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Exactly How to Wear Denim Cutoffs, According to Country Singer Jana Kramer

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Come spring and summer, it's cutoff time. The relaxed denim shorts are a warm-weather staple that we're crazy about, but there are some guidelines about how to wear them. There's the obvious (please, keep your butt cheeks to yourself), but what about the finer sartorial points? Sandals or heels? The best hemline? For clarification, we turned to a woman who'd know: country singer Jana Kramer. Whether she'll wear cutoffs when she performs at the Academy of Country Music's Party for a Cause Festival in Las Vegas this weekend is anyone's guess, but rest assured that if she does pull a pair out, she's gonna be wearing them perfectly.

Exactly How to Wear Denim Cutoffs, According to Country Singer Jana Kramer

Rule 1: The right length is somewhere in between...
"Remember that rule about your shorts being a certain length for school?" she asked, instantly causing us to drop our hands to the side and decipher where fingertip-length was. "Well, maybe just a tad bit shorter than that. It's the perfect in-between."

Rule 2: A loose shirt is the go-to.
For Kramer—5'4 and the proud mama of a brand-new little boy—styling shorts with a voluminous top is what works best. "Let's just be honest. With my height and having just had a baby, I'm all about a loose, stylish t-shirt," she said. "It totally depends on you, though. I think crop tops look adorable with short cutoffs if you're tall like Kendall Jenner."

Rule 3: They work (almost) anywhere, so long as your accessories are on point.
Per Kramer, cutoffs can work from sunrise to sunset. The one caveat is that they need to be accessorized properly, so no heading out to dinner in a torn pair with a faded t-shirt and sandals. "Wear heels and a cute blazer for going out at night," she suggested. For a daytime look that still needs to be pulled together, consider lace-up sandals and an off-the-shoulder top (two of the biggest spring trends according to Pinterest data).

Rule 4: Any type of shoe works.
We begged Kramer to spill the beans on which shoes she'd never, ever wear with cutoffs, but her answer was a pretty firm anything goes situation. "I love flip flops and would prefer them over heels, but heels make your legs look amazing when you're wearing shorts." Wear what feels right for you, but consider the situation and place (refer back to rule #3).

While you can totally DIY your own pair, Kramer says it's not for her. "I tried to do a pair back in high school, and it was a disaster. I'm sticking to my day job," she said, naming Paige and J Brand as her preferred pairs. "They always fit my body type the best."

More? Let three cute country singers explain why guys love women in jeans and a t-shirt so much.

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Exactly How to Wear Denim Cutoffs, According to Country Singer Jana Kramer

The 8 French Girl Style Must-Haves for Spring

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When in Paris, do as the Parisians do: Drink espresso, eat croissants, and definitely channel that effortlessly cool style all French women seem to be born with. You know the one we're talking about: It's that I-got-dressed-in-five-minutes-and-look-absolutely-awesome look that we all aim to have.

With Paris Fashion Week just behind us, we've stolen some of the best French-girl style essentials for spring. And, to be clear, we fully plan to spend the entire season dressed head-to-toe in these classics. After all, some of the chicest girls around (French or not) have proven them to be total wardrobe must-haves.

The Slouchy Sweater:
The 8 French Girl Style Must-Haves for Spring
Every girl should have that oversized cashmere sweater—in black, navy, or camel—that, slouchy as it may be, is still slim enough to wear to the office without looking frumpy. It's the perfect transitional season pairing for all of your statement pieces, like structured pants or a bright midi skirt.

The Tweed Jacket:
The 8 French Girl Style Must-Haves for Spring
Channel Coco Chanel herself and grab a tweed jacket this spring. While your grandmother may have been in the habit of wearing a skirt suit in the textured weave, youthful French girls have borrowed from their elders and are mixing the elegant piece with slouchy denim and casual cotton T-shirts.

The Black Pants:
The 8 French Girl Style Must-Haves for Spring
The black pants of French girl style are tailored, yet perfectly slouchy. For this wardrobe classic, keep the legs slim, but don't go too skinny. We especially love an ankle crop to be able to style with either booties or ballet flat styles.

The Bomber Jacket:
The 8 French Girl Style Must-Haves for Spring
This off-duty jacket sits somewhere between an edgy moto jacket and super casual denim trucker. Look for a shrunken silhouette that will pair best with an after-hours LBD and your favorite pair of jeans alike.

