Denim for you Jeans that fit and flatter
Few pieces are more essential to your wardrobe than the right pair of jeans. We helped 10 GH readers find their most flattering fit.
Kerry MacDonald, 44
‘ What I like about these jeans is the comfort of the higher waist and the soft denim. The embellishment means I can wear them during the day, then dress them up for an evening out. Comfort is most important to me, so if they look good as well, what a bonus! ’ TOP R699, Forever New. JACKET R350, MRP. JEANS R2 699, Topshop. EARRINGS R115, Colette by Colette Hayman. SHOES R999, Aldo.
Marlin Uriah, 73
‘ I look for comfort above all, but also a flattering fit. Being short, it’s not always easy to find jeans that don’t need major alterations, so I’m really happy when I find a pair that meets all the above requirements! A straightleg cut is easy for me, as I can roll them in and up without them looking too bulky. ’ TOP R629, H&M. JEANS R829, Zara. EARRINGS R99, Call It Spring. BRACELETS R79,95 for a set of five, Woolworths. SHOES R699, Zoom.
Lesego Mtsolongo, 21
‘ Cropped boyfriend jeans are my go-to style. The shorter length balances out the baggy proportions. I’m quite tall and have extra-long legs, so keeping things in proportion is important. ’ Tip: Denim that feels thicker and has a little stretch is flattering. Anything too thin clings to all the wrong places. TOP R699, Topshop. JEANS R599, Cotton On. EARRINGS R109, Forever 21. SNEAKERS R449, Cotton On.
Bella Peerutin, 19
‘ I like skinny cropped jeans. I’m active so I love wearing them with different kinds of sneakers – cute and comfortable! ’ Tip: The no-fail length for cropped jeans extends a bit below the widest part of your calves. Most legs taper from that point, drawing attention to ankles. Cropped jeans also draw attention to shoes, so wear something eye-catching, like a pair of this season’s thicksoled sneakers. SHIRT R649, Topshop. JEANS R899 and HAT R262, both Forever New. SNEAKERS R2 450, Castelo.
Juana Parathyras, 34
‘ I really like high-waisted skinny jeans with stretch and extra length because I’m tall. I prefer simple dark jeans like these because I can wear them with anything, from day through to night. ’ Tip: High-waisted or mid-rise jeans with stretch are great for flattening the tummy and preventing muffin tops. JUANA WEARS: T-SHIRT R699, Calvin Klein. JACKET R1 399, Topshop. JEANS R699, Poetry. EARRINGS R115, Colette by Colette Hayman. BOOTS R1 599, Witchery at Woolworths. BABY JACK WEARS: T-SHIRT, Jack’s own. JEANS R299, Cotton On at Superbalist.
Shirley Padi, 37
‘ I love a good pair of stretchy, comfortable jeans – they are perfect for when I’m chasing my toddlers around. ’ Tip: Darker washes of denim are slimming. Plus a wide cuff balances out a pear shape. TOP R1 199, Witchery at Woolworths. JACKET R6 200, Jota Kena. JEANS R99, Ackermans. EARRINGS R109, Forever 21. SHOES R1 299, Aldo.
Lucia Ma, 21
‘ Mom jeans complement my body the best. They are nice to wear with a crop top, which is my go-to style. ’ HOODIE R1 699, G-Star RAW. JEANS R230, MRP. EARRINGS R115, Colette by Colette Hayman. SHOES R999, Aldo.
Kirsten Marshall, 24
‘ Comfortable jeans that fit well are what I look for. These jeans can be dressed up or down, allowing me to be comfortable and stylish at the same time. ’ TOP R599, Poetry. JEANS from R439 to R479, Miladys. EARRINGS R199, Aldo. WATCH R2 799, Fossil at American Swiss. SHOES R1 299, Aldo.
Robyn Uriah, 47
‘ These fun loose-fitting ankle grazers are perfect for me. I don’t take myself too seriously and like experimenting with my jeans. ’ Tip: When your jeans become too slouchy or loose from wear, skip the wash and pop them in the tumble dryer – they will revert to their original shape. T-SHIRT R479, Forever 21. JACKET R3 699, Puma. JEANS R829, Tally Weijl. CHOKER, BANGLES and RINGS, all Robyn’s own. SNEAKERS R4 299, Adidas Originals.
Natacha Neuburger, 46
‘ I love skinny jeans… anything that lifts my butt. I’m very active and rate comfort above everything. ’ Tip: To get the most bang for your buck, look for darker denim jeans without tons of bells and whistles. They’ll work for casual events, day or night, and maybe even the office. T-SHIRT R699, Calvin Klein. JACKET R4 899, Witchery at Woolworths. JEANS R999, Sissy Boy. EARRINGS, RING and SHOES, all Natacha’s own.
--- Tip - - - Embroidery and patchwork embellishments are everywhere! If a design is on your hip, it’ll draw the eye there, so make sure you’re directing attention where you want it. ---------
--- Tip - - - Good news: straightleg jeans are back, and they flatter most body types. This cut skims over legs to lengthen the lower half. ---------
BABY JACK, FIVE MONTHS
--- Tip - - - Culotte-style jeans will automatically add more shape to an athletic figure. They look good on pearshaped figures too. ---------
--- Tip - - - The Miladys WonderFit range goes up to size 50 and has all sorts of features to ensure a slimming fit, including a high-rise fit and shaping darts. --------- PHOTOGRAPHY KATINKA BESTER FROM HERO CREATIVE MANAGEMENT FASHION BEV NATES FASHION ASSISTANT CLARE ROBERTSON FASHION INTERNS ANKE NEL AND LESEGO MTSOLONGO HAIR KEVIN EPSTEIN MAKEUP ALGRIA FERREIRA AND NANDI KAI FROM SUPERNOVA CREATIVE MANAGEMENT PRICES CORRECT AT TIME OF GOING TO PRESS STOCKISTS ON PAGE 119