The right pair of jeans is one that compliments your own unique body type. Choose jeans for women with help from a personal shopper and fashion stylist in this free video clip.
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Hi, I'm Erin and I'm a fashion stylist. Jeans are wonderful on women, they are modern, sexy, flattering and versatile. But sometimes, finding the right pair for your body type can be about as fun as beating your head against the wall. Which for most of us, isn't that fun. Our model, Heather is wearing what I would consider to be the most universally flattering jean. The dark wash, medium rise, boot cut jean. When in doubt, this is the jean style you go for, but let's breakdown those jean features. O.k., first, rise there is high rise, or high waisted jeans, A.K.A. mom jeans. The waist goes up to about your belly button. These are really on trend right now, and they do happen to be fabulous, if you are a mom. I've discovered the hard way that you can't run and pick things up after a toddler, in low rise jeans, inevitably, will expose your bottom. High rise alleviates this problem, but if you're short waisted, you should probably stay away from this rise. Medium rise is somewhere between your hips and your belly button. Low rise is down around your hips or a little higher. Low rise is great for someone with a short torso. The nest thing to consider when picking out jeans, is wash. There are so many different washes to choose from, color denim, light blue, dark blue, black, faded, etc. If you are in doubt, go dark, the darker the wash, the more slimming the jeans. The darker wash jeans with little to no fading are also dressier. The lighter wash, or faded jeans will be more casual and less slimming. Next, you have to think about cut. Should you buy skinny leg, straight leg, boot cut, flared leg, or exaggerated wide leg. Again, when in doubt, go boot cut, that cut works best on most body types. Skinny jeans, they're much trickier. Lastly, price is always a factor, of course. Should you buy designer jeans? I tend to buy designer jeans, because I like the fit and the fabric, better. For me, buying great jeans is a great investment. That said, I usually buy my designer jeans on sale, or at an outlet, and don't forget about outlets. The Saks Outlet Off Fifth, for example, carries countless designer brands for half off retail.