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How to Look Fabulous in Black Jeans

Black jeans

From fashionistas to regular Joes, everyone is trying to look slim and trim these days. Forget months of exercise, crazy celebrity fad diets and mail-order food — wearing the right clothes is a simple and painless way to appear slimmer and put together in just a matter of minutes. Choosing the right pair of jeans can go a long way toward reaching that goal. When those jeans are black, you’re on your way to looking not just great, but amazing!

Since wearing black will automatically shave 10 pounds off your figure, finding a great pair of black jeans is a no-brainer. They are one of those wonderful wardrobe staples that can take you from frumpy to fabulous in five minutes flat. On the other hand, the wrong jean choice will draw attention to every body flaw you have (and maybe even some you don’t), leaving you contemplating a night at home in front of the TV instead of a night out on the town. So add a truly awesome pair of black jeans to your wardrobe today! Here a few tips for what to wear with black jeans and how to make the most of this classic style.
•    Experiment with different cuts and styles of black jeans to find the one that works best for your body type. Skinny jeans are very hot, but they have to fit properly to avoid creating a fashion faux pas. A pair of tailored, bootcut jeans can add instant length to a shorter frame. Cropped jeans are very versatile and fun, while wide-leg styles can also look stylish.
•    Pair black jeans with bright, vibrant tops in colors such as turquoise, coral, red and sapphire blue. The dark bottoms with act as a backdrop for the colors on top and really make them pop.
•    Tuck your skinny black jeans into tall black knee boots. Not only will the black be slimming, the extra height of the boots will lengthen your silhouette even more and make you appear incredibly glam. Wearing high heels will have a similar effect.
•    Wear a sundress, sweater dress or long tunic over skinny black jeans. They are the perfect alternative to tights.
•    Go all-black in black jeans, a fitted black sweater and black boots or shoes. To pull off this chic look, pay attention to the shades of black you choose. All blacks are not created equal, and a darker shade of black can make a lighter shade appear old and faded.
•    Make your look really pop by wearing shoes and colorful accessories with your black jeans. Try red pumps or flats, or a chunky fuschia necklace and bracelet combo.
•    Metallics always look glamorous when paired with black. Wear strappy metallic sandals (low or high heeled) with your black jeans, or try metallic flats. A metallic belt is also a fun option. Layer on your favorite gold and silver jewelry pieces to stand out from the crowd.
•    Avoid black jeans that are too low-cut. A bulge of flesh escaping from the top of your black jeans will do nothing for your sophisticated look.

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How to Break in Jeans

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You have just worn yet another hole into your favorite pair of jeans and you know it time for them to be retired. You rush off to the department store and grab the same brand and the same size you just had and go back home happy with your purchase. Once at home you put on the jeans and whoa! The jeans are so tight you feel like you need to grease yourself just to get into them. No you didn’t get the wrong size; you just have to break in the new jeans.

Breaking in new jeans is a process that takes just a bit of time. Following these simple tips will have your new pair of jeans fitting like your old favorites in no time:

•   Wash the jeans: Most jeans will say to wash them in cold water with like colors. Why? Hot water will actually soften up your jeans. Wash your new jeans in hot water and dry them, but not completely. While still damp, put the jeans on and walk around with them. This will help the jeans conform to your body.
•   Roll the jeans: Match up the pant legs of the jeans and start at the bottom to create a tight roll. The tighter you roll the jeans the better. As you unroll them be sure to pull at the denim as this will help to stretch the fibers and give you jeans a better overall fit.
•   Beat the jeans: Wash the jeans again in hot water. When you put them I the dryer throw on some sneakers and walk away. Make sure that the sneakers are not old and nasty. Besides clean sneakers, make sure the sneakers are safe to put in the dryer.  Having the sneakers in the dryer with the jeans will create a constant pounding on the jeans and that beating will loosen up the material so that the jeans will better fit you.
•    Wear the jeans: With every use the jeans will fit better and better. Constant wearing of the jeans will produce a comfortable fit faster. While they may not feel cozy at first over time the constant wearing of the jeans will have them hugging your legs and conforming to your shape.
•    Exercise the jeans: This sounds silly, but it works. Put the jeans on and do some jumping jacks. You can also do some deep squats or any other type of exercise where the material in the jeans will get a good stretch. The welcomed side effect here is some extra calories getting burned which can also help you fit into the jeans better.
•   Be patient: You may have to do these steps several times to accomplish your goal of breaking in the jeans. Even after you do though, keep in mind they will not fit like your old favorite pair for a while. Have a little patience and in time your new jeans will become just as cozy and form fitting as your old ones were and you will never think of the old ones again.

