How To Buy Jeans
Buying a great fitting pair of jeans can be tricky. You have to know your body type and you have to decide which cut(s) looks best on you. And don’t get me started on all the different brands out there!! Buying great fitting jeans can be down-right overwhelming. Well, I would like to provide a little assistance in helping you narrow down the perfect jeans for you. Here are a few things that you should know.
1. Don’t worry about the size of your jeans. Different brands are made differently, and thus fit differently.
2. Try to purchase your jeans with about 2% spandex. Adding spandex to jeans is one of the greatest inventions ever!! Well, maybe I’m going a bit overboard…but it’s still a wonderful thing nonetheless. “Why?,” you ask. Simply put, when spandex is added to denim it allows the jeans to be comfortable and fit well by hugging the contours of the body.
3. If you are of average height and want to buy designer jeans, you will most likely have to have them altered. The average inseam of a pair of designer jeans is 34 inches or longer. So if you plan on buying a pair of designer jeans, make sure you have a good tailor who knows how to alter jeans properly. (You would think that I wouldn’t need to warn you about finding a tailor who knows how to alter jeans properly, wouldn’t you? But it’s so necessary.) With that said, there are several stores that offer different jeans lengths (i.e., short or petite length, regular length, and tall or long length) like The Limited, Express, Old Navy and The Gap (just to name a few).
4. Understand the different waist levels and cuts of jeans. (Keep in mind that I have only included the most popular waist levels and cuts of jeans.)
a. Low-rise waist: the waist of the jeans sit low on the waist and show off the contours of the stomach. These jeans work best on those with flatter tummies because the waistband sits under the stomach.
b. Super low-rise waist: the waist of the jeans sit about 3-5 inches below the navel. These jeans also work well on those with flatter tummies.
c. Natural-waist jeans: the waist of the jeans sit at the natural waist, directly at the navel. These jeans work well on just about everyone.
d. Boot-cut jeans: jeans that are narrow from the hip to the knee and gradually flare out slightly just below the knee to the ankle.
e. Flare-leg jeans: jeans that are narrow from the hip to the knee and gradually flare out very wide just below the knee to the ankle.
f. Straight-leg jeans: jeans that have the same narrow circumference from the hip through the entire leg; these jeans should not be confused with skinny or cigarette.
g. Skinny-leg jeans: jeans that fit snuggly throughout the entire leg and get smaller (or tapers) towards the ankle.
h. Cigarette-leg jeans: jeans that fit snuggly throughout the entire leg with the circumference staying the same from the knee through ankle.
5. Understand the types of pockets on jeans.
a. 5-pocket jeans: jeans that have two pockets on the front and two pockets on the back with a change pocket inside one of the front pockets.
b. 4-pocket jeans: jeans that have two pockets on the front and two pockets on the back with no change pocket.
c. Seamed pockets: pockets that are sewn inside the jeans, rather than outside of the jeans. Front seamed pockets do not work well for those with wider hips as the pockets tend to unflatteringly stick out.
d. Flap-pocket jeans: refers to pockets on the back of the jeans; the back pockets have a flap that goes over the back pocket. Works very well for those with smaller butts.
e. No-pocket jeans: refers to no pockets being on the jeans; usually refers to no back pockets, but can refer to no front or back pockets. Does not work well for those with smaller butts.
6. Know your flaws.
a. If you have a larger stomach – don’t buy jeans with pleats; choose a pair of jeans that fit at your natural waist; make sure that you don’t choose jeans that are tight around the waist or stomach.
b. If you have larger thighs – try choosing jeans with longer lengths to reduce the appearance of thicker thighs; try buying boot-cut jeans; don’t buy skinny-leg or cigarette-leg jeans because those jeans are designed to show the shape of the entire leg.
c. If you have a bigger butt – stay away from small back pockets; don’t buy jeans with embellishments; try buying low-rise jeans (if your belly isn’t too large).
d. If you have shorter legs – try choosing some boot-cut jeans for a long and lean look; stay away from skinny-leg jeans as they are tapered; if you have your pants altered, make sure the bottom hem hits the floor.
e. If you have a shorter torso – try choosing some boot-cut jeans for a long and lean look; try buying some jeans that sit at your natural waist; avoid pleated jeans.
f. If you are very thin and tall – (if you consider this a flaw…because I certainly don’t) try choosing low-rise or super low-rise jeans; try the cigarette-leg jeans and skinny-leg jeans to help bring definition to the shape of your legs.