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5 Denim Jeans Mistakes You Make that Ruin Your Outfit

The size and shape of your pockets can seriously change the way your jeans look from behind. In general, pockets that sit high and tilt slightly outward will make your tush appear fit and lifted. Avoid pockets that sit lower than the bottom curve of your butt (the spot where your butt cheeks meet your legs). Jeans with no pockets are also a no-no.

You choose the wrong size when you’re in-between sizes

The feeling of being smack in the middle two sizes is no fun. But consider this: “Most denim fabric stretches out naturally over time,” write Lauren Freidman in her book 50 Ways to Wear Denim. “If you’re between two sizes and you’re going for a fitted look, select the small pair, as it will stretch to your natural curves with wear. The lighter and thinner the weight of the denim, the more it will stretch.”

You have the wrong hemline

Nothing pulls a look together better than a crisp hem or a fitted fold. Decide how you’ll be wearing a certain pair of jeans the most, and hem them yourself or take them to your tailor. Skinny jeans should be cropped to the top of the ankle, straight-leg jeans to the mid-point of the ankle, and boot-cut jeans to a half-inch off the ground.

You wear baggy fits with boots

Skinny jeans are by far the easiest fit to tuck into a boot. But while other fits might take a few extra steps, nothing’s impossible in fashion. For boot cut jeans, fold the hem up to make a two-inch cuff and tuck the cuff into a high sock. The boot should slip right on with minimal bagging at the top. For ankle boots, try a skinny jean with a cuff. You’ll want a sliver of skin to show between the hem of your pants and the top of the boot.

You don’t experiment with denim on denim

Don’t leave this trend to only the fashionistas! Simply layer a light wash on top of a dark wash or coloured denim. Here’s a classic denim-on-denim look anyone can pull of: Deep blue jeans with a white T-shirt and light-wash denim jacket.

You wear the wrong pair of jeans to work

In many offices, it’s perfectly acceptable to break out a crisp pair of jeans on a casual Friday. If yours is one of them, try a deep blue or black wash in a slim and sleek cut. To dress it up, add a blazer or tuck in your blouse. Add polish with an ankle boot or classic pump.