Denim Guide 2010

Denim Guide 2010
ESSENCE.COM Oct, 04, 2010

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“I’m 5’11” but still have a shape. It’s hard to find jeans that are long enough but enhance my curves too.


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LLOYD’S TIP: For long legs it’s all about the inseam. A tailor can work miracles on an affordable pair in a larger size.

FIDELITY Lily jean in Viper Diablo, $188,, is a tall woman’s dream with a longer 37-inch inseam.

SEE THRU SOUL flared-leg jean, $93,, has five-pocket styling that flatters your bottom.

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“I definitely have curves. I can’t find jeans that fit larger hips that aren’t too short.”


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LLOYD’S TIP: Avoid trendy washes that fade around the thighs. Dark indigo is perfect to honor (and slightly minimize) thighs.

DL1961 Roxy kick-flare jean, $168,, has plain pockets to visually shrink rear.

CALVIN KLEIN JEANS $60,, has a slightly wider leg to help with proportion by balancing out hips and thighs.

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“I can’t find jeans that fit my ample rear. I hate jeans that look great standing up but become ‘cracktastic’ as soon as I have a seat.”


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LLOYD’S TIP: Go for stretch to keep the “baggies” away. And check the back pockets; tiny ones only make your bottom look bigger.

ASHLEY STEWART jeggings in indigo, $34, Ashley Stewart stores, is a legging and a jean in one for super comfort and fit.

MIRACLEBODY Samantha jean, $110, Lord & Taylor stores, has a hidden canvas panel that flattens the tummy.

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“I have a very tiny waist and wide hips. If I find jeans that fit my hips, the waist is usually too loose.”


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LLOYD’S TIP: Look for jeans with a touch of stretch infused into the fabric and a slightly lower rise to keep your frame proportioned.

J BRAND Bombshell cigarette leg jean, $158,, has ample room around the thighs and a contoured waist-band to reduce gapping.

SIGNATURE BY LEVI STRAUSS & CO. Perfect Body Boot jean, $25, Kmart stores, has built-in slimming for tummy, thighs and behind.

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“I barely have hips. I have a problem finding jeans that I fill out properly.”


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LLOYD’S TIP: Look for either floor-skimming or ankle-length cuts. A cropped jean that stops midcalf makes you look shorter.

GAP curvy dark jean, $70, Gap stores, hugs slim hips while the straight cut elongates the leg.

PAIGE DENIM Skyline Ankle Peg jean, $198,, has strategically placed pockets and side seams for a flattering fit.

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