I found this great article that was in Yahoo news and this is a quick summary of it.
We all know how hard it is to find that perfect pair of jeans and here are 5 signs that you have the wrong pair and the solution.
1. There’s bunching, wrinkles, or sagging in the crotch area. The solution? A lower-rise jean.
2. Your jeans are pulling and creasing in the crotch. The solution? Get some jeans with stretch or go up a size.
3. There’s a large gap in the back of your jeans. The solution? Try a lower rise jean.
4. Your jeans are creating a “muffin-top.” The solution? Go up a size in jeans or try a higher rise.
5. Your jeans are either hitting the top of your ankle or they’re dragging, even when you’re in heels. The solution? Try jeans that are sold by length or inseam.
To read the full article from Yahoo News click here.
1. Don’t wear jeans that are too tight. Stay away from muffin top! Size up in the waist to ensure proper fit. If they are too loose in the leg, consider taking them to a tailor.
2. Don’t wear jeans that are too short. Wearing jeans that are too short can make the leg look shorter than it actually is. Concentrate on finding a pair that hits a couple of inches below the ankle bone, which will elongate the leg. If you’re tall, check out the Wiki on finding longer length jeans.
Lorna’s note – For the length, you should always make sure your jeans cover your heels, it looks much better than if your shoes are showing, unless you are wearing skinnies. The hem should be about a cm off the floor. It will make your legs look incredibly long!
3. Don’t wear jeans that have distressing and bleaching on the legs. This can make hips and thighs look bigger than they actually are. Look for jeans that are a solid dark color, this creates a slimming look.
4. Don’t wear jeans that are too big. The baggy boyfriend style is popular and trendy, however, it can be unflattering if it’s too big. Make sure they fit properly.
5. Don’t wear decals. Printed jeans are becoming increasingly popular but if you’re going to try this trend, opt for all over pattern, rather than airbrushing and spotted decals.
6. Don’t wear jeans that are too low. Low riding jeans were popular but avoid anything too low. Showing your underwear is just tacky. More and more designers are producing higher rise jeans so you can avoid being an exhibitionist.
G-Star just announced that they will be distributing 6 MILLION COPIES of their new Autumn/Winter 2010 issue of their RAW Magazine. It will feature some great inside scope on the brand such as the Liv Tyler and Magnus Carlsen campaign shoots, some capsule collections like their G-Star Raw by Marc Newson and Raw Essentials, New York Fashion Week, and much more info about 3D denim
The magazine will be distributed at G-Star stores and offices as well as many huge newspapers around the world such as the Los Angeles Times, Observer, and Le Monde to name a few. Also…for you lucky G-Star fans in Paris, on October 4th-9th, during Paris Fashion Week, G-Star will have what they call a “RAW Magazine Guerilla Pop-Up Hijack” at the Chanel and Chloé shows and also at main city locations like Rue Etienne Marcel and Palais Garnier. G-Star also did this method during London Fashion week at Victoria Station and at the Sunday Market at the Old Truman Brewery.
Article from Yahoo News:
If your jeans have been sitting in a drawer all summer long, they could probably use a wash…in November. Denims should only be thrown in the washing machine every six months, according to Carl Chiara, Director of Brand Concepts at Levi Strauss & Co, who shared his tricks for jeans care with The Wall Street Journal. The reasoning behind this isn’t laziness. In fact, Chiara’s cleaning methods are far more meticulous than a standard wash-and-fold routine. Not only does he “freshen” his jeans on a hook outside a steaming hot shower, he also bathes them bi-annually. “Usually, he fills a bathtub to about six inches with room-temperature water and adds two tablespoons of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Liquid Soap, which he likes because it is mild. Then, he immerses the jeans in the tub, laying them flat,” explains author of the Journal article. After 20 minutes of soaking, he drip dries the denims with a homemade scented satchel tucked in a pocket. Not only do the pants come out smelling like roses, they’re guaranteed to last a lot longer than if they were taken for a weekly spin cycle. If this seems like a lot of trouble for a pair of rugged 501’s, you’ve probably never found your perfect pair.
