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Giveaway: Gap Skimmer Jeans – Save and Win!

Last week I featured the new Gap Skimmer Jean and how incredibly versatile and adorable it is. Many of you were interested in trying the Skimmer for yourself, well now’s your chance! From February 21 – 27, 2013, try the New Skimmer and get $20 off! When you try the New Skimmer at any Gap store, you’ll get an automatic $20 off any regular-priced pair.  What a fab promotion, I’m thinking I may have to grab a pair of their camo-print skimmers for spring!

Want even more encouragement to try these awesome new jeans? One Wardrobe Oxygen reader will win a $50 AmEx gift card that you could use to buy your Gap Skimmers!

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Gap Skimmers: Versatile Style for Now and Spring

I recently visited Gap and felt like a kid in a candy store. Adorable jackets, tons of stripes (we all know how I adore stripes), and fun jeans including their new Women’s Skimmer. Named because they skim the ankles as well as the body from waist to hem. I’m pleasantly surprised by how flattering the Skimmers are on my curvy frame. I tried on several variations and fell for the 1969 Dot Always Skinny Skimmer. I immediately thought of the outfit possibilities!

Jacket: Gap | Scarf: Ann Taylor (similar) | Shoes: Nine West (similar)

Sweatshirt: Alo | Shoes: Lands’ End (similar)

Jacket: Vince Camuto | Tee: Canvas Lands’ End (similar) | Necklaces: eBay | Shoes: Target (similar)

Sweater: Lands’ End via Gwynnie Bee | Shoes: Jessica Simpson (similar) | Cuff: Gap (similar)


The Skimmers are adorable with a sweatshirt and flats for weekends, or a slouchy sweater and platform heels for a night with the girls. For work I paired with Gap’s Striped Twill Zip Jacket, and for play the Skimmers are fab with an ivory blazer and bold gold necklaces. I can’t wait to style them for spring!


While I did receive compensation for this post, all opinions and text are my own.

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Capsule Wardrobe: Skinny Jeans for Winter

Allie you shared something on Facebook about skinny jeans aren’t stylish any more. I just bought three pairs of skinny jeans in brown, jean color, and a tan cord. How can I make them look okay this winter? What tops are best with them, what shoes? I live in Michigan so I need to be warm.

The conversation on that article went deeper into what jeans are coming back en vogue, and how even though they say skinnies are dead they aren’t going anywhere. Like boot cut jeans, peasant tops, a-line shift dresses, and tall boots; there’s some trends that won’t go away even though fashion “experts” say they are dead. They don’t ever die because we real women with real bodies find these trends flattering and extremely wearable. It’s funny how five years ago many of us refused to adopt the skinny jean trend and now we refuse to let the trend go. But just because one news article says skinnies are passé doesn’t mean you need to find a whole new wardrobe. I’m still rocking my skinnies because though I was a late adopter, I now LOVE THEM.  And what matters most when it comes to style is wearing what is true to you, wear what you love!

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I’ve found the best way to incorporate a trend, whether hot off the runway or something the New York Times deems dated, is to wear it with similar colors. Create a color story with your wardrobe, mixing varying shades of similar hues or going monochromatic. For this capsule collection based off your skinnies wardrobe, I stuck to a warm palette of neutrals that will look luxe and show the skinnies are a purposeful addition to your closet.

When wearing skinny pants, it’s important to balance the figure or you can quickly look like a lollipop. Luckily, this is easy to do when it’s cold and you want lots of weight and layers. The first row of tops are the type that can just be thrown on with skinnies and look chic: tunics, slouchy sweaters, ponchos, and chunky knits that balance the frame. The second row is all about the layers; a knit blazer adds polish without sacrificing comfort or warmth, and waterfall cardigans and sweater coats are cozy and on trend while balancing the frame.

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Speaking of base layers, this year has really embraced layering, and practical layering at that. Turtlenecks are easy to find at all pricepoints, henleys are back in style, and there’s nothing wrong with even putting another layer under these pieces. Because I’m Allie, I added a striped knit which adds interest to an outfit of solids, and I also find to be the easiest pattern to mix with other patterns.

As for shoes, I also believe balance is important and I also believe in the importance of function over fashion. I chose three different shoes that will balance the skinny jeans while keeping you warm and dry through the winter. A pair of tall boots are a perfect pairing over skinny jeans. A pair of ankle boots are also a great pairing and this season chunky marled socks have come back in fashion and look great filling the space between cuffed skinny and boot (or over tucked-in skinny for extra cold weather protection). Use a waterproofing spray on your leather shoes and put rolled magazines in them to improve ventilation and help them keep their shape. Finally, if you’re in an area that has snow and slush, by all means wear boots appropriate for the weather! A traditional lace-up style of duck boot is back on trend and looks great laced up over skinnies.

Accessories are what pull a look together. Pashminas and infinity scarves are stylish while adding warmth and color to an outfit. A wide leather belt can cinch those sweaters to create a completely different look. Having a quality bag can add a luxe look even to discount mart knits and make the wearing of snow boots quite chic. Choosing one in a color similar to your leather shoes ties an entire ensemble together.

What I Wore: Mom Style

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Poncho: Ann Taylor | Tee: J. Crew Factory (similar) | Jeans: Gap | Boots: c/o DUO Boots | Bag: c/o Fossil (similar) | Bracelet: CC Skye (similar)

It’s starting to feel like fall, so I HAD to whip out this poncho from Ann Taylor and my tall boots! While I’ll miss summer, I do enjoy fall fashion and it’s been great to sleep with the windows open and add an extra quilt to the bed!

This poncho was a splurge, but as I said in this post, it’s a classic that will look great for many years. I knew I’d wear it in a casual manner like this for errands and weekend “Mom Style,” but also think it would look elegant in the office over blouses and trousers. I was excited to see these boots match this bag from Fossil; I haven’t featured it on the blog since this post but am really feeling brown leather this season.  The bag is big enough to carry everything I need for a weekend on the go!

