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The Best Jeans for Your Shape

The venerable pantheon of modern information, Wikipedia, tells us that the word "denim" comes from the name of a sturdy fabric called serge, originally made in Nîmes, France, by the Andre family. Originally called serge de Nîmes, the name was soon shortened to denim. Denim was traditionally colored blue with indigo dye to make blue ‘jeans,’ though ‘jean’ then denoted a different, lighter cotton textile; the contemporary use of jean comes from the French word for Genoa, Italy (Gênes), where the first denim trousers were made.” Worn in the U.S. since the California gold rush of the 1840’s, blue jeans have now become the go-to garment for the haut monde as well as the hangers-on. Be honest: aside from a formal wedding or your first dinner with your significant other’s parents—and every fashionista knows that those occasions call for the most gorgeous of dresses!—is there really any occasion that cannot be dressed for appropriately with the right pair of denims? The key to getting it just right has nothing whatever to do with budget, and everything to do with knowing your body. There’s a pair for everybody and every body, if you know what to look for. And we’re all so lucky, because finally, the range of “in” jeans includes a cut that works for YOU!

Apple-shape: Look for a higher-waist cut to help hold in a fuller tummy. One fabulous brand out there is the NYDJ jean with Lift Tuck Technology—lifts and shapes curves so you instantly appear one size smaller. Choose a boot-cut or straight-leg style to help balance out a fuller midsection with width at the ankle. A spectacular choice for apples, a breezy top or trapeze jacket is right on trend, and a fresh color will liven up your favorite pair for any daytime adventure. Add a bright wedge or patent flat, and you’re off.

Curvy hips: So many companies make jeans for curvy figures now! No longer do we have to suffer with pants that fit at the hips and gap at the waist. Steer clear of ultra-skinnies, and choose a wide-leg or a boot-cut that balances fullness at the top of the leg. Look for a cut that falls straight to the hem from the widest part of the hip for a lean, extended leg line. Add further length by forgoing the flats and choosing a gorgeous heel or an espadrille. Highlight your curves on top with a great cardigan topped by a bright belt, or a nipped-waist blazer with a floaty blouse. If the wide-leg is a dark wash and a sophisticated trouser cut, you can wear them to work on casual Friday and still impress the boss, maybe with a tunic tee on top (just make sure it’s not so long it reaches the top of your leg—those gams need to look as loooong as you can get them!).

Boyish hips: The only shape that can pull off skinny-leg jeans with any success, these girls need to steer clear of flares or exaggerated boot-cuts. Stick with straight, boyfriend, or a wide-leg style that doesn’t overwhelm narrow thighs and straight hips; too much curve or fullness at the hem will drown you. A perfect combination of the slim hip and full leg is the sailor-cut, which is sleek and fitted at the hip, with a gentle expansion all the way down. These look fantastic with a delicate fitted top or a peplum jacket and a platform peep-toe or espadrille. They’re also very useful for all occasions, especially in a dark wash or a crisp white or pinstripe.

Petite: Here’s where proportion really reaches critical status. You should definitely shop in the petites section, because just hemming a longer pair of pants only works with straight legs. Losing two or three inches at the hemline would ruin the look of a boot-cut or wide-leg pair. And flares are right out: you’d look like you were standing in a bucket, even in heels. Stick with an even wash— any horizontal action, like whiskering, will chop up the long line we’re trying to create. Another no-no: long shirts or sweaters that end at the top of the leg—they’ll make a petite look like she’s playing dress-up in her mommy’s clothes. Add even more length with a platform shoe, but if you’re wearing a skinny or straight-leg, you can go with a ballet flat. Just remember that monochromatic looks (even if you’re wearing all blues, not necessarily all navy) will extend your legs even further.

Tall: Lucky girls: you can try any leg style you want. Flares, straight, boot-cut, wide-leg, tailored …but unless you really want to emphasize your height, I’d recommend steering clear of the skinny. Work this season’s hottest trend in a wide-leg or sailor jean in bright white, with a sassy springy top and metallic gladiator sandals. Or divide your gorgeous gams with the slick Bermuda-length denims that have hit the scene this year. WARNING: avoid crops at all costs! They won’t make anyone wonder where you scored that terrific outfit, but they will prompt speculation about impending flooding. There are many retailers that have a special selection of tall jeans, with inseams of 37”; do your homework and you will be rewarded. Flats will ground you, and let you walk all day in comfort. For evening, pop an sweet cropped jacket over a long, hip-length cami and an embellished sandal —dynamite!

Remember: no matter what the hottest style is, if it doesn’t work on your body, you’ll look dumpy at best and un-chic at worst (gasp!). The most stylish women wear what works for them, and look fantastic all the time. Which is really what we’re going for here, right? Start today and shine all spring long—just be prepared to attract a following (check your rear view in the mirror before leaving the house, too!).

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Restore Strength to Strands with the New John Frieda® Full Repair® Collection

THINK: Weightless repair for brittle, overworked hair.

WHAT IT IS: A full line of transformative hair care treatments to reverse the look and feel of damage. Everyday heat damage from blow drying, flat ironing, and curling can leave hair dry and prone to breakage. So put back in as much as you take out with new offerings from the salon-inspired John Frieda® Full Repair® collection. Each lightweight formula infuses strands with nourishing Inca Inchi Oil, high in Omega 3 and a high concentration of fatty acids, to restore hair from the inside out without weighing it down. Hair is left smooth, healthy, and full of body—actively repaired from past damage and proactively protected from heat and wear.

John Frieda® Hair Care International Creative Consultant Harry Josh explains, “I regularly work with some of the most damaged hair in the industry because my celebrity and model clients undergo non-stop heat-styling for photo shoots, films, appearances, and red carpet events. To keep their hair looking camera-ready, it’s so important to have a repairing regimen in place, like the Full Repair® collection, to restore split ends and flyaways and protect from future damage.”

 
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Naked Canvas: Nude with Pink Pearl
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NEW! Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmers in Apricot and Grapefruit
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Curél Intensive Healing Cream – This proven formula provides immediate moisturization to help heal even the driest skin, often left irritated from dry winter air and long, hot showers. This gentle cream absorbs quickly, replenishes moisture and helps revitalize ceramide levels for long-lasting relief and hydration—perfect for skin tortured by freezing cold temperatures and dry air.

Get the Beauty Blues This Spring with Target

Get the beauty blues of spring, with offerings from Target-exclusive brands Pixi by Petra and Umberto Beverly Hills, and the new premium skincare assortment. With a range of skincare, makeup and hair care offerings, it’s easy and affordable to rock trendy blue hues this season – all for under $25

 

PREP

Prep skin with the MD Complete Restoring Cleanser for a squeaky clean canvas, then provide shelter from the sun with MD Complete Youthful Skin Sun Shield SPF 50

 

PERFECT
Perfect the beauty blues with a subtle or smoky blue eye using the Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black Blue and Lash Booster Mascara in Blackest Blue

POLISH
Polish off the look with Umberto Beverly Hills Dry Texture Spray for a pretty, piece-y style and Pixi by Petra Nail Colour in L.A. Blue for on-trend tips


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