Rod Stafford Hagwood wrote a good article called "The Perfect Jeans" for the South Florida Sun Sentinel that was reprinted in The Tacoma News Tribune on Monday. He quoted Tim Gunn of "Project Runway" who said, "For daytime, I think the washes should be light to distressed to medium. Of course, the more dark the jeans, the more places it can go." Hagwood argues that in order to find the perfect jeans, you need to ignore trends and focus on what looks good on you. Here are his tips:
- If you have a "Caribbean curve" – with womanly hips and thighs – pick a boot-cut jean, which will balance everything out and give the illusion of proportion.
- If you can't imagine how it's possible to have too much of a "Caribbean curve," then go ahead, girl, and put your shapely rear on blast. Look for jeans with yokes (or rear seams) that angle downward. Denim capris have a proportion that can make your derriere look mountainous – which isn't always a bad thing.
- Yes, skinny jeans are of-the-moment but "they're not for everyone," said Gunn. If you must, try a darker color or wash. Also pair with a loose and blousey top. Wear with a stiletto heel to elongate the leg, or stuff them inside boots, which creates balance with hips and rear.
- If you want to camouflage a bit of a tummy, look for a pair that's cut higher in the back than the front in a boot-cut style with a Lycra-enhanced fit.
- Tall women with a long torso or waist might want to try high-waisted jeans.
- Women with boyish shapes might want to try a skinny jean to emphasize the hips.
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