The Thick-Frame Sunglasses:
The 8 French Girl Style Must-Haves for Spring
Make sure that you have a pair of tortoise or black sunglasses on hand in a classic shape. In a slight cat-eye style, they'll keep your look timeless and never feel too casual or outdated.

The Leather Jacket:
The 8 French Girl Style Must-Haves for Spring
An eternal cool girl go-to, this forever wardrobe staple knows no bounds. Throw it on when heading out to brunch with friends, add the light layer to a midi skirt for office mornings, or give your after-hours style a bit of an edge by pairing a cocktail dress with a cropped moto style.

The Bright Bag:
The 8 French Girl Style Must-Haves for Spring
French girls tend to stick to the classics, styling black pants and jeans with tailored blazers and elegant blouses. The secret to adding a bit of punch to every understated look? A bright bag with a bit of personality that will take you from day to night.

The Straight-Leg Jean:
The 8 French Girl Style Must-Haves for Spring
Americans may love their jeans, but French girls have perfected the denim game. While trends come and go, they always have a pair of those perfect straight-leg jeans that give off that I've-had-these-forever-and-they're-perfect vibe.


For more on French girl style:
The 10 Style Rules That Every French Woman Knows
French-Girl Style: The Newest Style Stars From the Streets of Paris Fashion Week
10 Key Style Differences Between American and French-Girl Style


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The 8 French Girl Style Must-Haves for Spring

9 Spring Wardrobe Essentials That Never Go Out of Style

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There's something about spring that makes us want to go shopping. Ok, fine, we feel that way when fall hits as well—but knowing that the coming months will involve more outdoor activities just makes it that much more exciting. While we can't help but indulge in the trends of each season, there are also nine wardrobe essentials that we can't live without—especially for spring. Whether you're fashioning a look purely out of the classics, or need perfect basics to go with your statement item-of-the-moment, these are the pieces you need in your wardrobe.


The Leather Jacket:
9 Spring Wardrobe Essentials That Never Go Out of Style
With a little more warmth than other spring jacket styles, this edgy moto style is a great denim topper on the weekends, but also a fun addition to a cocktail dress when heading out at night.

The White Button-Down Shirt:
9 Spring Wardrobe Essentials That Never Go Out of Style
For work, a date, or the weekend, a button-down shirt will always be appropriate. Not only is this piece universally flattering—in cuts from fitted to boyfriend—you can style it with everything from a pencil skirt to a pair of boyfriend jeans. Bonus? Button it up to your neck or leave it hanging open for true layering potential.

The Striped T-Shirt:
9 Spring Wardrobe Essentials That Never Go Out of Style
You can never have too many striped shirts. Our style suggestion? Try pairing the print with—that's right—more prints. It's classic enough to go with checks and florals alike.

The White Sneaker:
9 Spring Wardrobe Essentials That Never Go Out of Style
Lowtop or hightop, a white sneaker is a forever style. While we're currently loving the dressed-down way of pairing them with a skirt or dress for spring, it's a sure bet they'll always look good with your favorite pair of jeans.

The Denim Jacket:
9 Spring Wardrobe Essentials That Never Go Out of Style
Cropped or oversized, every girl should have a denim jacket in her closet. An off-duty favorite, it's a great mild-weather outfit topper. Fashion a double-denim look with a pair of blue jeans, or mix up your textures with a great pair of leather pants or suede skirt.

The Little Black Dress:
9 Spring Wardrobe Essentials That Never Go Out of Style
Oversleep your alarm for work or have a last-minute party to attend at night? A little black dress will always be a safe go-to. Rock your favorite sans accessories for a clean look, or pile on the jewels when you're feeling more festive.

The White T-Shirt:
9 Spring Wardrobe Essentials That Never Go Out of Style
Stock up. Seriously. Not only will this wardrobe essential never go out of style, but you'll never outgrow it either. What's more? While designers surely have styles in a full range of dollar signs, a T-shirt doesn't have to break the bank: Keep it simple and affordable for this classic style.

The Straight-Leg Jeans:
9 Spring Wardrobe Essentials That Never Go Out of Style
While denim itself is a true American classic, silhouettes and styles come and go. The one forever pair you can invest in now and wear until they literally fall off? Straight-leg jeans. Not too figure hugging, but lacking a dramatic shape that you may tire of, these jeans will always be in rotation.

