Let’s talk about jeans, and how they should fit. Not all jeans are created equally, and I want to help you find the perfect pair that fits you perfectly. Here are some tips and tricks for finding the perfect pair FOR YOU.
Let’s find your perfect pair of jeans
I love jeans. I wear jeans all the time. And I’ve tried on hundreds of pairs, and owned almost as many.
I recently got a reader question about the fit of jeans, and it made me realize that I constantly see women wearing the wrong size or style of jeans for their body. So let’s talk about it!
And remember, the perfect pair of jeans for me might not be the perfect pair for you, because we have different bodies. So it’s important to be patient and find the pair that’s right for you. And then buy three pairs in every color in case they ever go out of stock 😉
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Time to talk about jeans. Fit, size, length, material, and more.
I went through the most important things in jean fit, and gave some fit and shopping advice. If you have any other questions about something I didn’t cover, leave a comment!
Which rise of jeans do I choose?
- This is totally personal preference, and definitely depends on your body type.
- If you carry weight around your stomach, avoid low rise jeans because it creates a line on your body right below this wider area of your body and can give you that “muffin top” look.
- If you have a flat booty, steer away from super high rise since it makes your bum look flatter.
- Try different styles and rises to see what works best for your body and what makes you feel most confident.
Let’s talk about the waist of your jeans
- The most common issue I see is gaping in the back. Your jeans waistband should touch your body all the way around, or else they’re too big, and you need to size down in the waist. If sizing down makes the rest of the jeans too small, choose a different brand.
- If you already own a pair of jeans and they gap at the waist, TRY THIS TUTORIAL to take them in!
- If your jeans squeeze your waist and cause your stomach to squeeze out over the top, your jeans are too small. Size up.
- I rarely wear belts with my jeans, but when I do, the jeans should still fit in the waist without the belt. Don’t let the belt be a crutch to make your jeans fit.
What length should my jeans be?
- Skinny and straight fit jeans: The most flattering spot for the hem is right above your ankle bone. You don’t want any excess fabric bunching around your ankles. If they’re too long, choose a brand that offers petite lengths.
- Boot cut and flared jeans: These are most flattering with a heeled shoe (wedge, heeled boot, stilettos, etc). The hem of the jeans should hit about 1″ above the ground when you’re wearing your shoes.
- Wide leg jeans: If you’re wearing long wide leg jeans, apply the same rules as the flared jeans – they shouldn’t drag on the ground! If you’re wearing cropped wide leg jeans, apply the same rules as skinny and straight jeans – they should hit right above your ankle bone!
The crotch area (yep, gotta talk about it)
- Your jeans crotch area should not point or bunch when you sit. If they do, the jeans are too big, or are not the right style for you.
- If your jeans give you a wedgie in the front, or accentuate your front parts in any way, they are either too thin of a material (like jeggings), or too tight.
- The placement of your pockets determines how those buns look on your backside. Low pockets make your buns look saggy. High pockets make your buns look longer and often rounder. Pockets with a wider space between them make your entire backside look wider. Small pockets make your buns look bigger.
- In my opinion, back pockets make or break a pair of jeans for me.
- Everyone has a different shape, so try on a few brands until you find a pair with back pockets that flatter you.
Which jean fabric is best?
- There are so many jeans, and so many different materials. Some true denim, some lightweight jeggings. I won’t say that one is better than the other, but some fabrics sag after an hour of wearing. Some fabric is too lightweight so it shows underwear lines and stuff. Some fabric is too stiff and restricts your movement.
- I personally like a medium weight stretch denim. But that’s just my personal preference!
- Just know that there are lots of options out there, and if you feel like all your jeans are sagging after a few hours of wear, or all of them are too thick, it’s time to try a new brand of jeans.
Which jeans are my favorites??
I have a post with 6 of my favorite jeans RIGHT HERE.
Great tips! One thing I would add is not to be afraid of the Tailor. If you find jeans that fit almost perfectly ( except maybe a small waist gap) A trip to the tailor is the best $10 investment ever. They can totally change OK jeans into amazing jeans!
Yes!! Fantastic advice. It’s amazing what they can fix and how inexpensive it can be!
Wow! What a fantastic post! Thank yiu for sharing!! FORWARDING it to my daughter.
Hi! Thanks for posting about jeans. This totally helps. Quick question – when you say you cut them – Do yoU leave the hem raw? Is there a secret to CUTTING a Raw edge? Or maybe cutting holes In the knees….
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Matching Denim with footwear, tops, and accessories.
thanks for sharing this article. i think denim is better than lightweight jeggings!!
Thanks for sharing these ideas. mY wife always try to make defferent as she make comfort to work..place.
Do you have any suggestions for mens jeans? I’m a fashion failure who just lost 75 pounds and is having to have many of his too-expensive-to-throw-away Jeans (my gf chose them for me, and she’s the one of us with taste) tailored. So far, the tailor who has taken them in has done a fabulous job. But I’m now buying new and am open to suggestions.
What does a woman look for when looking at a man’s jeans, for example?
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