Jeans are a wardrobe staple. They are a good go-to for smart-casual dress codes, perfect for those shopping Saturday’s and even on a night out. A good pair of jeans also make you feel fantastic, whatever you wear with them. That is, if you find the perfect pair.
I don’t know about you, but my experience of finding the perfect pair of jeans seems like a once in a blue moon occasion. However, it turns out that knowing a few details about yourself and a little about how jeans are made and the different styles, will help you to find the perfect pair every time. Here’s what you need to know.
Know your jeans size
The starting point in finding the perfect pair of jeans is knowing what size you’re looking for. You only need two measurements, in inches, to start your search:
- Your waist size: which you determine by putting a tape measure below your rib cage and top of your hips; the tape measure will sit just above your belly button. Pull the tape taut, but breathe out to allow for comfort.
- Your inseam: you measure this by running a tape measure from inside your leg from your crotch to your ankle. You’ll need someone to help you to get the most accurate measurement. If there isn’t anyone available to help, get your best fitting pair of trousers and lay them flat on the floor to get the next best estimate.
With these measurements to hand, you’ll be able to more easily find a pair of jeans that’ll fit comfortably. The best fit will display their sizes in inches but if they display them in groups, e.g., S, M, L etc., look at the size chart for the brand to double check what your fit is.
There are lots of different styles of jeans and although they have something for everyone, you may find some styles will look and fit better than others.
Ideal if you want to show off your curves and even create the illusion if you don’t feel like you have any; just make sure they fit snuggly.
Ideal for smaller waists for accentuating this area. They fit tightly around the stomach, so not ideal if you suffer with IBS or other stomach conditions like endometriosis or painful periods.
These are the everyday jeans, suitable for almost any body type. If you don’t like the idea of the skinny jeans, which shows everything, this is the next best.
What makes the skinny jeans skinny is that they taper towards the ankles so you want them to fit best here- too baggy and they look like leg warmers! Everyone looks great in a skinny jean and as they’re generally stretchier, they’re also more comfortable. If you can’t quite get the right leg size (too long), have them altered to fit you.
Flared jeans help to create balance and perfect for those that are top or bottom heavy. They generally sit tighter at the waist and gradually flare out to the bottom. They look fantastic dressed up or down.
The bootcut is very similar to the flare, but much more subtle. They are more fitted at the waist and thigh, and flare slightly from the knees down. They help to elongate the legs and look fantastic with heels.
Relaxed Fit – The Boyfriend/Girlfriend Jeans
If you’re conscious about your thighs, a relaxed fit like boyfriend (baggy) or girlfriend (more fitted) are best. However, it is worth spending a little more on these types of jeans as some softer denims stretch too quickly and become really unflattering very quickly.
Materials for your jeans
Generally speaking, the higher the quantity of cotton, the better the quality you’ll get. As in, it will retain its shape much longer than cotton blends.
However, a mostly cotton/polyester blend or a cotton/spandex (or elastane) blend will also maintain its shape far longer than a number of combined materials, e.g. cotton, polyester, rayon and spandex. This combination of materials is particularly common with stretchy or relaxed fitting jeans where they’re trying to strike a balance with comfort and style without too much compromise. But materials like rayon can’t hold the structure as long. If you are buying a pair of stretchy jeans with a combination of materials like this, opt for a tight-fitting pair that will provide that give in no time at all.
If you want a pair of jeans that last you a long time, go for the highest quantity of cotton you can.
Top tips for fit
The best everyday jeans
If you want a go-to pair, opt for a dark denim in a bootcut with a 98% cotton and 2% elastane blend. These are sure to be your most versatile jeans that will go with almost any outfit and be super comfortable.
Show it off!
Love your legs? Skinny jeans are the best to show them off. Just make sure they are properly fitted around the ankle. If you want your legs to appear even longer, team with heels.
If you want to direct attention away from your stomach, flared or bootcut jeans will help to do that.
Love your waistline and want to show it off? Opt for high-waisted and tuck in your t-shirts, or jumpers to accentuate more.
Anyone else find buying jeans a pain? What’s your favourite jeans style? Let us know in the comments below!