A good pair of jeans is like a trusty sidekick, and that may be why they’re hard to part with even when they’re in tatters. After all those trial-and-error hours in the dressing room in search of ‘the one’, with no guarantee of an exact replica, starting from scratch can seem like a lost cause.
“There’s no way of knowing what jeans fit you best. You’ve basically got to reserve time to try on a whole bunch till you find one you like,” says Loren Cronk, owner of Loren, a custom denim bar that opened this month in Brooklyn, New York. Since sizes and fit can vary even within the same designer line, finding your perfect pair takes a stroke of luck. But once you’ve found your match, making them last is in your hands. Consider these tried-and-true tricks from the pros for preserving your denims.
1. Choose a durable pair. A long-lasting pair of jeans begins at the register. Since fabrics vary by brand, knowing the markers of durability can mean the difference between denims that live for decades or die on washing machine impact. “Check the inside of the bottom leg hem of the jeans for a colorful stitch,” advises Cronk. “That’s a sign it’s selvage denim.” Made from old-school looms that impeccably stitched to prevent unraveling, the over-sized machinery fell out of favor after 1969. But you can’t beat the durability. It’s why vintage jeans last longer than a lot of newly made pairs. Thankfully, a resurgence of the weaving technique has returned to the racks, and even invaded lines at chain stores like The Gap. If you can’t find a selvage stitched denim, Cronk suggest you weigh out your options. Literally. “A longer-lasting jean is simply heavier, because the fabric is thicker,” he says. “Any jeans that weigh over 12oz or 13oz will last you a long time while the lighter jeans like jeggings weigh only about 8oz and are short-lived.” Some designer labels may include the weight, and custom jeans bars may even provide scales, but if you’re at a loss, just hold a pair of jeans in either hand and go with the one that feels heavier.
2. Spot-clean first. Jeans don’t always need an all-over wash. Sometimes, targeting a spot will wipe away the dirt without wearing out the shape. Levi’s brand man, Chiara, keeps his secret weapon under the kitchen sink, spraying a household cleaner like Windex on a tough stain. Another method, is dabbing rubbing alcohol on worn-in grass stains. You can also use a hand-wash soap like Woolite to keep the area “behind the button-fly” smelling fresh and clean.
3. Keep the blues singing. To keep your color from fading in the wash, make sure your water is cold, and your denims are turned inside out to protect from bleeding. If the damage is already done, it can help to wash your faded jeans with a dark, color-rich denim that will bleed. Another trick, courtesy of Chiara, is adding 1/8 of clear vinegar to a wash. The natural remedy adds an extra layer of color-protection.
4. Protect from thinning and rips. If your jeans are due for a rugged machine wash set your dial to delicate. For detergent, Cronk suggests non-abrasive, environmentally friendly soaps that don’t contain bleach or bleach-substitutes. “Even just washing your jeans without soap sometimes can give them a decent clean without wearing out their fabric,” he adds. And if you’re noticing tiny holes poking through the material, act fast. Patching up even the tiniest holes can protect the life span of thinner jeans and prevent a tear from turning into a large hole.
5. Maintain the original fit. The biggest culprit of shape-shifting is the dryer. “If you’re going to tumble-dry, make sure the machine is set to low,” advises Cronk. Removing the jeans when they’re slightly damp and then hang-drying, will smooth out wrinkles, prevent shrinking and maintain the pre-washed relaxed shape. Once the jeans are totally dry, hanging them by a belt-loop in your closet, instead of folding them, will maintain and “mimic their natural shape when worn”, says Earnest Sewn designer Scott Morrison in Allure Magazine. Of course, stretch denim follows the opposite rules. Forty minutes in the dryer on high heat will temporarily tighten elasticity for a feels-like-the-first-day fit. But don’t leave well-worn stretch pants in too long, warns the high-end denim designer. “Keep in mind that this drying cycle will eventually reduce the elasticity in the fabric, so if you’ve had them for a while, air-dry them most of the way and then give them a quick blast in a high-heat dryer for 10 to 15 minutes.” Presto: like new, no matter how old they really are.