A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I would be covering the Spring trends in the coming weeks. I figured that today was a good day to start with one of Spring’s hottest trends…denim! You are going to be seeing it everywhere from dresses, to skirts, to jackets and of course jeans.
Some of you are probably jumping up and down because you love denim and you will be on trend with what you already have in your wardrobe. Others of you may be rolling your eyes. People seem to have a love/hate relationship with denim. If denim just isn’t your thing, cool. Skip it! There are many different trends, so focus on the ones that are going to work best for you and your personal style. However, if you say you hate jeans because you have a hard time finding the right fit, let me encourage you to give jeans another try. There are so many different styles, washes and fits that with a little effort you can find the perfect pair for you. A jean jacket or chambray shirt are the perfect transition pieces for days when our weather swings anywhere from 40-80 degrees.
There are a couple things you want to keep in mind as you are shopping for new denim:
First, think about the fit. If you are looking for a skirt, keep your body shape in mind. A pencil skirt may be perfect or you may want to go with a longer version for a more boho look (which is also going to be very on trend this spring). As for jeans, be patient and search for that perfect fit. By perfect fit, I don’t mean wear off the rack perfect. Almost 100% of my pants have to be hemmed and some taken in at the waist. By perfect fit, think more about your movement in them.
How much give do they have in them? Do they show your rear when you bend over? Do they give you a muffin top? Are they a flattering cut on your body type? This year you are going to see the flare leg make a comeback. It doesn’t mean you have to ditch your skinny jeans, but for some body types flares and boot cuts are much more flattering.
Don’t get hung up on the size of your jeans. I personally can swing through about 3 sizes in jeans depending on the cut and manufacturer of the jean. I am almost always one size larger in jeans than I am in a trouser and sometimes 2 or 3. If you are self-conscious of your size or your weight, please don’t let the size of your jeans make you feel badly about your body. There is nothing wrong with you! I don’t know why there is such a huge variance in the size of jeans, but there is. If you don’t like the size in your perfect fit, cut the tag out when you get home. Fit is far more important than the size.
Jeans are an area where I would really encourage you to take your time and don’t be cheap. A good pair of jeans can be like an old friend. If you find the right pair they can last you for years! I remember many years ago (over 10), I found a pair of jeans that I LOVED. They fit, classic cut, good wash but they were $120. I agonized over the decision but finally decided they were worth the “splurge”. I STILL wear those jeans today. Now, I laugh at the fact that I stressed over spending the money. If you break that out to cost per wear I’ve more than gotten my money’s worth. You might not have to pay a lot of money to find a great pair, but please don’t let cost be the only reason you don’t buy them.
If you do find that perfect pair, you may want to consider getting two pairs. It’s ideal to have them hemmed at different lengths so have a pair to wear with your flats and flip flops and some for your boots and heels.
Lastly, let’s talk about wash. A dark wash jean is going to be the most flattering on just about every woman. For some reason, jean manufacturers have an affinity for adding distressing and adornments that draw your eye to the thigh area. I don’t know why as I can’t find any woman who wants to draw attention to her hips!
I personally look for a solid dark wash which can easily be dressed up or down. I do have a couple of jeans in my closet that have some distressing and bling, but I didn’t spend a lot of money on those and they are not my go-to pair of jeans. Colored jeans are another great way to bring in the spring colors and be on trend.
Find what works for you and you will look fabulous.