How to talk straight to your girlfriend who has
flare but is not skinny.
We are going to try to keep it simple and cover just styles of denim here, not get too into the weeds on wash, fabric (ex: selvedge and raw are very trendy now), and will only make mention of different lengths that are not part of the style. For example, flares are by nature long, which is a style, but it along with all other styles/shapes can also come in cropped (a shorter version).
So….you are sick of the light colored skinnies and the completely destroyed denim you either currently have in your closet – or you are sick of seeing it everywhere you go to shop?!
As a denim whore (I mean that in the nicest way to myself), I wear it all and my favorite denim is a pair of girlfriend jeans. But, I do crave mixing it up and imagine we all do, right? With a little help from our denim designers, I hope to unlock the secrets to the different fits and styles, and will share what we can all learn about how to “rock denim”.
There’s the every-present skinny, you know it already, slim from waist all the way to skinny at the ankles. It may be high rise (I personally am becoming a fan), mid-rise or low rise (not for this mom with cesarean scars!) For this to fit correctly, do some deep knee bends and then check just under your butt cheeks (he, he, he) and make sure you do not look like there is extra material under your bum. This style is meant to hug those sweet cheeks. (this trick works for other straighter styles too!) I am sure we all think we have enough of this style, but with an added detail like trim, or simple fraying it’s still a fun fit to add to your wardrobe.
Next up is the cousin of the skinny, the slim straight. Now this is something I can get behind – a mix of skinny and straight. So you don’t have to decide, and it looks good on everyone, making your butt look more in proportion to your legs, and can accommodate more robust lower legs.
The middle ground is a straight leg….this can look like your favorite jeans from middle school, especially if they sit at the hip. This style is making a resurgence because it is easy and can be dressed up or down, but I like it for everyday and if you can only pack one pair of jeans. (YIKES!)
Again, with all these cuts you can get high rise, mid or low or super low rise.
Then there are the “Friends”: the boyfriend and his thinner cousin the girlfriend. This cut is relaxed to very relaxed, and if not sized right can create a “droopy” bottom. I am a big fan of the comfort and ease of movement for this cut, but make sure it fits correctly.
The bootcut…it’s not just for boots anymore. This is like a slim jean that flares gently out at the calf, enough to accommodate your cowboy boots! But this style is not just for cowgirls, as it is a great cut if you need to accommodate larger or more muscular calves.
For those with flair, there is the flare. This denim is slim through the thigh and then flares starting below the knee. I find this style looks the best on tall people, or those willing to wear a big heel, such as a wedge. This is a great choice for nights out, especially in a dark wash. If you are petite, cutting these to size may make the flare piece almost disappear.