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Pairing jeans with fitted tops

Elizabeth Mitchell is a freelance fashion and beauty writer living in Los Angeles. A graduate of New York University, she regularly contributes to The Fashion Spot, The Luxury Spot and authors the Star Style column for StyleBakery Teen. ...

The dos of denim

Not sure how to style those chic new jeans you just bought? From high-waisted skinnies to bell-bottoms, we’ll show you how to create the most flattering proportions.
The dos of denim

Rock bell-bottoms with a body-con top

When styling a super-fitted top with jeans, proportions become extremely important, points out television costume designer and clothes editor at, Alison Freer.

"One of my favorite looks is to marry a body-con top with a pair of fitted through the hip, flared at the ankle, bell-bottom style jeans for a very '70s feel,” she says. We recommend tossing on a wide-brimmed hat and suede ankle booties to complete your look.

Balance skinny jeans and a fitted shirt with a chunky shoe

According to Freer, another option for an ultra-sleek fitted shirt is to team it with some super skinny cigarette-leg jeans and finish the look off with a shoe that has some chunk to it, such as a rocker-style ankle boot or a sneaker wedge. "Proportion in fashion is all about balance, and a head-to-toe tight, fitted look really needs the weight of a hefty shoe to anchor it.” We couldn’t agree more!

Sport high-waisted jeans with a crop top

Skin-tight tube tops are no longer in (thank goodness!). Nowadays, however, fitted crop tops are everywhere. To avoid showing off your entire midsection a la Miley Cyrus, pair yours with high-waisted skinny jeans that reveal only a sliver of skin. Headed out for the night? Throw on a cool leather jacket over top, step into some sky-high platform wedges and you’ll be ready to tear the town up.

Layer on a loose boyfriend cardigan

If you plan on pairing two tight items together (jeans and a fitted top), you may want to balance things out a bit with a looser layer, like a long boyfriend cardigan or a drapey sweater. Both will generally give off the appearance of a slimmer figure for those who are at all concerned about their hips or waist in a tight top. Plus they’ll add some interest to a plain ensemble, not to mention keep you warm.

Put on a belt

One of our favorite casual ensembles of all time is a pair of blue jeans worn with a fitted white T-shirt. It’s classic and cool, and every girl has this combo in her closet. To tie the look together and accentuate your waistline, a basic thin brown belt will do the trick. If you’re short-waisted though and would like to elongate your torso, leave your fitted tee untucked sans a belt.

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