Let’s face it Jean shopping can be a nightmare. All Jeans are not created equal. Finding a pair of jeans that we can feel comfortable in and feel stylish is not easy. Can we be honest? Most of us probably never looked all that great in skinny’s, right? It is always hard to embrace a new trend, I know. Today I am joining my pal Jennifer fro A Well Styled Life for our monthly Style after 50 Edit for a little jean styling. Let’s take a look at some of the new styles and chat about How to Look Chic in Jeans Over 50.
When shopping for jeans you need to know your body type. If you are shopping online you need to know your measurements as well.
CURVY-WHAT TO LOOK FOR
The best kind of jeans should shape you from the hip to the waist, and mid-to high-rise styles are best. Curvy jeans are for those of us who need some extra room in the hips yet often have a smaller waist.
PEAR SHAPED-WHAT TO LOOK FOR
If your body is a pear shape, you need to add length to the bottom half of your body. This visually elongates it and creates balance.
Anything with a high rise, straight (think long straight line), boot cut, and flared are best.
APPLE SHAPED-WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Also sometimes known as a triangle-busty with little or no defined waist
Jeans need to balance the lower half of the body with the shoulders and bust-
Boot Cut and Boyfriend are your friends.
STRAIGHT-WHAT TO LOOK FOR
The key to dressing your athletic (straight) body type is by adding dimension where there is none
High-waisted and flare are your best bets.
Remember each body shape is a little bit different and does not fit the entire mold of the particular body type. For instance, I am curvy. I have more of an hourglass figure but I do have big thighs. I have found that flares that go in at the thighs and flare out at the bottom make me look like a tank. Also, the so-called mom jean with a small waist (which I need) and a straighter leg, is also not flattering on me. The straighter leg makes me look like I am the same size from the booty down (not a good look on me). Oh and to complicate things further I have short legs and a long torso.
Here I am wearing white jeans (requested by my IG readers). To be honest, I don’t wear white jeans in the winter. I know they are in. I just don’t. I thought it might be fun to put together a white jean outfit that you could wear for travel. Here I am wearing a sweater by Dylan (bought locally at Roux Collective, a Michael stars tee, my favorite cuffed jeans from J Jill, a great bag from Athleta (great for travel and walking), and super comfy Gelato sneaks purchased locally at Sole Tree. All items or similar will be linked at the bottom of the post.
In this photo, I am wearing one of my favorite pieces from Johnny Was (you can find it on eBay here), American Indian jewelry from my collection, and skinny jeans. I only wear skinny jeans with long dusters or coats now.
Currently, Kut from the Kloth are my favorite jeans. The Rachel is my favorite. This one is ripped. I know many of you don’t like that but they were on sale. They have many styles in this cut that aren’t ripped. If you have my body type, I highly recommend this brand. I buy them locally at Hayley and Co. but you can buy them online. They are linked at the bottom of the post. The scarf is from Echo and the shoes from Artemis Design Co.
Here I am wearing a long cashmere duster with (skinnies again), birdies and a horn necklace from IBU no longer available similar here but similar linked at the bottom of the post.
These jeans are also the Rachel from Kut from the Kloth. I am wearing them with simple cashmere from J Crew and Birdies. You can find the J Crew crossbody bag on eBay here.
These jeans are also Kut from the Kloth (the Meg). I did trim the hems. They are cropped but not this cropped. I am wearing them with the great blazer I have owned for years from Peruvian Connection and my combat boots.
I don’t normally wear a lot of Chicos (not for any reason) but this metallic leather jacket I love. I have linked some on ebay at the bottom of the post. These jeans are old from J Crew
These jeans are another version of the Kut from the Kloth Rachel. I am wearing them with a J Crew blazer, a lulla scarf, that you can find on Poshmark here, and vintage Helen Kaminski hat & birdies loafers. FYI Kut from the Kloth has many styles on sale on their website here. The sale styles are an extra 20% off. This is a great deal if you want to give them a try.
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Is shopping for jeans difficult for you? Do you have trouble finding ones that you think are flattering? I would love to hear your favorites. Thank you for reading How to Look Chic in Jeans Over 50. Now let’s pop over and visit Jennifer for her ideas. I know she won’t disappoint. By the way, if you have ideas for Jennifer and I for our monthly style edits drop a comment below.