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