The Trench Coat:
9 Spring Wardrobe Essentials That Never Go Out of Style
Lightweight, waterproof, and Old Hollywood chic, the trench coat is the perfect spring layer for any weather. In classic camel, it goes with everything, and the mid-length cut is beyond elegant, even when you're rocking a pair of cutoff denims!

9 Spring Wardrobe Essentials That Never Go Out of Style
DKNY leather biker jacket, $995, net-a-porter.com

9 Spring Wardrobe Essentials That Never Go Out of Style
Equipment Margaux cotton shirt, $275, mytheresa.com

9 Spring Wardrobe Essentials That Never Go Out of Style
Saint James slouchy t-shirt, $90, jcrew.com

9 Spring Wardrobe Essentials That Never Go Out of Style
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star canvas sneakers, $55, net-a-porter.com

9 Spring Wardrobe Essentials That Never Go Out of Style
Moto denim western jacket, $75, topshop.com

9 Spring Wardrobe Essentials That Never Go Out of Style
Halter neck dress, $50, zara.com

9 Spring Wardrobe Essentials That Never Go Out of Style
The 1950s Boxy Tee, $78, shopredone.com

9 Spring Wardrobe Essentials That Never Go Out of Style
MiH Jeans Jeanne cropped distressed straight-leg jeans, $325, net-a-porter.com

9 Spring Wardrobe Essentials That Never Go Out of Style
Icon trench coat, $298, jcrew.com

For more spring fashion:
Olivia Palermo Has Perfected the Between-Seasons Outfit
Cute and Chic Work Outfit Ideas for Transitional Spring Weather
Meet the Lace-Up Ballet Flat: The Most Popular Shoe Trend This Spring










9 Spring Wardrobe Essentials That Never Go Out of Style

Throwback Thursday: These Vintage Denim Ads From the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s Are Major

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There's nothing like peeking at old fashion spreads and advertisements to realize, wow, how trends change. Even though it's hard to imagine the street style shots we study for outfit ideas amusing, not inspiring, future generations, you can bet on it happening. We were reminded of the cycle when we got to peek into the ad archives of Jordache, a denim label that owned much of the '70s and '80s fashion scene (think of it as the decades' J Brand or Rag & Bone). The snaps feature handsome, smiling men and women who were undoubtedly embodying exactly how everyone in the decade wanted to dress and appear.

Come see our favorites, arranged in rough chronological order:

Throwback Thursday: These Vintage Denim Ads From the '70s, '80s, and '90s Are Major

Throwback Thursday: These Vintage Denim Ads From the '70s, '80s, and '90s Are Major

Throwback Thursday: These Vintage Denim Ads From the '70s, '80s, and '90s Are Major

Throwback Thursday: These Vintage Denim Ads From the '70s, '80s, and '90s Are Major

Throwback Thursday: These Vintage Denim Ads From the '70s, '80s, and '90s Are Major

Throwback Thursday: These Vintage Denim Ads From the '70s, '80s, and '90s Are Major

Throwback Thursday: These Vintage Denim Ads From the '70s, '80s, and '90s Are Major

A quick brand history of Jordache: The name was born in 1977, made up with letters from the various first names and last of the Nakash family. An initial ad showing a topless woman on horseback was banned from TV, creating some immediate buzz, and the brand was in with the disco-frequenting style icons of the decade. It retained a designer feel straight up until 1995 when the label began to be carried at Walmart.

More recently they've focused on adding a higher-end collection to the range that's inspired by some of the iconic pieces seen in the above ads (The Jordache Look, sold only online). The company got a burst of star power too, signing on Sarah Jessica Parker to be the face of the new offerings. Not an odd choice since it's, you know, SJP, but we were definitely surprised when the actress told us she didn't wear her first pair of jeans until she was past her teenage years.










Throwback Thursday: These Vintage Denim Ads From the '70s, '80s, and '90s Are Major

The Perfect Pair of Black Jeans, According to Supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

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A good pair of black jeans is a wardrobe essential and a chameleon at that, easily moving from lived-in weekend staple to anchoring an outfit that's ready for drinks and dinner. Finding a go-to style can be a search on par with hunting for the holy grail, but if you're still looking for the perfect pair, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley might be able to help.

"A black pair of skinny jeans has to be the most versatile, timeless and flattering for everyone. I love that [they] can be dressed up or down, smart or casual," she told British Vogue, naming her favorite style as Paige's Hoxton in Black Shadow (to note: RHW is the brand's face and current campaign star). "They're very slimming and elongating."

