Finding and buying jeans can seem daunting, so I’ve compiled my top tips on how to shop for them and what’s new this season.
Where to start?
Know what you want from your jeans – are you after a pair you can wear to any occasion? A casual pair? A pair that holds you in? Once you decide what you want to achieve, it makes the process much easier.
If, like me, you’re an hourglass or have a more voluptuous butt and hip area, you’ve got to get the hip-to-waist ratio right for a good fit. So, your jeans need to be tight enough on the waist yet roomy enough for your hips and bum.
High-waisted styles with stretch are perfect for this – they’re cut to sit snug around the waist yet have enough give to accommodate your booty.
Spanx now does jeans” Using the same technology, the jeans contour curves by shaping the waist and tummy area and slimming thighs.
Sick of denim wrinkling at the knees? Well, New Look jeans now feature ‘stretch and recovery’ technology, so saggy knees are history!
With amazing denim innovations this season, from fade-resistant dyes to high-stretch fabrics, Marks & Spencer has something for everyone. The “sculpt and lift” jeans are my favourite; thy not only retain their shape, but special back-stitching serves to lift the bum too!
Flattering on everyone, skinnies are my go-to. From super-stretch jeggings or a fitted slim-leg style, skinnies are the perfect base for any look; it is all about styling them up and picking the right amount of stretch. Fabric should give enough to accommodate you, but also hold you in. Flares are a great option and are back with a vengeance for S/S15.
Better with heels, they elongate the legs and are perfect for balancing out your shape. For a relaxed look, try boyfriend jeans. They are amazing on all body shapes, but be aware of the fit – slimmer legs or tapered options are more flattering than really baggy styles.
Try customising – a simple knee slash, heavy rips or a turn-up. Play around with what works for you.
Remember proportions – if you have tight jeans on, you can wear something less fitted on top and vice versa.
For flares, try tucked-in tops to create a “70s-inspired streamlined look. With skinnies, try a tunic-style top or boyfriend-fit T-shirt.
Don’t worry what the size is, go for what fits and always try on jeans before you buy.
Be aware that stretch jeans will give, so buy them snug.
Don’t worry to buy cheap jeans – for example on flipkart.com. Price doesn’t determine the quality of jeans.
Denim innovators at M&S have designed these knitted-look denim skinnies to be super-comfy.
For on-trend styles, Amazon is one of my favorite places for jeans (I favour the Jamie style).