Why a curvy girl NEEDS jeans in her wardrobe…

If I had a dollar for every time I get told by a curvy girl that she can’t wear jeans because she is too big, I could buy that island in the Pacific I’ve had my eye on and go live on it! Seriously, why can’t a curvy girl wear jeans?

The secret to jeans is finding a pair that fit just right for you. Sourcing a good pair of jeans is not an easy task, I understand that, but if you go with the attitude that you “mustn’t be seen in jeans” then you have no hope of being open to the wonders of a staple that SHOULD be in your wardrobe.

I LIVE in jeans! They are my go-to item. I’m lucky enough to have the flexibility of being able to wear jeans in my work. Years ago when I was working in the Corporate World jeans just weren’t an option, BUT they were always in my wardrobe and always my first choice when I wasn’t working.

Jeans. How do you find the perfect pair of jeans for you? Well I could bang on for ages about the science behind finding the right fitting pair of jeans for your body shape, but as you know I’m not about the science. I take this into consideration when recommending garments for my customers, but for me, when I’m working with a curvy customer or my own body shape, I look for how the garment fits, how it feels, how it makes me feel, and what I want to wear it with. Sounds pretty simple right? Well my colleague Marie, The Curvy Fashionista wrote a great blog post about the “science” behind the fit, style, denim etc.  here’s a link over to her post, she did it so well I didn’t want to re-create the wheel (oh and show her some love, if you’re not already you should be following her, she’s ace!).

So with this “science” in mind, you should always be looking for quality and fit. It’s fine to drop $10 on a pair of jeans at your local Department Store, but I warn you,  be careful about what dyes/fabrics they are using – ouch 🙁

You should invest in jeans:

  • Invest in your time to find the RIGHT pair for YOU!
  • Invest in quality – don’t buy because they fit your budget, buy because they ARE the right jeans
  • Invest in a few pairs – if you find THE right pair – buy 2!

For me, being a size 20 in plus-sizings, and standing at 169cm –  I’m not tall, and I’m not short, but I need to work on elongating my body. I LOVE to wear boots, but sometimes ankle or wide-calf over a straight-leg pair of jeans, and sometimes bootleg jeans, depending on my mood and shoe choice.

When I attended the Curvy Couture Roadshow recently, the usual  “what should I wear?” flashed through my mind as I started to plan my schedule for the weekend’s events. Here’s what I wore…

Bloggers Breakfast – dressed up jeans

Jeans & Kimono by Autograph

Boots by Ziera

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Saturday night eventcalls for something slightly dressier than jeans 

Sunday morning market – Casual jeans!

Jeans & Shirt (Vintage – from years ago!) by Autograph

Vest by Lily & Lou

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Working from home today – casual jeans! Yep, same jeans, but I’ve turned the cuffs up and teamed them with my canvas runners and a comfy t-shirt, hair up and make-up free 🙂

I go through stages of which pair of jeans are my favourite, for now, my current favourites are the Black Secret Boot Leg Jean from Autograph – they are so comfy, they have stretch without the saggy baggy that can come from bad quality denims, the length in the “regular” size are perfect for me and the waist fits just right without the sometimes gap that I get when I need more space for my tummy – you know what I mean! I love how there’s two buttons at the waistband, it sits flat and feels comfortable. They have a good rise – super comfy.

Autograph Black Secret Boot Leg Jean – $79.99 – LOVE!

I’m not sure what I’d do without my go-to jeans. I have a wardrobe full of jeans, they range in style and in retailer, but include NYDJ, Autograph, Embody Denim, Crazy4Jeans, 17Sundays and at least another 2 pairs of NYDJ!

So, step out of your comfort zone, and make sure you include a well fitted pair of jeans. If you need some styling help, just let me know!

Love your shape!

Janine x

This is not a sponsored post, I spoke to Autograph about this post and wanted to help them promote this style. This is my personal review of my favourite pair. 

Jeans – my butt feels good in these :-)

I want to introduce you to a new brand that was recently launched at the A+ market, and I’m really excited about this brand because it’s not often that as a customer we have the opportunity to add value and invest our thoughts and ideas into the development of a product.

Crazy 4 Jeans founder Keyma is really passionate about curvy fit for jeans.  We recently met in a café over a cup of coffee where we spent a couple of hours discussing the challenges women have with jeans and how important a great fitting pair of jeans is not only to your wardrobe, but to your self-esteem. Crazy4JeansLogoKeyma is from Venezuela and immigrated to Australia four years ago. After the birth of her little boy, she noticed a change in her body, and struggled to find comfortable fitting jeans that shaped her figure. This began a hunt for the perfect jean for herself. Being passionate about her native South America and her new found home here in Australia, she decided to look to Columbia to source jeans in denim that she knew was not only ethically manufactured, but was also of the highest quality. Her website and brand Crazy4Jeans has created quite a stir, promising to improve your body image with butt lifting jeans (she had me at butt lifting!) and available in a range of styles offered in sizes 6-26.  Keyma is working hard to develop her reach and understand the market, she’s frequented some local markets, had a pop-up-store at Westfield, networked with Industry bloggers and customers and all in all made a huge effort to understand the market.  She was amazed when she realised that there was a huge interest from the plus-size customer and decided to focus her attention on developing jeans for that market.

