When it's time to get a new denim, it can be very overwhelming to pick the right one. It is the beginning of a long and dare I say, intimate relationship. We are faced with hundreds upon hundreds of options, both online and in stores. It can really feel like it is an impossible mission.
Easy to maintain and comfortable to wear, jeans can be teamed with a variety of things ranging from a simple top to... you name it! Over the years, the fashion garment has undergone a major makeover with many available, from distressed jeans to classic denims. Including an amazing array of colors and in every possible trend.
Hence, choosing a perfect pair can be tricky. How do you pick the right fit, the right size, the right silhouette, the right wash?
These five simple rules will help make sure the pair you choose will serve your body and your lifestyle just right.
1. Define your size
Today, brands size their denim according to waist measurements, hence, measure yourself for the most accurate fit. Using a flexible measuring tape, take a measurement from your natural waist, i.e. the smallest part of your waist, and round down to the whole number.
2. Understand the fit
Not all jeans are created equal. Not all jeans fit every body type. When choosing between sizes choose on the tighter one, since all denim will bag out with wear. Look for the best fit for your body type (I cannot stress this enough) No matter what the trend is, try a fit that suits your body type that has any trend-like incorporated, like the distressed hems, or color wash, or high-rise mid-rise, etc. Not always more comfortable means better looking. Unfortunately, with all the stretchiness that today's fabrics have, the fit is widely compromised. Lean towards the more compact less stretchy fabrics, I promise you won't regret it.
It is important that the fit of the garment is to your liking. It really doesn’t matter how much you spend on a new pair if the fit is not good. Therefore, it is important to stick to what feels comfortable. Ideally, you will want to find a nice balance of stylish and cozy.
3. Let the silhouette and wash work for you.
Your choice of clothing can set you apart from the crowd. The same principle applies for denim silhouette which when chosen correctly can make you look slim and tall. If you are still in doubt which denim wash to buy then opt for monochromatic wash.
If you need to downplay hips or create the illusion of longer legs, then choose dark, whisker-free flares or trouser jeans that almost touch the floor. If your legs are your best asset, play them up with lighter washes or added details like distressing or moto seaming. If you don't like your calves, look for a monochromatic wash and a cigarette leg that will fall straight down from the widest part of your calf. Play with all until you find what makes you radiate the most. You can worry about trends with everything else.
4. Stick to what works
Keep it simple. I cannot stress this enough. Know what fit works best for your body and makes you feel confident and then stick to that fit. It’s like knowing what haircut works best with your face shape. When you've landed on a style that works for you, let that be your jumping off point, and mix it up with washes and minor variations in silhouette. And again let the trends be everywhere else in your outfit. You can't get it wrong!
5. Consult a stylist/designer
Getting a stylist or a designer can sometimes be the answer to all of your troubles. A designer will take your measurements and determine everything you require. Then, using their skills, they can help you get the perfect jeans for your needs. All you have to do now is think about choosing the proper stylist/designer. Examine the types jeans that these designers have created and learn about the quality of the product you can expect from them.
In conclusion, when it comes to jeans, it's critical that the fit and style of the pants you choose are appropriate for your needs and especially for your body type. As you shop for specific types of apparel, you should eventually come across stores that cater to your unique style. Overall, you should extend your possibilities and options for finding a brand that you can trust and remain with for the rest of your life.
Last but not least, ensure you check the label for fabric details before buying. Even though synthetic is a cheaper fabric, it is better to stick with blended natural fabric as it will last longer and stay in shape despite repeated washes. Finally, check the seams on both the inside and outside of the garment. If it is sloppy, know that the jeans is loosely stitched.