“They are a little too tight around my hips.”
“They’re little too loose around my thighs.”
“They fit well at first, but after washing they are way too tight.”
“They are giving me a recurring wedgie!”
“They always have to be hemmed.”
These are just a few of the common comments us ladies make about jeans. We all know it can be hard to find a pair that fit well, especially when there are so so many options out there. But, that struggle makes the achievement of finding a pair that truly fits your body shape that much more cheer-worthy.
Throughout my searches I have discovered some bits of knowledge that have helped me find jeans that fit and have helped my jeans maintain that fit. Here’s the scoop:
- Know your inseam – this is a lesson from the gentlemen in our lives. They know how long their legs are and how long their pants need to be due to the ways men’s pants are sized. This number is especially important for women above and below average height as it can save you a trip to the seamstress or from constantly returning pants that stop at your calf. Tip: look for this information in the jean’s details section when shopping online.
- Inside out, cold water & air dry – these are key when you are washing jeans. Washing them inside and out and in cold water helps the jeans maintain their vibrant blue color. Airing them dry afterward helps your jeans maintain its stretch factor.
- Don’t overwash – jeans should be washed only after you wear them several times. Doing this dramatically increases how long your jeans last.
- Don’t force a trend – It’s sad but true. We all have different body shapes, so not all trends are going to look good on you. No matter how much we love those high-waisted jeans on Gwyneth Paltrow, they aren’t going to look so great if you’re short-waisted. Think about the parts of your body you love, and then determine which new trend or cut for jeans will accentuate that part of your body.
At the end of the day it is all about feeling good in your skin. Clothes should help you achieve that feeling, not leave you feeling self conscious or physically restricted. Hopefully these tips ease your search for jeans with a perfect fit and help keep you from getting frustrated as you search. It’s a process that takes patience. I know.. easier said than done!
I’ll share later this week on my go-to jeans and some denim looks I love.