If your go-to denim is a five-pocket boot cut jean, your tastes trend toward the classic. Like your jeans, you prefer quality clothes that wear well, season after season. Although you don't mind dropping a few Franklins for jeans that fit to perfection, it makes you feel better when the style lasts long enough to get your money's worth. That's why you always make sure there aren't any attention-grabbing details that scream "last year's trend," like glitter rinses or rhinestone-studded pockets.
Plus, a boot cut -- with its slight flare on the leg from the knee downward-- minimizes hips and offers balance. Any exaggeration in shape is trendy, so if your favorite jeans sport a lot of flare, it's probably safe to say you spend some of your free time flipping through the pages of "US Weekly."
Whatever your style, a dark indigo denim will age well, looking better with each wash. Stay away from artificial or obvious variations, like the aforementioned glitter coatings, acid-washes or all-over distressing (even expensive jeans will begin to fall apart at the seams).
If you swear by trouser jeans that offer a pleasing play on menswear, we're willing to bet you carry your overall style like a sophisticate. Trouser jeans have a relaxed fit that glides over curves without looking boxy. The leg of a trouser jean creates an A-line from the knee downward, a versatile shape that looks great with flats or heels -- which is just one reason this jean lends itself to a variety of looks. You can dress it up for work or rock it out for Friday night.
If you're a fan of casual chic, there should be a pair of faded, distressed boyfriend jeans in your closet. These jeans have a relaxed, lived-in fit through the hips and leg, and are either cropped or cuffed to hit mid-shin. They're trendy, but much more forgiving than their form-fitted counterpart: skinny jeans.
Most experts advise skinny jeans are best for women with stick-straight figures, but a casual excursion to the local shopping mall offers plenty of evidence to the contrary. If you're a trend-spotter who gravitates to skinny jeans, pair them with flowing tops that hit at the hips and a wedge heel that offers height.
Finding that elusive, yet perfect jean for your body type and personality can take a lot of time. But if your best jeans are flattering, odds are you wear them well. Really well.
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