It’s not clear exactly when jeans became a staple in every woman-worth-her-Manolos' wardrobe. But the denim universe seems to be polarized into below-the-belly, hip-hugging skinnies fit for Hannah Montana, and unflattering jeans — known in the trade as, shudder, “mom jeans.”
What is a chic woman to do?
Try Not Your Daughter’s Jeans. These high-waist jeans have a cult following for their ability to slim the tummy, lift the butt and diminish the muffin-top.
If that weren’t enough, they’ve received the Oprah seal of approval. But wait, there’s more: most women say they can fit into a size smaller than usual.
The Classic Indigo slim-cut jean costs less than $100 and is available online from Nordstrom.com.
It can easily be dressed up or down with the right tops and accessories. Here are three looks, from day to night, work to play.
1. Work: Pair the Classic Indigo with the Valette cotton cashmere top from Nordstrom ($168, in gray or oatmeal) The oversized collar gives the Valette an ample dose of structure and exudes confidence. Slip on a faux-snakeskin pump, like the Karyn ($125) from Nine West, and you’re set.
2. Weekend: Whether it’s driving the kids to a birthday party, or mani-pedis with the girlfriends, the Classic Indigo does weekend chores well when it’s paired with seamless $30 V-neck tees from Banana Republic. Layer a navy jacket over a white T, top with a long necklace and finish with a pair of leather ballet flats, $45 from the Gap that look like Lanvin—minus the $600 price tag.
3. Play: Now the fun part. Sexied-up denim is the way to go for a Saturday night, especially for fall. Try pairing those Classic Indigos with the one-shoulder Briani blouse, $180 from Theory, and you’ll be swatting the men away with your Champagne flute. The loose fit works for those who are a little body conscious (and who isn’t?), and the single-shoulder strap screams I’m a fashionista — even if I drove here in my seven-seater.