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What I Wore: Air Flow

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Mesh top: c/o Karen by Karen Kane (similar) | Tank: c/o J.Jill | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: Nine West (similar) | Bag: Rough & Tumble | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bracelet: Had forever (similar) | Lipstick: MaryKay ‘Mystic Plum’

If you follow me on Instagram you know I wore this look to work Friday. Karen Kane was sweet enough to send me this awesome mesh sweatshirt this spring but then the whole cast situation made it impossible to wear. Once the cast came off this was one of the first long-sleeved tops I made sure to wear.  The jeans are the ones from Gap I mentioned in this post; after some weird years I find Gap to again be a destination for quality but reasonably priced denim.

And this bag I continue to adore; no need to buy a trendy brand name to enjoy high quality and style.  I found Rough & Tumble on Etsy and am thrilled to see they are growing, now with an e-commerce site.  A woman-owned business with everything made here in the USA?  Yes please!

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On a Lighter Note – Pajama Jeans

I don’t know if I have written about pajama jeans on here or on Twitter or my Facebook page.  All I know is they are awful. Yes, I agree that jeans can be uncomfortable, but that isn’t an excuse to wear these monstrosities.  They remind me of the denim diapers for babies – so very wrong.  If you want to be comfortable, consider a pair of heavyweight leggings or stretch jeans with tall flat boots, or even a pair of trousers in a heavyweight refined knit like Ponte de Roma.  No one needs pajama jeans in their life.

Anyway, I adore the brilliant style expert Bridgette Raes and follow her on Facebook.  Today she posted this hysterical parody video of the pajama jeans infomercial.  I just had to share…

Simplifying the Boyfriend Jeans Look

I don’t subscribe to many magazines any more. I used to get over a dozen in the mail every month, but started letting my subscriptions lag when I stopped to think about all the paper and waste. So many magazines have great Websites, blogs, and such that I can get the information I desire online. I decided to keep my subscriptions to magazines that I found myself keeping for reference, or wanting to pass on to friends because I found the issues so beneficial or entertaining. Gone were the fashion porn mags – Vogue, Elle, W. Same with the magazines that encouraged me to spend money – I’m talking to you Lucky and Allure!

What survived were magazines that really give a good look into my life – Mothering Magazine for the crunchy spawn-creator side of me, Rolling Stone for the music-fan side of me, Bust for the music fan/crunchy/feminist yet pop culture-loving side of me, Bazaar for the fashionista side of me, and Real Simple for the practical life-side of me. Oh, and National Geographic, which is a Christmas gift that my mom gives us every year.

I adore Bazaar magazine because I find them to really blend haute couture and street wear quite well. I can look through their pages and not only know what is new on the runways, but get practical inspiration for my personal wardrobe. I appreciate that they break down trends by age, and they don’t stop at women in their ‘40s. My husband even enjoys Bazaar, and will often discuss with me the articles he reads and the trends for the upcoming season.

And I adore Real Simple. I used to get Real Simple many years ago but found it too old, too obvious, too bland. In my opinion, Real Simple was for soccer moms and people who scrapbook. Since then, I have gotten married, I remodeled my home and now really see it as a home and not just a place to sleep and store my shoe collection. I have a child, and with it I have less time and patience for overly-complicated clothes, recipes, cleaning methods or pretty much anything. Friends constantly tell me about great ideas or buys they got thanks to their latest issue of Real Simple so when I got the opportunity to subscribe for only $5 (thank you Amazon!) I decided to add it to my small collection.

I quickly became a fan. Real Simple is a great magazine – it writes about most any topic, but with the general theme of simplicity and ease. Real Simple does a great job of adding style to this simplicity – it doesn’t get suckered into trends, but sees the ability to have beauty with a simple and budget-friendly life. Gosh, sounds a lot like Wardrobe Oxygen!

Yep, that was until a friend Tweeted about how Real Simple was offering advice on how to cuff jeans.

A couple years ago, Katie Holmes was photographed running around town in a pair of weathered jeans, cuffed above the ankle bone. Next thing you know, every Gap and Abecrombie in every mall in America is carrying the Boyfriend Jean – a pair of jeans that are slightly relaxed in fit, slightly distressed, and already equipped with messy little cuffs at the hem, making the jeans cropped.

These jeans can look pretty cute, especially when paired with the other Boyfriend-inspired clothes – Boyfriend blazers, Boyfriend sweaters, Boyfriend cardigans. It’s slouchy and gives a feminine touch to a tomboy look. It’s a good look on the models that sport this look in the store windows and pages of the fashion porn magazines that I stopped receiving in my mailbox.

These jeans rarely look good on real women. And real women are the folks who read Real Simple. By offering tips on how to cuff your jeans, Real Simple promoting a trend that is not a good one for a good 80% of the female population. This is a trend that is hard to wear if you are curvy, pear shaped, have short legs, athletic legs. It’s a look that works with only a very small assortment of footwear, and tops. It’s a look that if done with the wrong jeans and if paired with the wrong top can make one look as though she is dressed for an ‘80s theme party and not trying to look stylish and current.

Many times I speak of the True Fashionista. The True Fashionista already knows how to cuff her jeans, she knows what to pair with Boyfriend jeans so she doesn’t look like a fashion victim. She knows her body, and knows whether she has the gams to carry off the look. And the True Fashionista doesn’t read Real Simple for fashion advice.

If you aren’t sure if you can carry off this look, you probably can’t. I am not trying to be mean – I personally don’t, can’t and won’t wear the Boyfriend jean because I am a petite woman with curves and I know that this style will do nothing but accentuate the negative and diminish the positive.

If you are wondering what jeans to wear in this crazy current sea of skinny/jegging/Boyfriend/carpenter/painter/paperbag/rigid denim, my suggestion is to keep it simple. Dark, straight (or slight bootcut to balance out hips), little embellishment. Keep the length to elongate the legs, keep the rise medium – no muffin top, no mom jeans. This type of jean is universally flattering and has been considered stylish and chic for years. If you want to latch onto a current trend, I find its best to do it with a novelty top or a pair of shoes – you get more bang for your buck while still flattering your figure and maintaining personal style.

