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Jean-ology for summer

By Pam Pastor
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Last updated 17:35:00 03/18/2008

MANILA, Philippines?Jeans won?t be taking a backseat to your bikinis and board shorts this summer. Your trusted old denims are getting a bit of a makeover this season. Countless people have declared 2008?s jeans trends as ?confusing.? We think not. On these pages, 2bU! gives you a lowdown on this season?s ?jeannovations.?

1. Legs are getting wider. We can hear applause from women all over. Wide-leg pants, which are more flattering than the unforgiving skinny jeans, are going to be hotter than the scorching summer sun. Don?t think baggy?think ?controlled fullness.?

2. Staying skinny. Don?t throw out those skinny jeans just yet. If you?ve been loving your pairs, no worries. They?re not completely out.

3. Higher and higher. Those who hate low-rise jeans have reasons to cheer. Waistlines are getting higher and higher. Jeans that sit at your waist are back, helping create curvy, hourglass figures to those who wear them. Goodbye, muffin-top. Goodbye, nasty peeks at stranger?s underwear.

4. Raid your boyfriend?s closet. Or buy a pair that creates the illusion that you did. Straight-leg men?s denim are a hot look this season. They?re baggy, relaxed and ultra-comfortable.

5. Wear, distress, destroy. Slip on jeans that look like they?ve been broken in. Worn, distressed and destroyed jeans are sexy. But know the difference between looking like you?ve had some wild times with your pants and looking like you?ve been ravaged by a pack of wild beasts.

6. Who wears the trousers? You will. Denims get a dressier update this season?with trouser jeans. They are a great addition to your wardrobe?classic, stylish and can be dressed up and dressed down in an instant with the right accessories.

7. Color your world. This season?s jeans come in all colors of the rainbow?purple, green, pink, yellow. Wear them loud, wear them proud.

8. Pack light. If you?re sticking to blue (or black) denim, try to go a few shades lighter. A pale blue wash will contrast beautifully with a dark-colored top.

9. If you?re brave, try white. Most girls think white pants are best left to the daring (and those who aren?t prone to spilling stuff on themselves). While good white jeans are hard to find, those who manage to score one are rewarded with a fashion piece that can go from sporty to sexy in a snap.

10. Ultimately, it?s still the fit. Skinny, boyfriend, distressed, wide-leg, trouser?it won?t matter if your jeans don?t fit well. The cuts and washes are secondary, the most important thing is to find a pair that suits you. A good fit never goes out of style.

     


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