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Skinny Jeans v. Jeggings, Part 2

Thank you soooo much for all of your comments on last week’s post, Skinny Jeans vs. Jeggings!  Usually, I try to respond to all of the comments and emails I receive, but there were so many that I thought another post was merited.  In general, folks have not bought into the skinny silhouette craze of the moment.  Some of you were concerned that you might be too large or too thin to pull off this look.  Others believe it’s just a fad and why fix what ain’t broke. All valid points and concerns.

So, who are skinny jeans and jeggings for?  Honestly, they’re for whoever decides they want to wear them.  One reader said that she initially thought this was one of those trends that was going to have to pass her by because she’s plus-sized.  She got up the courage, bought a pair, wore them out and people started asking her if she’d lost weight.  Like I said last week, it’s all about the illusion.  Skinny jeans and jeggings have lyra or spandex in them (which like good shapewear) will suck you in in all of the right places.  Another reader wanted to know if skinny jeans might make her already thin frame look thinner.  The answer is: Yes, they probably will.  So, if you’re not interested in looking any smaller than you already are, the skinny silhouette may not be right for you. [Just a side note here, as hard as it may be to believe, regardless of size and shape each and everyone of us - myself included - has body image issues. That's a whole 'nother posting, but I just wanted to put that out there.]

And then there was the group who wanted to know what exactly to wear with this new skinny silhouette.  My response?  Although the silhouette has changed, what you wear with skinny jeans or jeggings is really the same as what you’d wear with your bootcut jeans.  A long wrap cardigan, a cool tank or t-shirt, tunics and funky sweaters with a pair of ballet flats or a cool pair of heels, a piece of interesting jewelry and a  a to die for handbag or clutch and you’re good to go.

For my bootcut girls, keep rockin’ em!  If you like ‘em, I love ‘em!  For those of you on the fence, try on a pair of skinny jeans or jeggings and see what you think.  Who knows, you might fall in love all over again.

From left to right: Splendid wrap cardigan, $59.99; James Perse t-shirt, $50; Cj Joy Jegging -$110; Kimono sleeve sweater, $39; L.A.M.B. Bootie, $169.46 ; NYD’s Boot Cut Jeans- $98Crystal & Metal Spikes Pendant, $124.95; Kooba Studded Satchel, $645; Embroidered Tunic, $9.95; Kenneth Cole REACTION Ballet Flat, $60; Rebecca Minkoff Clutch, $330 ; Not Your Daughter’s Jeans Straight Leg – $88.


The Building Blocks of Style

 Underpinnings.  I’m not talkin’ ’bout your granny’s undergarments, I’m talkin’ ’bout lingerie made for today’s active woman.

Yummie Tummie Basic-T with slimming panel

Yummie TummieBasic-T with slimming panel

Lingerie that lifts, smoothes and supports works miracles; little bulges will disappear and clothes will skim over your hips perfectly.  If you’re not a believer in the holy church of all things shapewear, that’s just because you haven’t yet benefitted from the miracles it can perform! Yummie Tummie and Spanx really do work wonders.  No time to get to the store but in desperate need of a little nip&tuck? Dig out a pair of control-top pantyhose , they’ll do the trick in a pinch (cut out the legs if need be) …   As we age, bodies change and so do bra sizes; go to a department store with a sizeable lingerie section.  I’m partial to Bloomies on 59th Street in Manhattan – get sized to insure your foundation is rock solid!  Most of us haven’t been properly fitted for a bra since mom took us eons ago … Ladies, a good fitting bra will lift the girls and position them just right –  no more muffin top, no more sagging boobies and no more bra strap cuts.  Now to preserve your new brassieres, never ever put ‘em in the dryer.  Rotate your them on daily basis (i.e., you wear the same bra each Monday but no other day of the week) to prevent the arms (the sides for the uninitiated) from getting stretched out.  And lastly, invest in a good quality full slip as well as a half-slip to insure your dresses and skirts skim your hips just the way you want them to.  

“Slip?,” you asked perplexed, “that’s something my granny wore.”  You’re right, she probably did … who says we can’t learn from those Grand Dames - back in the day those ladies were suga’ sharp!  Take a page from history and include it in your lingerie drawer.