One guaranteed way to make legs look longer and hips narrower….

One guaranteed way to make legs look longer and hips look narrower is to wear a high waisted, dark rinse, flared jean with heels. Tone those heels to the colour of your jeans and hey presto, you look like you are on stilts (not that I do here; in fact this shot doesn’t demonstrate the point particularly well at all but I’m sure that you get my drift.)

So what is it all about then? Well the high waist on the jeans makes legs look as if they start higher up than they do, a dark rinse is instantly slimming, the width of the flare in comparison to the width of the hips and thighs makes them look narrower (which is why tapered trousers have the opposite effect), heels obviously add height and the whole trick of toning shoes to jeans continues the lines without interruption.

I bought the jeans that I am wearing in the Jaeger Boutique sale last summer. With the trend being for skinny and boyfriend jeans, flared jeans are quite hard to find on the High Street but now and again I really like wearing them – and it means that I still haven’t had to wear tights! Mango has this pair for £39.99, which should do the trick.

The jumper is going to get a post of its own devoted to it and the statement necklace is an old Hobbs favourite.


  1. Fashionmumof40
    October 9, 2013 / 8:22 pm

    I love a flared jean,I love claudia schiffer when she wears hers. I have a J Brand love story pair, that have been saying please wear me recently every time I open my wardrobe. Think I need to wear them and give the Skinnies/boyfriends a day off…. Thank you Beth x

  2. The Flaky Fashionista
    October 9, 2013 / 9:04 pm

    You are so right on the leg lengthening effect of flared jeans. Being small, I loved bootleg jeans for just this reason … in fact, I'm beginning to hanker after a pair again! Starting to get a teeny bit bored with skinnies!

  3. Anonymous
    October 9, 2013 / 9:41 pm

    Ooh Fashionmum…I wore my Love Storys on Tuesday, with an A-line breton jumper from Cos, and felt rather pulled together and Claudia Schiffer-esque all day! And that doesn't happen often, I can tell you…

  4. Ekaterina
    October 10, 2013 / 7:49 am

    Fabulous advice, thank you Beth!

  5. Michelle Green
    October 10, 2013 / 9:11 am

    You've inspired me to try mine again and give the skinnies a day off!

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