All hail the skinny jean. . . but before we get too involved in our groveling, we feel it necessary to say that the term “skinny jean” is merely a cut of denim, not a check box on an application form. We love skinny jeans as they have the ability to flatter all body types, they accomplish this by accentuating our hips as well as our waist, while lengthening our leg.
For as amazing as this article of clothing is, however, it is entirely possible for skinny jeans to go wrong . . . quickly. We dedicate this blog post to delving into the skinny on skinny jeans.
This is our friend, Helen.
Helen isthe proud owner of the independent boutique in Calgary, known as “Coveted.” Along with her love of fashion, Helen has a sincere passion for making the women in her store feel great about their bodies as they try on different looks in her shop. We thought it fitting to feature Helen as we discuss how to make the most of your skinnies!
In today’s fashion, whether they’re skinny or not, pants generally come in three rises: low, medium and high. Each of these rises are suited to different ages, occasions and body types.
Low Rise. We object.
In the kingdom of rises, low rise pants fall into the “albino category”; people who can wear them well exist, you just don’t see them often. The problem with low rise skinny jeans is that they fail to accentuate your waist, while placing the full attention on your hips, categorically the widest part of your body. If you’re over the age of thirty, whether you have the body or not, there’s an expiry date on low rise pants – okay but honestly, no one likes a whale tale.
Medium Rise: Proceed.
In the kingdom of rises, medium rise pants are like that boy you’ll never be more than friends with – everybody likes him, but nobody pays him much attention. Poor Harold. In other words, a large array of women will have figures that will be flattered by medium rise jeans. Medium rise jeans do a better job of lengthening your leg as they sit higher on your hips and they are especially good for vertically challenged ladies as their waist tends to be a bit shorter; additionally, you won’t have to worry about bending down in these pants. . . so that’s good.
High Rise: Sustained.
In the kingdom of rises, high rise pants are the short hair cuts of skinnies – people are generally afraid to wear them, but they look good on everyone. High rise jeans are a girl’s best friend as they’re secretly dual purpose – because they sit that much higher on your waist, they have the capacity to cinch us in. Win! The high cut serves to lengthen the appearance of your pins while bringing all sorts of positive attention to your waist. We admit that you might feel a bit like Donna a la That Seventies show when you first try these, but styled appropriately, these jeans pack a powerful punch.
In today’s post, we kept Helen in medium and high rise cuts . . .
The Defense Calls
For this look, Helen is wearing a medium rise jean with a low hanging, shearling vest over a striped crewneck, just a touch shorter than the vest as well as a dainty necklace.
Why this works:
The crew neck is shorter than the vest and creates the illusion of a long leg. Secondarily, the open vest stops at the smallest part of the leg, flattering Helen’s shape. Finally, the inner column, created by the vest over the crewneck creates a long, lean look. We’ve paired this look with a high ankle bootie, resulting in Helen being able to wear her pants at full length.
The Prosecution calls:
For this look, we’ve put Helen in a skinny black mid-rise jean, paired with a with a low hanging tee-shirt layered under a plaid, unfastened button up and a pair of white chucks. We’ve finished the look with a geometric shaped, feature necklace.
Why this works
The black jean is naturally slimming. We also love the curvature of the tee shirt as it allows her hips to be exposed, creating a flattering look under the plaid, unfastened button up. Once again, the plaid shirt layered over-top is longer than the white shirt beneath and draws attention to the middle section of the leg. We’ve finished this look by cuffing the black jeans just over a pair of white chucks. We also love the statement necklace for making this casual look a bit more dressy.
The Jury Is Out
For this next look, Helen is wearing grey denim, medium rise skinnies with some fabulous zipper detailing and a cozy turtleneck with strategic slits along the side.
Why this works
We love pairing a big, comfy sweater with a skinny jean as the juxtaposition creates a well-balanced outfit. The slits on the side of the sweater, allow the hips to be exposed; this small detail makes a big difference as it ensures the sweater doesn’t cut us off across the hips – the appearance of the hips along the sides make the legs appear longer, and create more of a focus on the waist, the smallest part of our body. We opted for bracelets as opposed to a necklace as there’s a turtle neck involved. Helen is wearing a high, black ankle boot that allows her jeans to be easily tucked in, continuing the long, lean line of the leg.
The Verdict Is In
Didn’t we tell you? Look how long her legs looks! For a dressier outfit, we put Helen in a pair of high rise black skinnies, worn with a shorter length, fitted grey sweater accented by a gorgeous black cardigan with leather detailing.
Why this works:
Once again, the high wasted pants work to lengthen the legs, while accenting the waist. The cardigan isn’t a blunt cut, but rather, a whimsical, loose fit. This cardigan also features two, longer panels in the front drawing our attention to the middle of the leg while creating a strong centre pillar that our eyes are automatically drawn to. You’ll notice that we opted not to pair any jewellery with this look as the shirt had enough “sparkle” of its own.
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