What you don't want to do is let that extra fabric hang down in the back and get walked on. Nothing ruins an upscale denim look like someone walking away with a frayed-out hem.
Now that you've picked the perfect pair of jeans, how do you transition them from T-shirt and sneakers to evening-out worthy?
Three words: shirts, shoes and accessories.
Pick the top you want. Go wild, and wear anything you would pair with black dress slacks or a skirt. Glitter, fine. Sequins, heck yeah. Shiny metallics, bring it!
Now, here's where it gets a little sketchy. You can ruin a perfectly acceptable evening look with the wrong footwear or handbag. Just because you're wearing denim is not an excuse to skip nice footwear or to carry a huge slouch hobo bag.
Keep it classy. More likely than not, that means a pair of heels. My personal belief is, the higher the heel, the closer to heaven. However, if you absolutely cannot stand a stiletto, how about a glittery kitten heel? Something to lift you off the ground further lengthens the leg and keeps the glamorous feel you're going for.
Pick a handbag that goes with the dressy theme. If you were wearing a party dress, what bag would you carry? A wristlette or a clutch is probably your best bet.
And do not stick anything in your pockets! If it doesn't fit in your bag, leave it at home. Nothing ruins a nice look quicker than a bulky bunch of keys jammed in a front pocket or the outline of a cellphone in the back.
Pick jewelry and a hairstyle to complete the look. Try a swept-up 'do with red lips and a chunky necklace. Or try loose waves with a smoky eye and some long, sparkly chains. It's your look. Just remember: Denim as semiformal wear is not an excuse to dress down, it is an opportunity to stand out.
Reach Autumn D.F. Hopkins at autumn.hopk...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.