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Higher Ground

The other day I had a bit of a fashion temper tantrum. You know, it was one of those days, where nothing I put on looked or felt great. My jeans, in particular, took the brunt of my tantrum ending up despised and sprawled all over my floor.

I think the day finally came when I decided I had finally had it with low rise jeans. I was sick of them squeezing me in the wrong places and having to constantly pull them up every time I sat down. It seemed all I did was pull them up and pull my shirt down when I was wearing them.

Right then and there I decided to get online and order new “higher” rise jeans. I took the lone pair of jeans that made the cut and measured them to see what rise I actually wanted in my new jeans and compared that to different styles. I settled on three pairs that I absolutely love, they are all super comfy and stylish!

Paige Hidden Hills: Bootcut (they also come in a straight and skinny leg), 9in rise, wider waistband, the higher rise sister to Paige’s ever popular Hollywood Hills

Paige Rising Glen: Straight Leg, 9.5in rise, body contouring (translation: figure flattering)

AG Mid-Rise Angel: Bootcut, 9in rise, soft denim, based on the great fitting AG Angel jean

FYI How To Measure The Rise Of Jeans

Measure the distance from the crotch seam to the top of the front waistband.



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Denim Digs

If denim is the mainstay of your wardrobe then you will be thrilled to see Net-A-Porter’s new online denim boutique. It is well stocked with great denim and well organized by size, fit, body type and style. They also have great editorial about denim that includes a fit guide by body style (boyish, long legs, petite, hourglass and curvy) that suggests styles to try as well as a section on how to care for your denim once you have found the perfect pair.

But what makes this denim boutique stand out from other online shops, is it’s measuring guide that tells you exactly how to measure yourself to find the right size and when you click on each pair of jeans you can click on it’s very thorough measurements and compare them to yours to see which size will fit you the best. You can also compare the measurements to those from your favorite pair of jeans. Jean shopping made simple! Available at www.net-a-porter.com.

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Gap’s New Denim-Worth Trying?

Gap has been getting a lot of press lately on its new totally re-vamped line of jeans for guys and gals and since I am a bit of a denim aficionado I figured I better get my denim-clad behind to the nearest Gap and try them all on and see if they are worth the hype. So last night I drug my husband to the mall and we tried on jeans for what seemed like hours (okay it was only an hour but he swears it was longer).

I can honestly say overall I was impressed with the collection for the price which is insanely reasonable ($69.50-$59.50). The denim used was super soft on all styles and washes and the construction was of good quality. What was even more amazing was that for the most part I wore the same size in every style and wash, which is usually not the case with designer denim. I would highly recommend heading to Gap to try them all on, they make perfect knocking around on the weekend jeans. I will always be a designer denim fan but I can now say I have two new pairs of Gap jeans sharing closet space with my AG’s, Seven’s, Joe’s and Citizen’s. My husband also loved the jeans he tried on and we bought 4 pairs of jeans for the price of one pair of designer jeans.

Here is the “lowdown” on each style:

The Perfect Boot:

Gap’s Description: Our perfect boot jean shares all the best qualities of our sexy boot jean, like a contoured waistband that shapes to the body, lifts the seat, and eliminates the gap at the back of the waist. We added a slightly higher rise with a wide waistband that gives a low rise look while providing extra coverage.

My Description: Overall a nice jean, the rise hit right at the bottom of my belly button, fitted through the thigh with a slight flare, although they did gap around my waist, worth trying if you despise low rise jeans.

The Sexy Boot:

Gap’s Description: We’ve redesigned our low rise boot cut jean. The low-rise fit keeps it sexy and we’ve added a contoured waistband that shapes to the body, lifts the seat, and eliminates the gap at the back of the waist. A slim fit through the hip and thigh leads to a perfectly proportioned boot-cut leg, creating a leg-lengthening silhouette.

My Description: My least favorite pair of jeans I tried on, the rise hit in a weird too low spot with a strange angle and the thighs were too tight with a more severe flare at the leg, it also flattened and squushed my bottom, designer denim brands do the “sexy” boot style much better.

Real Straight:

Gap’s Description: Our real straight jeans are cut straight through the hip and leg for a slimming look. An improved design gives the appearance of longer, more slender legs. New fit technology lifts the seat and eliminates the gap at the back.

My Description: My absolute favorite pair I tried on and one of the pairs I bought. The fit is amazing and for a skinny jean they are very comfortable, snug in all the right places but with great ease and stretch. The leg is straight without being too skinny and makes your legs look longer and slimmer. The rise is perfect not too low or too high. Just Perfect!

Long and Lean:

Gap’s Description: We’ve kept what you love about our long and lean jeans–the easy fit and wider leg–while improving the construction for a more flattering fit. Smart design updates lift the seat, slim the hips, and lengthen the legs.

My Description: My second favorite pair of jeans I tried on and the other pair I purchased. It is the perfect super casual, laid back pair of jeans. Excellent updated fit that hits right below the belly button, fits nicely around the waist, fitted through the thigh without giving sausage thigh with a wider proportion balancing leg. They really give you the appearance of having long and lean legs. A great jean for gals of all heights and sizes.

Always Skinny:

Gap’s Description: Our new skinny jean has a very slim, fitted silhouette all the way to the ankle that visually elongates the entire body. Our new design lifts the seat while eliminating the gap in back.

