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Skinny jeans are a cinch—no matter your size

Skinny jeans are a cinch—no matter your size

Carlyle Routh Author: Julia McEwen

Fashion

Skinny jeans are a cinch—no matter your size

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.

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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.

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