Real Simple, I still love you! I just think you need to remember your motto (life made easier, every day) before posting such tragic fashion trends.

Reader Question – Jeans That Fit

Hi Allie,
I wanted to ask your opinion on something. I have a really difficult time buying pants, especially jeans. I have the flattest butt you will ever see in your life, however, my stomach is far from flat. I also have pretty skinny thighs. Most pants hang off my butt awkwardly and have lots of room in the thighs, and if I go a size smaller, they’re too tight across my stomach and I get major rolls. Since sit-ups and squats aren’t exactly my favorite, I’m not seeing my body shape change too much in the near future…Do you have any suggestions for brands that aren’t made for girls with big booties? By the way, I’m 21 and attend a university.

Thanks,
Anna

Hey Anna:
Jeans seem to be harder for women to buy than bras – they are a wardrobe staple, yet often times look horrible on a woman’s figure. They were originally sported by cowboys, but even a century of modifications haven’t quite made jeans a garment that always works with a feminine shape. However in the past couple of years, many breakthroughs have taken place in the denim industry and there is more selection for those who aren’t necessarily built like a mannequin or a cowboy.

First things first I recommend a style of jeans that has some lycra in it. The stretch will help fit across the stomach and keep the style fitting around curves and your thighs. As for your rear, your denim should always have back pockets to add definition – flap pockets will make a rear look larger and rounder. Steer away from slash or on-seam pockets – a tummy will usually make these pockets gape and cause you to look larger than you actually are. Also steer clear of skinny or stovepipe jeans – these will make your rear look flatter, your tummy larger and in general you will look like a walking lollypop. A straight or slight boot-cut leg will be far more flattering and balance out your frame. Dark denim hides far more flaws and tricks the eye better than lighter hues, add a crease down the front and it will dress up your denim and make your legs look longer (and detract from the tummy). As for rise, you want something near the natural hip which will provide proper coverage for your tummy and also make your rear look curvy.

Another great option are trouser jeans. The lighter-weight denim hangs better so you have a cleaner silhouette, and patch pockets look appropriate. Again, steer clear of front slash pockets, and consider a wider waistband to reduce the chance of the dreaded Muffin Top. As for places to find jeans for your figure:

Custom-Fit Jeans
Many stores sell custom-fit jeans, and for reasonable prices. JC Penney will custom-create a pair of their St. Johns Bay denim for only $44.00. When filling out your information (have a friend with a tape measure ready), you are asked the shape of your tummy, rear and thigh. This is from the custom denim questionnaire:

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Custom-fit jeans can also be found at Make Your Own Jeans.com and Lands End. There are many other custom jean companies out there, but few others deal with body specifics and measurements of waist, rear, and thigh.

Find Your Fit
A lot of sites now offer a program where you enter information about your figure and they suggest styles or brands that will possibly work. Zafu is one of the best sites for this, they ask questions such as, “do your jeans usually gape at the waist?” and “When a jean/pant fits well on your hip, how does it typically fit on your waist?” as well as asking a bit about your personal style and denim needs.

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Once all the questions are answered, you are given many different styles to choose from, where to purchase and their current purchase price. You also have the ability to adjust your answers to change the results.

Other Jean-finder Sites:
I Love Jeans
Oprah’s Best Jeans for Every Body
MyShape

Brands for Your Shape
There are many brands out there that are made to work with a woman’s curves. The Tummy Tuck brand comes to mind – they create jeans that help you be a size smaller and often have styles that help lift and define the rear. Tummy Tuck and Not Your Daughter’s Jeans (created by Tummy Tuck ®) can be found at Nordstrom and many other retailers.

And finally… if all else fails, hit the men’s section. As a fellow woman with a tummy, I often find that men’s jeans fit well because they are geared for a smaller bum, smaller thighs, and weight to be carried in the stomach. In a classic cut (think Levi’s 501s) and a dark color, they will look chic on a female frame.

Are Bootcut Jeans “Momtastic?”

Reader Laurie emailed me recently after reading “Talking Fashion” on Washington Post’s website about fall’s trends. Suzanne D’Amato and Janet Bennett lead this chat and are very intelligent and stylish women, but mentioned in this certain chat that bootcut jeans are “Momtastic” and to be stylish one should choose a skinny leg, high-waisted style, or maybe a straight leg in a very dark hue. Laurie wanted to know if this was in fact true, and if her beloved denim was now passé.

I doubt you will see Kate Moss or Sienna Miller tromping around town in a pair of bootcut jeans this fall, but that does not mean they are a fashion don’t. The thing is, trends come and go, and some styles seem to stay longer because unlike most of the garments going down the runway, they work with real women’s bodies.

I love the look of the skinny jean. Paired with boots, booties, flats or heels it is a sharp look. A sharp look I personally will not be wearing. I am short. I have thick legs. I have a booty, a tummy, and thick ankles. If you put a pair of stovepipes on my gams, I would look like a walking Tootsie-Pop. I don’t care how utterly stylish and popular they are, I will never be a slave to fashion and adorn my bod with things that make me look bad. Same with the high-waisted style. I can see this working if you are slim, leggy and long. Have some curves in the middle, and the high waist will make you look short, squat and heavy.

A straight-leg style is a classic look that works on many figures. I agree, this is a nice style, especially in dark denim. It can be worn with flats, heels, boots with ease and don’t look costumey or obviously trendy. However, the bootcut is always going to the be popular favorite because the slightly larger leg opening balances out the curves that most women carry in the middle of their body. A bootcut (NOT flare. Unless you are a leftover hippie, do donate those flare jeans or put into the attic until the next 70s theme party) balances out hips, thighs, tummy and bum. It prevents the dreaded lollypop look of the 80s. Remember all those women with oversized tops and leggings? They looked ridiculous and there is a good chance that this season’s slimmer denim will give a similar effect.

