Posted on November 09 2017
Jeans in different washes, colours, shapes and finishes are the building blocks of every modern woman’s closet, but it is the Skinny Jean that transcends all, and holds its place as the go-to fashion staple in most wardrobes. They are the jean that can be dressed up or down - worn casually with sneakers and a t-shirt or dressed up for work, cocktails, or on a night out. Any check of celebrity-daily websites or street-style images will confirm that a great pair of perfect-fitting, dark Skinny Jeans will take you through most occasions in your life. So this is my guide to Skinny Jeans, because no matter whatever other jeans I mix up my look with it is the Courtney Skinny Jean in Black that I keep coming back to!
How to choose a Skinny Jean.
It goes without saying that when choosing your Skinny Jean you need to start with a good all-round, so go for the darkest color you can find – Black or Dark Indigo denim. Hands down the most versatile jean you can own, because it's polished enough to make the transition from casual to dressed up. The added bonus is that dark colors are slimming, and easier to co-ordinate shoes and bags!
After color you need to think about stretch. Skinny Jeans are just that – skinny – so the right amount of stretch is paramount to your comfort and style. Good stretch makes for good fit, and will ensure that your Skinny Jean looks like it was meant for you. Your jean needs to be tight and work almost as shape-wear (that is hold you in where you want to be), but also feel comfortable and non-constricting. You also want your stretch to have good retention – that is you want your jeans to hold their shape and not get loose as you wear them. This can sometimes be tricky as with cheaper denims the stretch yarn that is used can be very poor quality so you end up hitching your jeans up the whole time! The Lycra T400 fiber that is used in Jane Ramsay jeans is perfect as it has strong recovery and has excellent resistance to things like chlorine and UV rays from the sun that cause lesser fibers to break.
The best way to wear Skinny Jeans.
There’s a reason why the fashionista outfit of choice has long been a pair of dark skinny jeans paired with a tailored blazer. Not only does this create the right proportion to balance the narrowness of the jean, it is also an outfit that with a change of shoes and accessories can take you just about anywhere. Whatever you choose to wear with your Skinny Jeans just consider proportion, and the look you are trying to achieve.
For example if you are curvier or self conscious of your legs/thighs feeling too exposed in Skinny Jeans, then you may wish to create more volume up top with a flowing blouse or longer lined top to help balance out your bottom half. Those feeling more confident and who want to show off their curves, choose a fitted top and wear it tucked in with a statement belt. Anyone needing to create curves can achieve a similar look by choosing a top or jacket that narrows at the waist and flares even slightly at the hip.
Skinny Jeans are great for making legs look longer, and you can accentuate this by wearing the same or closely matching color top or jacket - black with black jeans or navy with indigo jeans. Take the look even further with a tonal high heel for legs that go on forever. Then add a hip-length, silk top such as the Aurora, and jewelry to immediately give you a timelessly chic evening look.
Skinny Jeans are one of the most versatile items you can have in your wardrobe. Shop our Courtney Jean now in either Black or Indigo here
***NOTE: The opinions and topics covered in this Blog are intended as a conversation with the reader, and reflect my own personal views and opinions, and are not intended to represent expert knowledge or advice.