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Today's jeans look lousy on me, what alternatives have I?

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DemmitGel Mon 14-Sep-09 13:05:37

I am not especially overweight. I have an old-fashionedy kind of figure with an ok waist, but also with boobs, hips and a bottom.

Skinny jeans look dreadful on me, tapering down to little legs and feet from hips that suddenly look giant.

I don't really like flares, but I have always favoured bootcut as they balance out the hips, but they are not exactly the jean du jour, any advice on trouser/jean shape?

emkana Mon 14-Sep-09 13:06:48

I'm the same as you, and I'm sticking to bootcut, don't care what the current fashion is.

DemmitGel Mon 14-Sep-09 13:14:01

LOL you are probably right.

stillfrazzled Mon 14-Sep-09 13:16:36

I'm pear-shaped and love straight leg jeans - Topshop Marthas are brilliant.

EyeballsintheSky Mon 14-Sep-09 13:18:05

Bootcut or slouch here. I don't give two tosses about fashion. I'm 38 now, I don't have to care

DemmitGel Mon 14-Sep-09 13:20:17

I am 37 so wondering is it time I started caring or else I am just going to go down the chute grin.

holdingittogether Mon 14-Sep-09 13:21:25

I tend to buy "boy fit" these days

LadyoftheBathtub Mon 14-Sep-09 13:21:51

Skinny jeans can look cool on 20-year-old, very thin people IMO. When I see them on anyone whose thighs are wider than their ankles, they always make them look huge. If you see the same person in bootcuts their arse looks half the size! I can't understand why this trend has taken off at all and as a pear-shaped type I would never, ever wear them.

I can't call myself the height of fashion but I do think you can still wear bootcuts without looking old-fashioned or fuddy duddy - try on lots to find some that really suit you. I also like wideleg jeans, not massively wideleg but the kind you can get from boden or white stuff. Wear them with something fitted on top like a layered vest top/t-shirt and little cardie.

millenniumfalcon Mon 14-Sep-09 13:24:32

there are lots of jeans shapes in the shops, skinnies aren't the only option. i used to wear enormous flares/skater style jeans but feel a bit old for that look now. i quite like skinny flares for a nod to fashion without going full-on skinny and i have a pair of loosish bootcuts that are just the perfect fit/cut/colour for me, so am not even slightly worried about how fashionable/not they are, we'll be together till they (or i!) die grin

if you know what suits you then look around for the best fit/colour/details you can find in that style then get a really good jacket/coat - either one that suits your style exactly, or something fashionable if you care about that - which will help avoid the "stuck in a timewarp" look.

NoahAmin Mon 14-Sep-09 13:24:59

boyfit can make you look huge if you have wide hips.

DemmitGel Mon 14-Sep-09 13:27:25

I don't think I can get away with boyfriend or whatever as they make me look fatter than necessary. I still need something that holds my arse if you see what I mean! STructure.

NoahAmin Mon 14-Sep-09 13:29:14

yes mine made me look fat.
i went to gap and without looking at the "names" i tried loads on.
the best that were loose and cas were....their " boot cut" that i had never tired ebfore

DemmitGel Mon 14-Sep-09 13:33:03

So is that just gap or are you wearing bootcut too, is that what "arsey" people have to do - as it were.

AnAuntieNotAMum Mon 14-Sep-09 13:33:30

As a pear shape I was a bit despairing a few years ago when skinnies (or "drainpipes" as they were known in the days when I was young and twiglet enough to wear them) seemed to be the only jean available in the shops. Surely though now the "skinny" or nothing wave has passed and there's a big choice of shapes available? Every shop I got into does bootcut, if it suits you, go for it!

NoahAmin Mon 14-Sep-09 13:33:39

i have a flat arse.
you just need to get into a shop in cool non flustery making clothing with the shoes you intend to wear and TRY

dexter73 Mon 14-Sep-09 13:33:49

I get the Gap bootcut too and they are a good fit. Also like their long and lean.

NoahAmin Mon 14-Sep-09 13:34:25

the bootcut dont look at all booty on me - think tat is the skinny flare now.
they look floppy straight to me

millenniumfalcon Mon 14-Sep-09 13:36:02

these are my forever jeans, i was waxing lyrical about them on here before, they fit really well across the hips/bum (avoiding the saggy arse i tend to get on jeans yay) but then relaxed on the thigh and wide lower leg.

fishie Mon 14-Sep-09 13:36:32

no jeans in gap have ever fitted or suited me. i have no hips, flat arse and a fat tum.

NoahAmin Mon 14-Sep-09 13:37:09

They are on commission
go in there and say "I am not leaving till..."

DemmitGel Mon 14-Sep-09 13:39:59

I have only just said your name out loud & got it Noah!

millennium your forever jeans don't load!

I'd be just blushing asking for a style called long & lean.

I suppose you have to get over your hangups. It's 15 minutes in a shop compared to wearing them 3 times s week for 2 years.

NoahAmin Mon 14-Sep-09 13:40:41

go in there and say " help me please i am so hacked off"

tehy love it

Romanarama Mon 14-Sep-09 13:41:24

Or go to Trilogy. It's about 6x more expensive but the jeans are lovely and the people are seriously helpful.

fishie Mon 14-Sep-09 13:42:56

and remember not to get them too loose, they will stretch. (unless they are my sodding topshop jeggings which cut off circulation in my knee)

DemmitGel Mon 14-Sep-09 13:43:29

Yeah I have a free day on Thur might throw self on mercy of salesgirls

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