My Description: These jeans were just okay, super skinny and tight in all sizes with an uncomfortable too low rise with not quite enough stretch to hold you in properly. If you like super skinny jeans stick with the higher-end designers like J Brand, they do a better job of constructing this hard to fit style. For a straighter, skinny look stick with the Real Straight style.

My husband tried on Gap’s Standard, Boot and Loose styles and loved the Standard (buying two pairs). The Standard is a great all around jean, good fit with some ease that could be casual or dressy. He thought the Loose fit was too loose and sloppy and he did not like the construction the Boot style thinking designer brands like Chip & Pepper, Kasil and AG do a better job.

Gap’s Men’s Standard Jean:

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Well Made

While on vacation a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of shopping in a Madewell store. Madewell is J Crew’s latest spin off that opened a little over a year ago. Their intent was to create a smaller, well edited line of must have basics which centered around great denim. All of their looks and styles are trendy but still very accessible and wearable. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked in because unfortunately you can not shop from their website, all sales are made through phone orders or at the stores.

Since the line is focused on denim I decided I better try a few pairs on and see if they lived up to the hype. I had the salesperson help me pick out a few styles to try and while she was putting them in a dressing room I was drawn to the racks of super soft colorful tees and immediately started grabbing one of each style and color to try.

I loved every pair of jeans I tried on, the fit and fabric was amazing! You could tell the designers spent a tremendous amount of time getting it right. I would recommend trying a pair of the Rail Straight jeans, the skinny leg is elongating and they sit at the perfect spot on your waist and hips without gaping.

The t-shirts were also wonderful, long in length with flattering necklines and the sleeves were the perfect length, they hit mid upper arm, which is so much more slimming that those silly tees that barely cover your shoulders and make all arms look chunky. They were definitely buy in bulk, wear all the time kind of tees.

Madewell is well worth making a trip to and if you do not have one in your city, visit one that does and make friends with the salesperson so you can call her and have her send you new stuff! Madewell reminds me of what Gap used to be, the perfect spot to fill in the holes in your closet! Check out their website at www.madewell1937.com.





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How To Wear Boyfriend Jeans

Slouchy, rolled to the ankle boyfriend jeans have taken the denim fashion world by storm and are a definite must have for spring. They are instantly trendy but very comfy and perfect to wear as the weather heats up. Boyfriend jeans are meant to be worn loose and low on the hip so they look great on curvy and straight figures.

When searching for the perfect pair be prepared to try on lots of styles to get the one that works for you. It seems like every major denim line has a boyfriend style so start with brands you already wear and also give Current/Elliott a try, they are the company that essentially started the trend.

Boyfriend jeans are meant to be worn rolled to just above the ankle, so look for jeans that have a straight leg that is easy to roll. They are also meant to be worn loose and baggy but you don’t have to get so carried away, I bought my Current/Elliott pair just a tad loose. Take at least 3 different sizes of each brand and style into the dressing room with you so you can see find the most flattering pair.

Once you find the perfect pair, you will want it top them off with a fitted tee or tank or go super feminine with sheer chiffon blouse with or without ruffles. They also look cute with fitted cardigans and blazers. To balance the baggy masculine look add bold girly jewelry like layers of pearl necklaces or bangles and wear them with sweet ballet flats, dainty flip flops, bejeweled gladiators or super high chunky heels.

Cute boyfriend jeans from www.jcrew.com. I love how they paired them with a sequin tank and gold heels.

An elegant way to wear boyfriend jeans from J. Crew

Current/Elliott Boyfriend Jeans from www.shopbop.com

I love the Cropped Ex Lover jean from Joe’s Jeans, it is a bit shorter in length and is perfect for summer. Available at www.joesjeans.com.


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High Waist Jeans: Love’Em or Hate’Em

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A recent e-mail from ShopBop and Neiman Marcus set off a firestorm of e-mails between myself and my friends. The topic of these e-mails centered around what seems to be the new trend of high waist jeans and whether we liked the trend or not. When I say high waist jeans I mean the super high rise jeans that come way up past the belly button, not the mid-rise jeans that are just a tad higher than the super low rise jeans, see the pictures below.

The reviews were mixed among my friends, some like the look and some hate it. I lean towards the “hate it” side. I think they are hideous and unflattering on everyone including the anorexic models they are putting them on in an attempt to sell them to the general public.

I know that fashion is a swinging pendulum and the designers like to go from one extreme to another and these high rise jeans are just the designers rebelling against the super low jeans we have been sporting. But seriously, these jeans will just be doing a dis-service to the general public, fooling women into thinking they will look good in them and also traumatizing us by having to look at them. I am afraid these new high waist jeans if not worn properly will spawn the dreaded and disgusted camel toe, something we should all avoid at all costs! Plus, they make your bottom look a mile long and who wants a mile long bottom!

Fashion is not always pretty and my advice to you this season is to stick with your low to mid rise jeans and let the models on the runway wear the high waist jeans. What do you think? Will you wear them? Please leave me a comment with your thoughts on the high waist jean look. I have also just written a post about jumpsuits and want to know what you think about them, let me know what you think by clicking here.

New Addition 2/3/2009:

There has been much debate in the comments about High Waist Jeans and I must say that these picture should put an end to the debate, high waist jeans should just not be worn! I am not saying anything about Jessica Simpson’s weight, I don’t care what size she is, but those jeans are just horrible and should not be worn no matter what size you are. Clothes should flatter you, not just abide by trends.


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