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Jean genius: It's all about a looser look

Are your skinnies on their last legs? Reports from the fashion front line say it's all about a looser look, writes Helen Carson

Published 29/02/2016

Top, £49, skirt, £45, both from Monsoon
Top, £49, skirt, £45, both from Monsoon
Jumper, £45 and jeans, £42, both from Topshop
Shirt, £25, skirt, £30, both from River Island
Jeans, £26, shirt, £32, both from Next
Jacket, £65, jumper, £18, jeans, £26, all from Next
Pinafore, £22.99, sweater, £9.99, both from New Look

Figure-flattering skinny jeans have been trending since the mid-Nineties. The denim must-haves, which are just as easy to wear with a pair of pumps, courts or boots, represent 76% of all jeans sold worldwide, according to a global consumer report.

So, it's hard to fathom the latest fashion news which says that skinny jeans are on the way out, to be replaced by new more relaxed styles with less stretch - what skinny jeans are famed for.

Some say the popularity of skinny jeans stems from a nod to the punk era when this style epitomised youth and rebellion. Others reckon style icon Kate Moss kicked off the phenomenon back in the Noughties. And then there are those who say it was fashion bible Vogue's love of the 'drainpipes' that started our modern love affair. Whatever it is we're hooked - primarily due to the comfort level 2% of Lycra and elastane brings, alongside their wearabilty factor.

However, the fashion experts at Ballymena's Fairhill shopping centre say that skinnies are being replaced by a looser fit. And they should know - they are hosting a free Jeanetics 3D body scanner and body shaping event on Saturday, March 12, from 11am-5pm and Sunday, March 13, from 1-5pm. So, if you are brave enough to bin your skinnies, here are some of the new looks you'll want to consider.

Cropped

If you add just one piece of denim to your wardrobe for spring, make it a pair of cropped flare jeans. Look for straight-leg in a medium or dark wash with a cropped hem that shows off your ankles. Team with a blazer or simple sweater, but once the weather warms up, try them with a basic T-shirt. Pair them with boots or chunky pumps now. When the weather improves switch to pumps or sandals.

Flares

A high-waisted cut will provide the most flattering fit - it's leg-lengthening and gives a curvy silhouette. Wear heels to make your legs even longer -and minimise the risk of a bunched-up hem.

Boyfriend

Boyfriend jeans are tricky, especially when you're going for an ultra-polished look. But the roomy fit is exactly why we turn to them again and again. With a few key accessories, the right shoe to elongate your legs, and the perfect proportion on top, you've got an outfit that'll deliver on rule-bending style without losing comfort.

Skirts

Denim isn't just forjeans, especially in Spring so be totally on trend with a denim dress or retro button-down denim skirt.

More expert advice can be found at Fairhill’s free Jeanetics event on March 12, from 11am-5pm and Sunday, March 13, from 1-5pm. Anyone coming along can use the private scanner to get their individual measurements and then try on a range of styles and sizes to suit their body shape. Afterwards the beauty and skincare experts from Debenhams and Boots will offer advice on the perfect make-up and skincare to complete the new look.

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