8 is the magic number! This is one tip we stand by with both feet firmly planted, but Lucky Mag is here to reinforce it why we have to be careful how many inches should be accounted for in the rise of your waistband:
“Don’t go too low: Steer clear of jeans with anything less than an eight-inch rise, especially if you don’t have six-pack abs. (The rise, by the way, is the distance from the crotch to the top of the waistband.) If the top button is any lower than three inches below your navel, even the slightest post-lunch tummy pooch can look like a full-fledged muffin top, and who wants that? Well, someone, probably.”
…Well, even if someone does want that, we don’t want that for you. Heed the 8″ rule! And remember, high-rise doesn’t mean high-waisted, to the belly-button. See three of our favorite picks for high-rise jeans below.
Paige Denim High Rise Jeggings ($199) – buy it at Shopbop.
GOLDSIGN Virtual High Rise Skinny Jeans ($234) – buy it at Shopbop.
DL1961 Nina Super High Rise Skinny Jeans ($168) – buy it at Shopbop.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: high rise jeans, high waist jeans, how to avoid muffin tops, how to buy jeans, how to wear jeans, which jeans to buy
One of spring’s hottest upcoming trends is tie-dye or ombre dye denim. UK-based denim expert Donna Ida weighs in: ”To me tie dye is all about a relaxed, fun, hippy vibe and this season the colours are so super vibrant as seen on the catwalks of Charlotte Ronson and Etro. Get beach chic with tie dye shorts and casual tees.”
Get the look! Siwy Denim Camilla Shorts in Mixed Signals ($308.20) – buy it at Donna Ida.
Tags: dip dye denim, Donna Ida, How to wear it, ombre denim, spring denim trends, tie dye denim, what to wear
So you’ve got your pair of jeans and your crisp white t-shirt, maybe you’ve got wind-swept hair and some in-demand jewelry… but you’re not exactly sure how to take your outfit over the line from effortless to totally freaking hot? We’ve got the answer: Red heels. Whether they’re wedges, platforms, or stilettos, a pair of bright red heels with jeans can turn an every day look into something extraordinary (without taking from the effortless aesthetic you were going for in the first place). Below, we pair three pairs of jeans with three red shoes we love right now.
1. 7 For All Mankind mid-rise straight leg jeans ($210) – buy it at Net-A-Porter; worn with the “Jemma” platform boot in red ($220) – buy it at Nasty Gal.
2. Genetic Denim The Jane High-Rise Slim Bell Jeans in Fang ($253.69) – buy it at Glassworks Studios; Worn with the “Red Your Mind” boot in red ($234.99) – buy it at ModCloth.
3. TIBI Low-rise chambray wide-leg jeans ($285) – buy it at Net-A-Porter; worn with Stuart Weitzman platform pump in red ($298) – buy it at Bergdorf Goodman.
Love this look? Post your jeans & red shoes pics on our facebook wall!
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: 7 for All Mankind, Genetic Denim, red heels, red shoes, red shoes with blue jeans, red shoes with denim, tibi jeans
This one’s for the dudes (but ladies with tomboy taste can take advantage of it too). Every Guyed has posted a guide to wearing denim jackets for men, including tips on how to look more rugged, which shirts and fabrics to pair them with, how to slim down the look (hint: no shearling lining), and finding one that fits. Our two cents? It’s really hard to go wrong with this timeless staple.
Learn how to wear a menswear denim jacket, and report back with progress/questions!
Tags: denim style, denim styling tips, how to wear a denim jacket, what to wear with a denim jacket
We say it all the time, but denim is an amazing fabric because it’s so versatile. A pair of jeans can lend to your look, whether you’re heading to an outdoor festival or a lunch meeting with a client. Different colors, cuts, and textures on the market right now make this transitional styling option even more viable. We love the idea of taking jeans and making them totally luxe, because you add the element of glamour while keeping it cool. Today, we’ll show you how to do that with a few simple tricks.
1. Denim shorts with kimono-style robes.
Zadig & Voltaire Play denim cut-off shorts ($225) – buy it at Net-A-Porter.
Topshop peach floral sheer kimono ($47) – buy it at Topshop.
2. Denim workshirts under tailored blazers.
Delia*s Lightweight denim workshirt ($40) – buy it at Delia*s.
Sportmax Aubergine Sondalo Corduroy Blazer ($283) – buy it at My Wardrobe.
3. Denim dress with chunky, glam costume jewelry.
CURRENT/ELLIOTT Blue Destroyed Denim Dress ($279) – buy it at Stylebop.