When we met, I’d taken some time to look at the website beforehand and I noted that there were only 2 styles in the “plus size” section showing as available online. When Keyma arrived with her suitcase, she opened it and it literally exploded with choice! Keyma bought out style after style, all with individual embellishments and nuances. As we talked more, she explained that she is keen to develop a more “Australian” version of the jeans in plus-sizing. The feedback has been that some of the embellishments are a little too much for our taste, but it is definitely an individual choice. Further, her customers are loving the quality of the denim and the fit with the specialised butt lifting design winning lots of fans, as is the high waisted option with the choice of 3 or 4 buttons.

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C4JJeansBacksmallI had a lot of fun in the 35 degree heat and a small bathroom trying on six different options/sizes and getting the fit right.

I opted for a high waisted (with 4 buttons) pair in dark blue denim and false pockets with embellishments. The denim has a gentle stretch but feels firm and gives good control. The high waist makes my tummy feel less obvious and minimises the need to check if my top is positioned correctly to cover my tummy – WIN! In addition, I have a pretty flat butt, so the cut and design of these jeans gives me a curvier looking butt – yay! Another win is that the jeans are slightly longer than normal – I’m 169cms, so not tall, but not short. I often find that a “regular” length is just ok and have to opt for a “long” length to hit that sweet spot on my boots/shoes that elongate my body. These jeans are perfect, and as I’m a boot girl, I can tuck my boots under the jeans or tuck my boots into my jeans depending on my mood and my outfit.

Crazy4JeansSwingtagI think the only negative I can think of is that I had to size up to a 22 (I’m usually an 18-20 in jeans) and for some women this can be a deterrent. For me, I always go with what fits correctly and don’t worry about the size label.

I am really happy with my jeans, they are comfortable, flattering and the quality is fantastic. I encourage you to try them for yourself.  There are more than the 2 styles available, Keyma has a huge range, some one offs and if you give her a call she will talk you through them. Alternatively she is also available to make an appointment with and head on over and spend an hour trying them on! And don’t forget, Keyma is offering a chance to give constructive feedback to help her design a jean for our market…so please get in touch with her and tell her I sent you.

Love your shape!

Janine x

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Wardrobe staples you don’t have to live without…

Recently I was reminded by a client how many women are driven by lack of choice or fear of not looking their best in a garment. My client is a size 22 and insisted that jeans do not suit her! In fact, I’d go so far as to say that she had completely closed herself off to the possibility of ever finding jeans that flattered her shape.

I’m happy to say that during our personal shop, we DID find jeans that flatter her figure and she is now the proud owner of TWO pairs of jeans!  “Suddenly there are options, thank you” she said.

It’s common to meet women who feel their curvy bodies are not suited to jeans, I constantly get asked about this topic and I encourage all of my clients to step out of the box and try on a pair (after years of avoiding them and omitting them as a wardrobe option) they are often surprised at what an important item jeans are to their wardrobe.

Jeans ARE a great option for curvy girls, but the trick is in sourcing a pair that not only suit your body shape, but are comfortable to wear. This not only applies to jeans, but it’s essential to have some wardrobe staples for each season in which to build a base for great, simple outfits that flatter your curves.

TIP No 1: When you find THE perfect pair of jeans for you, buy two pairs!

Let’s take me first. I am currently a size 20-22 (Australian sizing) hourglass in shape, but in jeans can appear to be top-heavy. I find that a bootleg in most instances suits me best as it balances me out.

I have two pairs/styles of GO TO jeans that are a staple in my wardrobe.

The first pair are NYDJ (Not Your Daughter’s Jeans) which I have always found are of high quality denim that retain their shape and colour even after many washes. The jeans wear well over time and I always feel comfortable in them (no muffin top here!). I hate that too tight feeling around my waist and although these jeans fit my waist snugly, they do not roll or squish! Very important.

The narrower bootcut gives me a longer legged sillouette and helps to balance out my figure.  These jeans are worth the investment! I also LOVE the sticker that comes on the “bum” of the jeans… check it out:

 NYDJ Jeans – Barbara Modern Boot Cut in Dark Indigo – $199 – Size US16 (Aus 20)

I’ve teamed my jeans with a long sleeve cuff shirt with horizontal stripes. I LOVE stripes, and am so thrilled with stripes being on-trend this season. I often opt for monochrome colours as a twist on the classic white shirt.This shirt can be dressed up or down.  The fabric feels amazing on my skin. It’s so versatile and looks great with and without accessories or a vest or similar.