As for your bootcuts, there is a chance some of your pairs are starting to look a bit dated. If they are faded or a traditional “stonewash” color, they are a bit long in the tooth. The color now is dark and crisp, which is a good thing. A dark structured pair of jeans is far more flattering to a women’s shape than the old faded pairs of a few years ago. Dark sturdy denim will elongate your body, be appropriate for casual as well as festive occasions, and look more polished (and expensive).

The cut of your bootcut may be a bit dated as well. Yes, you will still find bootcut jeans in all your favorite haunts, they just will be a bit slimmer than before. The leg opening will be a true bootcut – a slightly larger size than a straight leg – just that inch or two needed to get over a boot. At first glance, you may not even notice they are bootcut, but when on the body you will see the difference. The leg itself will also be slimmer – gone are the relaxed styles that you could probably pull up without unbuttoning.

If you purchase some jeans, these jeans should have the tailored, polished look of almost being denim trousers. A dark color is what is hot and flattering, a more streamlined cut, quality refined denim. Stretch is still out there, just don’t have the jeans look like leggings on your legs. Stretch should add comfort, not the ability to think you can go down a size. It still is a nice look to have a slight crease down the front – this adds elegance and elongates.

To keep your denim looking great, wash it inside-out, consider hanging them to dry on occasion, and add a capful of vinegar to your cold-water wash for colorfastness.

So are bootcut jeans “Momtastic?” Well, it depends. I don’t believe any one style right now is “THE” look, nor any one style is completely out of style (excluding anything with pleats, tapered legs or lace inserts). It’s all about making slight changes to move with the times. No need to burn all your current denim, just reassess them. Try them on with your current fall tops, get a good look in a full length mirror, then use a hand mirror to get a look from behind. How do they make you look? Do they give off the image you wish to portray? Are they super comfy but sag at your backside and are just a hair too short? Are they a color that for some reason only seems to compliment black or white (this is a good test to see if your denim is an out of style color – stonewash doesn’t look good with much else)? Be real with your wardrobe and your body and if you are in need for new jeans, don’t fear. Bootcut is still out there and great to wear!

Featured: Levi’s “Star” Slim Bootcut, and Citizens of Humanity “Electric Guitar” Stretch Bootcut, both available at Nordstrom.

Ask Allie: Office-appropriate Jeans

Hi Allie, I am not sure what jeans I can wear to work. Dress code is business casual and jeans are acceptable but no specifics. Do you have a primer on jeans for work?

I will use my current and previous places of work as a guide – they all had business casual dress codes, but did offer details on what was acceptable and what was not:

I feel that if regular pants (chinos, trousers) were in the same condition, would they be work appropriate.  I’d hope you wouldn’t wear skin-tight, shiny, paint-splattered, torn, or frayed pants to the office and such denim is also not appropriate in most office settings.  Though distressed denim has come back in fashion, that doesn’t make them suddenly work-appropriate.  Office dress codes aren’t dictated by what is on the pages of your glossy fashion magazine. 

Each workplace is different, but if you’re contacting me it is because you are unsure.  I always feel it is better to dress up too much than too little.  When it comes to denim, you can’t dress up too much.  Crisp, saturated color, straight lines, silhouettes that don’t cling – good rule of thumb for office denim and any office trousers.

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Brand Love – Not Your Daughter’s Jeans

My stomach has always been my soft spot – even when I was younger, slimmer, and more athletic my lower belly protruded and was mushy. I remember working for Express, wearing their Metro collection – a knit hoodie, v-neck tee, and matching maxi skirt (hey, it was the late ‘90s!) and a customer pulled me aside and told me about a control garment sale taking place down the hall at Lord & Taylor. I was mortified, and resolved to do anything possible to get a six-pack. Even when doing crunches through the commercial breaks of Friends and Beverly Hills 90210 I had a soft tummy. Eventually I got over it and accepted it as a part of my body – a soft, mushy, protruding part of my body that I flattered with wrap dresses, wide waistbands on trousers, and untucked knits.

After having a baby, my lower tummy became even more pronounced. Even when I was able to fit into my pre-pregnancy pants, they looked terrible with my saggy belly. I resigned to the fact that I would live the remainder of my life in dresses… until I tried a pair of Not Your Daughter Jeans.

I hate control garments – they make me look like a stuffed sausage, aren’t comfortable, and often cause gas pains. I’d rather be curvy than uncomfortable. So when I heard that Not Your Daughter’s Jeans had a control aspect to them, they totally turned me off. But a reader raved about them, so I decided to try them. No pain, no constriction, yet the jeans held in my “mama pooch” and made me look more streamlined. The brand states that they will make you look a size smaller – I don’t know if it does that, but each time I wore them in the year after my pregnancy, people told me I looked great and asked if I lost weight.

Emerson is three years old and I still rely on Not Your Daughter’s Jeans for my denim. I have a couple other brands in my wardrobe, but I only wear them with tops that cover my lower belly. With NYDJ, I can wear shorter tops and fitted knits without feeling self-conscious.

Other than the hidden and yoga pant-comfortable control aspect of NYDJ denim, I like that the jeans don’t LOOK like control denim. No logos or visible labels, every cut seems to have an option with non-embellished pockets (I don’t like decorated denim), on-trend washes and silhouettes, and the denim is cut for women with curves. Straight jeans in other brands look like stovepipes on me and skinnies don’t fit over my calves – with NYDJ straight looks straight and skinny is skinny without cutting circulation off to my feet. I can get classic fits like a dark wash of Barbara or Marilyn, or get trendy with a skinny like Sheri or hot pink cropped Alishas.

