Miracle jeans – body-sculpting without the pain of plastic surgery. Flatten your tummy, lift your butt, and shape your legs. Do they deliver or is it a topic for the advertising experts on ‘The Gruen Transfer’ to de-mystify?
Here’s some tips to help you choose the best jeans for you.
Style & Size
There are so many brands and styles out there that my best tip is to ask the shop assistant what they suggest for you. If no shop assistant is handy, be adventurous. It cost nothing but time to try on lots of styles. The ‘bootleg’ style with tapered fit and a slight flare below the knees is a classic style that suits all women. Straight leg jeans (with no flare) are also universally flattering. My jag jeans are called ‘slim ankle grazers’. Even after I have cut centimetres off them, they are slim-fitting at my ankles. Just make sure the jeans are ‘high rise’ or you will have the dreaded muffin top.
Here’s a tip. Find a pair of your jeans that you love. Measure them width-wise at the knees and ankles and take other jeans in at the side seams to create your best shape.
Size-wise, Corfu jeans and some Jag jeans have intermediate sizes eg 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 etc. this give you more chance of finding the perfect waist fit. Otherwise try on at least two sizes in new jeans because sizing varies. It’s not the number, it’s the fit.
Non-surgical Lift & Slim
Jeans material needs to have some stretch in it for comfort and fit. Today, jeans are made of all sorts of miracle fabrics for lifting and flattening. Generally, the most effective materials cost the most but not always. I tried on one brand advertising a miracle tummy slimming panel to find that someone had an overactive imagination. It doesn’t hurt to try them on. Look for visible results on you and ignore the advertising hype.
Check that you can bend, squat and sit in them without pain. Some salespeople will tell you that you are better off in jeans that zip up tight at the waist as they will stretch as you wear them. That’s fine but if the first hour is uncomfortable and zipping them up is always a challenge, they will sit in the back of your cupboard, unworn.
Does my Bum look Big in These?
It is easy when trying on jeans to only look at your front and side view. Rear pockets can make or break your look.
What to look for in pockets? First the stitching colour. The more the stitching colour blends with your jeans colour, the less obvious the pockets are and the smoother your bottom shape. Got a pert bottom? Let the stitching pattern and colour draw attention to a ‘Kylie Monogue’ bottom. The best pockets are on an angle and do not go below the courve of your bottom. Any lower gives you a bigger bottom or a ‘daggy look’.
PS: Don’t keep old jeans because you hope to fit into them again one day. Jeans are always evolving and new styles and brands are much more flattering than old styles.
(Article sent to readers of ‘The Fashion Translator’ ezine on 19 August 2011. Click here to sign up for the ezine.)