My Size – Long Sleeve Cuff Striped Shirt – AUD$99.95 – Size L

The vest I’m wearing is one from a few seasons ago that I picked up from a sales rack for $10 at Target. It is a classic cut vest and I love that it adds value to my wardrobe all year round. In my wardrobe, vests are a key signature of my own personal style.

My second go-to pair of jeans are skinny legs that I love to wear tucked into my favourite boots. There’s nothing worse than bulging ankles in boots, so make sure when tucking jeans into boots that they are straight leg and are wrapped around your ankle to create a smooth fit.

These “A Stitch in Time” skinny leg jeans are a medium blue colour. They have five pockets and I just LOVE the stitching detail on the pockets and inner leg. They are cotton/spandex allowing for good stretch whilst not losing their shape (and fit so comfortably especially around my waist again without creating a muffin top!) with lovely silver star diamante buttons.  They are a valuable addition to my wardrobe, and give me the versatility to wear my boots on the outside, or with flats or heels, look amazing too.

PLUS HQ – A Stitch in Time Skinny Leg Jeans – AUD$59.95 – Size 20

 

My boot of choice for this season are from Australian company Bennetts Boots. The Mona Lisa in chocolate – just sensational, one of the most comfortable boots I’ve ever worn. The heel is 7 cm and is very comfortable to walk in (I’m not a big heel person, so I’m always wary of height creating an awkward walking gait, but these are just perfect and I can glide along). Made of quality Crocodile/Nappa Leather, the boot fits my calf beautifully, with plenty of room to tuck in my skinny leg jeans or wear stockings or leggings without squishing my leg. The quality is great, 100% leather, and comes with instructions on how to care for them so they last for years to come.  Oh and they are fully lined with anti-smell, anti-sweat breathable lining with extra cushioning for comfort and shock resistance – seriously it’s like walking on a cloud.

Bennetts Boots – Mona Lisa (Chocolate) – AUD$325.00 – Size 9 WW

 

TIP No 2: Invest in Quality – I realise that these boots are a significant investment, but if you are like me and have made the mistake of buying cheap sub-standard shoes/boots on a budget only to have them ruined and tatty in a very short period of time after purchase, you will agree that it is 100% WORTH investing in a quality product that not only will fit properly but will last for years to come.

I asked the gorgeous Michella from my Curvy Revolution agency to pick her favourites too. It’s so important to talk about plus-size fashion from different size and body shape perspectives. Michella is a pear shape, and a size 16.

For a fabulous and comfortable day look, I teemed a pair of on-trend colour skinny leg jeans, which flatter her shape.  Married with a classic style white shirt – a staple in every girl’s wardrobe, and topped off with some gorgeous accessories, this outfit is not only comfortable by gorgeous! The accessories from Franky and Cate are just amazing, the necklace is a quality piece with a great length for curvy figures and the cuff bracelet, which unfortunately I forgot to include in the pic, is not only gorgeous but is elasticated allowing it to fit beautifully on any size wrist!

NYDJ Jeans – Sheri Skinny in Dark Teal – AUD $209 – Size US12 (AUS 16)
My Size – Boyfriend Shirt – $89.95 – Size M
Franky and Cate – Long Strand Earth Tone Chain – $69.00
Franky and Cate – (not pictured) Elasticated Metal Alloy Cuff – $69.00

 

Another wide-calf boot option is this gorgeous pair from The Pear Tree.  Now just a warning for those of you with calf size over 45cm.  Beware, my calf measures just a smidge over 45cm and  these boots are a size 9, the sizing chart on the site states that they should fit from 42-48cm calf, for me they did not. It’s fair to say that a size chart is always just a guide only, it always pays to try on anything for the fit just for you.

The Pear Tree offers a refund for the purchase amount or exchange for UNWORN boots in original condition within 30 days of order date. So this is reassuring.

Michella’s calf measures 42cm and as you can see from the photo, they fit her perfectly. In fact these boots are extremely flattering, I love the kitten heel and the 100% leather is again an investment in quality which I highly recommend.

The Pear Tree – Asha Boot – Wide Calf  – $325 delivered!

 

TIP No 4: A beautiful signature piece such as this gorgeous lace top is a wonderful investment, perfect for dressing up a pair of jeans and flattering your figure.

Using the same gorgeous jeans, Michella added a beautiful Lace Flutter Top from Volupture and a pair of heels and she was ready for a night out! This stunning lace flutter top is a beautiful addition to any wardrobe . The lace detail is so beautiful, the v-neck flattering to a curvy figure and the wide lace gives it structure. The crinkled chiffon fabric is cool and flattering.

Volupture – Lace Flutter Top – $53.00 – Size 2X

 

I encourage you to step outside the box and experiment with garments that you may have put in the “no-go” zone – you might be surprised. I’m always available to add value to your shopping experience, you’ll find more about that by clicking this link.

What are your favourite wardrobe staples?

Love your shape!

Janine x