August 19th, 2009
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?
A: 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!