The Perfect Pair of Black Jeans, According to Supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

The super listed her denim no-nos as anything "overly distressed or the paint-splattered trend" and noted that when she does a looser boyfriend fit, she likes to feel feminine. Based on a chat we had with her in the fall, we're guessing that means pulling on a classic pair of pumps, though she was firm that there's absolutely no point in worrying about what guys think of your jeans—it "should be the least of any woman's concerns."

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The Perfect Pair of Black Jeans, According to Supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Glamour Editors Answer The Top 10 Most Googled Fashion Questions of 2015

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With the new year just around the corner, the number guys are starting to crunch everything that happened in 2015 (worry not, they left it to us to recap the year's best red carpet dresses and royal style moments). The folks at Google just revealed the top 10 fashion questions that had the web puzzled, and since we wouldn't dare leave you guys without answers, we quizzed the team for advice and intel. Without further ado, everything the Internet wanted to know about fashion, answered all in one place.

1. How to walk in heels
Glamour Editors Answer The Top 10 Most Googled Fashion Questions of 2015
"Advice abounds on this topic, including inventive ways to pad your shoes and advice to start taking yoga classes. First and foremost though, it's about finding heels that won't ache the minute you put them on—no one can walk easily in those. Before you buy another pair of high heels online, study my all-time favorite trick." - Leah Melby Clinton, senior online fashion writer

2. What to wear on the first day of school
Glamour Editors Answer The Top 10 Most Googled Fashion Questions of 2015
"For any kind of big day, you want to put your best food—and outfit—forward while still feeling comfortable. There's nothing worse than feeling self-conscious and fidgeting with your shirt all day. To find your perfect outfit, think of which items of clothing you like to wear most on your down time and make them more exciting with accessories. Love jeans? Try them with an of-the-moment square-toe boot and chain bag. Like a classic tee? Style it with the season's micro-pleated skirts and midi-heels." - Lauren Chan, associate fashion writer

3. How to fray jeans
Glamour Editors Answer The Top 10 Most Googled Fashion Questions of 2015
"Frayed, raw hems were so popular this year and DIY'ing them is marvelously easy. Cut the ends off a hemmed pair exactly where you want them to hit: put them on, remain standing straight, and have a pal mark the right crop with a marker. Cut when the jeans are off your body and live in them, letting them fray more as you wear and wash. If longer white strings start to tickle your ankles after a few washes, trim them as desired." - LMC

4. How to tie a shirt
Glamour Editors Answer The Top 10 Most Googled Fashion Questions of 2015
"Turning a regular old T-shirt into a cool, cropped one is easiest if you start with a slightly longer, stretchy shirt — thick shirts can be stiff and therefore less pliable, making them super annoying to tie. Once you've got the right shirt, put it on. Determine where you want the shirt to hit, then grab a small fist-full of fabric at least three inches long in each hand. Tie them together like you would anything else, by knotting the two pieces through each other. I like this method because its easier than trying to knot one huge loop of fabric over itself, and it looks less bulky!" - Christina Pérez, contributing fashion writer

5. What should a bride wear to the rehearsal dinner
Glamour Editors Answer The Top 10 Most Googled Fashion Questions of 2015
"The bride has license to go over-the-top the night before her wedding. Even if your rehearsal dinner is a clam bake on the beach or a bonfire, pick something extra-festive. A cocktail dress is always a safe bet; look for a white one if you want to keep it bridal. And bonus points for bling." - Kim Fusaro, lead writer, weddings and home

6. What to wear booties with
Glamour Editors Answer The Top 10 Most Googled Fashion Questions of 2015
"Is this a trick question? You can legit wear anything with booties. Pull them over black tights, on bare legs, or with skinny jeans. For outfit inspiration, we've got over 20 ways to wear them from date night to weekend errands." - LMC

7. What are mules shoes
Glamour Editors Answer The Top 10 Most Googled Fashion Questions of 2015
"They're always open-back and can be heeled or flat. Mules are typically close-toed, but can also be peep- or open-toe. When they first grabbed our attention in the spring, it was all about heels. Now we're really loving flat iterations." - LMC

8. What to wear to a wedding in the woods
Glamour Editors Answer The Top 10 Most Googled Fashion Questions of 2015
"Rule 1—flats. You'll just look silly teetering down a dirt path in heels. Rule 2—a dress that's flowy, but not floor-length. A wedding like this is laid-back, so leave your body-con dresses in the closet. Same goes for your long dresses, which would get filthy on a grass 'dance floor.'" - KF

