The Ultra High-Rise Skinny Jean (In other words, perfection)

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Nordstrom tank (similar in coral), JBrand Maria High-Rise Skinny jeans, Coach shoes (similar), Old necklace from high school

Well, it’s happened. I’ve ventured into the territory of the ultra high-rise jean, and i’m loving it. I don’t really know why I never thought to purchase this style before but I couldn’t be happier with the fit, the way they feel, and the versatility of this pair. I have already worn them 3-4 times since purchasing them a few days ago and love that I can wear them with virtually any top tucked in, or a looser fitting style draped over for extra tummy support.

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I was originally a little hesitant about the wash of these but think that the subtle fading makes them appropriate for day or night and adds a bit of relaxation to the outfit. The rise on these jeans comes to above 1 inch above my natural belly button which is perfection for sitting with comfort and complete tummy control. The pockets are placed just a smidge higher than I normally go but I think they give a nice lift and are proportioned for this overall style.

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Perhaps the most interesting part of this pair is the quality. I went out on a limb and purchased my second pair of designer denim (these are J Brand) and am seriously smitten with the wearability. Designer denim really does allow for a more comfortable fit and better tailor to the body, and these do just that. I feel like these are a second skin in the best way possible and may have just become a J Brand convert. For reference, i’m wearing a size 31 and love them. I could probably have gotten away with a 30 and then stretched them out a bit but the 31 for the time being is just perfection.

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Do you rock the ultra high-rise denim trend?

How To: Achieve the Most Flattering Jean Cuff

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JBrand high-waist skinny jeans, Pour La Victoire wedges

My recent discovery of the flattering nature of pegged jeans has been well documented these last few months. There is something about rolling up an already tight, skinny jean that makes me feel Summery, yet put together. I have found, though, that rolling jeans in any way does not give the same streamlined look to the leg, but rather following a simple formula always provides a flattering effect.

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Step 1: Start with very skinny, tapered jeans. The skinnier the better. Be sure they are approximately the right length for you or you will end up with a ton of bunchy fabric

Step 2: Roll up the base of the jean to the point where your calf begins to get wide. You should struggle to pull the cuff up any further as your calf is too wide.

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Step 3: Fold over the lower half of the folded jean leg, as shown. This should decrease the amount of fold by one half.

Step 4: The result should be an about 1.5-2 inch double fold about 3-4 inches above the base of your ankle

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Step 5: I like the “messier” cuff look. If you prefer a cleaner line (which I personally don’t think is as flattering or chic), stop above. For a messier look, scrunch half of the folded area up a bit, pull the end of the jean out of the fold to expose it. This creates an effortless vibe. Repeat on the other leg.

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Voila! The result is a not-so-perfect, perfect cuff. Examples of a full outfit with this look can be found here and here.

I find that the messier cuff creates a more streamlined leg, rather than a “prettier” cuff that creates just a solid stripe of different colored fabric hovering around the ankle.  Let me know if you give this a try! How do you cuff your jeans?

Flattering, Inexpensive White Jeans

white jeans for pearshapes

Old Navy Sweetheart SkinnyOld Navy Sweetheart Bootcut, DKNY Soho Skinny

White jeans are something i’ve only briefly discussed on this blog, and generally in the vein of “these looks terrible!” But recently i’ve been itching for a pair of flattering crisp white jeans to wear with floral tops in Spring, comfy cashmere sweaters and flats running around the city, and nights by the fire on the beach.

The Old Navy sweetheart skinny has been said to be flattering on curvy girls and would look great with sandals or flats. The sweetheart bootcut also fits those with curves and the slightly flared leg is always a great idea to balance out hips. Finally, the DKNY skinny attracted me as a pegged jean option and the high waist also adds some interest and tummy control. All under $60 and with great reviews, I don’t think it’s possible to go wrong with any of them.

Let me know if you have found some white jeans you love and i’ll be sure to keep you posted on which one I choose!

Pastel Peplum for Day w/ Maroon & Mint Color Combo

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Forever 21 top (similar) and belt, Ann Taylor curvy skinny jeans (here in denim), Tieks flats, LOFT and J.Crew bracelets

This weekend in SF was absolutely beautiful. The sun was shining and boyfriend and I had zero plans and tons of city to explore. I wanted to wear something that would keep me a little warmer but that definitely had major color. The last time I wore this peplum top it was with basic jeans and I am looooving how the mint color pairs with these maroon/eggplant pants from Ann Taylor.

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If you haven’t picked up these pants from Ann Taylor, they are an absolute must in the pearshape world. Seriously, I have them in two colors and I am naturally not one to repeat purchase.

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Stay tuned tomorrow for how I quickly turned this outfit into a nighttime ensemble with little effort!

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