Denim is an old favourite for most of us, whether your jeans are your ‘go to’ everyday staple or you enjoy dressing them up to wear out, or you like to experiment with denim in dresses, skirts, shirts etc.
For curvier body shapes
Denim is traditionally a heavier, crisp fabric with little give in it, which is why if you have a curvy body shapes it can be a struggle to find denim that flatters. The trick is to look at the fabric composition – a bit like the old adage of location, location, location when it comes to buying houses, when choosing your denim it really is a case of fabric, fabric, fabric! If elastane or lycra has been added then you’re probably onto a winner. So pick up the item and see if you can stretch it, just like Beth shows in the video below. Equally, if it’s just the ‘denim look’ you’re after then buying dresses, skirts and tops in fabrics that are in the right colourway but are made using lighter weight fabrics, like tencel or silks for example, will work wonders.
For straighter shapes
Denim is a fantastic fabric for you if you have a straighter shape! Depending on your height, scale and proportions you will probably find jeans shopping comparatively easy compared to someone with a curvier figure. So enjoy experimenting with your denim. There are lots of denim dresses out there, so why not opt for a dress instead of jeans and either dress it down with a pair of pumps and casual jacket/cardigan or dress it up with some heels/heeled boots and a smarter jacket.
You’ll find more top tips in our latest Style Mojo video:
I’ve written specifically about how to find jeans before, so check out my previous blog here: how to find the elusive perfect pair of jeans. I wrote that blog back in 2011 but it’s surprising how little the fashions have changed really, with the wider leg/culotte styles being back in the shops and murmurs of bootlegs making a come back! If you’re still wedded to your skinny jeans fear not though, as they are still everywhere and in all colours. I spotted this black waxed snake print pair whilst food shopping in Sainsbury’s the other day, which ticks the huge animal print trend this Autumn/Winter too. I know that they probably won’t stand the test of time, but at just £18 I see them as a ‘one season purchase’. So if you, like me, were towards the back of the queue when height was being allocated, give the wider leg styles a miss and choose a straighter or skinny fit instead.
I probably get asked more about jeans than any other item of clothing, so if you’d like any help do just get in touch. If you wear jeans a lot it’s worth investing the time, and often money, in finding a pair that really make you look and feel great.