A little while back, we did an investigative brainstorm with the editors here at Who What Wear to find out which shoe styles might be aging you (and us). That story got us thinking—are there other items in our closets that are making us look older? Jeans are something we all wear very frequently, so we figured that would be a great place to start the second round of this investigation. To preface the coming tips, there is nothing wrong with getting older, and we encourage everyone to embrace their age and wear whatever they feel suits them best. We are just here to relay tips on how to look as polished and fresh as possible, especially when it comes to this timeless wardrobe staple.
We reached out to two well-known denim experts, Joe Dahan, founder and creative director of Joe’s Jeans, and Scott Morrison, founder and creative director of 3x1, to see what they had to say about the matter. The two talked to us about the particular styles they think age women the most, the styles that can make them look younger, and the one style that they believe is the most timeless of them all. I don’t know about you, but when it comes to jeans, I would trust the opinions of these two industry experts over anything else. Scroll down to find out which denim styles industry experts think might be aging you the most, in addition to a few other expert tips.
DENIM FEATURES THAT CAN AGE YOU 1. Back pocket designs 2. Length of front rise 3. Unflattering cuts for your body
“The most noticeable style or design feature that ages women would probably be either back pocket designs or the length of the front rise. Back pocket designs are usually linked to an era—think of the oversize stitch detailing (e.g., True Religion) on a pair of jeans from the mid/late 2000s. Another example is the length of the front (and back rise). Nothing screams young, sexy, and fun more than a low-rise jean, and as great as it can look on certain women (and men for that matter), it can also show just how long it’s been since YOU last made that style look good.” — Scott Morrison, founder and creative director of 3x1
“Knowing how to pick the best style for your body type is so important. An unflattering cut for your body (too baggy or too tight) can easily be aging.” — Joe Dahan, founder and creative director of Joe’s Jeans
DENIM FEATURES THAT MAKE WOMEN LOOK YOUNGER 1. Flared bell bottoms 2. Styles that flatter your shape 3. Dark skinny jeans
“I’m not sure there is a one solution answer here, but without fail, every time I see a woman wearing a pair of flared bell-bottom jeans, I can’t help but think about how fun and cute they look, regardless of age. That being said, feeling younger is as much about confidence as anything, so picking something that fits you well, makes you feel great, and allows you to naturally feel confident is really what you’re looking for. Pair with a basic T-shirt and a cute pair of flats/sneakers and you’ll be channeling your 20s self in no time.” — Scott Morrison
“If you’re used to wearing straight leg and want to look younger, a skinny jean tends to easily achieve that. Also, dark or black washes are slimming and therefore can appear more youthful.” — Joe Dahan
THE MOST TIMELESS DENIM STYLE High-Rise Straight Leg Jeans
“It is hard to argue against a classic mid-rise, straight-leg jean. You can dress it up or down, cuffed or un-cuffed, with heels or flats, make it look evening or weekend. 3x1’s W4 Shelter Austin Crop in Malone is a great example of that.” — Scott Morrison
“Denim trends change so much, but if you invest in a good pair of mid- or high-rise straight-leg jeans, you will definitely get to wear them for multiple seasons.” — Joe Dahan