30 Aug 2018
August 30, 2018

The Jeans Report

One thing we can count on from one fashion season to the next is a report on the latest in jeans.

Why is there such a fascination with this iconic clothing item?

I’ve dipped into the vault of comments made by designers, celebrities, and models on the subject of jeans.

How about this from designer Yves Saint Laurent? “I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity—all I hope for in my clothes.”

As fashion evolves, the jean has gone from work uniform to casual outfits and dressy ones. This year denim even appeared on the runway as eveningwear. Who knew? Well, maybe designer Phillip Lim. He says, “You can make jeans and a t-shirt super stylish. It’s what you make of it, you know?” Phillip Lim

Model, Twiggy, shares her jean formula. She says, “Tailored jackets with jeans is a great look for all ages. Dress up with a heel and pretty shirt, or just wear a smart T-shirt under your jacket.”

You could follow her formula as this fashion season is exploding with jackets or exciting blouses that can be worn with jeans.

Looking back, we can all remember a jean style that we had trouble wearing. Does anybody remember low-rise jeans and muffin tops that often went with them? TV host and comedian, Ellen DeGeneres reminds us, “You’re never too old to play. You’re only too old for low-rise jeans.”

Alexa Chung, writer, and fashion designer brings up an excellent point about spending money on the things you wear the most. She says, “I tend to splurge on fancy dresses because I always think I’ll get a lot of wear out of them, but it’s false logic. You should really spend more money on the things you wear every day, like jeans.” Good point!

If you plan to update your jeans, here are a few shopping tips for you.

1. If you wear jeans across several lifestyle categories, be sure you can distinguish your dressy ones from your sporty ones from your casual ones. Yes, there is a difference! One pair of denim will not suit every occasion.

2. If you try on jeans and they’re too big in the waist, ask to have an alterations person take a look at them. Women with smaller waists often need to have the waistband taken in. It’s a common alteration.

3. As low-rise jeans are waning, the high-rise jean is getting more attention. The high-rise jean comes up over the hips and belly and settles at the waist. There is a third option. For women with a thicker waist, the mid-rise jean could be the most comfortable. It rides high in the back, but in front, it ends just under the belly button. Expect to try on a dozen or more pairs of jeans to find your perfect fit. The time you invest in this fit project is worth it!
4. Jean hem width is another factor for finding a great fit in your next pair of jeans. A skinny jean emphasizes your bottom. Many skinny jeans are worn with tunics for this reason. A boot cut jean tapers in slightly at the knee and then flares out at the bottom to about the width of the thigh. They’re great for wearing with boots. A flared jean is more exaggerated than the boot cut jean. It hugs the bottom and the thigh and then goes wide below the knee. It can be an excellent style for balancing the hip and thigh area. The ankle jean lands right at the top of the anklebone or just above. This jean style will show off your sneakers or oxfords.

5. If denim isn’t your thing, take a look at jean styles that come in colors. From spicy to bright, you can have a wardrobe of easy-wear jeans that are in your favorite colors. Another option is to shop for knit pants that have denim details. This is a great alternative for an easy to wear casual pants.

Actress Cameron Diaz says, “I’m like every other woman: a closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear. So I wear jeans.” If jeans are your universal default, Lots of Luxe would love to help you maximize their usefulness. We’re here to help whether it’s styling jean outfits for you or helping you purchase some new denim. Get in touch and we’ll begin!

Fall 2018 Jeans from Etcetera & Carlisle