Two denim lovers share their top tips for finding timeless style.
Looking to create some excitement in your wardrobe? For maximum versatility, there is no better place to to start up than with a new pair of jeans. Toronto-based style expert Iva Grbesicwho regularly appears on television CityLine, shares her easy-to-steal outfit ideas with 176,000 followers on TikTok and 80% of her most-watched videos feature denim. Last year, Grbesic went viral when a simple outfit of jeans, a blazer and red heels captured 5 million views worldwide. “It affected women all over the world because no matter where you live or what you do, we all wear jeans,” she says.
JThey’re the toughest all-season garments in your wardrobe and have the potential to be dressed up or down in an instant. So you can’t go wrong with timeless jeans that will make you feel amazing for the coming years. Here’s how to find the perfect fit for you.
Take your time
“What makes jeans timeless is how they make me feel when I wear them, no matter what the trend,” says Handahu Museum, a Halifax-based visual storyteller. “If you’re feeling your best and no one can tell you otherwise, then you’re in your timeless pair.” Keeping up with trends is not only hard on your wallet, but fast fashion is also responsible for around 10% of all carbon emissions. Denim is one of the worst culprits, and it takes 7,500 liters of water to make just one pair of jeans.
Here’s the crucial first step to finding a pair of jeans you’ll wear for years: be patient. “If you’re going denim shopping, you’re going to have to spend some time on it,” says Grbesic.
try something new
To start, Handahu suggests trying a form that is new to you. “I got tired of feeling like I always had to wear skinny jeans to elongate the leg and look slimmer like a person who lives in a plus body,” she says, of the style that she wore exclusively until a few years ago, “So I explored other styles and eventually found fits that allowed me to be myself in other silhouettes. Her style A current favorite is Old Navy’s Sky-High Straight Cut, which is available in sizes 0-30 and often sold out.”After trying on my first pair, I was hooked,” she says, “They sit on the right side of my waist, have plenty of room for my stomach, are long enough for my height of 5’11 and my calves. do not suffocate. .”
Go beyond trends
Grbesic hasn’t worn skinny jeans in a while either, but she includes them with straight and bootcut styles on her list of recommendations with longevity. “It’s good to have more than one option because we’re all different, and if you cruise one of those three styles, you’ll have a pair that will last you five years,” she says, “And it’s a good lifetime to wait because our bodies change. She discovered her dream jean design, a high-waisted bootcut with subtle volume in a medium-to-dark wash, after having her fourth child.” A bootcut can help balance out a frame if you have curvier buttocks or thighs. And they offer a peekaboo moment for your shoes,” she says. Set to make a comeback, bootcut and flare shapes have recently been spotted on stylish celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Aniston. But there’s one key detail to look for to ensure a classic vibe: the rise (i.e. where the belt sits on your torso). Whatever the trend, choose only a mid-rise or high-rise classic fit, and that applies to any style of jeans you choose. “My number one fashion regret is low-rise denim, and you can put that on my tombstone,” says Grbesic.
Get the right fit
Once you focus on a cut who talks to you, you’ll want to nail the perfect fit. This can be found directly on the rack, or it can be achieved with the help of a tailor. “As long as it fits the biggest part of you, whether it’s your butt or your waist, everything else can be accommodated,” says Grbesic. She also prefers a wash with subtle dimensions rather than a solid color. “Denim can be a living thing, and certain variations give it a bit more depth and make it more interesting,” she says. “Jeans with a bit of discoloration will also look better over time.
Long, straight and skinny styles have traditionally been the easiest to wear interchangeably with heels and flats. And you can always roll up a cuff, points out Grbesic. Bootcut jeans can also provide flexibility, especially with the latest styles that are cut around the ankles. If you choose a full-length cut, adjust the hemlines so they float above the floor so they don’t fray or get messy.
Consider your options
If you’re shopping IRL, it always helps to take a few pairs of jeans into the locker room with you. “My favorite thing about plus body denim offerings in recent years is that brands feel more confident to explore a much wider range of silhouettes. It’s such a joy to see bodies like mine in different cuts.Handahu says. With a few options at your fingertips, you can compare fits between brands, styles, or even colors. (Black denim tends to have less stretch, for example.) The strategy also works to increase online shopping success. “If you can afford it, I recommend ordering multiple sizes knowing you’ll be sending some back,” says Grbesic. (Remember that this practice contributes to the fast fashion cycle and returns sometimes end up being thrown away, so be aware.)
And enhance your effect from head to toe, which is a nice way of saying don’t shop disheveled. “Look and feel your best, and then try them on,” says Grbesic, “It doesn’t have to be completely glamorous, but do your hair and makeup, and your jeans-shopping experience will be very different. So whether you’re planning a cute encounter with new jeans at the mall or in your bedroom, put on your best face and you’ll start a years-long romance on a high.
Below are a few styles that will stand the test of time.
OG high-rise straight-leg jeans Old Navy
This popular style keeps selling out, so keep an eye out for the next restock.
Mavi Kendra Super Soft Mid Length Straight Leg Jeans
d/C Jeans 1948 Straight Leg Jeans
Everlane The Rigid Way-High Jean
High-Rise Soft Sculpting Flared Jeans Banana Republic
H&M Flared high-rise jeans
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