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How Real People Can Get the Skinny Jeans Look

Q:  Skinny jeans are the rage for fall, but some of us aren’t tall and a size 2. How can regular sized folks with a bit of muffin top translate the look?

The Skinny Jeans Look for Real People
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Well said!  Though skinny jeans appear to be ubiquitous, they’re certainly not for everybody (though, I might add, they’re great for women with short legs, as they make their legs look longer and leaner - I promise!).  But if your personal architecture is steering you away from the severe, skinny cut of these pants, you can get a similar look with straight leg jeans.  Straight leg jeans are easier to wear, especially if your figure isn’t as clean as that of a model. 

In order to find the most figure flattering pair of jeans, I look for stretch styles, which help smooth out bumps and other figure imperfections, while maintaining a slim silhouette.  One other tip for finding jeans that flatter "a bit of a muffin top" is to look for jeans with a higher rise, as the muffin top will be less prominent.  Last thoughts?  In order to camouflage any remaining "puffing" out of the jeans, look for a top that blouses out at the point where it overlaps with the jeans.  Here’s how to get the look of skinny jeans for Real People:

1. Start with a pair of straight leg, stretchy jeans for a figure flattering yet slim silhouette.
2. Add a voluminous blouse on top for a big-over-small look.  Note how the blouse skims over your middle, creating the appearance of a slim figure regardless of your personal architecture.
3. Skinny jeans are traditionally paired with booties, pumps, or flats.  Here, we’ve paired these straight jean replacements with a fun pair of yellow flats to keep the outfit youthful in spirit. 
4. Finish off the outfit with your favorite handbag or clutch.  This straw bow clutch (and the entire outfit) will take you to a outdoors get-together with friends.

How would you translate the skinny jeans look for real people? Share your style with us in the comments!

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BB Dakota by Jack Sage Wool Coat

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The prim and proper military style of this coat makes it a real head-turner. It’s on backorder - so order yours today!

$56  at Lulu’s.

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Gap Fall 2009 Menswear Favorites

We turn to Gap for casual classics - and this season, Gap is really delivering.  We’re seeing the key pieces of the season at Gap - and in that sub $100 price range we love so much.  Here’s our five favorite picks from Gap’s Fall 2009 collection:  

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Authentic Fit Jeans in Resin Rinse | $34.50 at Gap
How to wear it? There’s a reason why we love dark denim - it’s so versatile.  You can pair these dark jeans with both casual shirts (like your polos and tees) and more formal fare (like your button-down shirts and blazers).  

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Lightweight Flannel Shirt | $44.50 at Gap
How to wear it?  The key to not looking like a lumberjack is to pair this flannel shirt with fitted, tailored pieces and accessories.

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Fitted Chambray Shirt | $44.50 at Gap
How to wear it?  We love the classic chambray button-down paired with sand colored khakis and a belt.  

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Field Jacket | $98 at Gap
How to wear it? Work with the outdoorsy feel of this jacket and pair it with a rugged, chunky sweater for Fall.

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Cord Jacket | $68 at Gap
How to wear it? Play with color - pair your cord jacket with a brightly colored sweater.  Let the color peek out by wearing the jacket open.

Thoughts on Gap’s Fall 2009 collection?  Have a favorite that we missed?  Share your style with us in the comments!

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Brushstroke Billowy Top

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Pair this abstract brushstroke top with a slim fitting bottom - in either skirt or pant form - for the most flattering look.

$32  at Twelve by Twelve.

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