What are the most flat­ter­ing jeans? Five women give their verdict to Deirdre McQuil­lan

The Irish Times Magazine - - NEWS -

Baggy, boot­cut, boyfriend, re­laxed, skinny, slashed, drain­pipe – when i t comes t o jeans, the lex­i­con is ex­ten­sive for there i s no more demo­cratic cloth­ing item on the planet. With so many shapes, shades, sil­hou­ettes and prices from which to choose, find­ing the right pair that suits your shape and pocket can be an on­go­ing chal­lenge.

Trends come and go – and know­ing that there is a hell of a dif­fer­ence be­tween a 501 and 510 ( Levi’s), for in­stance can be cru­cial in any search, though from the dou­ble denim look of the 80s to the skin­nies of the 2000s, in gen­eral the low rise has given way to the now pop­u­lar high- rise jean.

In a mar­ket worth nearly € 2 bil­lion, there’s a choice be­tween the in­ex­pen­sive high- street brands and the so called “pre­mium” la­bels at of­ten treble the price. But do you al­ways get what you pay for? I have found great jeans in River Is­land for € 55 and more re­cently a flat­ter­ing fit from Salsa, (¤ 100, Brown Thomas), a so- called “tech­ni­cal” Por­tuguese brand.

Here five women of dif­fer­ent ages and shapes re­veal their choice of jean and what suits their life­style.

Ruth Mon­aghan

FLORIST “I need jeans that are flex­i­ble for week­ends with my kids and in work mode it is all about mov­ing around, bend­ing and turn­ing.

“You want to look good and feel com­fort­able. For fit I go from Mar­garet How­ell to Vanessa Se­ward and wear them with flats – what suits my body shape is the fit­ted boyfriend style or else straight cut so that my up­per body looks well.

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