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How to Wear Wide Crops (Culottes, Clamdiggers, Floods)

How does one wear the new Wide Crops spring is bringing? InStyle had some great tips in this month’s issue. Here’s a summary: 

While lengths vary widely, the most flattering is an inch above your ankle. Boxy tops and jackets help balance the width of the pants. And although the crops were shown with both flats and heels on the runway, go with heels if you’re petite since wide pants can overwhelm your figure. (InStyle, March 2014, p. 384)

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Where to Buy Long Jeans Now – Top 10 Websites

Our most popular page on the site has just been updated! Find out what the new top ten websites are for buying long jeans.

 

Have you googled words like tall jeans, long jeans, and extra-long jeans trying
to find the best place to buy pants that fit a tall woman?  We've done it,
and know it's a frustrating experience.  Here are the top ten sites we
recommend for tall women's jeans:

Search By Inseam allows you to
search for pants by your inseam length, whether that is 33 inches or 38 inches,
or somewhere in between. There's also helpful content on measuring your inseam
so you can ensure a great fit. You're able to narrow your shopping criteria by
brand name and by price range. You'll find designer denim from Seven For All
Mankind, AG, Citizens of Humanity, True Religion and more, as well as less
expensive tall jeans from Gap, Old Navy, and Mossimo. Sign up for
notifications when a new pair of pants is added to the site that fits your long
inseam. 

shopbop
is one of our favorites for just-released stylish designer denim. The company
does an excellent job of keeping their inventory fresh and fashionable, and they have periodic sales where you can
snatch up bargains. This is one of the few places we regularly see 38-inch
inseams, and consistently see 36 and 37-inch inseams. Tall designer maternity jeans are also available. Shipping and returns are always free.

Boot Barn is designed for true cowgirls, but you can find urban-friendly jeans here as well. It's a great place for quality 36" and 38" inseam jeans that are made to wear with boots.

Gap
has done a good job of adding new jean lengths for tall women lately – and even some tall maternity jeans! We've seen
inseams of 34, 34.5, 35, 36, 36.5, 37, and sometimes 38 inches. The company offers free shipping on orders over $50 and free returns on all orders.

Piperlime is part of the Gap family and carries a good selection of designer jeans. The site doesn't allow you to search for tall or long lengths, but they are mixed in with everything else. Shipping and returns are free.

Banana Republic offers tall jeans in inseam lengths of 33-37 inches. They don't make you hunt for the inseam length like Old Navy does (more on that below); it's right in the product details. You'll get free shipping on orders over $50 and free returns all the time.

Old Navy
starts their tall women's jeans at a 33.5-inch inseam, and they go up to a 36-inch inseam. If the inseam isn't listed in the product details, you'll have to hunt for it in two different tall sizing charts, and then try to guess which is right – unfortunately, sometimes both are incorrect. Tall maternity jeans have a 34" inseam. Shipping is free on orders over $50 and returns are always free.

Nordstrom carries a good selection of designer and mid-priced junior and women's jeans, and you can often find tall maternity jeans as well. Shipping and returns are free. 


Alloy
lists their 35-inch and 37-inch inseam options on the left
navigation pane, which makes it easy to shop if either of those happen to be your length. Jeans are under $50, so it's a good place to shop if you're tall and on a budget. Do be warned that their target customer is a teenager, and the jeans are very low-rise. Plus sizes are available in a good number of jeans.


dELiA*s
shows 34, 36, and 37-inch inseams on their left navigation pane as well (Alloy and dELiA*s are sister sites). Their jeans are also under $50 and designed for teenage bodies.

Tall jeans from all of these sellers and more are available at
Search By Inseam, making it a great
site to easily find your inseam and do quick comparison shopping

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How to Keep your White Jeans Pristine

July’s issue of Real Simple magazine has some good tips on caring for your white jeans (p. 96). Since they are the perfect summer staple, it pays to put a bit more effort into keeping them pristine. Of course, if you haven't yet found the perfect pair of white jeans, head over to SearchByInseam.com.

1.    Before the first wear, spray all over with Scotchgard to ward off stains.

2.    Be careful about pairing your jeans with a dark indigo jacket or a bright canvas handbag. Dyes may rub off on the white denim.

3.    Wear just once or twice between washings. Overwearing without laundering causes a grayish tint.

4.    Wash with other whites in warm water. Don’t overload the machine, since that can keep garments from rinsing thoroughly, and detergent residue can lead to yellowing.

5.    If the jeans are still dingy after washing, soak them in warm water with a capful of color-safe bleach for 30 minutes.

