Jeans: The New Little Black Dress

Jeans aren't just for weekends anymore. In fact, denims are becoming the new "little black dress" that women can wear almost anywhere with the right accessories. The key is which accessories. It's fun to wear jeans to cocktail parties and restaurants, but after a while it may feel like you're wearing the same thing all the time. If you're hard pressed for ideas on what to wear with your jeans, we have some.

 

Tunic Time

Tunics are quickly moving from the runway to the "real world" for the rest of the women in America who weigh more than 90 pounds. Tunic-style tops and dresses can create a dressy and slimming look over long, straight-leg jeans paired with sexy heels. Even though "bohemian chic" is in right now, tunics are also offered in sleek knit and slinky jersey styles that can be flattering on the right figure. If you want to try a tunic, remember this:

  • Your tunic should hit you mid-thigh. Anything longer will create a dumpy look.
  • Avoid empire-waist styles '- especially if you're curvy.
  • Make sure you wear jeans that are flat in front to avoid bumps and lumps.

 

"Top" Priority

Instead of a T-shirt, pair your jeans with a flirty top or camisole in chiffon or satin. Camisoles are versatile because they look great on their own or under a colorful V-neck cardigan. Embellished tops and camis are a great way to add a touch of glamour to your outfit '- and don't forget about the pretty floral prints that are trendy right now.

Not into camisoles? Off-the-shoulder tops can be just as sassy and stylish. Pair your preferred piece with layers of thin chains around your neck for the finishing touch to this "over the top" evening outfit. If you do wear a camisole:

  • Wear a well-fitted strapless bra to avoid having your straps hang out.
  • Look for a cami that has a built-in bra.
  • Less is more when it comes to exposure. Look for tops that cover the waist and belly area, not to mention your behind. Plumber's butt can kill any outfit.

 

Jacket Required

Jeans and a jacket '- could there be a more classic and sophisticated combination? But can it be sexy? You bet. This season's jacket has been nipped and tucked for a new "shrunken" look. Sport this jacket with a pair of cropped jeans for the Sarah Jessica Parker Gap-ad look. If short jackets make you "shrink" in terror '- don't despair. Longer styles, tapered at the waist, can be combined with skinny belts and full-length jeans for a chic look that can be worn anywhere.

Tips on wearing the right jacket:

  • Wear a flouncy camisole that hangs below a short jacket to cover your rear end if you're self-conscious about your backside.
  • Wear a vest under your jacket instead of a top '- it's sexy and up to date.
  • Look for classically styled jackets in updated fabrics such as brocades.

 

Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize

Dressed-up jeans call for dressed-up accessories. Sexy heels not only lengthen your legs, but they make any outfit look more polished. A beaded or sequined clutch handbag adds the perfect amount of sparkle for any daytime or evening occasion. And in terms of jewelry, when you're wearing great jeans, lots of bling is okay. Don't be afraid to load up on a few gold cuff bracelets or chunky necklaces. If you want to boost your accessory usage:

  • Make sure your jeans are long enough to cover your high heels. Jeans that are too short can look awkward.
  • Silk scarves can be worn as a belt, fastened loosely around your neck or tied to the handles of your handbag for a "Parisian" look.
  • Dress up your jeans with the metallic accessories that are so in right now.
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