As we continue to dig out our cooler-weather threads and look foward to our spring frocks, let’s be mindful of what to keep handy – and of course, I am talking about a definite must have – the jean.
Jeans have come a very long way from being blue dungarees. Needless to say, jeans have transcended the fashion scene and it’s not just the look but the feel of the jean that makes the pair. Designers have gone as far as naming the jean to describe how the designer wants you to feel in them – from the “Boyfriend” jean to the “Sexy Low Rise”, no matter the designer, there is a jean line in the mix.
Today’s jean tip is to the skinny jean – the one that has gained much popularlarity – yet are so very temperamental. The skinny jean is not for everyone. Yes – we can try to delude our own self image to believe that everyone can fit into a skinny jean but I am here to tell you that we have to be very careful of the image we want to portray when we insist on wearing things that just plain don’t flatter our personalities.
And before I go on – for the sake of stating the obvious – GENTLEMEN – the skinny jean is not for you. Please run into your closets right now – no matter how lean and trim you are – and take them out – don’t give them away – burn them. Its cool – I am all for trying something once (within reason) but we gotta let this one go guys. Replace them with a very nice Calvin Klein or Levi 550 tailored jean that gives him the classic yet flairicious look. Be the trailblazer and get rid of this notion that a man has a skinny jean – get back to the basics – a nice flattering loose fit or tailored jean. For this fall, rock the tailored look – and yes – men – you look great in a tailored jean with a white button down and blazer. So fresh and SO very clean!
Ladies – the skinny jean is meant for that body type – I am not talking the pear or box, I am talking that one. It’s the one that when you put on the skinny jean, it gets over your thighs without cutting off your circulation. It’s the one that once you get it over the thighs and when it rests on your bum the waist of the jean doesn’t sit 2 feet away from the small of your back. It’s the one that when you button them up and they sit on your bum properly, you can then proceed to sit down in your dressing room comfortably. You will know when you’ve gotten the right skinny jean. There are a variety of sizes and rinses with plenty of elastene. Start with a lower cost jean – Express or the Gap run between $40 and $100 depending on the style and sale day. Or if you already have a favorite designer, you can start there – I will tell ya though – it didn’t work for me – Seven for all Mankind skinny jeans do not fit my body – but you may have a different experience. Bring your patience and go before you have your lunch date with the girls. Once you find your fit, stick with it. Try your size and one size up – no worries –you’re not bigger you’re just getting wiser. If you are looking for a more distinguished designer – Lettie Gooch and 4NXC(on U Street) have pretty good selection of designer skinny jeans. Paired with a flattering top (fitting in the right places), sweater shawl (or leather bomber), chunky jewelry, and a heel – ah girl… can you say flairicious !