Your Stylist: The right jeans for a 'Beyonce' body
Resident Image stylist and market editor Melissa Magsaysay soothes your sartorial woes in the weekly Your Stylist blog column
Hello Melissa-I enjoyed your article on skinny jeans. I am a shapely woman (kind of like Beyonce) and wanted to know if skinny jeans would be appropriate for me to wear and if not, what kind of jeans should I wear? Thanks, LB, San Jose
Finding the perfect pair of jeans (or at least something that fits well) seems to be the most popular topic among the fashion tip-seeking public who write in with questions each week. I know the process can be really daunting and often frustrating, especially jeans should be no-brainer, everyday comfort clothes,
but they often turn out to be just the opposite.
I personally can't think of a time when Beyonce's jeans haven't been body hugging, second skin, skinny jeans. The uber-star wears skinny jeans so well, accentuating her amazing curves and toned thighs. The look of skinny jeans is specific to that young and edgy appeal that she has. So, besides whether or not the style and fit actually look good on your body, know that the vibe you're giving off is much more trendy that timeless. As far as skinny jeans go, I like the "Dynasty" from CJ by Cookie Johnson($154), which are made with a women's curves in mind and faux front pockets so there's no added bulk throughout the upper thigh. Also, notice that Beyonce always wears her skinny jeans with high heels. This is imperative for elongating the leg and carrying out that sexy, pop-star look.
A style that Beyonce doesn't often wear but generally looks great on a woman with shapely hips and strong curves is the boot cut. the slight flare at the end of the leg balances out the curves at the hip and backside. The vibe here is also a bit more conservative and classic. Boot cut jeans make more sense for the office, especially when paired with a blazer and great accessories. These can also be worn with heels, just make sure they're hemmed to the heel height. You may need to have two pairs, one for heels and one for flats.
Take a look at Levi’s Curve ID line of jeans that is divided into 3 levels of curves -- slight, demi and bold. The bold, boot cut style ($69.50) would be a definite option for you, or depending on your exact body type, maybe even the demi.
The Kimmie jeans from 7 For All Mankind($178) are also great for a curvy figure because of the contoured waist band that prevents gapping in the back of the waist due to a fuller back side. A contour waistband will not only avoid making that extra inch of space in the back, but it’s also so much more comfortable on the midsection than a regular waistband that can pinch and dig into skin. This boot cut style will also help balance out your hip area with the rest of your leg for a more flattering finish.
Since jeans seem to be such a hot topic on "Your Stylist," I'd love to know what your favorite style is and why it flatters your figure. The information would also help other readers who are searching for their perfect pair of pants.
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-- Melissa Magsaysay
Photos: Top: Beyonce in her trademark skinny jeans/Demis Maryannakis, Sipa
Right: "Dynasty" skinny jeans by CJ Cookie Johnson/CJ Cookie Johnson
Middle left: "Kimmie" boot cut jeans with contoured waistband by 7 For All Mankind/7 For All Mankind
Right: Levi's Curve ID, bold curve boot cut jeans/Levi's