Sunil Ramchandani is the Senior Designer for Jockey Person to Person, a division of the Jockey retailer known to many for their line of undergarments. With his experience as a denim consultant for mass market brands, the Fashion Institute of Technology graduate and former Design Director for the Curvation Queen Latifah brand is taking his industry insider secrets to help you overcome one of the biggest stresses of personal style: finding jeans that will flatter your figure.
What’s in those jeans?
According to the current Parsons School of Design teacher, fabric is one of the factors to consider when shopping for a new pair of jeans. “A poly cotton blend will help retain the shape and color much longer.” He adds that hand washing will allow the material to last much longer as well and that a mid weight of 8 to 11 ounces per yard will be perfect for year round wear.
Size me up!
Ramchandani also highlights the importance of fit. According to his expertise, the waist should have enough room to fit one finger in between the pants and yourself, and the denim must be fitted through the thigh and knee. Also, the rise should be 1” below your belly button but no more than 3”.
At great lengths
When shopping for jeans, it’s important to know whether you plan on wearing the pair with flats or heels. Ramchandani insists that if you’re wearing flats, your jeans should touch the floor and that with heels, the pant leg should be 1/4” above the floor on your back heel.
Your body, your jeans
Jockey Person to Person’s Senior Designer advices that knowing your leg shape and body type are crucial to working jeans like there’s no tomorrow. He states that bootlegs work best on pear and hourglass body shapes, while straight leg pants work best on apple and pencil body shapes. He adds that wide legs work best on strawberry shapes.
Camouflage Your Flaws
Ramchandani’s last fashion tip is to downplay your least favorite assets. A slight belly for example, can be camouflage with a stretch fit if they’re worn with longer length and un-tucked boots. If you have a large bottom, a slightly lower rise with simple back pockets can be your ally, while those with bigger hips can benefit from the boot cut pants as they help rebalance your figure.