Jeans Trends 2008 – Outlook is Confusing

All those empire-waist gowns and tops that looked so stylish not so long ago suddenly have turned into the fashion equivalent of pumpkins, morphing from au courant to out-of-date as quickly as the New Year’s clocks chimed 12. Or so say northern hemisphere trend-watchers.

The high-waisted “baby-doll” look, which topped most must-have lists in early 2007, is one of several trends predicted to take a tumble early in 2008.

On the way out are micro-miniskirts, shapeless tunics and extremely low-rise jeans, according to several boutique owners. Those styles will be replaced by fitted tops, belted dresses and trousers with higher waistbands.

If we consult with the jeans gurus, the verdict is in: the storm of froth and frills has subsided; in it’s wake is the cool, fresh look of glammed-up mod minimalism and tailored shabby chic.

“Green” fashions made from eco-friendly materials such as bamboo were big in 2007. They will be huge in ’08, predicts a buyer for a large American department store.

Fashion leaders are less certain about 2008 trends for jeans styles. Fashion people are still debating the subject with purchase managers and sales clerks. Where jeans are concerned, however, trends don’t count for much. The most stylish jeans are not the widest or narrowest; they’re the ones that fit the best.

Here’s a refresher of some common Denim Jeans Styles. They are sometimes referred to when looking at the fit of a pair of jeans:
Carpenter pants or jeans- These have a loose fit through the seat and thigh. They have a side pocket tools. Usually used for cell phones and cash. These can have the painters hammer loop sometimes as well.
Cargo pants or jeans- Two large gear pockets with flap closure situated just above and to the side of the knees. Loose fit through the seat and thigh.

Painters pant or jeans- These have a loose fit through the seat and thigh. They have a loop for a hammer on the side just below the hip.

Loose fit- Made to be worn low on the hips or size down for a slimmer look- loose through seat and thigh.
Relaxed fit- Has an easy fit through the seat and thigh- roomy but not baggy.

Original or Regular fit- Sits at the waist and has a straight fit through the seat and thigh.

Skinny fit- Sits below the waist and is very narrow and has a slim leg.

Slim fit- Slightly narrower at the seat and thigh than original fit.
Slouch jeans- An eased fit that sitslow on the hips.

Boy cut jeans- Relaxed fit for women.

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