Opened up my local newspaper this morning, and there before me was this great article about jeans and thought our readers might appreciate it too.
Jeans. They’re a staple of the American wardrobe and easily the most versatile, best-loved piece of clothing in history.
The right pair of jeans is like a best friend: They’re always there for you, accompanying you on countless errands, to your favorite nightclub, sometimes even to work. They make you feel and look good.
Great jeans memorize the curve of your hips and give you a booty-licious view from the back.
But if your favorite jeans are on their last leg, it can be a daunting task to replace them. The denim department can be overwhelming these days, with all the styles, cuts and brands. What’s a gal or guy to do?
Former fit model and denim designer Paige Adams-Geller knows a few things about finding the right jeans to flatter your body type. For more than a decade, denim companies – including Seven, Citizens of Humanity and True Religion – based their jeans on Adams-Geller’s 36-27-37 figure.
Now, her own Paige Premium Denim line is one of the hottest brands around, beloved by celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner. People magazine has dubbed Adams-Geller the “Queen of Jeans.”
“The most important factor, when it comes to fit, is understanding your body,” says the 38-year-old entrepreneur, who was in the Tampa Bay area recently peddling her line on HSN. “What are your denim dilemmas? If you have an issue with your stomach, maybe you want to avoid a jean that has too low of a rise. If you are a person that is always mobile, make sure that your jean is functional. Overall, your jeans should flatter your figure, be functional and comfortable.”
Adams-Geller, co-author of “Your Perfect Fit” (McGraw Hill, $16.95), a guide to fashion, fitness and nutrition, encourages men and women to do the sit-down test when they try on jeans.
Put your jeans on, sit down and test the butt cleavage factor. If there’s cleavage, move on.
Women should purchase jeans that are borderline too tight, she says. Put them on and do some yoga stretches in them to allow them to mold to your body. If they are stretch denim, they will loosen up over time. It’s better to go a little too tight, allowing for the extra growth.
If you’re trying on a new style or fit, Adams-Geller says, bring the proper shoes or top into the dressing room to try on with the jeans. It is important to understand how the style should be worn overall.
Guys, Buy Several Pairs
For men, jeans should feel comfortable. There’s nothing worse than a pair of too tight jeans on a guy. Because men’s pockets tend to sit a bit lower, if they’re too tight, the pockets wrap around the back of the leg in a way that’s unflattering.
Guys, you tend to be lazier about shopping, so when you do find a style you like, buy it in several washes so you have several different looks that fit. But don’t buy the first pair of jeans you try on!
Another tip: Avoid overly embellished denim (it doesn’t look masculine) and paper bag waists they can cinch with a belt. That’s never a good look on a guy, Adams-Geller says.
Man or woman, she says, if you’re going to splurge on one item of clothing, it should be your jeans.
“You can wear them every day. You can dress them up or dress them down. You can wear them 24/7. It’s a practical investment, and it will never go out of style, so you’ll get your money’s worth.”
Paige Premium Denim isn’t your ordinary denim line. Premium denim is one of the hottest segments in the clothing industry.
Adams-Geller’s jeans cost more than Levi’s – a lot more. For the Paige Premium Denim line, you can expect to pay around $198 for the dark rinse boot-cut style “Mandeville Canyon” or $209 for the similar but faded “Las Palmas.” Sizes run from 2 to 34.
Adams-Gellar employs fit models – plus size, tall and petite – to make sure her jeans have the perfect fit. The denim – usually Italian or Turkish -undergoes several washes, distressing, sanding, special pocket designs and other treatments that add to the price.
“It’s a beast and it’s a science,” says Adams-Geller about the premium denim market. “I have a jean that will fit your body no matter what your size. And most importantly, it’s going to flatter you and fit comfortably.”
El’lay Boutique in Carrollwood has carried Paige’s Premium denim line for about a year. It’s one of the store’s top-selling jeans, says owner Rose Vidonic.
“It just fits a woman’s body,” she says. “It’s a low-slung jean, but it’s not a tween jean. It fits great in the hips, generous in the thigh, and it’s not too wide at the bottom. And the colors are a deep, rich-hued denim, so you can wear them a little dressier. It’s a beautiful pant that almost looks like a trouser.”
Paige’s “Bel-Air” style, a dark denim with a bootcut that retails for $166, is a customer favorite, Vidonic says.
Paige Premium Denim is also sold at Suitcase, Saks, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.
“My Body Was A Hanger”
Adams-Geller’s foray into the jean industry happened by accident. At 13, she took a stab at modeling only to hear agents say, “You have a beautiful face, but you need to lose weight.”
She spent her teenage years starving herself and exercising relentlessly. At age 16, she stood 5 feet 8 inches and weighed just 95 pounds. She became anorexic.
“My body was a hanger for the clothes,” she recalls. “But that’s what they wanted for runway and print. I lived my life on the scale, always wondering if I was going to be the right weight. I ate 600 calories a day. I was so unhappy and depressed.”
Once she graduated from high school, she sought treatment for her eating disorder and slowly began to get healthy. In 1991, she won the Miss California America title.
But everything changed when a woman who owned a modeling agency asked Adams-Geller to be a fitness model. Unlike catwalkers, who often get work based on how skinny they are, fit models can be any size as long as they maintain it. Designers rely on them to help decide the most flattering final cut on clothes.
“It was about being a real weight,” says Adams-Geller, who now is a healthy size 6. “I got paid for staying that size. It was a great goal to keep that weight on.
“I really learned to love my body again,” she says. “There is something great about all bodies. Everyone has assets. Find them and capitalize on them.”
When her salary as a fit model hit a plateau, a life coach encouraged her to start her own clothing line.
“I started loving the fashion side of it again,” she says. “I chose denim because it’s so fascinating. In its raw state, it’s dark and unappealing. But you can create so much with it. There are so many ways to transform denim. It’s really durable and flexible. It’s really appealed to me.”
Be Hip To Body
Whether you are full-figured, petite, curvy, tall, a teenager or older than 50, Paige Adams-Geller, co-author of “Your Perfect Fit,” says these tips can help you find the perfect pair of jeans:
ÔÇóIf you can’t find the right pair of pants, ask for help from the salespeople. Know your waist and hip dimensions – it’ll save time and help you look better.
ÔÇóBe careful that there isn’t too much Lycra (more than 2 percent) in the jeans, or the texture can be too spongy and won’t hold you up at all. If there isn’t ample cotton (at least 98 percent), then there won’t be enough structure.
ÔÇóLook for heavier denim. A thicker, tighter weave sucks you in and holds you, masking any ripples. Don’t be fooled by magic fixes such as “anti-cellulite jeans” that claim to reduce cellulite the longer you wear them. If that were true, we’d eat, sleep and shower in them!
ÔÇóIf you want to accentuate your hips, go for a button fly. If you prefer not to have any extra bulk in the middle, opt for a zip fly, which gives you a flatter front. If you have narrower hips, you can get away with side and back zippers, but make sure you still maintain your curves.
ÔÇóPair a belted sweater with skinny jeans for maximum butt-shaping. Try tucking skinny jeans into boots and pairing them with a long tunic or blazer to balance out your proportions.
ÔÇóMake sure to wash dark denim jeans before you wear them. Some dyes can rub off, and the last thing you want to do is sit on a couch and leave a blueprint of your booty behind.
Just finished ordering Paige’s book, Your Perfect Fit, on Amazon.com…sounds like a denim lover’s dream book!