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The Chic Shop
Issue No. 83
by shop girl
October 10, 2008

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Fall 2008 Denim Guide

D’you remember when jeans were just jeans? Oh, sure, there was a time when we were all younger (back in the acid-washed days) when you had to have Sassoon, Jordache, Calvin Klein or Guess, but the most they ever cost was about eighty-five bucks. Then came the simple years, just before the boot-cut took off, when you pretty much had Levi’s or Gap to choose between, in a not-too-dark medium blue, straight leg, maybe a little taper. Pretty basic – a girl could get by with two or three pairs, maybe a white pair for summer. When you got dressed up, you put the jeans away and wore a skirt or a cocktail dress. No big whoop.

Fast-forward to the Golden Age of Denim. All silhouettes are fair game, all washes, even bright colors. And the era of the under-$50 jean is nearly over. We now speak in reverent tones of a girl’s “denim wardrobe”, for heaven’s sake; it’s hard to find the perfect pair for under a buck-and-a-quarter, and jeans go from the barn to the boardroom to the ballroom and everywhere in between. Keeping track of the self-important, affected brand names (Citizens of Humanity?) requires a flow chart, highlighter, and a free weekend of study, and that’s before you begin to narrow down what styles work for YOU.

Fear not, my time-crunched fashionisti. I’ll help steer you through the throngs to the looks that are just right for your figure, budget, and lifestyle. Pencils ready?James Perse - Los Angeles

Traditional/Classic
In terms of cut, you’re most comfortable with straight-leg, mid-rise jeans, although you can stray into a mild boot-cut for a little change of pace. Keep the wash on the dark side of blue, without major distressing or fading (this is also very flattering for those with curves or for petites). Add a white pair for summer and a solid black for fall and winter. For daytime, go casual in chic suede boots and a plaid shirt, or mix with a crisp white shirt and a navy blazer and pop some color with a bright pair of ballet flats. This look will NEVER go out of style. Nighttime outings bring a sleek turtleneck with a belt, high-heeled boots and a clutch. Available in low, medium, and high-ticket brands. Style idol: Penelope Cruz.

Chic
You ladies look for a little more style from your denim. You can be found in any shape from a low-rise skinny to a distressed flare, but nothing too radical. The basic bootcut flatters every body shape and goes with any outfit. Washes can include some whiskering and fading, but not so much for anyone concerned about wide hips or thick thighs – you stick with a solid color from waistband to hemline, whether washed black, solid black or tried-and-true blue. Balanced proportions are your key to being in style without it taking over your life. Daytime looks you rely on are empire tops over straight-legs and ballet flats, a belted blouse and a long cardi over charcoal skinnies tucked into flat riding boots, or a wide leg jean with a feminine ruffled blouse and a kiltie pump. For a night out, you slip into sleek dark trouser jeans (great for the big-bum girl) with a close-fitting cap-sleeve tee and a little shiny jacket with a metallic sandal – this will work for any outing from an intimate cocktail party to a hot date. Some styles available in the “very affordable” range, but most range from mid-priced to expensive. Style idol: Katie Holmes.

Trendy
You ladies live more adventurously, and have the denim wardrobe to prove it. This fall, you’re adding high-waisted ‘60s-style sailor jeans in dark rinse to your stable, which you’ll wear with a ruffle-necked Victorian blouse and peep-toe shoe-boots. Your light-grey skinny jeans are so slim you need ankle zips to get them over your feet, then you slip them into the slouchy ankle boots you caught Sienna Miller shopping in on Melrose last month. Top this with a menswear vest, a long v-neck tee shirt and a cottony scarf, and your natty new fedora. Or a darling knit tunic mini over stovepipes and stiletto shooties. Tonight you’ll be heading out in your Rich & Skinnys and the backless silk top that gets everyone’s attention, with big platform sandals. The girls get you; the men just gape and wonder why you look so fantastic. Occasionally you can find a close-to-new-style pair from last season on the sale rack, but you won’t have much luck scoring the season’s “it” jean under $150. Style idol: Rachel Bilson.

Living on the Edge
There’s not a trick you don’t miss, from the runways to the front rows to the seen-on-the-street daily news flashes. You’ll try anything once, but don’t land anywhere for long. By the time the mass marketers have started selling your look, you’re on to the next big thing. Daytime finds you in a denim romper over gladiator sandals, or in shredded, faded boyfriends and a slinky sweater over the tough boots you’re seldom without and a shrunken motocross jacket. At night you’ll wear painted-on cobalt blue cigarette jeans with a sequined tank, cutaway tuxedo jacket and outrageous strappy black platforms (watch out for cobblestones!) Women may not get you, but they can’t argue your savvy grasp of the hottest looks. Style idol: Agyness Deyn.

Whatever style posse you run with, there’s an option for you – anything goes! Just make sure your choice flatters your figure as well as your wallet; I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – if it doesn’t look good on you, it doesn’t matter how hot the style is. Chic is always in!

Shop Happy,

Shop Girl

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