9. How to dress up like [YouTube star] Miranda Sings
Glamour Editors Answer The Top 10 Most Googled Fashion Questions of 2015
"Get the brightest red pants you can find and a striped button-down shirt, preferably in blue and white stripes. As for her beauty look, don't forget to pull your hair back on either side with bobby pins. Generously apply red lipstick." - Anna Moeslein,

10. What color shoes goes with a black and blue dress
Glamour Editors Answer The Top 10 Most Googled Fashion Questions of 2015
"If black and navy, I'd suggest black or a nude as the best bet. If a vivid cobalt, I think this is a good opportunity to have fun with a printed or bright shoe." - LMMC

Wondering who that gorgeous gal in the black and blue is? It's British actress Annabelle Wallis. She's Chris Martin's new main squeeze and has major fashion cred.

With the end of the year comes a lot of reflection. Relive the year's biggest fashion stories and then vote for which you thought was most major.










Glamour Editors Answer The Top 10 Most Googled Fashion Questions of 2015

The 10 Reasons You Should Start Paying Attention to Australian Girl Style

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Geographically, it feels like Australia is directly flip-flopped from the United States. But style-wise? Not so much. Ladies down under routinely inspire sartorial wanderlust in us Americans, keen to replicate their beachy cool take on just about every fashion situation. It's vital too to remember that Oz isn't made up of a gaggle of bikini babes lounging beachside: The country has turned up some design talent (like Kate Middleton favorite Zimmerman and Sass & Bide), plus bloggers galore. For insight into what makes style-setters down under tick, we connected with Tash Sefton and Elle Ferguson, the best-friend duo behind They All Hate Us.

The 10 Reasons You Should Start Paying Attention to Australian Girl Style

Tash Sefton and Elle Ferguson

The biggest sartorial takeaway from Aussies? Don't let the season dictate your shopping list. It's a curse of living in the southern hemisphere, where seasons are opposite from what's happening in most global style capitals like Manhattan, Paris, and London—the women are constantly tempted to buy pieces from other seasons. "We buy wool coats and over-the-knee boots in summer because we see the girls in the States looking amazing in their winter," Ferguson shared. Apply her shopping strategy to your own situation, buying what catches your eye and simply wearing it when the weather's right.

More aspects of Aussie style to learn from?

Australian girls wear ripped-up denim better than anyone else.
Jeans are a global closet staple, but women are wearing them differently everywhere. In Australia, that means looser and typically ripped, plus styles other than skinnies. "You see so many girls wearing bootleg and flare jeans here," Sefton told us.

Australian girls don't stress over pre-planning outfits.
The relaxed-chic of Aussie girls is achieved, in part, by not thinking too much about what they'll be wearing. "As a whole, we're really laid-back. When we go out, we've probably been for a swim beforehand or a walk on the beach," Ferguson explained. "I think of American girls as being so beautifully 'done' with weekly blow-outs and outfits styled from head to toe."

They are very brand-loyal.
It was a point both women made multiple times: Aussies stay true to brands they love, whereas ladies in the U.S. will flit between multiple options. "There are shared spaces when shopping in the states. You go into a boutique and there are five or six different brands, and you're intended to mix it up," Ferguson said, explaining that for her, shopping is often about popping into individual brand stores.

The 10 Reasons You Should Start Paying Attention to Australian Girl Style

They work denim at the office.
"We get away with dressing down," Sefton pointed out. "Even denim is becoming more acceptable in the work place." Ferguson seconded the thought, saying that Australian workwear isn't as tailored as that in the U.S.

They size up.
"We love American style, but when we take inspiration from it we make it a little more relaxed," Sefton said. Specifically, it can be about what size we decide to buy. "We all have the same items in our closets, but an Australian girl's white t-shirt would be a size large and worn oversized. An American's would fit her properly and be a smaller size," added Ferguson.

They love high-street shops.
After existing without budget-friendly staples like H&M, Zara, and Topshop for awhile, the women in Oz are still rabid for them. "It's like Christmas for us!" Sefton reported. "We finally have access to brands like never before—in turn we sometimes go a little crazy."

The 10 Reasons You Should Start Paying Attention to Australian Girl Style

Wearing best friend t-shirts you can buy here

They keep the jewelry to a limit.
As a generalization, the ladies report that they tend to see American girls in more accessories than they do on their countrywomen. The term "arm party" felt distinctly American to them, and while they love it, both said the Aussie way is to wear one bangle, not a stack of five.

