't give up! I often have to take 7 or 8 pairs of jeans into the dressing room with me so that I come out with a single pair that fits properly, and often times I leave without one at all. Not all jeans are made to fit all body types, so give yourself ample time to find that perfect pair of denim. If you find a brand and style that you fall in love with, save the tag or write it down. In a pinch, you can always order another pair in a different rinse off of the internet!
As you can see, it doesn't matter what kind of body you have, you can find that perfect pair of jeans. How do you shop for denim? Share your tips with us in the comments!