FOR years, I owned only one pair of jeans. It wasn’t because I didn’t adore jeans or appreciate their versatility…
but I could never find another pair that fit exactly right.
That’s the thing about jeans, though, it is difficult to find a cut that flatters our hips, butt, thighs and calves all at the same time.
This is probably why some women either walk around in ill-fitting jeans or just don’t bother with them at all.
These days, however, it is easier than you think to find a pair of denim jeans that would fit your shape and size perfectly because many clothing brands have come up with a wide variety of styles and cuts.
Topshop has a good range of hip-hugging jeans which come in several washes and even colours for the adventurous dresser.
The different cuts like high-waisted, low-rise, skinny, flared and bootcut are given names such as Baxter, Jamie, Martha and so on for easy reference.
Also, Topshop jeans (and pants) usually come in three lengths — tall, medium, short — to suit different heights.
Size may be a problem for curvier girls, though, because the Topshop outlets in Malaysia don’t regularly keep bigger sizes (from 16 up) in stock.
For those who love jeans with embroidery or art on them, look no further than Caron Boutique in Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur, which carries premium American denim brands Postage and James Jeans.
Under the James Jeans range, their best seller is the Twiggy Black Cat Jeggings. (Pssst! Celebrities like Charlize Theron, Demi Moore and Blake Lively wear these.)
The stretch jeans are incredibly snug, so for those of you who place comfort high on your list of criteria for clothes, these would definitely be your choice.
By now you’ve probably heard of what Levi’s calls ”a revolutionary line of jeans” for women which was recently launched in Malaysia.
Called the Curve ID, the shapes of the jeans are based on the curve of a woman’s body — each store has a trained ”fit expert” to measure customers, and advise them on which cut and size to buy based on their body type and style preference.
There’s the Slight Curve designed for women with straight figures; it accentuates curves while defining the waist. The Demi Curve is for women with even proportions, while the Bold Curve is for curvy women. This last fit is designed to hug the waist, without gapping in the back.
If denim jeans are too heavy for you, then go for a pair of jeggings (jeans + leggings, get it?). There are no troublesome zippers and buttons to fiddle with on jeggings, although they do have stitches on them that give you the illusion of zippers and even pockets!
Some even come with drawstrings and elastic waistbands (which may not look too flattering but nobody wears a super short blouse with pants anyway so it’s not a big deal). Plus, they’re comfortable, too!