I decided to make a post on the versatility of a good pair of jeans. If you find the premium denim price range just that stretch too far, this post can help you see how you can wear them as a staple part of any outfit you choose, from day to night and see how much of a good investment they are. I chose to use a classic pair of J Brand 910 skinny jeans in Ink for these outfits which you can buy at most places online and in store. They will last you for forever and not fall apart like some jeans do.
The look above is something I would wear during the day for running errands or a trip to the park etc. It’s also a look that a lot of celebs favour. The sandals mixed with the cardigan and a cross body bag. The outfit consists of a JW Helm mini legacy bag from Barneys, a Crumpet Cashmere cardigan from Net-A-Porter, Forever 21 studded sandals and AV Max skinny bangles from Lespommettes. I know some of these items are pretty expensive but they help give you an idea. You can find similar items at H&M, Gap etc for much cheaper prices.
This outfit is one I would wear for a dinner date or a night out. Something sophisticated and smart but it’s still kept slightly casual enough with the mix of the jeans. This look consists of a Stone Drape blazer from Dorothy Perkins, Capecoral nude heels from Aldo, a Christian Louboutin Mini Loubi satin clutch from and Elizabeth & James Madeleine silk corset top both from Net-A-Porter.
This is a look I would wear for day time but also one that can be worn in the evening. It’s more of a smarter and chic feel to a day time outfit. This look consists of a cream knit sweater from Topshop, a Mulberry Alexa satchel, Gucci suede Karen boots from Bluefly and a Beaded Trim layered necklace from Forever21.
I was in London yesterday for some more press days with a couple of brands (photos to come soon) and I got set up with an appointment for the Bodymetrics Scanner in Selfridges by a wonderful PR lady I know. I had heard a lot about the body scanner and what it does but I wasn’t really sure if I would trust it. Since I have been working with denim for so long, I have pretty much gained an understanding of how I like my jeans to fit me and which cuts and shapes suit me best. I thought it would be really interesting to give it a go though and see what the outcome would be.
The staff in Selfridges are absolutely wonderful and they help you with everything as well as make you feel comfortable, just in case you are put off by the process because you do have to undress down to your underwear, but you do that in private. Once you are in your underwear, make sure it’s a lighter colour as black doesn’t show up, you stand in the machine (you can see the images in the gallery of the scanner) and you place your feet on the markers provided and stand with your arms out to the side. Once you are ready, you press the button and the beams will come down to the ground and back up again. It only takes about 5-8 seconds so it’s a really quick process and you don’t feel anything. Once you have been scanned it sends a graphic style image to the computer which shows a model of your body in 3D but in grey scale, don’t worry, it’s not a real photo of you in your underwear, ha ha. It also provides your measurements, however I think they are a little bit off, I’ve measured myself before, accurately with a tape measure and the Bodymetrics come out different, it said I had a 28″ inseam but I don’t, I actually have a 30″ inseam. That may be due to standing with your legs quite far apart though, I’m not sure.
Once that whole process is over, it will tell you what fit you are, there are 3 different styles, Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald. I ended up being the Sapphire fit which does seem about right for my body shape. That fit is a smaller jeans waist (top of the hips) and more curvier hips, I think it’s the middle/in between fit. The scanner did scan me correctly though and it knew what sort of shape I am. I tried on a few pairs of the Sapphire fit jeans and they did fit me pretty well. I wont go into detail about the fit of them and how well I think the machine did just yet, I’m going to be reviewing the jeans so I will save that for the review. I ended up coming out with a dark rinse washed skinny pair with long ankle zippers. All of the jeans are made by Serfontaine so they are premium denim, made in the USA.
If you are ever in London I would recommend trying it out, it’s pretty fun! More will come soon when I review the jeans as soon as I can. I do have a couple of other reviews to do before so bare with me! Have any of you tried the Bodymetrics scanner before?
Images courtesy of Lorna Burford/DenimBlog.com
We have launched our new Classified Ads system on the DenimBlog community, where you can buy and sell your items. The layout is much clearer and fresh and it’s really easy to use! It will also have:
– Ability to add a wanted add to a specific forum
– Ability for the users to mark their items as sold
– Ability to filter the list of classifieds on different criteria (For Trade, For Sale, Wanted)
– Ability to sort the classifieds in order of creation, order of update, price
– Integrated feedback system
This is going to make it so much easier to shop the items for sale and to list your own. If you have authentic clothing that you no longer want then you can use our Classified Ads system! You can read more about it on the community in this thread.
I know this post is from 2009 so I thought I would update it and add some more relevant information.
I have been Denim Obsessed for many years now, I am always finding out new information about jeans, obsessing over the perfect fit and gaining more and more knowledge about which jeans fit best for my body. I have put together a little post with my opinion of how jeans should fit and the best jeans to flatter your body shape. I hope this information helps you when you go on your next denim shopping spree!
Styles of jeans and how to wear them:
Bootcut/flare – I find you need to have hips to make these work best, bootcuts are great for balancing out larger hips and giving you a great silhouette. If you are narrow and are not that gifted in the hip department I wouldn’t suggest a bootcut/flare jean, they can swamp your body and make you look bottom heavy and a bit out of proportion. Bootcuts are made by almost every single brand out there and I couldn’t narrow it down to just a few brands to suggest, you have a whole selection so go wild and pick!
Straight Leg – The straight leg jean is a lot more versatile than the the bootcut jean. It’s a more flattering option if you are not blessed with hips as the leg opening is wide enough to go over your shoes but not wide enough to make your body look out of proportion. Even if you have hips you can still rock the straight leg, it’s a very flattering cut. Since skinny jeans are so hot right now, if you don’t feel comfortable wearing them, then opt for a straight leg jean, it’s half way between. When worn with heels they will still give the illusion of super long legs as well. They are perfect for wearing as skinny jeans if you are very curvy as well.
