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Written by Kristie Sheanshang   
Sunday, 23 September 2012 20:25

Flair: Decoding Denim
Jeans are no longer just for lazy afternoons or dirty jobs. Our fashion guru offers nine tips for wearing all the new jazzy jean styles.


Most of us were introduced to Levi’s and Wranglers as the jeans of Cowboys, Gold miners and Ranchers. They became mainstream by James Dean’s influence in the 1950s, as American teenagers wore them to rebel status quo. By the 1980-90’s designer labels hit the scene, bringing with them flattering cuts, added stretch and big price tags. Today, jeans are the preferred slack for dinners out, football tailgates, working in the yard and everything in between. At more than $13B, this industry continues to increase, even as other retail segments decline.



I am often asked which style will look best, and I always refer to dressing for your body shape. When you boil it down, the best fit comes from following a few simple rules of balance and composition; the added spandex always seems to help too:
• Hourglass – What to Look For: If you are an hourglass, a classic, wide-legged trouser with a mid-rise and flat front will keep you looking slim in all the right places, but still show off your sexy curves.
• Pear-shaped - What To Look For: Pear-shaped girls with curvier hips should steer clear of anything super-tapered and go for a low-rise flare or trouser style. This creates overall balance, allowing your hips to look slim and streamlined.
• Plus-sized - What To Look For: If you're plus-sized, darker-rinse denim is the way to go to achieve a long line. The best bets are either straight-legged (slightly form-fitting) or a trouser style. Both of these looks are slimming.
• Tall - What To Look For: When you're tall, you can definitely rock long and lean straight-legged styles—or go retro and try flared, '70s-inspired denim.
• Boy Figure - What To Look For: If your body is more straight up and down, without a defined waist, opt for a mid-rise jean with a slight boot-cut opening or flare to create a curvier silhouette from top to bottom.
• Petite - What To Look For: Petite girls should stick with a slim-cut pair of jeans. Try a cute boot-cut or sexy, cropped skinnies.


Wondering what we are seeing this fall?
• There are so many options for men and women: from bold colors in green, burgundy and cobalt blue, to boyfriend lighter washes and the always flattering dark washes.
• Women also have the option of animal print, pin stripe, floral and geometric patterns. Don’t forget, as our temperatures are still warm or when you head south, it is OK to wear white between Labor Day and Memorial Day, just pair them with neutral colors like caramel brown and boots.
• Distressed jeans are also a huge hit for both men and women: They can be thrown on with fitted, sporty sweater and colorful converse sneakers. They can be dressed up with a bright blazer and neutral heels, or a third option is to wear them nice and relaxed with the ankles rolled, cinched with a belt at the waist and an oversized top. Read next week’s Cincy Chic article to learn how to do it yourself distressing (aka whiskering, strategic holes, etc.).


Use jeans to let you personality shine through by adding embellishments, dressing them up or down, wear them where ever your mood takes you. Denim crosses over all major apparel markets: premium designer, urban, hip hop, street wear, teen, action, Goth, you name it, denim is a part of it. What a dramatic leap from men’s work wear to designer wear in 100 years!

Kristie Sheanshang -

Kristie Sheanshang is Cincy Chic's style columnist and owner of Flair. She specializes in making her clients look and feel fantastic by finding clothes that best fit their body, lifestyle and wallet — without looking like everyone else. In doing so, they increase their level of confidence, which elevates how others see them. Contact her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or


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