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DENIM: FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA | A STYLE GUIDE

DENIM: FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA | A STYLE GUIDE

No matter what time of year it is, denim is always in style.  In the late 60s, fashion magazines were graced with light wash, bell bottom jeans with a very low-rise waist.  As time went on, the pant structure changed and skinny jeans were invented: the tighter the denim, the better.  But like we've seen in the past with other garments (the skirt, in particular), all trends come and go and then proceed to come back around in just a matter of time.  

After the skinny jean craze, women started falling in love a high-rise waist, adorned with as much distressing as possible; the 80s were so rebellious.  Shortly after the love affair with holey-denim, fashionistas started falling in love with embroidered this, embroidered that.  Miss Me anyone? Thankfully, that denim trend ended almost as quickly as it started and then loose denim became the latest look; boyfriend jeans were brought into this world.  Being the indecisive bunch that we are, that look didn't last very long.  Thus, the straight leg jean became the latest must-have.  An in-between style for those who can't decide whether-or-not they want to wear a skinny jean or a flare-leg jean. 

With the ever-changing styles of jeans to wear, it can sometimes be hard to pinpoint the ones that are in style and the ones that are out of style, seeing as though both are sold regardless of their trendiness.  Denim will alway be a wardrobe essential, but this season, quit worrying about your jean purchases and instead, use this friendly guide I've created to help pick out the perfect pair. 

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- about "FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA" -

Jeans can be very intimidating, especially when everyone has different body shapes and it seems as though certain jean brands only cater to certain body shapes, the "model look."  But, there are a few denim brands that I love which cater to ladies of all shapes and all sizes.  In each denim style, you will find a section called, "FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA" which lists the best place to purchase each style of jeans for your body type.  No longer will you feel discouraged pre-denim shopping.  Instead, embrace your body and love the denim that you're in.

Additionally, all of the BEST JEAN BRANDS mentioned below have sizes ranging from 00-16 and ranging from short/petiete to tall lengths.  So, don't think for even a second that you won't be able to find a pair of jeans that are fit for you, because these denim brands have created jeans that are MADE for you.

 

THE D.L. ON THE BEST JEAN BRANDS

My favorite brand of jeans is LEVI'S, they're the O.G. denim brand and I love them for a few reasons:

no.1 COMFORTABLE: 
Levi jeans are made out of sustainably grown, natural cotton.  They're also partnered with the "Better Cotton Initiative" to insure that their cotton growing process is not only sustainable but also ethical.
no.2 AFFORDABLE: 
In addition to purchasing Levi jeans at their online retailer, Levi's can also be found at affordable department stores such as JCPenney and Kohl's.  Both of these retailers offer coupons and sales without having to sacrifice your fashion morals.
no.3 SUSTAINABLE:
As mentioned in point no.1 Levi's believes in better cotton, but additionally, they are cutting back their use of water by doing a dry-stone wash versus the typical stonewash.  By doing this, they have saved over 170 million liters of water, thus far.

** for more information on Levi's, please visit their "ABOUT" site here **

 

Believe-it-or-not, my second favorite denim brand is AMERICAN EAGLE. Being a major corporation, sometimes regarded as a fast-fashion retailer, American Eagle has received a bad rep.  But, after doing more research, I fell more in love with them for a few reasons:

no.1 SUSTAINABLE & ETHICAL:
They have over 5 initiatives to help the planet including: a denim recycling program, gas emission/energy reduction and more.  Additionally, AE is an 100% transparent company in regards to their manufacturing and have their reports available for public view.  AE is also invested in creating a safe and inclusive work environment for all of their employees. 

no.2 PRICING:
AE carries a wide variety of styles for all shapes and sizes.  But even more-so, they have prices that are affordable for everyone, including frequent sales and promotions. Say sayonara to breaking the bank when shopping for jeans. 

** for more information on American Eagle, please visit their "AEO BETTER WORLD" site here **

 

THE STRAIGHT LEG JEAN

As mentioned and depicted above, the straight leg jean is all the rage right now.  Especially, the straight leg jeans in which the hem is raw; very Alexa Chung.  The straight leg jean is a great option if you're not into the skinny jean and also not into the girlfriend jean, it's a happy medium.  Not too hot, not too cold, but just right. 

This style of jean can be found in capri, ankle or full length.  There's a style for everyone.  But, since this style of jean is majorly trendy, purchasing a pair at a fast-fashion retailer will be tempting since they can be found everywhere.  While the price may be cheap, the quality is anything but ideal.  Instead, purchase a quality pair from a sustainable company that will last you a lifetime.  Even if you pay a few bucks more than you had hoped, don't stress.  Straight leg jeans will never go out of style since they're a blend of two trends.  Splurging is allowed for a good pair of straight leg denim jeans. 

FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA

Straight leg jeans can be very deceiving, especially if you're a gal with curves.  Thankfully, jean brands nowadays cater to women of all shapes and sizes, no matter the style of jean.  A straight leg jean can be a great pair of jeans to wear if you're looking to give the illusion of slim legs.  Since the jean doesn't hug your legs very tightly, rather lightly skim the length of them, you're legs will look killer! 

YOU KNOW YOU WANT THEM


THE STILL-SKINNY JEAN

In my brief history lesson to you all on denim in the beginning of this post, I stated that when skinny jeans were all the rage, the motto was, "the tighter the better."  Now, that motto is still there yet has some exceptions.  The skinny jean comes in all sorts of fits: from the skinny, to the super-skinny, to the jegging, all of your tight pant needs can be met.

I think skinny jeans are a great alternative to those of you who don't love leggings (how could you not love them, but there are some people who don't, I guess).  They fit tight, yet still are considered a "pant" by the rest of society.  They can take any dressy top from "black-tie" to "casual," and add a classic element to most pieces in your closet.  Additionally, they're one of the most versatile styles of denim out there.

FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA

The skinny jean is most notorious for making people of all different shapes and sizes feel as though they can not rock jeans.  But, if the right pair is found, can be very slimming and flattering on your body.  Skinny jeans are typically found in the shade black, which is a known hue for making any shape and size look killer.

YOU KNOW YOU WANT THEM


THE BF/GF JEAN

Again, as I mentioned in the brief history lesson at the beginning of this post, the "boyfriend" jean was the jean of the early 2015's to late mid-2016's.  I guess fashion decided that boy's weren't the only ones who should be able to wear baggier jeans and that ladies should have a chance at comfort, as well.

If you're not into the skinny jeans because you prefer a looser fit and you're also not into the straight leg jean because it's well, too straight, then the boyfriend/girlfriend jean might be the fit for you.  The boyfriend jean is the original baggy jean for ladies.  The fit is typically mid or high-rise with an overall slouch.  Whereas, the girlfriend jean is typically a lower-rise with some slouching along the thighs and knees then become more tapered near the calf.  Both options are great if you're not one to wear denim all that frequently, but still feel as though you should own a pair.

FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA

BF/GF jeans are the ideal jean for all shapes and sizes.  Since they're made to run and look big — that's how they're supposed to fit — they seamlessly glide over any imperfections that you think you may have.  Additionally, if you have a more "unproportional" body shape (aka, ME!!) then this jean is great for you.

YOU KNOW YOU WANT THEM

 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE AND GO-TO DENIM STYLE? WHICH HISTORICAL DENIM TREND DO YOU WISH WOULD GO BACK IN STYLE?  WHAT OTHER "FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA" STYLE GUIDES WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO COVER?  LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW OR ON INSTAGRAM, @BRUNETTEWITHABUDGET.

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