Comfort has always been non-negotiable for me, and that’s true now more than ever. I can’t tolerate clothing that’s binding or restricting. (And I’ve even become one of those people who removes scratchy labels from inside of my clothes.)
For the last few years I’ve relied on a long-over-lean silhouette. It works well with my proportions and helps keep my wardrobe cohesive. I wear a lot of jeans, most of which have been on the slim-to-skinny side. They have enough stretch for comfort, but even so I’ve been making a shift recently to styles with more ease in the legs. In addition to being more comfortable, they feel a little more current and modern.
If you’ve been wearing mostly skinny jeans, it can take your eye a while to adjust to a silhouette with more volume. Because I’m petite, I have to be careful to balance volume in an outfit, lest I look swallowed up by my clothing. And I find that because I’m curvy, I need to keep at least part of my outfit relatively fitted to avoid a sloppy effect.
I’m also easing up on the notion of what’s “flattering.” Not completely, but I’m finding a new balance. Let’s call it “flattering enough.” Here are some of the criteria I’ve found help achieve that:
- For now, I’m sticking to slimmer versions of straight leg jeans, and keeping the length at or just above the ankle.
- Sticking with a true straight cut rather than one that narrows at the ankle.
- Though I think those wide cuffs are kind of fun, I’m just too short/wide to pull them off.
- Darker washes may be better for those with thick or muscular legs.
- Avoiding boxy shapes on the top, and opting for a long outer layer helps too.
Here are a few of the straight leg jeans that I’ve tried and found easy to wear/style:
(Be advised, some of these are described as “cropped” which is often ankle length on me. Be sure to check inseam measurements.)
Is there a particular silhouette you wear most often? Do you ever change it up?