Style stakes: it's in the jeans

United Arab Emirates, January 13, 2018

Around this time of the year, I literally live in my jeans. After a whole month of dressing up, as the temperatures begin to drop, there is nothing more comforting than sporting denims. When it comes to jeans, I have always been a brand loyalist. My kind of jeans ought to be on the skinnier side, with cropped length (at my height, crops offer the perfect length), distressed but always on the darker side (it's more flattering to my figure) and have a little bit of stretchability. Most importantly, they are never low-waist - I have never had a belly worth flaunting. No wonder then, when it was recently predicted that the slouchy boyfriend jeans would be making a comeback, I was anything but happy. To make matters worse, there was even an article about the frightening embellished denims trying to return to the fashion landscape.

A sigh of relief came when I saw the recent Kardashian-Jenner Christmas card; whether it was Mary Jo Campell, the 83-year-old mother of Kris Jenner, or the 13-months-old Dream Kardashian, daughter of Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna, they all wore denims.

At first glance, I nearly dismissed the Christmas card as I thought it would be an endorsement of Good American, the denim brand co-founded by Khloe Kardashian. Interestingly, they aren't. The Kardashian-Jenner clan is seen wearing denims from Levi's limited edition collection called Authorized Vintage (do I sniff a plug?). Needless to say, these aren't your run-of-the-mill jeans. But, and I cannot believe I am saying this, there is a lesson in style to be learnt from this card: by keeping it simple, the Kardashians have actually got it right. Firstly, a great pair of jeans is never a bad investment because they never go out of style. While there are trends in denims, when it comes to jeans, always stick to what works for you.

Take a good look at this Christmas card - Kim has worn high-waisted, lightly washed, ripped denims, whereas Kendall has gone for something more fitted and low-waisted; Kris has stuck to darker, skinny jeans, while Khloe clearly did not want any rips in her jeans. The family decided to team their denims with white tees, which always works. What makes denims truly appealing at all times is the fact that they literally work with anything.

As I write this piece, I am wearing a pair of black denims with frayed edges with a super soft cashmere and cotton sweater; I have also thrown a long neckpiece on it to dress it up a bit. On my feet are the most comfortable pair of flats. Last Friday, I paired the same jeans with a blue-and-black silk jacket, a pair of mid-heels and long tassel earrings for a more formal look.

Of course, finding a pair of denims that fit well is not an easy task - there are just so many styles to choose from. Shopping for denims is one time when I make it a point to take a friend along with me because you need another pair of eyes to really tell if the jeans fits perfectly. A reason why I'd advise, when you do find that perfect pair - buy two. For now, as much as I don't enjoy it, I know the first thing on my wish list for 2018 is to get myself yet another pair.

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