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What to Wear with Jeans

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Jeans aren’t just for school kids and yard work anymore. With so many designers coming up with sophisticated, stylish takes on this American perennial, jeans can work for you from morning until late into the night. The key is what you pair them with. Wearing jeans to cocktail parties and restaurants is fun, but the look falls flat without the right accessories. Here are a few ideas for what you can wear with your favorite pair of jeans.

•    With the Bohemian look hot right now, tunics are a fun choice to wear over straight-leg jeans and heels.  Keep in mind that a longer jean is necessary to balance out the longer top. Avoid tunic-style tops that pass the mid-thigh area as they will make you look disproportionate. It’s also important to wear flat-front jeans with this style to prevent weird bumps and lumps in the tummy area.

•    Consider the color of the denim. Generally, dressier jeans will have a darker wash. Dark, nicely tailored jeans and a collared shirt could even be a good choice for Casual Friday at the office. Jeans that are more faded and distressed are a good choice for wearing out-and-about and to informal events.

•    Men and ladies can dress up dark jeans with a blazer or tailored jacket. To go to a more relaxed look instantly, just remove the jacket.

•    High heels will add pizazz to jeans every time. If you’re going for an upscale look, avoid pairing jeans with athletic shoes unless you’re wanting to look like Jerry Seinfeld.

•    During the colder months, try layering a button-down shirt with a tee, a jacket and jeans. Low heels and a classic handbag complete a warm yet sophisticated look.

•    A tiered, ruffly tank top and heels are a fun match for a pair of sexy jeans, and perfect for a night out on the town. For a dinner date or a casual evening out, pair well-fitted jeans with a sweater or dressy blouse.

•    Create a cuffed jean by rolling up your jeans, then add leather ankle boots and an elbow-length top for a fun, adventurous style.

•    Belts can go a long way toward making your jeans look sassy or polished. A nice leather belt can finish off a dressy look. Metallic, sequined, studded and various other kinds of belts will draw attention to that curvy silhouette for the nighttime.

•    If you have a pair of “skinny” jeans, try wearing them with ballet flats and a tunic for a casual day look. For a more modern look, wear knee-high boots with the jeans tucked in.

Small details such as contrasting stitching, interesting pocket designs and sparkles can add a great deal to the overall look of a jean. Less is more in this department though, as too much detailing can make jeans look tacky. If you are bottom-heavy, avoid large back pockets or other design elements that draw attention to that area.

Colored denim

The Truth About Colored Denim: It’s Baaaaackkk!

Colored denim

Chances are it has been a long time since you wore colored denim. In fact, your last memories of the style might be around the same time period that you wore leg warmers and a ponytail on the side. Fashion is all about cycles, and colored denim is slowly coming around for another day in the sun. The style first made its way back onto the style radar in Summer 2008, and has become increasingly popular since then. If you are one who likes to be on the cutting edge of fashion and you don’t already own a pair of colored denim jeans, it’s time to snap up this fun fashion trend.

Because of its high visibility factor, colored denim needs to be worn with caution. In past eras, colored denim has been big and super-baggy, but not anymore. For the colored denim jean to be in style today, it must be a skinny or very fitted cut. No bagginess, no drooping, no excuses. The skinny style ensures a minimal amount of fabric so the brightness of colored denim doesn’t become overwhelming.

With a rainbow of colors to choose from, it can be difficult to know which denim color will meld best into your wardrobe. The most common colors seen among celebrities include yellow, pink, coral, bright blue, turquoise, mint green and red. Since colored denim is definitely a trend that will be here today and gone tomorrow, don’t worry about getting a pair in every color. Instead, pick a couple of colors that you like and that will offer some options for coordination with current pieces you have. For example, a pair of turquoise jeans can be matched with a lighter turquoise top. If you don’t have a top in a similar color as your jeans, or you prefer not to look like you spend too much time at the art studio, go with a neutral color such as white or beige.

Ladies, for a great basic colored denim jean, be sure to check out the Dollhouse Jean by Wet Seal. The best part about this style is they’re priced at only $39.50, which means your pocketbook won’t suffer because of this year’s high-dollar trend. Colored denim is currently more popular among women’s styles, but the trend is also making its way onto the men’s racks, albeit in more subtle tones. Deep blue, gray, dark red and similar jewel tones have all been seen.

The shoes you wear with colored denim are also important. If you’re going for a long and lean look, strap on some wedge sandals, espadrilles or plain old high heels. For a more casual look, try ballet flats or moccasins. As with tops, the color of your shoes should work with your colored denim; choose shoes that are within the same color range or go with a neutral color if you don’t have that option.

Colored denim offers a refreshing alternative to basic blue, so have fun creating your own unique color combinations!