How to buy perfect jeans

Skinny, straight leg, bootleg, boyfriend? Ladies - we've got denim advice

Shopping for denim is notoriously tricky. Here, Caitlyn Davey enlists the help of House of Fraser stylist and personal shopper, Alena Hrabinova, for advice on tracking down the perfect fit.

The skinny
Skinny-leg jeans have become a wardrobe staple in the last five years, says stylist Alena Hrabinova. ‘Skinny jeans are so popular,’ she enthuses. ‘They suit any body shape. The problem is, when people bunch them at the bottom. Even fashionistas like Victoria Beckham can get it wrong. The hems should be neatly rolled or have a smooth end. If the hems gather at the bottom, the jeans can make you look bulky. The length of the jeans doesn’t matter – as long as they are sitting correctly.’
Skinny jeans, Dhs671, Frame, available at Boutique 1, Mall of the Emirates (04 395 1200).

The straight leg
Alena says straight leg jeans generally suit all sizes and bodyshapes. ‘Straight jeans are the classic cut, so they are great for any shape,’ she says. ‘They particularly suit people with an ‘apple’ body type, or round middle, because they are slightly looser and will balance skinnier legs with a heavier top half.’ If you want to wear heels, Alena says the hem needs to sit right. ‘Get the hem to hang at the top of the heel,’ she adds. ‘This will elongate the legs without getting caught on it.’
Straight leg jeans, Dhs810, 7 For All Mankind, available at The Dubai Mall (04 330 8115).

The bootleg
The most important thing with bootleg cuts is the length. ‘If the length is too short, this will make you look shorter and wider,’ Alena explains. ‘The hem should come past the ball of the foot – to the knuckle of the toe.’ Bootleg jeans are great for balancing out wider hips – just make sure the top does not sit on the widest part of the body. Why? ‘Because a hem draws attention – and if your top’s hem sits at your widest point, then that’s where people will look – it’s better to try and create illusions of length to flatter wider body parts.’
Bootleg jeans, Dhs536, DL 1961, available at

The boyfriend
Boyfriend jeans are loose, boxy and come with a high waist, so more challenging to wear, Alena says. ‘They will automatically come rolled up – because this is the look. It needs to be a delicate roll, not a thick one.’ But there are various fits even within the boyfriend jean style. ‘Choose from slim fit, regular and baggy fit. Rolling up the cuffs gives shape and it’s best to tuck the front of your top into the jeans, which will also give shape,’ she advises. You can wear boyfriend jeans with heels or flats – just keep them rolled up.
Boyfriend jeans, Dhs1,308, J Brand, available at Bloomingdale’s, The Dubai Mall (04 350 5333).

Top tips

• Don’t be afraid of mixing fabrics and prints.

• Wear a long necklace to give the illusion of length and height.

• Opt for a size smaller, as good quality jeans will stretch.

• Wear darker shades in the evening and lighter washes during the day.

• Invest in quality denim as they’re more likely to keep their shape.

• Good quality denim should be five percent lycra or elastene and 95 percent cotton.

• Apart from the boyfriend style, which is a loose fit, jeans should hug the knees and behind snugly, to show the shape of the leg.

Jeans for men

Stocks skinny styles in a range of hues from brands including Rookie, Voi Jeans and Jack & Jones.

Home to the 501 original fit, as well other styles in distressed, white and dark denim.
Various locations including The Dubai Mall (04 339 8157).

Harvey Nichols
Invest in a good quality pair from on-style labels including Nudie and True Religion.
Mall of the Emirates (04 409 8888).

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