Many of you readers have told me that you find NYDJ to be too expensive – and yes, they aren’t cheap. However, they are quality jeans. If I wash on the gentle cycle and line dry, my NYDJ jeans will remain in great shape with the same saturated color for years. I recently sold a pair of two-year old NYDJ on eBay for $35 and they were worn and washed several dozen times, yet were in great enough condition to garner positive feedback from the buyer. NYDJ is also available at great prices at Nordstrom Rack, Amazon, and NYDJ outlet stores (for you local yokels, there’s one at Arundel Mills Mall). But really, I often talk about quality, not quantity and I feel NYDJ fits the bill – you can get away with one pair of their $125 jeans to cover weekends and nights out with friends equally well, and not find them to be dated in a year’s time.

And nope, NYDJ didn’t ask me to write this post. I am writing this because I noticed on laundry day how many pairs I own, and how often I happily wear them. I believe a woman should love and accept her current body, she shouldn’t go through pain or humiliation to achieve society’s ideal for a woman’s figure. However, if you can find something that makes you feel more confident and flatters this lovely body you own, I say go for it!

Update: Many of you had questions so I figured I’d answer them here for all to read:

  • These jeans are a high rise; that helps keep the tummy completely smooth and there’s no muffin top.  However they don’t taper like “Mom Jeans” giving you a weird shape, and the pockets are still at the appropriate place on the bum.  The novelty styles seem to have a lower rise than the traditional jeans
  • I haven’t had any problem with the color fading or running with the novelty jeans.  I planned to wash the red on its own, but my husband threw them in with the rest of the denim and they turned out great.  The pink still looks bright after several washes.
  • The jeans run a hair large, especially if you want them to suck in the tummy.  If you are deciding between two sizes, go a size down.  I have NYDJs in 12 and 10, but the 10s suck in the tummy better but aren’t indecent/too tight/uncomfortable.
  • NYDJ has the control in the tummy area, not in the hips or rear.  However, they are made for a woman’s curves so those of you who find jeans are not flattering to your hips or bum may like them because of the lightweight stretchy denim, shape, and style.  I cannot personally vouch for this as I am as apple as apple can be.
  • I am 5’3″ and I have NYDJs in regular and petite lengths.  Each style seems to have a different inseam.  The straight legs I like in regular because they look best with heels, however I have a pair of petite straight legs I wear with flat shoes.  The bootcuts run longer and I find the petite is too short for my heels, so I have the regulars shortened by my dry cleaner.  Check the descriptions, even their crops come in different inseams in regular lengths.  I recommend trying them on in a store to really understand the unique fit of NYDJs – they aren’t like regular jeans for weight, shape, or length and the style that I like best may not be the best bet for your specific figure.

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Reader Advice Wanted: Great Jeans

A request from my friend Karin, who is petite, slim but with some lovely feminine curves. I haven’t had any luck with jeans lately, and was wondering if you fabulous women may have some suggestions:
If anyone has recommendations for (not skinny!) jeans that aren’t reminiscent of a plumber but at the same time are not mom jeans, let me know. Bonus points if such jeans (i) come in short or petite, and (ii) are less than $75.

I figured answers would be useful to other readers too, so why not post it on here? I thank you all in advance. :)

What I Wore: Style Meets Comfort [Sponsored]

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Jacket: LOFT (similar) | Tee: Ann Taylor (similar) | Jeans: Gap | Bag: c/o Handbag Heaven | Shoes: Comfort Plus by Predictions ‘Karmen’ available at Payless

Many of you ask me to recommend footwear brands that offer comfort and style at a reasonable pricepoint. So when Payless ShoeSource contacted me regarding their comfort line, I knew I had to review it for you!

Comfort Plus by Predictions and Dexflex Comfort are Payless lines of shoes that come in regular and wide sizes 5 to 13. With memory foam insoles and flexible outsoles, these shoes are uber comfortable for walking and standing all day. When I visited my nearby Payless location I was really impressed by how these lines incorporate popular fall fashion trends. From pointed toes to leopard print, classic oxfords to booties and “shooties,” one can find on-trend shoes for work and play. I chose the ‘Karmen’ round-toe pump in wine, a hot color this season. The suede-like finish looks great peeking out of suiting trousers, paired with work dresses, but for this post I chose to dress them down with boyfriend jeans.

The shoes really are as comfortable as they claim. I wore them one day to work and found them comfortable enough to take a brisk walk of a few blocks on my lunch hour and didn’t get any blisters, rubbing, or hot spots. Standing was also comfortable; I got stuck standing the majority of my Metro commute home and wasn’t shifting my weight the whole trip like I usually do. All this comfort, seasonally-appropriate style, and less than $30! I’m glad to find Payless as a source for budget-friendly comfort shoes!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Payless via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

Ask Allie: Which Jeans with Which Boots?

Can you give me some guidance about which boots to wear with which jeans? There are skinny jeans, straight-leg jeans, mini-boot cuts, boot-cuts, boyfriend jeans, cropped jeans, jeans that people cuff above the boot, jeggings, and everything in between. There are ankle boots, cowboy boots, mid-calf boots, knee-high boots, UGGs, shooties, and fakers (they look like boots from the front but the back is open like a mule/clog). Which jeans do I pair with which boots so that I look proportional and not like a farmer? And when do I tuck the jeans inside the boots, and when do I leave them out?

Boots and jeans should be easy… I mean we’ve been wearing the combination for eons, right? But with all the different leg widths, lengths, and boot styles you may feel as though you need to get an advanced degree in footwear/denim matching!

Skinny Jeans

The skinny jean is a heavier weight than a jegging (legging made out of a lightweight stretchy denim), has all the trimmings of a typical jean (pockets, zippers, belt loops, etc.), but has a very narrow fit. What was originally found to be a cut only models could carry off, skinny jeans are now a commonplace silhouette worn beautifully by women of all shapes and sizes.

The skinny jean is perfect for tall boots, be they over-the-knee heeled boots, flat riding boots, cowboy boots, calf-height harness boots, or a slouchy suede wedge. The skinny jean hugs the leg making it less likely to bag at the knee or wiggle its way out of the boot shaft. The slim silhouette makes the bulk of a boot look more elegant, and works with the chunky and slouchy knits this season.

