Boot-leg Cut Jeans
Why does Jenifer Lopez look 20 pounds thinner in the picture on the right as opposed to the photo on the left? Because she, like many other women followed a hot trend this year is the “skinny jean”. Unfortunately though, as you can see by the photos , skinny jeans make most of us look anything but skinny.
Here’s the deal… they call them skinny jeans because you need to be skinny (i.e. pencil thin) to wear them. If you’re a curvy gal or even an average size woman, this is definitely a trend to steer clear of – or you may inadvertently end up making your hips look like one of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade inflatables.
To illustrate this point, Jay Lo has kindly made the mistake so many of us do of putting skinny jeans on a curvy figure. As you can see below the results are less than flattering. We don’t know about you, but when someone with a rockin’ body like Jennifer’s can’t wear this trendy style, we’re sitting up and taking notes.
By simply following The Fashion Code and swapping out her skinny jeans for a bootcut jean, she instantly transformed her body without a single trip to the gym. That’s because unless you have a bean-pole figure, a skinny jean will make your hips look much larger and out of proportion to the rest of your body. We call this the “ice-cream cone effect”; the fabric is so tight against the ankle that everything above the ankle can’t help but look sizes larger in comparison. Now, we all love ice cream cones, its not a great look where clothing is concerned.
So what’s an average to curvy sized gal to do? Do what Jennifer did to instantly transform her figure and trade in those unflattering skinny jeans for a bootcut jean. A boot cut pant is the most flattering style for ANY size or shape woman. It evens out the balance between the upper and lower body and minimizes the hips quicker than you can say post-holiday-diet. But it’s a lot more fun to go shopping for a pair of boot cut jeans than going on another diet, don’t you think?
What to do with those skinny jeans you purchased before you read our brilliant blog?
-Wear them with a knee-high boot. Since they’re tapered and have relatively little bulk they work great tucked into a tall boot.
-Cut them off and make them into capris. Since they’re already tapered, all you need to do is spend $10 to get them shortened and… tah dah! – you’ve got a new pair of great fitting capris. (Remember to consult your Fashion Code lines to see where the most flattering capri length comes to on your body.)
-Ditto for shorts!
and remember… magazines and stores want you to think skinny jeans are the latest “must-have” but they’re just looking at their bottom line – not yours! Don’t be tempted to drink the skinny jean Kool-Aid this holiday season. Enjoy the season’s treats but just “say no” to this fattening trend.