They don't focus on brands when shopping.
"Wearing head-to-toe designer labels isn't big here. We mix it up with high street and aren't as brand-focused as you see in the U.S., mainly due to availability," Sefton explained. It's a shopping attitude that's likely to fill your closet with pieces you truly love: Keep an eye out for pieces that call to you, ignoring whether they're the "right" brand.

They shop knowing that eventually they'll be able to wear an occasion-piece
Ever shopped with an event in mind, hunting for a dress to wear to that particular party you've got on the calendar? It's not something Aussies relate to as much. The girls, superstar Instagrammers, say they feel led by the desire to buy—and wear—something immediately. Saving it for a Saturday night four weeks from now? Impossible.

Another reason we love the They All Hate Us girls? Beyond reliably peppering our Insta-feed with Aussie-cool outfits, they oversee a shoppable arm of their brand that brings their curated picks from Australian brands to international shoppers (Sefton says 40% of their customers are outside of their country, mostly from the U.S.). "I think the customer loves seeing our local brands as a point of difference to global-dominated brands. It's exciting for us to spread the word of what great designers we have here!"

More international fashion? Come see 10 style differences between American and French girl-style.











The 10 Reasons You Should Start Paying Attention to Australian Girl Style

How to Find the Best Skinny Jeans for Your Body Type

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Despite all the buzz about boyfriend jeans, and the recent reemergence of flared jeans, skinny jeans are still an easy go-to — whether you're dressing down for the weekend or dressing up for a night out on the town. Slim enough to tuck into boots, and polished enough to wear with stiletto heels, skinnies look awesome with everything from a laid-back T-shirt to a silky top. The only question: How do you find the best ones for you?

To answer all of our skinny jeans queries, we enlisted the help of two of our favorite denim gurus: Emily Current and Meritt Elliott. After launching the popular denim line Current/Elliott in 2008, they have since gone on to start The Great, which debuted in 2015. Suffice to say, these girls know a thing or two when it comes to the perfect style and fit of denim.

Read on for their skinny jeans tips.

How to Find the Best Skinny Jeans for Your Body Type

A little bit of stretch goes a long way.
"We love a skinny jean that has some stretch for comfort, but still has the texture and hand of a real denim jean"

Look for back pockets that are large and low.
"We love the authenticity of bigger, lower pockets that are reminiscent of vintage men's jeans."

An ankle crop is the most flattering skinny jean length.
"We find that an ankle length skinny jean is universally flattering—one that hits right above the ankle, that works with both a cropped and tall boot or shows off a statement shoe. Since everyone is different heights, be sure to have your tailor hem it to the perfect length using the original hem."

Comfort is non-negotiable.
"Denim should feel great on. It should be the perfect balance of comfort, ease and personal style. Washes should feel authentic and the hand of the fabric should feel loved."

Don't be afraid to be unique.
"While we love everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Carolyn Bisset, we often are inspired by people who have styled a basic pair of skinny jeans to make them their own. We love when people size up for more of a slouchier skinny, when people roll the hem, or show natural fading, holes, or mending with time and wear."

And as for how these ladies style their skinnies?
"I will pair mine with a cozy cable knit sweater and camel suede ankle boots," says Current; while Elliott will wear her skinnies with "vintage high top converse and my favorite crewneck sweatshirt."

Shop our favorite skinnies right here!

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For more on denim:
The Jeans That Flatter Your Body Type, According to Denim Doctor Diane Gilman
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15 New Ways to Wear Denim for Fall, From the Streets of Milan Fashion Week










How to Find the Best Skinny Jeans for Your Body Type

The Jeans that Flatter Your Body Type, According to Denim Doctor Diane Gilman

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The Jeans that Flatter Your Body Type, According to Denim Doctor Diane Gilman

In certain circles, Diane Gilman is known as Queen of Jeans. We at Glamour, however have taken to calling her the Denim Doctor.

Why? Because in the decade since she’s been denim industry, the brunette bombshell has sold more than 8 million pairs of jeans. Not to mention that her eponymous denim collection for HSN, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, has the biggest loyal customer following of any other category on the TV shopping channel, clocking in at a staggering 850,000 denim-loving ladies.

So yeah, that kind of makes you the Queen of Jeans, right? (No word on whether a crown and scepter is included with this royal title).

