Here are 4 handy tips from Eve Thomas, the fashion director from theoutnet.com, on how to buy the best denim jeans for Asian body types and what styles and brands are best for Asian women, the latest jean trends and how to wear jeans in Singapore’s hot, humid weather.
Shirt from Maison Kitsuné; jeans by Current/Elliott IMAGE: THE OUTNET.COM
1. What jean style would you recommend for Asian body types?
Skinny, cropped jeans work well for petite frames. If jeans are too long you could get them professionally hemmed or consider cutting the hem off yourself for a distressed and on-trend look. Showing off a couple of inches above the ankle feels fresh and also elongates the leg. Flares chime well with fashion’s current love affair with all things ‘70s. Look for a pair that are fitted at the thigh and wear with a pair of platform sandals and a loose, cotton peasant blouse.
2. Can Asian girls wear baggy jeans like the boyfriend style? How would you suggest they wear them?
This season is all about the girlfriend jean – a slightly less baggy but equally casual and relaxed style, which works well for smaller frames. It is slightly more streamlined which provides a more flattering silhouette. Roll up the cuff and pair with a heel – a pointed pump works well – for the most leg-lengthening look. Contrast the loose, casual feel of the jeans with a fitted top to streamline the silhouette further.
Denim jean styles that work well for Asian body types include skinny jeans like this Iris & Ink Mid-rise pair (above far left); flares like these MIH Skinny Marrakesh low-rise stretch-velvet pair (above left), 'girlfriend' like these J Brand Aidan mid-risepair (above right) and the cropped jean like these J Brand Ace cropped jeans (above far right). IMAGE: THE OUTNET.COM
3. What are some brands that you think are good for Asian body types?
The key is to look for jeans that have a good stretch to them such as Frame, J Brand, Victoria Beckham and Iris & Ink, as these will be the most flattering.
4. It's always hot in Singapore; how can we wear denim that's on trend but not too hot to wear?
Distressed denim in pale washes works well for warmer climates as does white denim, which feels modern after a long hiatus at the back of our wardrobes. Avoid skinny jeans when the weather really heats up – a pair of shorts or a girlfriend jean will be cooler. Don’t forget a denim jacket – this season’s update to the army jacket – to battle the air conditioning.
A great denim jacket for dealing with Singapore's arctic air-conditioning (above left) and a pair of cutoff shorts (above right) are the easiest ways to add denim to your Singapore hot weather wardrobe.
IMAGE: THE OUTNET.COM
Check out The Outnet’s great collection of new season denim jeans at ‘The Denim Shop’.
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