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hours & location

sun-wed: 9am–9pm
thurs-sat: 9am – 10pm
436 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

The real deal – FORGET the fashion industry and their narrow standard of beauty (although it’s not nearly as narrow as it was when I started out in the biz). WE are women…REAL women!  We want to look and feel good in our jeans. We want to balance the assets we don’t LOVE and highlight the ones that we DO!!  

What are your deep dark denim blues?

Petite

Goal
Not to look overwhelmed in your jeans.

Best jean for you
Ankle length straight-cut jeans. Not too skinny, not too wide. The straight leg will fall nicely to elongate the leg. 

How to wear and pair
Add a wedge or stacked heal for a little more length.

Things to avoid 
Gaps or loose areas which can overwhelm a petite figure.
Cropped jeans can make legs look even shorter than they are, but if you would like to try a cropped length, opt for a straighter cut in a drapey fabric like tencel.  This material provides movement, which works so well on petites!

Tips and tricks
Be prepared to hem your jeans.  Make sure your seamstress/tailor can create an original jean hem.
Spring and summer denim work well on a petite frame as many of the cropped lengths are just right as a full length denim option for you! 

Tall

Goal
It’s all about the length and keeping your legs in proportion to the rest of you.

Best jean for you
Straight-cut and boot-cut jeans will balance out proportion. 

How to wear and pair
A little darker wash straight-leg or skinny slim-cut.  
Sandals or flip flops with a great cropped jean especially with a frayed hem.

Things to avoid
Capri lengths hitting just below the knee and cutting across the widest part of your calf. 

Tips and tricks
Mid-rise, contour waist (back rise is higher than the front rise)
Ask about extra long styles and you may need to consider special ordering these lengths with your favorite retailer.
If you love a skinny jean, opt for a slim-cut which is a little more forgiving at the ankle.
Look for pants that fall just above the ball of your ankle – skinny or wide – you can pull it off!

Curvy Hip

Goal
To find a jean that looks great on your hips, while still fitting at the waist. 

Best jean for you
A stretch boot-cut, flare, or dark denim trouser creates portion and balance.

How to wear and pair
Wear stretch fabric to give you more contour and control.  A darker wash balances a curvier hip. 

Things to avoid
Waist-gap: Jeans that fit your hips but not your waist.

Tips and Tricks
Higher rises in cuts ranging from straight to boot will showcase an hourglass figure.
Darker washes balances a curvier hip.
Wide leg trouser in a dark wash is a sophisticated option.

Booty-Full

Goals
One of the biggest challenges women with ample behind face is finding a pair of jeans that won’t gap at the waist.  

Best jean for you
Higher rise jeans that fit your waist while showing off your curves. A high-waist can solve the waist-gap problem because the fabric is designed to cover more than just your backside. 

Tips and Tricks
To avoid waist gap, take your jeans to your tailor to make two v-shaped snips at the waist. 
Pockets detail – Avoid denim with embellishments on the bum or pockets with flaps, as they will only make your rear appear bigger.  Instead, go for smaller or angled pockets.

Booty-Free

Best jean for you
Look for larger pockets – embellished pockets and pockets with flaps add volume!
Pocket placement is KEY!!
Stretch denim lifts and sculpts
Contoured waistbands and denim with a higher back rise help create curves
Contrast stitching also creates curves
Lighter and vintage washes as well as mixed washes with distressing balance a smaller booty

Athletic Thighs

Goal
To avoid waist gap!

Best jean for you
Cropped flare jeans are the new trend for spring – perfect for your athletic thigh!
Midi boot, boot-cut, flare or relaxed boyfriend jeans are often roomier through the hip and thighs and when in a stretch material, keeps the waist gap at bay.

How to wear and pair
A boot cut or flare in a darker wash will give the appearance of a slimmer thigh and will elongate the leg, especially when paired with a slight heel (keep the length long if you want those legs to appear longer)

Tips and tricks
If a slimmer jean is what you want – look for a straighter cut in a dark wash with stretch, which will contour and provide comfortable hold.  Pair with a wedge or chunkier shoe for balance
Cropped flares can also balance fuller thighs while embracing spring trends

Long Torso

Goal
A long torso can make the legs look shorter so look for higher rise jeans with detail in the waist to balance the length.

Best jean for you
Mid rise to higher rise jeans really work to create that top to bottom balance.  
We like the exposed button fly detail to create the illusion of a longer waistline.

 

Things to avoid
Steer clear of low rise or hip huggers as you’ll be showing more than you’d like. (Super low rise jeans give the illusion of shorter legs, making your torso look longer.)
Be careful of too much stretch in your jeans – you may find yourself constantly tugging your jeans back into place. Look for denim with higher cotton content to keep that jean in place.  (your stylist can help)

Tips and tricks
The best place for the rise of your jeans to hit is two to three finger widths down from your belly button. 
A high waist will break up the torso, adding balance to your silhouette.
Draw the eye away from the torso, by incorporating interesting cuff details like a stepped hem, a release hem, or frayed.

Short Torso

Slimmer fits and lower rises – less fabric will create the illusion of a longer torso.  Jeans hugging the hips give an appearance of a longer waist.  A low rise skinny works well for you!

Muffin Top

Goal
Finding a jean that hides the whole damned bakery.

Best jean for you
Our new favorite thing – the pull on jean!!! If your tummy is your issue, try a pull on stye of jean with a wider waistband in a slim, straight or mini boot cut. It’s denim with a hint of tummy control.  Mid-rise works well here – nothing spilling over or too much tucked in.
Higher waisted, slimmer cuts with a lot of stretch, hug (not strangle) your midsection for a smoother fit.

How to wear and pair
Look for interesting hem detail to balance out an ‘undefined waist’.

Tips and Tricks
Avoid clingy tops and opt instead for tops with a bit of swing.  Consider tops with an empire waist.
Emphasize the bust for balance
Layer with a tank or cami

What is rise?

Rise is the distance from the middle of the crotch seam (right between your legs) to the top of the waistband. It usually ranges from 7 inches to 12 inches.Pant rise is important because it determines where your pants sit on your body, which in turn creates your perceived waistline.

Rise can work for you or against you. On one hand, you can use rise to your advantage by changing your perceived dimensions. On the other hand, choosing the wrong type of rise will make you look disproportional.

What is whiskering?

Whiskering refers to thin fading lines formed from creases that are usually found on the front pocket are of jeans.  Skinnier jeans tend to have tighter, straighter whiskers, while looser jeans have wider, more angled whiskers. 

tip: take care with whiskering – it tends to highlight the whiskered area.

General Tips:

Like most styling, picking the right jeans is still all about proportion.
The jean should fit snugly as denim will give a little after wearing.
Dark washes or black denim tend to slim the figure.
Whispering tends to highlight the whiskered area so make sure it’s in a place you want to highlight.
Standard inseam is 32 so any longer and you’ll need to special order, any shorter and you’ll need to hem.

Fun Facts

Fun fact #1: the name Denim comes from a sturdy fabric called ‘Serge de Nimes” originally made in Nimes France, hence the name “de Nimes” = denim.

Fun Fact #2: Levi Strauss brought the fabric to the San Fransisco during the Gold Rush in 1853 where his customer Jacov Davis sewed it into sturdy pants that could withstand hard work!

Fun Fact #3: Jeans are dyed with Indigo, an organic dye developed in India (thus, the name).

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