“It’s a marriage of entertainment and infomercial, " says Gilman, pictured below. "Your customers need to identify with you as a friend. That’s a big responsibility! No matter how you feel, you have to be that best friend talking through why they need these jeans.”


The Jeans that Flatter Your Body Type, According to Denim Doctor Diane Gilman


She recently expanded her business into Paris and has plans to move into Dusseldorf in 2016. (And she jokes that if there were a way to clone her, they’d also take Beijing.) Gilman credits the boom to the quality of her fabrics.
“It’s all about mixing comfort with style. We’re into fabrics that stretch up to 20-inche,” she says. “You’re in something you can wear 24/7—why would you ever get into something stiff and uncomfortable again?!

So of course, when we had the opportunity to sit down with Gilman, to spill our denim dilemmas, jumped at the chance. Here, the Denim Doctor “prescribed” the perfect jeans to seven Glamour staffers with different body types. Find your perfect pair here, doctor's orders!


Editor: Jenae Holloway, Special Projects
Denim dilemma: Very tall with long legs, full hips, and loves a skinny but the waists always gape.
Diane Gilman's prescription: A comfort waist, which doesn’t have a classic waistband. Instead, it has a 3-and-a-half inch panel in denim that hugs the tummy, to avoid gaping.
Wearing: SuperStretch Skinny Jean with Mesh Shaping Panel in Tall sizing
The Jeans that Flatter Your Body Type, According to Denim Doctor Diane Gilman


Editor: Victoria Ravest, Deputy Art Director
Denim dilemma: A trouser lover who wants to be able to wear jeans to work.
Diane Gilman's prescription: A modern bootcut in ForeverBlack, which lasts 50 washes before you see any wear to the color and surface. It also doesn’t wrinkle, so you can sit at your desk all day and still look sharp.
Wearing: Forever Black Stretch Denim Boot-Cut
The Jeans that Flatter Your Body Type, According to Denim Doctor Diane Gilman


Editor: Lauren Chan, Associate Fashion Writer
Denim dilemma: Loves black, wants something other than a skinny, has a less than ample backside.
Diane Gilman's prescription: A slight flare with strategically placed pockets. DG2's uses small pockets and places them high on the jean. Plus, they're tilted inward so that the eye travels in and up creating curve.
Wearing: SuperStretch Denim Slim Flare
The Jeans that Flatter Your Body Type, According to Denim Doctor Diane Gilman


Editor: Eillie Anzilotti, Editorial Assistant
Denim dilemma: Has slim hips and strong calves from dancing, doesn't like skinny jeans—and can pull off any trend.
Diane Gilman's prescription: Also a slim flare, but in a nautical white. The style has contoured waistbands that are cut on the bias for extra stretch—which will help it hug slim hips. To accommodate for bigger calves, it hugs to the knee and then flares out.
Wearing: Lyric Culture by Diane Gilman SuperStretch Bell-Bottom
The Jeans that Flatter Your Body Type, According to Denim Doctor Diane Gilman


Editor: Amanda Jean Black, Fashion Assistant
Denim dilemma: Wants to avoid fabric wear and tear from chafing, is petite in height, and likes high-rise and wide-leg.
Diane Gilman's prescription: Jeans shaped like the plus wide-leg trouser, which wouldn’t cause that friction. The stretch will hold the wearer in and the fabric is cut to hold your inner thighs apart.
Wearing: Classic Denim Wide-Leg Trouser in Petite sizing
The Jeans that Flatter Your Body Type, According to Denim Doctor Diane Gilman


Editor: Sarah Evans, Designer
Denim dilemma: Loves skinnies and has thinner legs with a wider waist.
Diane Gilman's prescription: Skinnies that have waists with 6 inches of stretch, which solve this classic issue by molding to your legs and stretching at the hip. Our flex stretch is ideal!
Wearing: Modern SuperStretch Denim Skinny
The Jeans that Flatter Your Body Type, According to Denim Doctor Diane Gilman


Editor: Brittany Adams, Fashion Writer
Denim dilemma:
Also loves a skinny—but in classic black—and favors a high waist.
Diane Gilman's prescription: A ForeverBlack skinny or flat waisted jeggings with FlexStretch. The latter look exactly like a traditional jean, but slip on and has hidden elastic on the inside.
Wearing: Forever Black Stretch Denim Skinny
The Jeans that Flatter Your Body Type, According to Denim Doctor Diane Gilman


Don't see your own denim woes reflected in the mix? We asked Gilman what denim everyone needs in their closet this season. "I love the flare," she says. "From a business perspective, we've shown the skinny for so long that denim sales across the board have slumped in retail. But everyone needs more than one style: a modern boot cut, a skinny, and a flare. Or a few hundred!"










