Video:Find Women's Jeans That Fitwith Brett Lally of Borne
Does the thought of trying on jeans make you break out in a cold sweat? Fear not. A fashion pro explains how to find jeans that will flatter your body type.See Transcript
Transcript:Find Women's Jeans That FitHi, I'm Brett Lally, designer for Borne, for About.com Style. I'm here today to help you find a pair of jeans that fit and flatter.
Choose the Cut of JeansYou need to find out why you're buying a pair of jeans. Are you buying them to follow a seasonal trend, for a body conscious flattering fit, or for comfort?
There are four main body types. There is classic straight leg, boot cut or flare, cigarette, and then the new and improved version of the 70's high-waisted jean.
Who Can Wear Straight Leg JeansThe straight leg is a classic look. It's really built for ease and comfort. It's generous in the thigh, the knee, and has a straight bottom opening.
Its look is boyish, so wear it if you want to be kind of handsome and cool, a la Annie Hall.
A straight leg is great because it allows for all body types. You're meant to wear it kind of like it's your boyfriend's jean.
Who Can Wear Boot Cut JeansBoot cut generally has a lower rise, tighter around the waistband hips and thighs, and starts flaring at the knee, so you get a slightly larger bottom opening.
Boot cut is great for voluptuous women because it's tight around your hips and thighs and flares at the bottom. What it does is balance out your proportion.
Who Can Wear Cigarette JeansCigarette is another word for a skinny jean. It's tight all the way down, tapering at it goes, finally with a very small bottom opening.
Cigarette is great for the genetically blessed. It's good for long, skinny, straight girls. It emphasizes your legs while deemphasizing your upper body.
So, if you want to focus on your legs, and you have naturally skinny legs, it looks wonderful.
Who Can Wear High-Waisted JeansThe last body style is the high-waisted jean. We haven't seen it for a while, but it's coming back in reaction to all the low-cut jeans.
It sits on your true waist, which is much higher then you're all accustomed to. Then it can either taper all the way down or flare a bit. But largely, it's determined by where it sits on your waist.
High-waisted jeans are good for women with small waists and hips because it emphasizes your narrowest point. It makes the eye focus on your thin waist while deemphasizing your fuller areas
Benefits of Styling and Stretch DenimStyling is where denim gets really fun. Styling happens in back pocket treatments, in whether you get rigid or stretch denim. The wonderful thing about denim is that you can treat it in many ways.
Stretch denim is awesome because it's the equivalent of wearing a knit T-shirt or a sweater. It allows for many sizes. You don't have to be so fit-specific with stretch, because it will make allowances for you.
Make Your Jeans LastI think it's very important to know that you don't have to spend a lot of money on jeans. I also think you should keep your jeans for a long time. Jeans should last. They should grow old with you.
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