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What If You Can’t Do Denim Jeans?

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If you’re one of those women who just don’t do denim, this article is for you. Your professional wardrobe might include smart trousers and suits. Your leisurewear and casual wardrobe still wouldn’t have a gap in it for those rhinestone wide leg retro style jeans from the Not Your Daughters Jeans® in it, even if they paid you to wear them. If this is you, read on – this article explains how the brand might still fit into your daily wardrobe, for work, for leisure time and for formal occasions.

Working in formal dress ?

Working in formal dress ?

For women whose professional attire would never include jeans, it’s still possible to get the benefits of the brand in terms of the contouring of the tummy and butt. We suggest you check out their ‘Trouser Slacks’. They come in black, black ‘multi-stripe (think pinstripe) and heather grey. Team them up with a pair of buff heels rather than patent or they could look out of place – I tend to associate patent heels with evening wear rather than the office. Next, match them up with a suit jacket, making sure you continue the stripes if you’re going for the pin stripe pair – it could look mis-matched with a plain jacket. Finally, wear the NYDJ body shaper on top underneath your blouse or shirt – not a problem as it comes in black, nude or white (although be aware all black is probably dreary rather than “slimming”, a classic mistake). With a suitable look for work sorted out, we’ll move onto the slimming leisure wear.

Not Your Daughters Jeans black trouser slacks

Not Your Daughters Jeans black trouser slacks

Not Your Daughters Jeans black body shaper

Not Your Daughters Jeans black body shaper

Not Your Daughters Jeans Jumpsuit

Not Your Daughters Jeans Jumpsuit

NYDJ's trouser slacks in black with multi stripe

NYDJ's trouser slacks in black with multi stripe

OK, so many women will be comfortable in jeans but there are those of us who just don’t wear them, no matter what promises are made about our the control wear value There are three options we think could work here. The jumpsuit might be to your taste, which comes in black. You would need to accessorise well, true you do have mores cope for colourful shoes, bags, jewellery and scarves than for when you’re trying to be taken seriously at work! But accessorise, colour image consultants have been saying this for years – or you could again unfortunately create a look that says “Hello, I’m the bigger lady in black trying to hide everything” rather than “I’m the stylish diva you so want to talk to”.  You might also want to try the aforementioned trousers with the body shaper under a colourful top. Or go for the wide leg trousers in the brown overdye – this is not a straightforward denim jean look at all and can tone in well with a wide palette of colours. If you’ve experimented with a smart causal look, you may want to try your hand at the shape wear look for formal occasions.

Black patent heels, pink pearls and black bangles - great for accessorising the black trouser slacks for special occasions

Black patent heels, pink pearls and black bangles - great for accessorising the black trouser slacks for special occasions

For weddings, special parties and other formal events you obviously want to look your best, and fit into the tone of the occasion – and for most times, this will never mean denim, unless you fancy some downright odd looks. You can go back to the trouser slacks and begin creating an upper layer that livens them up without being too garish. Pop the body shaper underneath a silk blouse, add a necklace with semi-precious stones (not plastic) and then co-ordinate it with a matching bag. Unless in the height of summer heat, replace a jacket with a smart, good quality pashmina that co-ordinates with your bag and necklace. This time, patent shoes can look great but you might want to consider a neutral tone to avoid looking over-accessories – it can look fussy if you have a matching necklace, bag, pashmina and shoes around more neutral clothing. Splashes of colour in complementary tones of the same colour or well matched different colours against more neutral clothing draws the eye. Uniform accessorising looks well, like a uniform, and kills the style value of adding color. For colours, think about picking up the accents of different colours, rather than having every accessory the same:

Multi-toned stilletos

Multi-toned stilletos - colour, but not too much

Add colour with a scarf or pashmina...

Add colour with a scarf or pashmina...

Belts - pick up the accent but not exact colour

Belts - pick up the accent but not exact colour

Lime green handbag with apple green shoes - perfect matching without the uniform look

Lime green handbag with apple green shoes - perfect matching without the uniform look

Brightly coloured scarf, black patent sling backs

Brightly coloured scarf, black patent sling backs

There may be times when you don’t feel you can make it all work, for example a summer wedding might not lend itself to the trouser slacks in black or grey. But equally, you can probably extend the wearability factor beyond jeans to wear outside work, and definitely if you hate the jeans look, you can still find something that you’ll feel comfortable and confident in.

So now you have some ideas for wearing the brand to work, in your leisure time when you don’t want jeans and working it into outfits for special occasions so you can still get the shaping an d lifting effects. Hopefully this will allow you to think outside the box a little and move away from the idea the range is only good for people who live in jeans.

(Sylvie Bernaut)

Accessory photo credits

Black patent heels http://www.sxc.hu/profile/MissTA Multi-toned stilletos http://www.sxc.hu/profile/kymmie_xox Pastel scarves http://www.sxc.hu/profile/Ayla87 Belts http://www.sxc.hu/profile/aleheredia Working in formal dress, red background scarf & accessories and Lime green handbag… http://www.sxc.hu/profile/just4you

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