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Originally constructed in the town of Genoa, Italy, for peasants needing sturdy working wear, jeans have played a large role in the evolution of fashion worldwide. Merchant Levi Strauss capitalized on its notorious durability when selling it in the United States, using copper rivets to further reinforce the hearty material’s pocket corners and button fly.
Today, one cannot take two steps down the street without seeing someone in jeans. Hundreds different brands and dozens of universally recognized cuts are manufactured in today’s fashion realm, providing stylish functionality. The very phrase “hundreds of brands” can cause immediate apprehension in some shoppers, and with good reason. The only problem more pressing than a lack of choice is an overabundance of it.
Here’s a guide to some common descriptions found in most department stores that can hopefully help you make sense of the myriad of options and just find a pair of good old blue jeans.
These jeans are slightly wider at the bottom of your leg, and so named because this cut allows you to comfortably fit boots underneath the wider bottom leg. I like this cut because it complements curvy figures, providing balance for larger hips or chests.
If you’ve ever seen someone dressed up as a hippie for Halloween, you get the basic idea. However, one thing that makes this cut groovy for the 21st century is that it also balances proportions well and complements fitted tops.
Not to be confused with skinny jeans, this style indicates that a jean leg is cut straight from hip to ankle. Straight leg jeans give women a great silhouette and, in my opinion, a more mature look than any super skinny style could. They are fitted without running the risk of appearing skintight, making you feel comfortable while looking polished and svelte.
As I’ve said before, adult jeans. These mimic your dress pants, and could not be a better weapon in your professional wardrobe arsenal. We know, we know, the weekends are your time to dress how you please. But that doesn’t mean you have to dress like a teenager Mom just dropped off at the mall. Show your friends, the people around you, and most importantly yourself that you can avoid being carded for an R-rated movie without donning mom jeans.
One of the best ideas from jean makers in the last few years, this cut is relaxed and made to fit loosely on the hips and thighs. The cut name indicates their casual nature, but the best part is they fit even better than your boyfriend’s jeans; most men are narrower through the hips than women, so don’t be worried and think you need a tiny boy figure to pull these off. Boyfriend is code for comfy, period.