The skinny jean is also perfect for ankle booties. Be they short harness boots, lace-up combat boots, or ankle-high cowboy boots, a skinny jean tucks into the boot nicely and shows the shape of your calf above the boot’s opening. If you find your jean likes to wiggle out of booties, consider tucking the hem into a pair of socks; they also sell suspenders specifically for this purpose!

If you are going to wear UGGs or similar shearling or thick boots, I think they look the best with skinny jeans. Again, the bulk of the boot is balanced by the slim silhouette of the denim, elongating your legs and keeping you from looking like the Michelin Man.

Jeggings

As mentioned earlier, jeggings are like skinny jeans but with legging details. Usually a lighter weight fabric with more stretch than your typical stretch denim, jeggings often are without front pockets, a proper zipper, and sometimes have an elasticized waist. Since jeggings are such a thin fabric, they look best with tall boots that cover a bit of the body and balance the frame. I’d offer the same advice I did for skinny jeans, but add that you should also consider what you wear on top. Jeggings are best with tunics, longer cardigans, and jackets that hit around the hip to again balance the fabric but also provide some modesty.

Straight Jeans

The straight jean is a classic and flattering to most figures. That being said, it can be one of the hardest to style with boots. Often times too loose to tuck into tall boots, too baggy to slip into ankle booties, you may feel you’re stuck with flats when wearing straight jeans. In fact, a straight jean is a perfect partner for the slim-heeled booties and shooties that have been hot the past two seasons. Sort of a blend between a pump and an ankle boot, shooties have a lower vamp, a slim streamlined silhouette, and slip nicely under a straight leg jean letting the toe and heel peek out.

When it comes to straight jeans, the best boots are those that are meant to go under the jean’s leg. Wedge boots, granny boots, city boots, Chelsea boots, and shooties are often made with simple openings and elastic gussets to make them easy to slip on and off, but not as attractive on display over your jeans. The medium leg opening keeps your jean from dragging on the ground and covering your entire boot and gives a nice break at the front of the shoe.

Bootcut Jeans

No matter the size (hello mini and baby boots), bootcut jeans are named that because they flare out a tiny bit at the bottom to make room for a pair of boots to be worn underneath. With this bit of flare, you can carry off harness and cowboy boots without their shape showing through your jeans. Many women give their tall boots a second life (and give themselves a bit of warmth in the winter) by wearing their slimmer tall boots under bootcut jeans.

You mentioned “fakers”, those boots that are actually mules, and I think they are perfect for bootcut jeans because the extra width makes it less likely that the hem will slip under the heel, and it hides the back of the shoe. For such a shoe, a bit longer of a hem is good because it will better hide the mule back, keep your foot warm, and flatter the bulkier style of the boot.

Bootcut jeans also look great with ankle boots and shooties… if worn UNDER the jeans. Bootcut jeans (no matter how mini the bootcut) have too much volume to tuck them into any style of boot. The extra fabric will be uncomfortable wrapped around your ankle and show bulk. Remember the reason for this silhouette and wear boots under your bootcut jeans.

Cropped and Boyfriend Jeans

This is a cut of denim that is far harder to carry off with boots, and I often recommend the pairing to just True Fashionistas. However there are two popular manners in which to pair shorter jeans with boots…

A slim cropped or capri jean can pretend to be a full-length skinny jean when tucked into tall boots. This is a great way to get extra mileage out of your summer jeans; white and pale colors look seasonally appropriate when half covered with brown or black leather and topped with a wintry knit or jacket. I have been known to do this trick; I recommend wearing knee socks to keep your shins warm in the winter and also to hold down the jeans so they don’t bag at the knees.

Baggier cropped jeans like boyfriend jeans can get a downtown cool vibe when paired with a heeled ankle bootie. I’ve worn my ankle booties with a wooden heel with my boyfriend jeans and like how the extra height and slight platform balance the fullness of boyfriend jeans. A slim, sexy bootie, caged heel, shootie, or a lower vamp with a chunkier heel or wedge is the best choice for boyfriend jeans.

To provide balance, I recommend having a sliver of skin show between the jean and the boot. This elongates the leg, makes the combination more purposeful and on trend.

Cuffed Jeans

I know many people carry off this look, but I find it just as hard to carry off as those who wear tall boots under cropped pants. For every one woman who looks utterly awesome in this combination, there’s 30 women who look as though they got dressed in the dark.  I can’t offer advice that is universal, and recommend that unless you feel confident carrying off this trend, stay away until boot and jean styles have morphed over seasons to make it easier to pair.

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What I Wore: Jeans and a Tee Shirt

Tee: c/o SixTwenty | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: Nine West “Flax” | Bracelets: Had forever, c/o Lulu Avenue | Lipstick: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic

There’s something just so great about a simple tee shirt and jeans.  The thing is, when you’re a woman with curves, finding such simple pieces that fit and flatter can be a challenge.  A shirt will fit my bust but gape at the neck and hang to my knees; if it fits the body it suffocates the arms and pulls at the chest. I’m loving this tee from SixTwenty so much I don’t just wear it as a shell but on it’s own.  That is RARE for me; tees usually pull at the bust, the sleeves ride up into my pits, the length is too short or too long and the torso is too tight.

I am still loving these jeans, so much I grabbed a longer pair when they were on clearance and an additional 30% off.  The holes started getting a bit too… extreme (and yes this Extreme too), so I took an old white pillowcase and used some Stitch Witchery to adhere to the back, and then sewed them in place.  So I have holes, but it’s not like my knee is going to fall out. 

And hey, it’s not an Alison outfit without some awesome accessories!  Rocking the $20 red spotted haircalf Nine West Flax pumps yet again.  I now have three pairs of this shoe, total perfection pump at a nice price!

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Ask Allie: Too Old for Boyfriend Jeans?