The Jeans that Flatter Your Body Type, According to Denim Doctor Diane Gilman

10 Things Every Woman Should Have in Her Closet By the Time She Turns 30

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By the time you turn 30, there's a whole host of life experiences you've likely had (some you wanted, some you could do without). And while a life-long bucket list has plenty of soul-searching type items to tick off, it's not fair to ignore the importance of your closet. When you enter your fourth decade of life, there are some pieces you ought to have found because, honestly, they make the style part of life easier. See what from our list you've already found, and if you're still searching, let us know in the comments—we'd love to help!

1. A work bag
The majority of purses aren't meant to last forever. They sustain wear and tear or can fall victim to a particularly nasty spill (ink! red wine! pasta sauce!). Others you bought as a trend piece and eventually start to feel tired. But by thirty? You should have a solid work bag in your rotation: It's roomy enough for papers, looks structured enough to bring to a professional meeting or job interview, and shows that you're successful enough to have splashed out a little.

MORE: 7 Easy Ways to Make More Space in Your Closet, No Renovations Required

2. Comfortable, neutral heels or flats
From jeans to a cocktail dress, everything in your closet matches with these babies. You can pull them on without thinking whether they'll match, and, blessedly, they're comfortable (both because they work for your foot shape and because they've been properly broken in). For plenty of women, it's a pair of black or beige heels, but classic pointy-toe flats can fit the bill too.

10 Things Every Woman Should Have in Her Closet By the Time She Turns 30

Jessica Alba in classic black heels

3. A simple, tailored dress
It's the clothing version of the aforementioned shoes that fits you perfectly and makes for a good palette to dress up or down with different accessories or a blazer (or motorcycle jacket). Need something for a last-minute cocktail party? Done. Just got asked to attend a nice sit-down dinner with clients? Perfect-o.

4. Something you feel confident in
Really, this one is so up to you. The piece itself can range between any category imaginable, whether a dress, a simple top, or a pair of amazing shoes. Whatever it is, it's become a piece you can count on for an instant dose of personal pizazz and a boost of confidence.

5. Something you feel sexy in
Re-read everything from the above description. This is the same sort of decided-by-you category, though it's less about impressing your boss and more about feeling like you look like a sensual goddess. And yeah, it can be a super steamy little black dress, but it can also be an oversized cardigan that slips off your shoulder just so or a pair of jeans that makes you butt look good.

6. An evening bag
Unless you find yourself attending a slew of formal parties for work or personal reasons, you really only need one good clutch or minaudière. Your chosen piece should be small enough to not be bulky, but large enough to fit the basics. Keeping it fairly simple means it'll match with everything, but do look for something that makes you smile with a special detail (be it a fun embellishment or a spot of fringe).

7. Jeans you love
By age 30, you've had a lot of jeans, some good, some bad. And now you should have landed on a brand that just works with your body. It's different for everyone, and shopping trial and error is the only way to get there. Once you find your jeans, stick with them.

10 Things Every Woman Should Have in Her Closet By the Time She Turns 30

Naomie Harris in a sophisticated Burberry coat

8. A great coat
The down-filled puffer coat is awesome on a sub-zero type of day, but relying on it as your only piece of outerwear is something that should end with college. Nothing signals grown-up style quite like a tailored coat. Make yours last forever by looking for a well tailored piece with clean lines.

9. A good bra
And it doesn't have to be pricey, but should fit properly and work with your ladies (ahem, did you know there are seven different types of breasts, with ideal bra shapes for each?).

10. An investment piece
There's a special feeling that comes with identifying something you really want, saving up, and then—hurrah!—buying it. At this age, you've probably moved up a few notches professionally and received a few raises here and there. As such, let yourself have a big-girl purchase. Whether it's a pair of classic Louboutins or a nice pair of earrings you know you'd wear on the daily, set aside a bit of cash each month and then go for it, knowing you'll wear them for the next four decades.

And style lessons you should be brushing up on? See the 10 rules all chic French women know.










10 Things Every Woman Should Have in Her Closet By the Time She Turns 30