 

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How to Keep Jeans from Fading

Just got through my June issue of InStyle and found these tips on keeping your jeans from fading (p. 162):

  1. Wash in cold water on a gentle setting. The general rule is every four wears, but the longer you can go, the better.
  2. Since indigo dye comes off when it rubs against other items, turn your pants inside out when laundering. (One dye-setting trick: Mix a solution of 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar with a pinch of baking soda and add to your machine cycle instead of detergent.)
  3. Ideally, hang dry. If you can't wait, tumble dry on low heat, then press with an iron along the waistband, pockets, and side seams to prevent puckering.
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How to Look Thinner in Jeans

I was just reading through my March InStyle Magazine last night, and came across a good tip that I thought was worth sharing.  In her new book, "How to Never Look Fat Again," author Charla Krupp gives the following advice about denim:

"Pick simple, unadorned denim.  Clean, streamlined jeans are the way to go.  The most flattering styles are dark and feature unembellished pockets.  Avoid extra details that catch the eye and give the illusion of bulk – think twice about tags, grommets, or decorative extras.  The leanest silhouettes of all: boot cut and straight leg" (InStyle, March 2010, p. 248).

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How to Keep Your Pants Tucked into Your Boots

Just got my January issue of Real Simple and noticed a cool new product called the Kuza Strap (p. 44).  Like suspenders for your pants, the straps work to keep everything tucked neatly into your boots or wellies.  They're adjustable and come in 3 cute designs.  $16 for a set.  Check them out if your pants keep bunching up when you tuck them in.     

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Jeans to Perk Up a Saggy Butt

Here's a helpful tip from November's issue of InStyle magazine: to perk up a saggy butt, make sure your jeans have at least 2% stretch, like Lycra (p. 199).  This is according to Susie Crippen of J Brand jeans.  She says, "Pants with more than 98% cotton can stretch out as soon as you wear them and give no support" (p. 199).  I've personally found that more than 2% is too stretchy, but it's just a matter of how much give you want your jeans to have.  Here are a couple pairs of J Brand jeans that have 2% stretch.

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The Best Time to Buy Jeans

According to this month's issue of Real Simple Magazine, October is the best time to buy jeans.  Lindsay Funston reports that it's because "the rush for back-to-school clothes has ended, so retailers are cutting prices on leftover inventory" (193).  And The Budget Fashionista predicts that stores will have excess denim this year because shoppers will be more frugal with their back-to-school purchases.  Funston foresees 30-60% off retail prices and buy-one-get-one-free deals at some stores.  We'll see!  Bring on the fall savings!    

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Tips to help job hunters dress for success

There was a good article in The Sacramento Bee, reprinted in my local Tacoma News Tribune two days ago, that I thought was worth posting about since so many people are looking for work right now.  Here goes:

When it comes to job interviews, first impressions matter.  If you're just out of college or new to the job hunt, here are some tips on what to wear.

Do your research.  You won't sound silly or unprepared if you call and ask what to wear to an interview.  It shows you respect the company culture.  (I have to say that I totally agree with this one.  When I was a recruiter at Microsoft, I liked having my candidates ask me this question.  It showed me they really wanted to put their best foot forward.)

Play it safe.  If you're applying for jobs in financial, medical or sales fields, a suit is usually mandatory.  If it's a tech or design company, "business casual" attire is likely OK.  Classic dark colors are always safe – blue, black or gray.  (Agree with this one, too; however, I've only worked in tech companies where dress code is always either business casual or just casual.  For interviews though, go with business casual – slacks and a button-up shirt.)

Keep it neat.  Whether it's your shirt, shoes or hair, show up to interviews well-groomed.  Tops and shirts should be freshly pressed, with no stains and all buttons intact.  Shoes should be clean and scuff-free.  Get a fresh haircut and trim facial hair.  And don't let bangs or hair flop in your face; eye contact with your interviewer is essential.  (Agree.  And if you're tempted to keep pulling your hair out of your face, or playing with it, tie it back.)

Bye-by backpack.  Carry a purse, a briefcase or a portfolio case, but keep the loud colors and logos at home.  (This one isn't important if you're interviewing at a tech company where you know the culture is casual.  We all carry backpacks to work.)

Jingle, jangle.  Accessories let your personality shine through, but stay away from bright nail polish, crazy ties and "bling" jewelry, which can be distracting.  Cover tattoos and pop out the nose ring, at least until you get the job.  (Totally agree, especially on the tattoo.)      

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