Jeans are trousers made from denim. The American blue jean was invented by Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss in 1873. Jeans, originally designed for work, became popular among teenagers starting in the 1950s. Historic brands include Levi's, Lee and Wrangler. Jeans come in various types, for example, skinny jeans, boot cut, or flare.
Jeans are now a very popular form of casual dress around the world, and have been so for decades. They come in many styles and colors; however, "blue jeans" are particularly identified with American culture, especially the American Old West.
How to Choose the Best Fitting Jeans for Your Figure
By far, blue jeans are the most important clothing in today's wardrobe. Because they are durable and can be worn with just about anything, they are universal.
Why is it that you have one or two favorite pairs that you wear most of the time? It's probably because you have ran across a style and color that looks best on your shape. Unfortunately, they eventually wear out, you gain or lose a few pounds, or you throw them out for a new trend.
If you would rather go to the dentist then shop for new jeans, you're not alone. Just the thought of trying on multiple pairs of jeans in the fitting rooms can make the strongest of us cringe in fear.
We've got some shopping tips to help you find a pair that will flatter your figure and cut down on the stress involved when you find a pair that looks great on the rack -- but not so good on you.
- Plan Ahead
Set aside a good chunk of time when you begin your quest for a good pair of jeans. If you're in a hurry, you'll probably make some bad decisions and end up returning the jeans to the store.
- Choose a Good Fit
Don't buy jeans because the size on the label looks good. Sizes and cuts vary widely by the brand, so start with your general size-range and don't be reluctant to choose a size larger than what you usually get. A comfortable pair of jeans that fit well will look the best on you.
- The Darker the Color, the Better
If you're concerned about extra weight, stay away from light-colored or stonewashed jeans. Dark (indigo) blue and black denim jeans with some added Lycra make you look slimmer and will go with just about anything. Choose angled back pockets to help minimize your backside and stay away from jeans that have no pockets at all.
- Look for a Long Hem
When you go shopping, wear a pair of shoes with heels that are (at least) similar to what you usually wear with jeans. For thinner-looking legs, the hem of the jeans should cover a good part of your shoes and almost reach the floor. Keep in mind that when jeans shrink, so can the length -- so it's better to go with the longer pair.
- Go with the Boot Cut
Stay away from large flare legs that will add bulk. Boot cut jeans have just the right amount of curve at the bottom of the legs to look stylish and make your legs appear longer.
- Trends are OK
If you've been dying to try a pair of low-rise hipsters, go ahead. Just make sure you're comfortable wearing them and they don't aren't so low that you've got too much showing. Wear a pair of bikini panties underneath so you don't have "granny panties" ruining your fashionable look.
- Get a Second Opinion
Take along a friend who is on the same mission. Sometimes a different perspective is all you need to point you in the right direction. If you both like how a pair looks on you, chances are, it's a good choice.
The Best Jeans: Flat Butt
The key to going from flat to flattering is finding a pair of jeans with some Lycra or spandex for lift, wide-set back pockets to break up the turf back there, and embellished stitching to define roundness. Most important, stay away from stiff denim — it will flatten your backside like a pancake!
Alison says, "These jeans are snug in all the right places — instead of feeling self-conscious, I feel sexy and totally comfortable."
The Best Jeans: Bubble Butt
Women with the coveted "bubble butt" have a not-so-coveted challenge: to find jeans that fit their derriere but don't gape at the waist. Jeans with a high waist and/or a contoured seam above the back pockets (instead of dipping, it should crest upward toward the waist) are most likely to hold in your curves. Also, choose a pair with some stretch for a sag-free fit.
Jillian says, "These are pretty hip-looking, without being something I'd be embarrassed to wear to work."
The Best Jeans: No Butt
The trick to creating a butt where there really isn't one is to wear jeans with eye-catching posterior details, like flap or button pockets and multicolored designer stitching, which help give the illusion of a little junk in the trunk.
Nana says, "These are so comfortable, and I love that my butt didn't get lost in them!"
The Best Jeans: Triangle Butt
A triangle butt (widest where your hips meet the thighs) is in need of some balance. The ideal pair of jeans is one made of a heavyweight denim with only a little stretch, to help round out the bottom of your butt. Also, strategically placed pockets — ones that are on a diagonal or set high toward the waist — keep eyes focused on the center of your butt and not on your outer thighs. Balance achieved — no ifs, ands, or butts about it!
Melanie says, "I love the silhouette of the skinny jean — I found them to be quite flattering on my petite frame."
The Best Jeans: Wide Butt
Rule number one for making a wide butt look great: Avoid wide-leg jeans, which cling to your widest point and nowhere else. Straight-leg or boot-cut shapes — with closely set pockets that draw eyes to the center — are better because they don't use too much fabric. Instead, they skim your curves, highlighting your best, um, assets.
Lesley says, "These fit me perfectly around the waist and weren't super low-cut — and they were easy to jump in!"
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