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Denim tips for every body from Stacy London


From dark washes and skinny cuts to wide-leg silhouettes and pocket details, style expert Stacy London highlights which jeans are must-haves for fall.

Denim is a blank canvas that can be worn in nearly every life situation. We'll show you a range of styles that will get you through summer and beyond.


Trouser jeans are really the most appropriate for work because they look, well, like trousers. This season, a lighter blue is a popular color and the denim itself is light in weight so you can wear it now. Look for a leg that fits the widest part of you and falls straight down from there. If you are over 5'4'', a trouser jean with a cuff is perfectly acceptable. We've styled this jean with a sleeveless tie blouse (a big trend for fall) but added a lightweight tweed jacket for work. The trick to making denim ok for the office is treating it as though you would a pant or skirt!

Blazer: Jones New York, 6pm.com, $56.70 Jewel Neck Trimmed Jacket, www.6pm.com
Top: Jones New York, at Macy's stores, $84. Silk top, Hickory Mu; call 1-800-343-0121
Jeans: Banana Republic, $89.50, in stores and at www.bananarepublic.com
Handbag: Aldo, $45, in stores and at www.aldoshoes.com
Shoes: Aldo Falge cognac oxford, $100

Earrings: Simply Vera Vera Wang, $14 in Kohls stores and at www.kohls.com
Necklace: Yosca, $85, LALongbrass chain necklace with vintage glass stone pendant; call (212) 302-4349
Bracelet: Yosca, $85, SQBrass hinge bracelet; call (212) 302-4349

Bracelet: Yosca, $70, thin brass cuff; call (212) 302-4349
Bracelet: Yosca $80, BDBrass chain bracelet; call (212) 302-4349


Skinny jeans aren't going anywhere. And while I still don't recommend them for the very bottom heavy, I get a lot of questions regarding how to find a good pair if you are slightly bigger on the bottom but still want to participate in the trend. The key is the weight and stretch: You want a jean that is heavy enough to have structure (real shape to it) and has enough stretch to hold you in without creating ripples. Balance it by adding a top in a brighter color that adds some volume to the shoulder and defines a higher waist.

Top: H&M, $24.95, green print top with ruffle sleeve; find stores at www.hm.com
Jeans: Sold Design Lab, $98, Spring Street Skinny at www.solddesignlab.com
Handbag: H&M, $34.95, taupe leather tote at select stores 
Shoes: Impo, $49.95, TIPPER in fuschia/coffee at select DSW stores and www.dsw.com

Earrings: RJ Graziano, $65, rose gold cage earring; call (212) 685-1248 
Scarf: Poppie Jones, $19.95, giraffe print; call (212) 674-2146 or go to www.dsw.com
Bracelet: RJ Graziano, $38, rose gold and white, set of 4; call (212) 685-1248
Bangle: Esprit, $29.50, Natural Touch bracelet at Esprit Stores or www.esprit.com
Bangle: Yosca, $70, OBBrass weave bangle; call (212) 302-4349


Black jeans never go out of style and they are a great basic to dress up. High-waisted flares are back, thanks to the 70's trend, yet are easy to translate into a wearable look. Dress them up by adding a sparkly top and some great jewelry. If you carry your weight in your middle and are concerned about showing a little bulge, try a brand that features a slimming tummy panel to ensure the "lock and load" effect.

Top: INC, $59.50, sequin tank at Macy;s; call 1.800.343.0121
Cardigan: Calvin Klein, $69, printed jersey cardigan at Lord & Taylor New York 1.800.348.6940 or www.lordandtaylor.com
Clutch: Aldo, $35 Vignola white snakeskin clutch in select Aldo stores 
Jeans: Not Your Daughter's Jeans, $35.40, Courtney black bootcut at www.6pm.com
Earrings: Simply Vera Vera Wang, $18, crystal and hematite (Baguette Collection), in Kohl's stores and www.kohls.com
Necklace: Ann Taylor, $68, gold and pearl chain in stores and www.anntaylor.com
Bangles: Aldo, $18, oriette gold and stone bangles at select Aldo stores 
Ring: Swarovkski Crystallized, $90, Tom Shot Titanic Ring, at www.swarovski-crystallized.com


Pink, red, green, blue-colored jeans are everywhere and part of the color-blocking craze. For real life, take down the rest of the outfit with some simple, neutral separates that reflect a classic and tailored silhouette. If you feel comfortable, go a step further and accent your look with a brightly colored clutch, statement necklace or heels but if you prefer keep it simple and stick with a flat shoe!

Blazer: Boden, $98, jersey, at www.bodenUSA.com
Top: H&M, $5.95, white tank in stores and www.hm.com
Jeans: Zara, $35.90, TRF core denim hot pink, at select Zara stores
Handbag: Luciana Verde, $99, blue fold-over hand bag at Loehmann's; call (212) 352-0856
Shoes: Nine West, $23.60, Makaia in silver, at www.ninewest.com
Earrings: Objets d'Envy, $68, Boulette style at www.objetsdenvy.com
Necklace: Ann Taylor, $68, long gold chain necklace with turquoise and crystal, in stores or at www.anntaylor.com
Necklace: Ann Taylor, $88, long silver multi-chain necklace in stores or at www.anntaylor.com
Ring: nOir, $98, cubic zirconia stones with solid brass plates, at www.noirjewelry.com