Timeless and versatile, jeans are one of the staples you can have forever, so be mindful before investing in your denim as it’s the beginning of a long relationship. To make sure that the pair you’ll choose will serve your body and your lifestyle just right, keep on reading to know the 5 important things you need to know before going jean shopping.
- Understand the proper fit.
When choosing between sizes, never compromise on the fit of the waistband as it’s the hardest thing to alter on a pair of jeans. When shopping for a pair of skinny jeans, skew on the fitted, tight side, since the stretch fibers in will bag out with wear. Also, go for a flattering rise for your body. For instance, a pair that’s marked “mid-rise,” which is typically at least eight inches, provides more coverage because it hits higher on the waist, so it will contour to reveal less overall. Remember, don’t try to size-up if the rise is too low; that will only lead to a poor, uncomfortable fit. Though you may alter your hemline by cropping, fraying, or cuffing it, look for a different style that fits your requirements.
- Length can always be altered.
When deciding on your jeans’ length, think of the shoes you’re going to wear with them. For instance, flared jeans, which are best suited to wear with heels or wedges, should fall about an inch from the floor, while skinny jeans should hit just at or above the anklebone. Also, think if you can wear your skinny jeans with ankle boots and knee-high boots without creating bulges due to the folded hemlines.
- Make the silhouette and wash flatter your body type.
Pick a flattering silhouette for your body frame whether you’re pear-shaped, hourglass, or straight. If you want to downplay hips or create the illusion of longer legs, simply choose dark, whisker-free flares or trouser jeans that almost touch the floor. On the other hand, if you have athletic calves, look for a monochromatic wash and a cigarette leg that will fall straight down from the widest part of your calf. This way, you’ll invest in a pair of jeans that you’ll surely love to wear for years.
- Take a 360-degree approach.
Before buying a pair of jeans, do a test-run by standing in a front of a mirror or walking around to feel the comfort of your pants. Also, you may sit on the dressing room bench and do a squat to ensure there’s no discomfort as the denim doesn’t stretch out too much and ensure that you won’t be revealing too much. You never know, a pair that doesn’t have hanger appeal could be supremely flattering on the body.
- Stick with what works for you.
Though it may take some time, knowing what fit works best for your body type will make your jean shopping easier in the future. When you have landed on a brand or style that works for you, stick to it and mix it up with washes and minor variations in silhouette. Indeed, jeans oare one of the most versatile pieces we can wear now and forever.