I love the look of boyfriend jeans, but I am 65. Am I too old to carry off this look, or is there a way to make them look age appropriate? I am fit and lean, but I am not ashamed of my age and do not wish to look as though I am dressing too young. Suggestions?

On-trend denim is a great way to update your look, no matter your age. The beauty of denim trends is that because jeans are so popular, the trends are quickly modified to flatter a variety of ages, figures, and lifestyles. The other day my mom came over and she was wearing a straight cut denim that was widely cuffed to the “boyfriend” length and the effect was modern, stylish, on-trend, but not too youthful and not at all inappropriate. I chose a similar boyfriend jean style for you, but in a dark wash that will look great now, and as we transition into fall.

For this look I did a variation on one of my favorite looks – a Breton striped tee with a contrast color accent. The dark jeans and the classic stripe look even more fresh with a pop of hot coral. A drapey cocoon cardigan like this is quite versatile in that it can be paired with a same-color shell for the office, slipped over a simple sheath dress, and worn three seasons out of the year. Paired with classic Repetto ballet flats, this look is fresh, modern, and appropriate no matter your age.

A “boyfriend” jean can be dressed up or down quite nicely; I often wear mine with high heels and a sparkly top for a night out on the town. A jewel-toned dolman top looks modern with bold gold jewelry; low wedges in leopard print are comfortable but also show you are aware of trends and know how to make them rock at any age.

Who says that rock and roll is only for the young? This outfit was inspired by all the amazing music lovers of all ages that I met recently at the Forecastle Music Festival. Pairing a favorite band tee shirt with dark denim and a crisp tailored white blazer makes the ensemble sophisticated and chic. This length of jean looks great with a slim canvas sneaker and makes it an outfit that would be fantastic for sight-seeing or lots of walking and standing.

You stated that you are fit and lean, which means you can totally rock the long top with cropped jeans look. A crisp cotton caftan looks modern and fresh with dark cuffed jeans; continue the boho look with flat leather sandals, beaded bracelets, and a pair of classic-cool aviator sunglasses.

My goal with these ensembles is to show you that age should not determine what trends you can and cannot wear. Boyfriend jeans as well as all other popular fashion trends can be incorporated to feel comfortable, chic, and age-appropriate. Instead of ruling out a trend, try it in a variety of cuts and shades for an appropriate version. Fashion trends aren’t as black and white as they were a couple decades ago so you can alter them to fit your style, age, and life. There’s nothing wrong with choosing a version that is a bit looser, a hair longer, a less dramatic wash or color, whatever makes you feel confident and fantastic. You can wear hot trends without having them wear you!

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Wet Weekend… Jeans Take Center Stage

This weekend was cold, rainy, gross. Friday night I went to dinner with my mom and her boyfriend and headed to bed pretty early.

Saturday I did a home overhaul – major cleaning. I gutted the closet and dresser and attic, bagging up clothes for donation, to sell (will let you know when the selling blog is updated), and to box up for next season. Lots of vacuuming, washing, dusting and organizing. That evening we went to my cousin’s for a family cookout.

The weather was nice for the cookout – we sat outside and chatted, but came inside to actually eat. It was a casual affair – my cousin, his wife, his daughter, me, my sister, my mom and my Aunt. Mr. Allie had a photo shoot. I decided to dress comfy, especially since I wasn’t feeling all that hot.

Attire:
- Old Navy: Teal cotton babydoll top
- Gap: the Essential jean in darkest wash
- Lands End: Gold flat sandals
- J. Crew: Gold necklace
- Ann Taylor: Gold hoops and bracelet

Hair:
- Washed and conditioned the night before and let air dry
- Brushed out, large sections in curling iron and then finger combed.

Makeup:
- Cover Girl: LashBlast mascara in Black, Smoothers Tinted Moisturizer in Light/Medium
- Clinique: Almost Lipstick in Black Honey
- Cargo: Matte BeachBlush in Tenerife
- Pop Beauty: Shadow palette for brown eyes – the khaki on lid

Sunday was wet and horrible, but it was Mother’s Day and we had plans! Last minute my husband was available so we decided to get breakfast. Not as easy as we had hoped, so breakfast ended up being at a small bakery near my mom’s house. No worries, the big plans were for later that day – we took her to her first game at the new Washington National baseball stadium! My mom is a big baseball and Nats fan and was very excited. We had great seats and they were passing out white hats with a pink W (for the Susan G. Komen foundation) so we all looked alike. Unfortunately it rained, but we were prepared with ponchos so we stuck it out. As for attire, I stuck to my one pair of jeans!

Attire:
- Old Navy: Black slub knit puff-sleeved tee
- Gap: The Essential jeans in darkest wash
- Converse: One Star “Chucks” low-tops in black
- Vintage: red stone necklace (to show Nats support)
- Silver hoops and cuff bracelet

Hair:
- Washed and conditioned
- Dried with Croc wet-to-dry flat iron

Makeup:
- philosophy: The Present clear makeup
- Cover Girl: LashBlast mascara in Black, Smoothers Tinted Moisturizer in Light/Medium
- Cargo: Matte BeachBlush in Tenerife
- Clinique: Long Wearing lipstick in Beauty
- Pop Beauty: Shadow set for brown eyes – the khaki with a touch of gold on lids
- Maybelline: UltraLiner in black on top lash line

After the game I hung out on the couch wrapped in blankets watching movies with my husband, our friend and our dog. Last night I gave myself a mini facial in hopes it would make me feel and look a bit better.

Today is cold, rainy, miserable and I am not feeling all that hot. This is the, “you are lucky I even came to work” look, which explains jeans on Day #3….

Attire:
- Top and jeans from Saturday
- Shoes, bracelet and earrings from Sunday
- Ross: Stained glass and silver necklace

Hair:
- Second day, brushed.

