There are many factors to think about when shopping for a pair of jeans. Here’s how to pick out the perfect pair.
1. Don’t pay attention to numbers.
Jeans fit differently than other types of pants. Break away from only trying on “your” size. When you go jean shopping, get three different sizes of each specific pair of jeans that you want to try on. The three different sizes should be one size bigger than your normal size, one size smaller than your normal size, and one size that is what you normally wear. This gives you a little wiggle room so you can get the exact fit that you want. For those who are very self-conscious about the size number, just cut the tag off after you buy the jeans that you want. You have to understand that every brand has different size standards and different styles of jeans fit better in different sizes. It’s best if you don’t even pay attention to the number at all.
2. Know what the different styles are.
When you go jean shopping, you’ll notice that there isn’t a standard type of jeans. Jeans come in many different styles. Some of these styles include boot cut, flare, bell-bottoms, skinny, and straight-leg. Boot cut are jeans that have room on the bottom part of the jeans, below the knees. This style is great to wear with boots underneath, hence the name. Bell-bottoms are kind of like the boot cut but typically have even more room on the bottom. These were very popular in the 1970s and are slowly coming back in style. Skinny jeans became popular in the late 2000s and fit like leggins. Skinny jeans are typically very tight and are close to the skin. These are great to wear under long shirts or with boots over them, and look best on people who are fit. Straight-leg are a looser fitting skinny jean. They are typically seen on older women and sometimes are dubbed as “mom jeans.” Knowing what these different styles are can help save some time when shopping. It’s best to at least try the different styles to see how they personally look on you because each style looks different on each person.
3. Budget or splurge?
Jeans are a staple item that everyone should have in their closet but sometimes the best fitting jeans come with a steep price tag. Most big name shopping mall stores, like Macy’s and JCPenney’s, typically carry well-made jeans at a high price whereas Target and Walmart carry lesser quality jeans at very affordable prices. Decide how much you want to spend and what type of quality you are looking for to determine what store you should go shopping at. Do not buy jeans online because jeans need to be tried on in person and you can’t tell how they will fit shopping online.
4. Washes and embellishments?
You will typically see more jeans with holes and other embellishments in the Juniors’ section than you will in the Women’s section. There are many jeans that come with holes in them already in the name of fashion. Don’t be alarmed they are mean to be there. If you think you’ve found a pair of “normal” jeans check the back pockets because many jeans feature studs and other embellishments on the pockets. Besides the embellishments jeans may come in different washes as well. A wash refers to the color of the actual jeans. Some jeans look as if bleach has been sprayed onto them while others may feature a dark wash which is typically a dark colored pair of jeans. Washes and embellishments are things to think about because different ones can make you look different and also may only match with certain tops. For an example, light colored washed jeans with holes sometimes look ratty and is more suitable for casual encounters and go great with tank tops while a dark washed pair of jeans with no holes are embellishments look more professional and can even worn at work in some cases with a dress top.
5. Doing a “test.”
When you are trying on a new pair of jeans and you think you’ve found the perfect pair, do a couple of “tests.” One test to do is sit down in the pair. If the jeans expose your backside, you need to find a different pair. Another test is putting your shoes back on while wearing the jeans. Take note of where the bottom of the jeans end up. They might not be long enough so try a different the same pair but in a “Long” so that the jeans are long enough. You may even find out that they are doing the opposite and are too long. There are different fits for most jeans and they include regular, long, and short. You may have to get these different fits depending on how long your legs are. Test walking in the jeans as well. You don’t want a pair that doesn’t move with you when you walk. Some jeans might be a bit stiff when you are in motion while wearing them. Others might not keep their shape while in motion.
6. Invite friends and ask for their opinions.
You can look in the mirror and think they might be the perfect pair but it’s also great to get an outsider’s opinion. Invite friends along when you go jean shopping to ask their opinion in person. They may be able to give you more insight since they are looking at the jeans for a different view. You can even bend over and ask them if any of your backside is exposed or if they can see the lining of your underwear through the jeans. It’s hard to see these things when you’re trying on jeans yourself so having a friend there to help you out is a great idea.