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Mar 23, 2011
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Pick of the Week: Got the Blues

Pick of the Week: Got the Blues

It's funny how sometimes I get comments on the things that I wear from my parents and people I talk to of an older generation—they'll say, "I wore what you're wearing when I was younger!" (If you haven't had this happen to you, I would be extremely surprised). This doesn't happen all that often—the last example I can think of was when I wore a stretchy gold belt with a lion buckle on it from a thrift store and my mom commented she had one quite similar years ago. No surprise of course, since I GOT IT from a thrift store!

I recall in middle school and high school when flare jeans were all the rage. I always had trouble with these because back then for some reason many denim lines failed to make jeans (at least it seemed where I shopped) in long lengths—so I would end up purchasing jeans a size larger just so they would hang lower on my body and be long enough! This resulted in of course jeans that didn't fit too well in the waist and a saggy butt. I laugh at that now because thank goodness—everywhere from mass merchandisers to boutiques carry denim in length.

But recently, I had one of those "I wore that when I was younger!" moments. Viewing spring trends you might've noticed one of the denim cuts popular for spring are flares. I stopped in the Gap recently as their spring line ads intrigued me on the new cuts of denim—everything from a cropped jean legging to a high-waisted denim trouser. I admit I had doubts on the flare/trouser looks as it kept bringing me back to high school when I'd sport some pretty awful shoes with said flare jeans. So I tried on a few styles of their flare styles and was quite pleased with one of the styles—the wide leg trouser jean. Gone was the unflattering butt and saggy waist I was used to in my previous denim days—this style is quite sophisticated with a high rise—perfect for those who want to elongate their legs even more.

The wash is dark and the thigh is cut flatteringly to fit, with a break from the knee down. Unless you're sporting a boyfriend jean where the fit is purposely baggier, denim is most flattering on women when the waist, butt and thigh are very fitted, and the style flares out slightly from the knee. I was shocked when I tried the wide-leg trouser that the "long" length was too long on me—which never happens. So I plan on going back to pick up a pair of these to supplement my spring/summer wardrobe. I can already imagine them with killer heels, towering wedges and strappy sandals.

Now, the weather just has to cooperate with my sartorial wishes ;)

Gap wide leg trouser jean, $69.50, Gap. 66 West Towne Mall, 833-8558. 341 State St., 257-1566. 111 East Towne Mall, 246-2068.

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As Madison Magazine's style editor, Shayna Mace writes the monthly "Window Shopping" column about Madison's coolest store owners, products and shops. She also reports on Madison's most stylish people, chic items she loves, store events and sales, and additional dish in her weekly blog. Her favorite places to check out around town are local boutiques, consignment and vintage shops for one-of-a-kind treasures, new restaurants and bars, and anywhere that affords her the opportunity to meet and talk to Madison's most inspirational (and many times, fashionable!) people.

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