Over forty? Just say no to Mom Jeans. In midlife, denim can become either our best friends or our worst enemies!
In Charla Krupp’s book, How Not to Look Old (affiliate link), she writes, “(In 2003) I bought my first pair of jeans since college. I’ve since appeared on The Today Show in jeans – in jeans segments and even when the segments are not about jeans. Why? I look better in my jeans than any piece of clothing in my closet.”
I know exactly what she is saying, since I have experienced her exact euphoria after I learned the right way to wear jeans. I feel more confident in my jean-styles than anything else, and have worn denim just about everywhere.
Last fall, I even had a mom ask me why I was so dressed up for a football game. I said, “These are my jeans.” She was surprised at how great and professional denim could look.
They can be our worst enemy when we try to follow denim trends (like the ripped styles) or when they are too light, too tight, too floppy (mom jeans!), too high up, or purchased in the junior department. Taking time to locate a great fit is essential, and it is worth the price to find the fit and style. In the beginning, go to the dressing room and do not order online until you find the ones meant for you.
- A mid-low rise. You are looking for an eight-to-nine-inch rise. Still below the belly button. But not low enough to expose anything in the back!
- A dark wash. (I believe this is critical for a more polished, slimming look)
- Boot cuts and straight legs do your hips a favor. The best fit for a woman’s body.
- Jeans with a touch (not too much) of stretch will hug your curves and move without tugging.
- Pockets should have NO embellishments (this will make you look older not younger) and the jeans should be solid dark wash with no fading or stripes.
- The right length hits one-eighth to one-quarter inch from the ground.
- Look in the back and buy the pair that makes your butt look the best
As I have done before, I recommend purchasing this book.
She gives some great dressing room guidelines, with specific things to do in the dressing room to test and see if these are “your jeans.”
If you read my blog, you know I wear denim a lot–most of the time. I love it, and a great looking pair is essential. Sadly, some of my favorite jeans are from Coldwater Creek, and that chain is shutting down. I also like my jeans from INC Concepts sold at Macys.
Have you found your perfect jeans already? Where did you find them? Please share!
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