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. 55 – THE ONE YEAR RULE

TIP NO 55 – THE ONE YEAR RULE

I am sure you have heard this one before, but sometimes we forget. The rule is that if you have not worn a garment for one year, it can be for one of the following reasons:

– you don’t like it anymore

– it does not fit anymore

– it does not suit your lifestyle anymore

– it is not in fashion anymore

Only one of these reasons is enough to take it out of your wardrobe.

When it comes to evening and party dressed the rule chances to two years – because the reason you might not have worn it in the last year is that you had no occasion, so you can give it another chance.

See you tomorrow

              scan0004-2                       Brigitte

TIP OF THE DAY NO. 43 – HOW LONG SHOULD YOUR HAIR BE?

TIP NO. 43 – HOW LONG SHOULD YOUR HAIR BE?

When everybody’s hair on television got longer and longer I was wondering how it is possible that suddenly every girl has beautiful long hair? “But they are all extensions.” a friend of mine said, and when she explained what they are, I understood that  beautiful long locks can be added, you don’t have to be born with them.

But for most of us,  hair cascading  over our shoulders is not the look we need for our lifestyle – on the contrary – for a professional image a shorter look is more appropriate and also easier to manage. And for those of us who have passed our days of youth, a shorter style looks younger.

There are many older women, some even have grey hair, who wear their hair long, down to/and  over their shoulders – they would look so much better with shorter hair, and not run the risk to look like an old girl.

The next time you go for a haircut, talk to your hairdresser, maybe cutting an inch (or more) will make you look years younger, and be more appropriate for your lifestyle.

See you tomorrow

        scan0004-2                               Brigitte

TIP OF THE DAY NO.41 – TAKE INVENTORY BEFORE YOU SHOP

This means taking everything out of your closets, out of your drawers, and off the shelves – including shoes, handbags, underwear, and all other accessories. There will be quite a few items you’re in doubt about. So ask yourself:

– Does this still suit me?

– Do I still like it?

– Do I still need it?

– Does it still fit my lifestyle

– Try on any garment you are in doubt about.

Once you have decided what to keep, look at what is left in your wardrobe and think what you would like to add to it, or what you need, keeping in mind your lifestyle and professional needs.

I know this is a tall order but don’t feel discouraged if you can’t do it all at once – depending on the size of your wardrobe, you might have to do it in stages.

See you tomorrow

             scan0004-2                      Brigitte

 

20 STEPS HOW TO AVOID MISTAKES IN YOUR WARDROBE – #1 & 2

“Hello Everyone!” today we are going to look at the first two,  of the 20 most common mistakes women make when it comes to their wardrobes – and let me start with a story about my friend Wendy.

She couldn’t wait to show her friend Linda the beautiful top she had bought on sale that morning. She rushed home to change before Linda arrived. Once at home, Wendy quickly unwrapped her purchase, cut the labels, and changed into her new blouse. Admiringly she looked at herself – but what about those pants? They really didn’t go with this blouse. Frantically she went through her wardrobe looking for a skirt or a pair of pants that would match. After several tries Wendy had to admit that she had nothing to match her new top. Disappointed, she took it off. She felt depressed. This wasn’t the first time she had bought something that she couldn’t wear with anything in her wardrobe. And worse yet: for many items she had never found the right match. These garments, filling up her wardrobe, made her feel helpless. With all the clothes she had, she always felt that she had nothing to wear.

Wendy was not alone. Most of us have a lot in our closets. Yet how many times do we stand there helplessly wondering what to wear. And many women believe that if they had more money their problems would be solved. NOT SO! Money alone is not the answer to your wardrobe problems.

But don’t despair. These costly and depressing mistakes can be avoided. How???

By planning your wardrobe and by developing good shopping habits.

Let us start with planning your wardrobe, and the first step is:

1. TAKE INVENTORY OF YOUR CLOSETS.

This means taking everything out of your closets, out of your drawers, and off the shelves – including shoes, handbags, underwear, and all other accessories. There will be quite a few items you’re in doubt about. So ask yourself:

–         Does this still suit me?

–         Do I still like it?

–         Do I still need it?

To answer these questions – of course, it helps to have a friend, or wardrobe consultant to do it with you, but alone or with somebody, the next step is:

2. TRY ON ANY GARMENT YOU ARE IN DOUBT ABOUT.

Do you still feel good in the plaid skirt you bought two years ago? If the answer is yes – keep it. If the answer is no, there must be someone who could use it

Once you have decided what to keep, look at what is left in your wardrobe and think what you would like to add to it, or what you need, and of course you must keep in mind your lifestyle and professional needs.

I know this is a tall order and I will give you some time to do it, before going on to the next step – and don’t feel discouraged if you can’t do it all at once. Depending on the size of your wardrobe, you might have to do it in stages.

Please let me know how you are doing – bbnnic@gmail.com

Until next Monday

STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST