"Look for denim leggings and Ponte pants (pictured, from 7 For All Mankind), top them off with a stylish boyfriend blazer or a trendy leather bomber, and you have a great look that transitions easily from work to evening," says Galen Hardy, the clothing czar at Zappos.com.
And what about this season's never-gone skinny jeans? They're still here, but: "Skinny jeans continue to make their impact, but the boot cut is coming back! We are seeing lighter washes, but dark denim is still the most popular. And new on the scene are denim leggings!" shares Laura McDowell, Style Expert for T.J. Maxx/Marshalls.
A lot of us know what we want from denim but have problems actually finding the look and fit that works best for our life and shape. Joe Palmieri, co-founder of Palmieri Jeans (www.palmierijeans.com), shares some tips. He said that in buying jeans, how it fits us should be the obvious first consideration. Then, and only then, do we look for:
As big as skinny is – no pun intended – this is also the season for volume. New for fall are pegged pants that have pleats or fullness at the hip. The "boyfriend" silhouette continues for jeans, with straight legs, drop crotches and rolled hem. These can be ripped, stained or distressed for more vintage appeal, says Sharon Graubard, Senior Vice President of Trend Analysis at Stylesight.
Dark denim, the jean-like pencil leg and onyx skinny jeans are all variants of making one item of clothing work in many different ways. As the economy is still in flux, many of us don't have the means to update our wardrobe! But a great pencil leg that can adapt to work or play, formal or casual, is an example of being a fabulous recessionista – and looking hot in the process!
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