Finding YOUR Denim

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Finding the best jeans for your body type is a tall order. Pairing with an educated stylist minimizes time-wasting and tears. DENYM owner Katie Harney and Evereve owner/stylist Lisa Jabara offer tips on doing denim right.

STARTING POINTS: Katie Harney, owner of DENYM, a premium denim shopping experience, asks about hard-to-fit areas and has shoppers try on multiple pairs. "It's stressful, but women are surprised by what fits them and what looks good. Brands run different sizes, and women typically have a range of three sizes in their wardrobe."

AGE-APPROPRIATE: "Avoid anything really low-rise and stick to a mid- or high-rise jean," said Harney, who notices trends moving away from embellished jeans (not always age-appropriate) to sleeker, clean-pocket looks. If you miss detailing, look for updates in zippers, prints, texture, or distressing, or a wax-coated jean.

THIS FALL: Flares are hot. The key to pulling off this look is proper tailoring: The hem should hit just above the floor.

LOOSEN UP: We've been there: The jeans seemed a bit tight so you went up a size, thinking they'd be perfect. Yet after wearing them, they loosened and were too big. A lot of denim—especially skinny jeans—has stretch. For skinny jeans, snug is perfect; you may want to go down a size to accommodate the stretch factor.

BUM DEAL: The bigger the pockets, the smaller your butt looks. There may be some truth to that. Larger pockets, lower pockets, and pocket placement can be flattering. For an ample derrière, small pockets may not be the best choice. If you have the opposite issue, DENYM's Siwy brand features lower pockets to help lift a flat butt.

For more tips on finding the perfect denim, click here for the digital edition of West Michigan Woman magazine.

Photo courtesy of DENYM.


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