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Finding the perfect jeans is the winter fashion equivalent of the annual summer swimsuit hunt. Without perhaps the same level of change room over-exposure.
You see, just like most of us need a swimsuit to enjoy the spoils of summer, having a pair of jeans in your wardrobe that fits, flatters and is super comfy to wear is the key to making the most of winter too.
Those jeans have to be a pair that you can rely on.
A pair you can dress up, dress down, take on holidays or wear around the house.
Just knowing they’re there means that all is right in your winter wardrobe world.
For me, finding that ideal mix of fit, flatter and comfort was never an easy task. I did find a fave pair when I was introduced to US brand NYDJ – as many of my regular readers would know.
So when the French-inspired Australian store Blue Illusion asked me to try out their new shaping jean collection – and invite a reader along to experience them too – then you can bet that I went in store with some pretty high expectations.
Read on to see what I thought.
Skinny jeans are most flattering
Before I get into the nitty gritty, I know I’ll have to address the styling elephant in the room.
Whenever I talk about jeans – any jeans – I’m always championing a skinny or slim style as the most universally flattering denim style.
Once again, if you’re a regular around here you would have heard me banging on about that for a few years now.
Don’t be put off by the word skinny – we’re talking streamlined here and a streamlined leg will always be most flattering. It will elongate your leg – something that most of us are huge fans of.
The clincher for making this style work for you is to think about what you wear with the jeans. Want to camouflage a hip or tummy? Wear a slightly longer top.
You’ll never be stuck for footwear choices when opting for the skinny jean. Ankle boots, knee-high boots (can be tucked in), heels, flat sandals, ballets, loafers, sneakers, thongs … they all work. With a bootleg or flared jean you really need to be prepared to wear heels with them to avoid “clown” feet with a flat shoe choice.
Getting a skinny that fits
When I say fit, I mean fit that allows you to still breathe while having a suck-er-in effect with minimal to none muffin top.
Sounds impossible you say?
The key is in the denim – and specifically the stretch of the denim. When that stretch has been engineered just right then you get the denim planets aligning and you have a pair that is firm on you but with a comfort level that could sustain a long-haul flight.
The Shaping Jean
It’s like Blue Illusion has been in my head as they’ve ticked off all of my denim requirements, resulting in two new additions to its denim range that do all of the above. And yes, I’d happily wear them on a plane trip.
The two jeans are Le Isabelle and Le Raquel – both are made from premium European denim.
Isabelle is designed with a slender or apple shape in mind. She has a mid-rise waist, a smooth and supportive mid-section and comes in a mid-wash blue. In addition, the Isabelle showcases a unique fabric treatment containing vitamin E, ginko biloba and sea kelp to improve skin moisture and circulation.
Here is Le Isabelle on the model …
Blue Illusion Le Isabelle jeans $199.95
And here is Le Isabelle on Kathryn …
Kathryn is a mum of grown-up children and lives on and runs a citrus farm in Gayndah in Queensland’s North Burnett. She needs her jeans to do double duty – for casual and dressed-up purposes. She’s a small apple shape and the XS is perfect for her. With stretch denim it’s essential that you buy tight as they will over-stretch way more easily than regular denim. Saggy, baggy denim is not the look we’re going for. The jeans have been tucked up for the photo to keep a more dressy look but could be worn scrunched at the ankle for a casual look.
This combination of denim, a jacket, red tee and statement necklace creates a dressy denim outfit that is classic and could take Kathryn anywhere in a Queensland winter. It’s also a classic colour combination that won’t date and has great wardrobe longevity.
Raquel is designed with the curvy/pear shape in mind. She has a high-rise waist for added contouring, a straight leg that’s still on the slim/skinny side and comes in a dark denim in a stretch fabric finish that oozes comfort and support. In addition, the Raquel is made from a denim that uses almost no water consumption or resins in its fabrication.
Here is Le Raquel on the model …
Blue Illusion Le Raquel jeans $199.95
And here is Le Raquel on me …
Across winter, denim is my daily friend. I need my denim to be comfortable for sitting at a desk all day, to doing the school pick-up and drop-off as well as meetings and errands. I need to be able to wear comfortable, flat shoes with them but still look dressed up with the addition of a jacket and scarf. I’m wearing a size L.
This combination I’m wearing is my go-to in winter. A leather jacket has been on my lust-list for this season and this one suits my everyday style perfectly. I’m wearing a size L. Love that it’s collarless so not bulky near the bust and love the quilted detailing. I’ve worked it and the jeans back with a black stripe tee, red scarf and red jacquard loafers for a classic look that has interest in colour and texture.
Things to note
Don’t feel as if you have to opt for one jean style over the other just because you’re a pear or an apple or curvy or slender. With jeans it’s about the fit and no two bodies are alike.
For me, the mid waist of the Isabelle worked best and interestingly Kathryn found the high waist and dark wash of the Raquel to her liking. So both styles would work for both of us.
This isn’t meant to confuse you – just to remind you that shape and styling ideas are great but it’s how they work on your body that is the ultimate test.
The size range in these jeans is great – from XS through to 3L. Do try a size down from your normal jeans size – the fit needs to be firm.
For some, the thought of spending $200 on a pair of jeans might be difficult to justify. I get that. For me, the clincher all those years ago when I first found a pair of jeans that did fit and flatter my shape was that the investment was worth it because they did fit and flatter my shape. And because they did make me feel fabulous, I wore those jeans over and over and over again.
These Blue Illusion ones come in at a slight cheaper price point than those NYDJs. In regards to how they stack up? They very much do and then some.
In my opinion, they are on a par with the shape, lift and comfort factor but when it comes to the fabric itself, there is more of a luxe feel to the Blue Illusion denim. Quite dreamy to wear.
Try it for yourself.
Blue Illusion has $25 gift voucher for all Styling You readers. Simply enter SHAPE25 at the checkout. Shopping in store? Print out this voucher below or show it on your phone when in store.
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Coordinated by The Remarkables Group; Kathryn and I both received a pair of these new denim jeans plus a $300 gift card to spend in store. I put mine towards the leather jacket pictured above. Thanks to the lovely ladies in store at Blue Illusion Indooroopilly, Brisbane for making us feel very special in store.