This post is part of the Gorgeous 50’s series inspired by a book given to me by one of my sisters on my 50th birthday – ‘Grown up and Gorgeous in your 50’s’ by Pamela Robson. I will be sharing some of Pamela’s words and my own thoughts along the way. To see all posts published as part of this series, go here.
Once, any self-respecting 50-year-old would have been horrified at the idea of wearing jeans. Now the teens of the 1950s are grandmothers and still wearing them.
With so many styles on the market, finding the right pair can be overwhelming. It’s up there with finding swimmers – and can be just as depressing. Get it wrong and you look like somebody’s mother trying to look hip. Finding the right jeans takes time (don’t worry, it’s not just you!). Be prepared to try on dozens of pairs before you find the right one; best regard it as a jeans safari – because it could take up several Saturday mornings. But, it’s worth it; the right pair of jeans can make you look 10 years younger and kilos lighter. Once you’ve found the pair, celebrate. Then keep going back to the same brand.
Here are a few pointers:
Skinny jeans with narrow legs will look too tight and too young, unless you are quite slim. Wide-leg jeans can make you look dumpy if you are short, and blokey if you are big around the middle. The safest option is the straight leg or the boot-cut.
A little touch of lycra is a good thing. No stretch, and jeans can be unflattering and uncomfortable. Too much stretch and they look unfashionable and clinging.
Believe it or not, these are very important. Jeans designers spend time getting it right. Too-small back pockets can make your bum look bigger. Bigger, well-placed pockets can give your bum a visual lift!
Well before I start I’ve gotta draw attention to that gorgeous little ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in the image above. As soon as I saw this image I knew I had to include it with this post. Regular readers would know that I have a ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Ava and love her to bits!
Ok – so on to the subject at hand – JEANS!
I have never thought that jeans were a no go because of my age. Never! In recent years I’ve gone with the trend and bought a couple of pairs of skinny jeans. I’m not sure if this is a good thing or not to be honest. Whilst I’ve found a pair of skinny jeans suitable for my ‘petite stature’ I’m not so sure that the skinny jean style is the most flattering option for me. My honest opinion is to agree with Pamela that this style is better suited to tall, slim, long limbed people! I think this style draws attention to my short legs and I need to be careful with what top and shoes I put with it as I need them to help give the illusion of more length.
I think for my body type the most flattering jeans style is the bootleg. I haven’t really tried the straight leg so can’t comment on that one. Unfortunately I don’t have a bootleg style of jeans that fit me at the moment. They’re much harder to find in ‘petites’ because they’re not all the rage at the moment like the skinny jeans.
One thing I LOVE about jeans these days is the ‘stretch factor’ – yes the lycra that is infused into the fabric providing some give and an enormous amount of comfort. Remember the old days where jeans were stiff, rigid, scratchy and uncomfortable? They sure have come a long way since then! Be careful though because as Pamela indicated there are some jeans that have way too much stretch and the jeans that fit you like a glove in the morning are being continually hitched up by afternoon!
For me, jeans shopping is complicated by the fact that I’m vertically challenged. It bothers me paying a lot of money for an item of clothing, only to have to cut up to 2 feet of fabric off it in order to be able to wear it (this is not an exaggeration either). Of course, it’s usually an additional cost too because I like to get it done by a professional who can match the stitching in the newly altered hem etc. No-one wants a new pair of jeans that look home-hemmed! Ugh! SO, there is a huge market out there for ‘petites’ sized clothing – made especially for smaller frames and shorter arms and legs. Yes there are some petites ranges around but there needs to be much more and how about offering more than just skinny jeans in the petites range hint hint!!
Ok – I’ve spoken up for us shorties. Any tallies out there are welcome to say your bit in the comments about jeans shopping for tall people.
What’s your favourite style of jeans? Where’s your favourite place to buy jeans?
Ciao for now,