Skinny – Skinnys are very versatile and could work for any body shape as long as they are worn right. If you are slim then you have no problem rocking a great pair of skinnys, they work if you are tall or petite, with heels or with flats and are perfect for tucking into boots. Even if you are on the curvy side you can still wear them! You probably want to wear a longish floaty tunic over your skinnys and a good pair of boots as well, this would look great on the curvier lady. You still get the sexy fit of skinny jeans but it’s balanced out with the longer top and boots. For the perfect skinny jean, you have so much choice! Paige Premium have a good choice, you can choose your leg opening and your rise as you can with J Brand. So many brands out there do skinnys and they are all gorgeous! Others I would recommend are James Jeans, AG Jeans, Current/Elliott, 7 For All Mankind and Diesel, they have a great selection with wonderful fits.
Jeggings – Jeggings are still one of my favourite trends to come around! I often thought to myself when I was younger, how comfortable would it be to have leggings with back pockets and front pockets but in a denim material. That takes me back to when I first became obsessed with denim so I was so happy to finally see all of these jeggings on the denim market! They are the most comfortable jeans you can wear due to their stretch but again, the rules of the skinny jeans applies for these. They are very clingy and much like second skin but not uncomfortable. I would suggest the jeggings with back pockets because they are much more flattering than the ones without. I would recommend Paige Premium, James Jeans and 7 For All Mankind for the widest selection of comfortable jeggings in a lot of washes.
Super high rise – This style of jean I don’t think is all that flattering for some people, it works if you are blessed with being very tall and slim, otherwise super high rise on a petite or curvy frame can make your figure appear short and dumpy and isn’t very flattering. MiH jeans are great for a super high rise flare if you can rock this cut! Also J Brand and 7 For All Mankind are popular at the moment for their own flared high rise jeans.
Low rise – Low rise jeans are a personal favourite of mine, they are very flattering on a smaller frame, they give you a great silhouette. Curvier ladies may want to stay away from low rise jeans as they can give the dreaded muffin top which isn’t showing off your body to its best. A medium/higher rise is best for your curves. Jeans that have a great low rise are Diesel Matic and Lowky and Frankie B. low rise jeans. These styles are generally of a 6.5″ rise or lower.
Boyfriend – These jeans can be worn by anyone, all shapes and all sizes, they are great, super comfy and versatile. They may not be the most flattering jeans out there but worn right (a little tighter rather than super baggy and paired with a simple top) they can look great. A few favourites of mine are the Paige Jimmy Jimmy, AG Adriano Goldschmied ex-boyfriend and the Current/Elliott boyfriend jean.
Jeans to flatter your figure:
Smaller butts – If you have a smaller butt, you want to stay away from large pockets or long pockets, they are not flattering on the butt at all. Jeans that will flatter your butt and give it a perkier look are smaller pockets, pockets that don’t have the bottom part of the pocket going past where the cheek meets the thigh, this will give the illusion of a rounded butt. Flap pockets are great as well for the appearance of a rounded tush. I find J Brand jeans work wonderful for smaller butts because the pocket placement is higher up. Frankie B. is also great because they have a low back rise and great pocket shape to flatter. Siwy is another great brand for a smaller bottom as is Frankie B. and Black Orchid.
Bigger butts – If you are blessed with having ‘junk in the trunk’ you can get away with pretty much any pocket style, no pockets, longer pockets, flap pockets, bigger pockets… The pocket style I would suggest staying away from is smaller pockets, if they are small, the placement is quite high up on the butt or rounded like Siwy, then it wont flatter your butt to it’s best ability. Also stay away from super low back rises, nobody loves a butt cleavage! There are so many brands to suggest, Diesel, Paige Premium, Rock & Republic, 7 For All Mankind, True Religion, Current/Elliott, AG Jeans… The world of denim is your oyster so take your pick!
Tall – If you are tall it can be hard to find longer inseams. Rock & Republic do inseams of up to 37″ and even 39″ sometimes so they are perfect for those long legs! Paige Premium has a tall selection as well and True Religion also do longer lengths. Diesel go up to a 34″ leg which sometimes run as long as 36″. You might find it easier buying the flared jeans from brands as they always run a lot longer, usually 35″ and upwards.
Petite – I know it’s hard to find jeans in a 30″ or less inseam, Paige Premium now does a petite line, Diesel come in a 30″ length and Rock & Republic now have petite lengths as well! Also with the super peg leg skinny jeans being hot right now, you are in luck! They normally run at around 29″-30″ so perfect for you petite ladies! Loads of brands do the peg leg skinny jeans which skim the ankles on regular height ladies but for you petite ladies they would act as the perfect skinny jean.
Other Denim tips to remember:
∆ When wearing heels with your bootcuts or straight leg jeans make sure the hem is about 1cm off of the floor, if the hem of your jeans covers the heel it will give the illusion of longer and leaner legs.
∆ Wearing jeans with pockets where the bottom of the pocket hits where the cheek meets the thigh is perfect, it makes you have a rounded and shapely butt.
∆ If your jeans are a little too tight and are giving you the dreaded muffin top, wear a looser tunic to cover it or try dampening them and stretching them out gently.
So now you are all of the information I have learned over the years. If you have any questions or anything feel free to email me at email@example.com and I will help as best as I can
Information all from Lorna Burford. Please credit DenimBlog if used.