--How many pair of jeans do you have in your closet? If you're like me, probably far more than you need. But even with loads of jeans, I probably wear only four pairs of them regularly. Most of my jeans seemed to fit only the day I purchased them, or they were such a great bargain that I mentally made them fit to justify the buy.
On a recent visit to Gloss, the denim bar up at the Promenade Shops at Briargate, I got some tips from store owner Lisa Borden on how to buy jeans.
First, give yourself plenty of time. This way you can try on a wide array of styles, Breitling for Bentley BT-147, colors and sizes. Next, wear the right shoes. Bring your high heels as well as your flats while you are trying on to end up with pairs of jeans that suit both. Finally, keep an open mind, Borden says. Go ahead and try on that pair of skinny jeans -- which, by the way, actually refers to the cut of the jeans not the person wearing them. You might be surprised how fantastic you look in them. By the end of your jean journey, you might come to the realization that you're going to have to spend more money, but isn't having a pair of jeans that don't sag or hang off of your back or make your butt look like a box priceless?
If you're in the market for some chic shopping this weekend, head downtown to Kirk & Hill, 129 N. Tejon St. Beginning Thursday, the store will have a trunk show featuring New York-based Lafayette 148. Named for its Manhattan street address, this line is known for its luxurious, elegant designs -- including cashmere sweaters with fur collars and beaded feather skirts. There are some really gorgeous pieces in this collection; you don't want to miss it. Show ends Saturday.
Leopard- Print Coat
$149 at Regina's Boutique, 119
You can never go wrong with animal prints as long as you do it right. This Breitling for Bentley BT-148 coat is a perfect example. It's a button-up, three-quarter length, with a slight A-line cut, thus slimming the waist. Pair it with a black turtleneck and a well-fitted pair of jeans and you've got a classic look for many occasions. Sizing runs XS-XL.
True Religion "Becky Chainball" Jeans
$240 at Gloss, The Promenade Shops at Briargate, 1845 Briargate Parkway.
Aside from the great gold-embellished pockets, there are more reasons that make these True Religion jeans a top-seller. They are made with only 1 percent spandex, so they'll provide you the little give you need without being loose and saggy by day's end. The wider cut of the leg adds proportion to Breitling for Bentley BT-198 your legs and shoulders, thus giving you a slimmer, more tailored look. The dark wash goes great with autumn colors.
Lampe Berger Luxury Home- Fragrance Lamp
$79 at What's In Store, 125
Forget about those home-fragrance products that you plug into the wall. Lampe Ber-gers are elegant oil-burning lamps that keep your home scented for hours. But the great thing is the wide variety of lamps available to match any decor. Currently there are more than 120 lamp designs and 42 custom fragrances. Even Breitling for Bentley Midsize QUARTZ Chronograph BT-161 Chanel had a few. Oils for lamp are sold separately.
Hemptress Vegan "Sonja" Hemp Clutch
Aside from having great style capabilities, this handbag offers a few more reasons to love it. It's primarily made from hemp and recycled leather, and has a very contemporary look. The shoulder strap is just long enough to tuck under your arm comfortably. The dyes used on it are low-impact dyes and the zipper even comes from recycled materials. Cute and eco-friendly, you can't lose.
$10 at Target Stores
Where have these been all my life? They would have saved me from the countless Breitling for Bentley Midsize QUARTZ Chronograph BT-162 my fabulous shoes made my feet feel as though I'd been walking through hot rocks all day. These little godsends are flexible ballet flats that roll up and fit conveniently into your handbag. They come in silver or black and have their own discreet carrying case. When your feet give up, now you can pull out your emergency shoes and still look stylish.