How To Find The Perfect Pair of Jeans

8 Aug

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Whether you’re petite, curvy, lean or over sixty five, there’s an ideal pair of jeans for you.

Great jeans will make you feel stylish and confident. They will fit in all the right places and be comfortable.  They’re one of the most versatile pieces of clothing you can have in your wardrobe.  You’ll be able to wear them to work on casual Friday with a blazer and boots, on the weekend with a t-shirt and casual sneakers and to a party with heels and a blouse.

However, finding a pair of jeans that are flattering and stylish can be frustrating and overwhelming; after all there are literally hundreds of different brands, styles, washes and fits to navigate your way through.

Because there are so many options available, it’s not uncommon to hear someone say they returned home from a jeans shopping expedition exhausted and dissatisfied or even worse – with a pair of “they’ll just have to do”  jeans.

It needn’t be that way.  If you understand what you’re looking for, coming home empty handed or with an unflattering style, shouldn’t happen.  Sure, shopping for a new pair of jeans may mean having to try on lots of pairs til you find the ones that are “just right”, but if you have a clear idea in your head as to what it is you’re looking for, it’ll make the jeans buying process so much easier.  Here’s a few things to consider next time you decide you need to update your denim.

  • Unless you’re shopping with the view to sample lots of different styles, have a clear picture in your head of what you’re looking for.  (e.g. mid-rise dark denim straight with some stretch)
  • If you don’t have a clear picture of what you’re looking for, be open minded to trying on different styles.
  • Always try the jeans with shoes.  If you think you’ll wear them with a heel, try them with a heel.  If you think you’ll wear them with a boot, try them with a boot.  (You don’t want to get them home to discover the boots you have, don’t work with the jeans you’ve bought)
  • Know your body shape and understand the best denim styles that suit your particular shape – the best rise (crotch to waist), the best color and the best leg width.
  • Try a pair of jeans that theoretically shouldn’t work for your body shape.  What’s the worse thing that could happen? They just might work, and they might look great.
  • Think of buying jeans as you would buying pants/trousers/a skirt.  To find the perfect fit for you, you may need to have them altered.
  • In the change room, once you have the jeans on, bend over, sit down, do some squats and lift your knees up (like you’re marching)  to see how much they stretch and move with your body and to ensure they fit properly.
  • Take more than one size into the change room. Just because the pair you have at home are a size 12, doesn’t mean you will be that size in all jeans.  Try on a size smaller and a size larger than you normally would.
  • Unless they are boyfriend or girlfriend style, jeans shouldn’t sag around your bottom; pull across the tops of your legs or bag at the front of your thighs. They should fit firmly at the waist and not dig into your stomach or hips.
  • Take notice of the size of the back pockets and where they sit on your butt.  Are they doing what you want them to do?  (ie giving your bottom a nice shape)

Here’s me wearing a current favourite pair of jeans.  They’re from Gap and they cost me about $42.

If you’re having trouble finding a great pair of jeans consider shopping with me. (Perhaps book in with a girlfriend and share the cost)  Don’t just settle for “these’ll have to do” jeans.  There’s no way you’ll feel great when you’re wearing them.

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