Denim Dos and Don'ts
According to Oprah's in-house experts, about nine out of 10 women are wearing the wrong jeans. So, yes, that probably means you. To combat this out-of-control epidemic, Oprah asks Stacy London, host of TLC's What Not to Wear, to debunk denim myths and warn you about common fashion blunders.
The "muffin top" is caused by a waistband that's too low and too tight. When your tummy spills over the sides of your jeans, you know you're a member of the muffin club.
But, there's good news for muffins everywhere, Stacy says. Waistlines are rising! The ultra-low rise fad is fading fast, and the new mid-rise styles will keep your belly from bulging.
Before you crouch, be sure to pull down your shirt and hike up your pants. Otherwise, a full moon may be rising in the grocery store aisles—for everyone to see!
While moms may not want to wear their daughters' trendy, low-rise jeans, there are plenty of brands out there that cater to mature women with good fashion sense.
Stacy says patience—not fashion magazines—is the key to finding the perfect pair of jeans. "I feel terrible because women get so frustrated," she says. "They try on two pairs of jeans, and they say nothing fits me and they leave the store. You've got to try. And even if you don't get lucky after seven, if you get lucky after 20, it is worth it."
Myth 1: Boot cut is flattering on everyone. False, Stacy says. Petite women, in particular, should avoid boot-cut jeans, and wear jeans with a straighter leg. Stacy says if you're shorter than 5'4'', a boot cut may make your thighs look heavier by hugging the knees too tightly before flaring at the bottom. Boot-cut jeans can also make your legs look shorter.
The ideal body type for boot-cut pants is a woman taller than 5'4'' who has long legs.
"Well, not always," Stacy says. "Sometimes [stretch denim] can make your legs look like sausage in casing if it's too tight."
What's another reason to avoid stretchy fabric? Stacy says the skin-tight fit can give women "dimples" right below the tush. Her advice is to try on nonstretch, as well as stretch, to find the best fit.
Oprah learned this lesson the hard way. Her old jeans are distressed along the leg, which Stacy says creates a "spotlight" on her thighs. "Unfortunately, in the wrong place, whiskering, bleaching or distressing can actually accent a wide hip, a larger booty or a heavier thigh," Stacy says.
Distressed jeans also look more casual than darker denim, Stacy says. She suggests dark-wash jeans paired with heels and a sequined top for a great evening look!