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Look sexy in boyfriend jeans

I am petite. How do I style relaxed-fit jeans to flatter my body type?

Boyfriend and mum jeans have tried to topple the perennial favourite skinny jeans without much success for the past four years, but it looks like this may finally be the time to give the figure-hugging style a break.

The new jean silhouette is an updated version of the boyfriend jeans - it sits high on the waist and has a relaxed fit throughout, but it is not as baggy.

Women who are used to wearing curve-enhancing jeans may find this style unflattering, but it can look sexy and feminine with the right styling.

Freelance stylist Grace Lim, 24, offers some suggestions for petite women.


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"They can wear it with a cute cropped T-shirt or choose relaxed- fit jeans that are high-waisted. They can also dress up their outfit by wearing a coat or vest over it and put on a pair of heels."

To strike a balance between being tomboy and feminine, wear the jeans with a lacy camisole and blazer. You can also swop heels and wedges for edgy black boots.

Roll up the hems of your jeans just once - they should not be rolled up too high.

For the most flattering fit, find a pair of jeans that fits comfortably around your hip and bum area. Only the fit around your legs should be relaxed.

Here are some picks:

1. Pretty blue mum jeans, $89.90, from Topshop

The high-waist and tapered legs will flatter petite frames.

2. Lace and crepe double layered top, $109, from Zara

A pretty lace top that does not reveal too much bare skin. Layer it with a blazer.

3. Ripped and patched Tomgirl jeans, $99, from American Eagle Outfitters

This has an interesting texture that can be dressed up or down. Pair it with a plaid shirt for a grunge-inspired look.

4. Yellow crop top with woven geometric pattern, $35.90, from Mango

Show just a sliver of skin with this crop top that sits right at the belly button. This will bring attention to your waist and make your bottom half look longer.

5. Red fringed canvas wedges, $320, from Castaner

Add some height with flattering and comfortable wedge shoes.

6. Black suede-look ankle boots, $79.90, from H&M (not available at Kallang Wave, Tampines Mall and Waterway Point outlets)

Cuff the hem of your jeans to show off these ankle boots.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 03, 2016, with the headline 'Look sexy in boyfriend jeans'. Print Edition | Subscribe