Jeans Styles: The Low Rise Jean

When low rise jeans first came out, I knew there was no way this body was ever even going to attempt wearing them. As I have grown older the idea of wearing the stylish jeans of the younger generation has never really been my thing. I don’t exactly have a pot belly, but these jeans seem to demand a six pack stomach and alas, this is not the case with me. Besides, they look so uncomfortable and I wonder if they get any lower when you try to sit down. Oh well, not too be too outdated, I will wear the mid-rise jeans. The older I get, the more I am constantly wrestling with the idea that I am no longer the young stud I use to be. Jeans are one of the clothing items that I of course still wear a lot of, but my style is much different than that of my sons. I have never professed to being the king of fashion by any means, but I’m trying to balance my own body needs with the current fashion trends. I definitely don’t want to wear the low rise baggy jeans that I’m seeing all over the television, they just will not flatter me or look appropriate for my age. But I like to try and look as good as possible with what I have to work with. I have found that the regular rise of jeans or tight jeans works really well for me and helps to camouflage the fact that my stomach is slowly growing with age. I work out and stay healthy but nothing I do seems to be able to totally get rid of this little belly I have. But I guess that is just part of growing old. Low rise jeans are pretty cool looking and I’m sure many of us middle aged men have at least tried a pair of them out, but I still have not seen anyone over the age of 40 that they really looked ok on. My son’s on the other hand absolutely love low rise jeans and I think that is pretty much all they own. Every time we are at the mall they are asking for another pair of jeans. It is an anomaly that they have so many jeans but continue to need more. But I guess since jeans are the current fashion trend there is really nothing my wife or I can do about it. Low rise jeans are a great invention, but they really are strictly for women and the younger crowd, I’ll stick to my regular...

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The “Skinny” On Skinny Jeans

Stop the presses. You don’t have to be skinny to wear “skinny.” In fact, the skinny jean is about a look, not a waistline. “The resurgence of skinny and straight jeans is part of a modern ’80s trend built from familiar favorite looks,” says Caroline Calvin, Levi’s® brand senior vice president of global creative design. “Straight has been around since the invention of the 501® over 130 years ago. Skinny is built from a sexy rocker look and both will be hot this year with women and men.” She added that while the leg opening remains at the forefront, “there are some easy ways to take advantage of this look and some interesting trends within the trend to note.” Caroline Calvin Offers The Skinny On How To Wear “Skinny” And Straight Jeans: • Wear long tunic tops for a long lean appearance or sweater knits to create eye-teasing balance. • High heels, high heels, high heels! A pair of high heels will give you a sexy, long, lean look with a skinny or straight jean. • For classic Audrey Hepburn-inspired style, try pairing ballet flats with a crop-length fit. If Sienna Miller is more your style icon, pair flats with a longer skinny jean and a long tunic-style top, but keep in mind this look works best on smaller frames. • Guys can feel as cool as James Dean by slipping into a pair of vintage-style sneakers with lean straight-leg jeans. • Pair skinny jeans with a high-heeled slouchy boot. The chunkiness of the boot makes the leg look slimmer. For the same effect, try wearing one of the new skinny stacked-style jeans, such as Levi’s® Capital E™ Skimmer Jean. The stacking at the ankle offers visual balance much like a boot-cut fit. According To Calvin, The Top Five Trends Within The Skinny And Straight Look Are: 1. Clean, Dark Finishes & Washes–which include grey and black. 2. Authentic Vintage Finishes–worn-in looks with hand-repaired stitches and patchwork, and frayed leg openings. 3. Various Lengths–women will see everything from extra long, to cropped, to fall shorts (at the knee), while men will favor extra-long and ankle-length styles. 4. Modern Detailing–while still “skinny” in that they’ll feature a tighter fit, the style will incorporate cargo pockets, elastic bands at ankles and retro-inspired patch detailing. 5. Straight Styles–if true skinny jeans are not right, a slim, straight-leg jean will be a popular alternative that gives the same long-and-lean...

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