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M&Co, skinny striped jumper �24, slim coloured jeans, �24
M&Co, skinny striped jumper �24, slim coloured jeans, �24
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Often the term ‘jeans’ refers to a particular style of trousers.

‘Blue jeans’ were invited by Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss in 1873, but it was in the 1950s that they became popular among teenagers.

There are many different cuts and types of denim on the market, and sizes can vary. It’s a good idea to stay with a brand that works for you. Try and avoid jeans that do not have two back pockets, as they don’t look the same and will give you a different image.

The most important thing about a pair of jeans is the fit. On the whole, the more expensive brands are the better fit but this is not always the case. You must decide above the flights of fashion with suits your body most.

They should have a snug fit, but never be tight. Jeans always look better with a belt, and never wear them too short or too long otherwise you will look silly. The hem should rest on the top of your shoes or boots.

It’s easy to work out your own jean size. Measure your waist and hips, and ensure the tape measure is a little loose when you note it down. Allow extra room for your changing body, such as water retention etc. Afterwards, measure your inside leg.

Take these measurements to a good jean shop and try on several brands until you find the one that suits you. It’s not your fault that the sizing seems to be different, so don’t get fed up at the numbers.

Also, in each batch, colours can vary slightly but this is characteristic of denim. Normal washing and drying of jeans can make them shrink 1-2 per cent too. It’s best to wash them inside out.

Some classic jean cuts include the boot cut, which will give you added curves, the buckle back, which will enable you to create your own fit, the carpenter/utility, which flatters your bottom, the flared cut, which will balance heavy hips, and the skinny fit, which will make your bottom look curvy.

Other looks include the hipster/low rise, tapered, wide leg, loose, the weekender, distressed and stone washed.

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