How many of you have ever been personally victimized by a pair of uncomfortable jeans? (Raises hand.) We feel you. It’s truly a horrible thing when you’re not comfortable in your outfit: you’re always a little distracted by it, there’s awkward fidgeting and shifting involved, and you’re pretty sure your general discomfort is apparent to everyone around you. It’s hard to feel chic when you’re dying to run home and pull your sweats on—but we promise it doesn’t have to be this way.
Fashion girls like Brittany Xavier of Thrifts and Threads are the people we turn to in times like these, so when the in-demand blogger—and young mom—told us she was willing to share some of her intel with us on the subject of comfortable yet stylish denim, we were all ears. Below, Xavier tells us about the fashion fail that led to her #1 style rule, and spills the important ingredient in-the-know girls look for when they’re shopping for jeans.
THE FASHION FAIL
“Last Fashion Week, I wore a pair of shoes that felt a little uncomfortable, but looked really cute with my outfit—I ended up getting the worst blisters I’ve ever had!” Xavier tells us. “Needless to say, I got rid of those shoes and said never again.”
Xavier’s rule of thumb is as follows: Step one, hunt down comfortable and chic pieces like your life depends on it. Step two, go ahead and copy-paste this rule to your entire wardrobe. The major area she won’t negotiate on? Denim. While we traditionally think of denim as comfortable attire to kick around in, Xavier realized that many of her pairs were anything but.
THE CHIC SOLUTION
“It’s hugely important for me to feel good in what I’m wearing,” says the blogger. “I don’t feel confident in jeans that aren’t comfortable.” So what’s on her denim checklist these days?
Xavier tells us it’s all about getting just the right amount of stretch—she’s eyeing denim that lets her move but still has enough structure to maintain a chic silhouette. Her pet hate? “Jeans that get baggy in the wrong areas as the day goes on,” she shares. These days, she finds her go-to denim by looking for LYCRA® dualFX® technology. When she sees that on the label, she knows she’s found jeans with a comfortable stretch (goodbye, nightmare situations) without sacrificing their shape. Foolproof.
THE MUST-HAVE DENIM
“The cut of these Frame jeans is very cool with the slits in the front,” Xavier tells us. “I paired it with chic pointed mules for fall.”
You saw it here first: Denim with an opening at the seam will be everywhere this fall. So how do you style it? Follow Xavier’s lead—she says she always bases her outfits around the features of the on-trend piece she wants to emphasize. “Because the jeans also have a bit of a high-waist style, I like to pair them with a top or blouse that shows off the rise. But in this case, I mainly wanted to highlight the slit on the leg opening.” A pair of fresh white slides is a surefire way to draw the eye down to the great denim detail while keeping the overall feel effortless.