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Curvy columnist Meredith Shaw has a few skinny-jean-tips to share.
Photography by Carlyle Routh. Hair by Jukka/Davines/Plutino Group. Makeup by Jodi Urichuk/Bite Beauty/Plutino Group.
Have you ever flirted with the idea of trying a daring style but weren't quite sure how to pull it off? We found six women who were intrigued by a trend they usually avoid, then we gave them the support and style advice to help them make it their own. Here, Canadian Living's curvy columnist Meredith Shaw shares her skinny jean tips.
(Read about our other style dares here: crop tops for the office, curve-hugging dresses, arm-baring tops, print mixing and feminine ruffles.)
You know that magical pair of jeans that makes you question, "How often is too often to wear them?" For many women, it's the skinny jean. Our curvy columnist Meredith's style profile (feminine with a rocker edge) lends itself to the slim shape, but she has a gripe about its name. "The word 'skinny' is in its description—and there's nothing skinny about me," says Meredith, adding that "judge-y jeans" would be a more precise moniker.
Cardigan, $60, hm.com/ca. Top, $30, winners.ca. Love & Legend jeans, $92, and shoes, additionelle.com. Hat, starburst choker, bracelet and ring, bananarepublica.ca. Earrings and gold-tone choker, jenny-bird.ca. Choker wrap, carolineneron.com.
Real talk: Despite the style's questionable name, women of any size—and age—can rock these curve-hugging pants. But keep a few things in mind. First, fit and construction are key. "When you have curves, you need extra stretch," says Meredith. The optimal level of spandex (or lycra) is between one and four percent; any higher and you risk losing the denim shape. Mid-rise jeans are universally flattering. Look for ones that sit right at (or slightly below) your belly button. No matter your size, these fitted bottoms shouldn't pinch, bunch or create lumps—or a muffin top.
Shop the trend:
Rockstar mid-rise jeans (sizes 0 to 20), $45, oldnavy.ca
Nadia Aboulhoson for Love & Legend jeggings (sizes 14 to 24), $92, additionelle.com
High stretch skinny jean (sizes 00 to 20), $100, gapcanada.ca
Slim fit jean (sizes xxs to xl), $59, veramoda.ca
Skinny jean (sizes 24 to 38), $55, reitmans.com
Skinny jean (sizes 24 to 34), $99, luckybrand.com
Calvin Klein skinny jean (sizes 25 to 32), $125, thebay.ca
Super skinny jegging (sizes 2 to 16), $35, hm.com/ca
Levi's mid-rise skinny jean (sizes 10 to 16), $75, sears.ca
Dark wash skinny jean (sizes 25 to 32), $80, rw-co.com
Crunchy-Top Blueberry Muffins <br /> Photography by Mark Burstyn Image by: Crunchy-Top Blueberry Muffins <br /> Photography by Mark Burstyn
Photography by Davina Choy Image by: Photography by Davina Choy
On those cold, wintry days when you need something warm around your face, grab your knitting needles, hibernate for a weekend and knit up The Stone and Arrow Winter Set. Designed in bulky yarn, The Arrow Headband and The Stone Scarf come together in a snap. And with simple repeating patterns, they're perfect for confident beginners looking to expand their knitting skills.
The Stone Scarf got its name from its 3D texture, created by alternating knits and purls, that resembles a stonewall. The quirky stone-like bumps are tempered by a garter-stitch border and a slipped selvedge for a tidy edge.
• 2 balls (each 150 g/225 m) Schachenmayr SMC Tweed Montage* in Dusty Ranch (actual amount used for scarf: approx. 322 m)
• 1 7-mm knitting needle
*If you are having difficulty finding the Schachenmayr SMC Tweed yarn, try Noro Obi or Noro Kama. Both are available online and can be shipped to Canada. Both give very similar stitch gauge and have a nice gradual colour change.
Lana Gross Medio is also very close in colour. This yarn can also be purchased online, but be advised that the shipping costs may be hefty. Lana Gross Medio is thinner than what the pattern calls for, so if you decide to use this yarn you should cast on 34 sts instead of 24, and follow the pattern exactly as it’s written. The width will be roughly the same.
14 sts/25 rows = 10 cm/4 inches in Basket Welt Stitch
Basket Welt Stitch:
Rows 1 and 2: Sl1, k1 *p5, k5* repeat to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 3: Sl1, knit all stitches to end of row.
Rows 4 and 5: Sl1, k1 *k5, p5* repeat to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 6: Sl1, k1, purl to last 2 sts, k2.
Repeat Rows 1 to 6 for pattern stitch.
Width: 17 cm/6.8 inches
Length: 203 cm/80 inches
CO = cast on
k = knit
p = purl
sl = slip
st(s) = stitch(es)
* * = repeat instructions between * and * the number of times indicated
CO 24 sts.
Knit 8 rows in garter stitch, slipping first stitch at beginning of every row.
Row 9: K2, p all stitches to last 2 sts, k2.
Repeat Rows 1 to 6 of Basket Welt Pattern Stitch until scarf measures 198 cm/78 inches.
Knit Rows 1 to 3 of Basket Welt Pattern.
Knit 7 rows in garter stitch, slipping first stitch at the beginning of every row.
Cast off all stitches and weave in loose ends.
Keep your ears warm and toasty by knitting this stylish winter headband.
Looking for knitting tips? Check out Sheep & Stitch’s guide on how to knit.