JEANS, JEANS AND MORE JEANS

Since jeans have become the uniform worn around the world by young and old they deserve attention. Without doubt jeans are the sexiest pants ever made, leaving nothing about your figure to the imagination  – of course that is  if they fit you well.

Levi Straus was the first one to make them with rivets and extra stitching for greater durability. (Miners out West needed strong pockets to hold their mineral samples). But the name jeans originated in Italy in the fifteenth century, when sailors wore pants made from a heavy cloth called Geneo fustian – jean fustian in French.

Since that time, jeans have truly become the uniform of the world. They are now worn by both sexes, by every age group, and by every nationality. they successfully bridge social and economic barriers. Every time they seem to have reached their peak of popularity, something happens to push it up – when couturier started  making designer jeans they became acceptable for even the most skeptical among us.

How to buy Jeans

The image of jeans is tall and lean, so the slimmer you are the  better they will look on you. But since they are a sign of comfort and a youthful attitude they  worn by every figure type. Jeans should hug your hips and thighs. If there are pleats in the back below your derriere, it is not a good fit. On the other hand,  if they  hug you too tightly, they will flatten your derriere, and not make you look sexy.

GUCCI – fall look

Note: Bell-bottoms (which have been shown again lately) are not a good choice for a heavy woman or a small woman

I don’t know  if the countless different designs and brands available makes it easier or harder to find the right pair. I do know that when I buy jeans, I have to try on at least six pairs before finding the right one. Designer jeans have made it easier, as they are cut for a woman’s body, but a lot of women still have trouble getting the right fit. But once you have found a make and size that suits you, try on a smaller size, a bigger size and another pair of the same size. It is the only way to make sure that you get the best fit, because even pants labelled the same size can vary. don’t feel discouraged: jeans are by far the most difficult pants to buy – unless you are a size 8 with narrow hips.

Because jeans are one item in your wardrobe that should be fashionable avoid very narrow legs when straight legs are in, therefore don’t buy too many. You don’t need more than two or three pairs of blue denim –  maybe one in black for winter?

I hope this helps when you go out to buy your next pair of jeans!

Brigitte

 

P.S. How to Care for Jeans is our next topic – yes, there is more than just throwing them into the washing machine.

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TIP OF THE DAY NO. 28 – IS YOUR WAISTBAND TOO TIGHT?

TIP NO. 27 IS YOUR WAISTBAND TOO TIGHT?

You might not be as slim around your waist as you would like to be, but ff your waistband is too tight you will have ‘muffin tops’ , and that is true even if you are slim – because pulling your waist in too tight will push up the flesh around your middle.

I know buying a size 10 jeans, or pants, or skirt, makes us feel better than buying a size 12, but it will be more becoming not to have your flesh pushed in the wrong direction.

So how can you avoid it –  especially if you have a bigger waist?

 The best way to avoid those ‘muffin tops’ is to buy pants without a waistband. They sit a little below the waist  – like the one in the picture. They feel comfortable because they don’t retrain your waist or pull it in. 

waistless pants
Boston Proper Catalogue

See you tomorrow

                          Brigitte

EGYPT – HEADSCARVES AND JEANS

Hello Everyone

Yes, I am back from the land of the Pharaohs – it was wonderful, it was safe, and the Egyptians are courteous and welcoming people. I know I promised to find out what the woman are wearing, but before we get to the clothes let me show you first how pretty the girls are.

This being my second visit to Egypt I notices many more women wearing the higab (head scarf) than before, but apart from that, as you can see on these pictures, they dress just like the girls here – jeans, sneakers, and their tops could have been bought at the GAP.

This changed when looking at older women. Very often they were wearing a gallabiyya (a long loose robe)that covered them totally, but as you can see in the next picture both is accepted and  what a woman chooses to wear is certainly dictated by her religious believe.

The next picture, showing the front of a house from another era I thought was very interesting – the wood lattice-work on these windows is very small, but it allowed the women of the house to look out, without being seen by anybody on the street – aren’t we lucky times have changed?

Putting the higab (head scarf) aside the young women in Egypt love their  jeans and sneakers just as much as we do.

Sending you greetings from the Pyramids.

Until the next time

                                         STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

                                                                         Brigitte