A Guide to Find Your Perfect Denim
It’s jeans day, so I hope you’re all wearing your denim today in support of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation!
I’m a denim-lover. If you see me out and about, pretty much 90% of the time I am in my favourite pair of jeans. To me, they are nearly like a second skin.
But, over the years, I have found at times that great jeans can be incredibly trying to find.
Fits that once were my go-to’s now just don’t look the same, and I’ve had to seek out fits that better suit my body and my style.
Today I am sharing a few of my must-know tips on how to find your PERFECT pair of jeans.
How to Find Your Perfect Pair of Jeans
Shop with Confidence
There’s nothing that will ruin your day of shopping like going into it with a bad mood and a lack of confidence.
Jean shopping is challenging, and at times – even discouraging – so you need to begin your day with a smile to ensure you get the most out of your shopping experience.
Don’t Let a Bad Fit Bring You Down
How many times have you tried on a pair of jeans, had the fit not be flattering, and left a store feeling completely deflated? Don’t let that happen.
The biggest thing you need to remember is that jeans are cut and fit differently at each and every store.
You just need to find your perfect store. Don’t get caught up in sizes and brands – get caught up in finding what works for you.
I personally always know that jeans will fit me well at American Eagle and Old Navy.
Try, Try, Try Again
Try on every style, every shape, and every shade of denim to get to know what works for you and what doesn’t.
You’ll quickly find your jean “sweet spot” and the fit that is most flattering.
Go for Comfort
The look of your jeans isn’t the only important factor to consider, there’s also comfort to think about.
If jeans aren’t comfortable, you simply won’t wear them. Be sure you can walk, sit, and bend comfortably before purchasing your next pair of jeans.
Try on A Pair of Dark Jeans
While you should try every shade of denim to know what you like best, a dark wash jean will prove useful time and time again.
Dark wash denim are great for the office and look more sleek than any other denim wash.
Pay Attention to Fits
There are so many fits of denim out there which can make it overwhelming when you’re in the store looking for a pair of jeans. Should I try skinny, bootcut, wide-leg, boyfriend, mom jeans, flared, or cropped?
Don’t fret – this is actually part of the fun of trying on jeans. It’s at this point that you could discover the favourite new fit and style of denim.
Here’s a simple breakdown of jeans:
Flared denim are great for creating more shape and curve to your silhouette. They have a retro 60s/70s vibe to them that make any outfit look effortlessly cool.
Wide leg jeans are great for those who want a bit of a more professional look and elongate their look. Plus, they are super comfortable as they are much roomier than other jeans.
Skinny jeans or jeggings are super convenient for tucking into boots. You can absolutely wear them with any shoes you’d like, but if you find that your jeans are bunching when you wear boots, then it may me time to grab a pair of skinny jeans. These jeans are much more snug and form-fitting and can be styled a number of ways.
Bootcut jeans are a classic jean style. They are typically fitted with a slightly wider opening around the ankle so that you can wear boots underneath them.
Boyfriend style jeans are a relaxed fit denim. They are looser and slouchier jeans which are super comfortable. I personally love wearing boyfriend, or mom jeans, with a loose white button-up or sweater for an extra chic-casual look.
Mom jeans are inspired by the jeans often worn in the 80’s/90’s by moms. They are high waist jeans that are often in a more stiff style denim. But, you can now find more stretchy-comfy denim in this style.
Cropped denim are jeans that hit at the mid-calve area. They can either be more fitted, or have a looser fit to them.
And Don’t Forget Material
There are tons of jeans out there in tons of different materials now.
You can get retro-style jeans that are a bit more still (like the popular 501 Levis jeans) or you can go for something with a bit more give and stretch.
Really think about what you need and where you’ll be wearing these jeans before purchasing.
If you love the look of the retro stiff jeans but are looking for something that will be super comfortable for when you’re at the office then chances are you’ll have to look into options that will give you that retro look without compromising on stretch and comfort.
A good option is actually American Eagles 90’s jeans. They are highwaisted, have a somewhat retro look, and are super comfy. Win-win!
Assess Your Needs
You just need to assess what you really want before heading into the store.
If you’re looking for a pair of jeans that will tuck into boots, than be sure to try on skinny jeans or jeggings. In this case, I’d actually recommend seeking out a jegging to really maximize the comfort factor.
If you’re looking for a pair of jeans for work, than steer clear of light or distressed denim.
Going in to the store with a vision of what you want will help you find what you need.
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