GUESS by Marciano Rhinestone Bib Necklace ($128) – buy it at GUESS.
Try these tips and let us know how you like ‘em!
Opening image via Fashion Gone Rogue.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: denim cut off shorts, denim dress, denim shirt, styling tips, tailored blazer, what to buy, what to wear, Zadig & Voltaire
According to Lucky Mag, there’s a brand you should stick with if you’re in the market for skinny jeans that have the power to slim down your thights. They’re talking about Siwy Denim‘s Hannah skinny jean, which feature seams that contour slightly forward from the usual side seam standard, creating the illusion of thinner legs. They come in many washes, textures, and styles. Below are three of our favorites to start you off.
1. Siwy Denim Hannah crop skinny in Shadow Play ($228) – buy it at Siwy Denim.
2. Siwy Denim Hannah crop skinny in Fall In Love ($182) – buy it at Siwy Denim.
3. Siwy Denim Hannah crop skinny in Desert Rose ($182) – buy it at Siwy Denim.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: how to look thinner, jeans to make you look thinner, pink jeans, polka dot jeans, Siwy Denim, skinny jeans, the hannah, which jeans make you look skinny
We think you probably don’t need much persuading when it comes to buying a perfect pair of jeans, but buying two pairs? These days people’s purse strings are tighter than ever, but here’s why it might not be such a bad idea to stock up when you find “the one”:
“When you find a pair of jeans you love, buy two.
Tailor one to wear with flats, and keep the other long enoguh to wear with heels. Here’s why: With heels, your jeans’ hem should just skim the floor—this elongates your legs. But if you wear that same pair with flats, you’ll end up stepping on (and tearing up) the bottoms, and the look will be more schlumpy than chic.” (Via LuckyMag).
We have only two things to say, and we’ll leave the decision making to you. First, you could also cuff your jeans when you wear them with flats. Everyone knows the perfect cuff can be as noteworthy as an accessory on its own. Secondly, if you do tear the hems up, you know where to go for your expert denim repair!
Tags: denim shopping, how to hem jeans, perfect hem, what to buy, which jeans to buy
Got gum stuck in your jeans? Imogene + Willie has a great tip for getting them clean again (with a highly amusing anecdote about what a night of hard partying will do to a gum chewer). The inquiring gum-sufferer explains their dilemma below…
As I was flying home yesterday, I was horrified to find that I had sat in some gum and really ground it into the back of my one-month-old Barton Rigids. Fortunately, it isn’t too huge of a spot, but I am struggling with what to do. I have attempted to get the gum out by hand, but that is pretty fruitless at this point.
Thanks for your help.
Imogene + Willie’s store manager Rhett replies below…
Oddly enough, this very thing happened to me, though I wasn’t on a plane.I am an avid gum chewer and went to bed with gum in my mouth. Went to bed in his jeans, you might ask? OK, let’s be honest: after a big night out, I stumbled to my room and fell into bed, obviously not caring what was on my body or in my mouth.
When i woke up, the gum was in my arm hair and between my legs. I have no idea how this happened. I’m lucky the spot on my jeans wasn’t visible: I washed them in cold water, hung them to dry, and, because I like the rigid, non-broken-in look, ironed them with spray starch. You can still see where the gum was a little bit, but I don’t mind.
Here are two remedies you can try. Both involve freezing the gum. Keep in mind that neither is guaranteed to work, but it never hurts to try.
- Rub an ice cube on the gummed-up spot. When the residue freezes, it should be relatively easy to scrape off.
- Place the jeans in the freezer for an hour or more; as with the ice cube, the frozen gum should peel right off.
In either case, when you get the spot clean, rub dish soap into any leftover stain with a soft clean cloth and launder as usual.
Original tip via Imogene + Willie. Did this trick work for you? Let us know!
Tags: denim advice, denim care, Denim Therapy, denim tips, gum in jeans, how to remove gum, Imogene + Willie
Flare jeans are making a comeback, but what do you wear them with in the colder months? Check out what this ShopBop stylist recommends to make sure you looking cool and cozy.
Q: It’s officially winter, and I go nowhere without a heavy coat. How can I pair parkas and flares without looking too bulky?
A: Again, keep things minimal and linear. Try a longer jacket with clean lines, hitting at the mid-thigh or knee. A wool trench coat is great, especially belted!
Image via Chictopia.
Tags: flare jeans, heavy coats, winter clothing, winter fashion, wool trench coat