Makeup:
- L’Oreal: True Match foundation in C3
- Nars: Blush in Orgasm
- Cover Girl: LashBlast mascara in Black
- Revlon: Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Glossy Rose
- Body Shop: Eye Color in Taupe

Before You Judge, Walk A Mile in Your Jeans

I made a fashion boo-boo.

I’ll admit it.

I was outlet shopping near the shore this summer and hit the Calvin Klein outlet shop. I have gotten some incredible steals here for jeans, leather goods, sunglasses.

I found an adorable pair of jeans.
I don’t know if this is the exact pair. They were stretch, they have a fabulous current wash (a bit darker than this picture). Low rise, but not risque. Cool flare that isn’t too 60’s hippie. The pockets had a cool stitching in a “C” pattern that is very now.

They were $30.00. I couldn’t resist, I took them to the fitting room. They fit great, they looked cute. A bit lower than I usually wear, but not unattractive. My sister checked them out and thought they were a must-buy, they made my ass look amazing.

I put them on once to wear to work for a casual Friday with a cute shrunken blazer and tank. I sat down to put on my boots and felt a cool breeze a bit too low on my back… so low I would say it was no longer back but backside. ‘I’ll just hike them up before I sit next time.” I went to get in the car, and even with hiking them up, they slid so low I was showing some serious plumber’s crack. I ran back in to switch jeans.

I washed them in hot water, let them take a trip in the dryer. I hoped this would help. A week later I was hanging around the house and decided to put them on. Half an hour later, I changed into a different pair. They grew just while standing in them, the crotch hanging down, the waist growing. When I went to take them off I didn’t have to unbutton them, they slid right off.

Yesterday I went for round #3 with these jeans. I am bloated right now, maybe they’ll fit better.

Nope. I was walking around the grocery store hiking up my jeans so not to flash the other shoppers.

Moral of the story? As with any other piece of clothing you purchase – try them out. Don’t just stand in front of the dressing room mirror and check out the view. Sit in them, squat in them, walk down the row of fitting rooms. Dance in front of the mirror. See what happens when you move, when you live. This can save you tons of money. Though they were a great price, I might as well have thrown $30 out the window with these jeans.

You live and learn. Learn from my mistake.

Friday: Denim Day!

Sweater: Ann Taylor (similar) | Shirt: CAbi (similar) | Jeans: c/o Liverpool Jeans Company | 
Boots: DUO (similar) | Silver cuff

It’s FRIDAY!! I know I only worked three days this week, but it was so hard getting back into the grind. It’s nice to have a little break to recoup and get properly back into the swing of things. However, this weekend is Emerson’s 4th birthday party and I have done diddly other than send out invites and make a grocery list. Tonight we’ll be taking down the tree, tomorrow cleaning like mad people and trying to whip up some decor or theme, and Sunday we’ll be overloaded with family and toddler friends. Last year we invited three of Emerson’s friends to her party, this year we asked her who she wanted there. It’s fun to have her at an age where she has favorite friends and knows them and is excited to “be a hostess” to them!

Since it was an early day, no fancy husband photos, just a MySpace-esque shot in the office bathroom. However I couldn’t pass up on an outfit post because I have fallen madly in love with Liverpool Jeans. Last week I wore their Sadie Straight Jeans, these are their Abby Skinny Jeans. I must admit when I opened the package and saw they sent me skinny jeans my heart fell. I usually can’t pull skinny jeans up over my calves, they are so wide. If I can shimmy them on, they looked painted on and highlight all the aspects of my legs that I don’t want highlighted. I was really surprised that they fit, aren’t cutting off circulation to my feet, feel great on, and don’t stretch out so much during the day that I can slide them off without unbuttoning (hello Old Navy). Liverpool Jeans slim and lift like other popular brands, but with a lower pricepoint and cute details like Beatles lyrics printed on the inside. I love that they hold their shape during the day – no exposed undies or baggy knees by lunchtime. Over the holiday break I pretty much lived in my two pairs of Liverpools. Liverpool Jeans are currently available at Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Amazon, as well as 1600+ specialty boutiques across the country; also if you ‘like’ Liverpool on Facebook you can get your own pair of jeans by entering to win their weekly giveaway. They’re pretty active on Twitter and Pinterest too!

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Friday: Going Dotty

Jacket: Banana Republic Outlet (years old – similar) | Top: c/o Gwynnie Bee | Jeans: c/o Liverpool Jeans Company | Boots: DUO (similar) | Bracelets: Ann Taylor

This is almost what I planned on wearing to work on Monday. Though I felt sick, I tried to rally, got dressed, but was too muddled in the mind and stuffy and achy to make it. Turned around, changed into sweats and crawled into bed. Since then, I received two pairs of jeans from Liverpool Jeans Company in the mail and just HAD to wear a pair. I’ll be honest, I hadn’t heard of Liverpool Jeans Company before they contacted me but now I am a major fan. Jeans that slim and lift, have a very reasonable pricepoint, and have lyrics from Paul McCartney and John Lennon in the lining? Yeah, pretty darn awesome. These are the Sadie Straight jeans and on my curvy frame they are the type of skinny jean I like – slim, fitted but not painted on. Stretchy and comfortable, but they haven’t stretched out over the work day. So far pretty impressed.

So glad the weekend is here! I am 99% ready for Christmas. So maybe I have only mailed out about 10 holiday cards and have a stack mocking me on my desk and Emerson has a stocking (this one, I had it come with a message from Santa and she’s super excited) but only two gifts in it, but those can be done this weekend. Sunday we’re going to my mom’s to make cookies, Monday night my sister is hosting Christmas Eve dinner, and starting this year we are hosting Christmas Day at our house. Looking forward to the house smelling of bacon and coffee, filled with the people I love the most, and Emerson being old enough to really understand and enjoy the holiday! Just thinking about it makes me feel better (flu symptoms subsiding, now just congested/sneezy/coughy/headachy but at least no fever/body aches/brain fog).

Oh and yeah, I totally need to polish these boots.  It will be my Christmas gift to them.

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