The Perfect Jeans: 10 Tips For the Best Fit

by Migdalia Rivera

In January, I wrote about my search for a few good jeans (see post).  LaLicenciada left a comment with a few helpful tips that I just had to share with you!  


Jeans are a crucial asset in any woman’s wardrobe! Buying jeans can be a defeating process – I’ll try on 10 different jeans my size only to find out some sizes run small, some too big, others have pocket placement that do not flatter, then I’m lucky to end up with one good pair. So here are some rules that I consider to be bible when I buy jeans:

1- I never buy online unless I’ve tried them on first. Trying on a pair of jeans that don’t fit can give your self esteem a kick, so its best to drag yourself to the store with the mindset that not all jeans are made the same, and your body is beautiful the way it is. Rather than buy one promising pair that lets you down that you have to return… or that you keep because you decide to mold your body to it “one day.”

2- Lycra, lycra, lycra – a little stretch is always a good thing. It lets the curves curve, and tucks what needs to be tucked. It’s a girl’s best friend.

3- Watch for Pockets – Pouty pockets in the back are good if you need more oomph in your tush. But if you are bootylicious avoid them. Also avoid tiny pockets in the front that may cause an unflattering look around the hips.

4- Distressed jeans – if you have bountiful thighs do not buy jeans that are distressed in the thigh area. They just highlight it, rather than create a uniform look.

5- Jeans are versatile – buy two of your favorite style…one to tailor and pair with flats, the other to pair with heels.

6- Must-have styles – wide leg (a sailor pant button is so cute); skinny (to dress up with heels or tuck in knee-high boots); classic boot cut (that can go from day to night).

7- A dark wash is ideal – they can be dressed up or down. But think out of the box – a good black jean is also a staple, as is a white jean* for the summer. (*white jean beware – they must be thick enough that you do not see through them, have lining or be prepare to wear spanx). And if you’re feeling wild, go for some color!

8- Buy what fits! Whether its low rise or not, if its too tight its going to create a “muffin top,” or “chichos” and that isn’t pretty at all.

9- Zippers or buttons or both – whatever style you choose, there should be no over-stretching where the zipper or buttons meet the jean – if there is, and you see gaps or need pliers to close them up, then they’re too small for you. Remember – jeans are NOT corsets  [emphasis mine]. Putting them on should not be a joint effort.

10- Tailoring – If you find a perfect pair of jeans but there’s a huge gap on the top between your derriere and the small of your back, buy it and get it tailored. You cannot be punished for having a teeny weeny waist.


Thank you Li for your suggestions! After reading your comment, I feel much more prepared in my hunt for a few good jeans and I’m sure the other readers do as well.

Click HERE to read more posts by Li.


About the Author

Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and 2 Australian Shepherds. When not blogging, or chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media.

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1 DG February 16, 2010 at 10:18 pm

I love these tips. I agree about the extra stretch (embrace curves yeahy! :) ) and the part about not buying online. I’m always tempted but I know jeans are hard to find so I just take the time to actually try them on at a store even if the prices are slightly higher.

2 jai February 17, 2010 at 9:23 pm

I was just going to write a post on this. Very well written! It’s so hard to find a good pair of jeans that fit. Great tips!

3 LaLicenciada February 18, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Thank you to Ms. Latina for exhibiting my jeans rant and to all of you who enjoyed the post.

Happy Jean Hunting!

4 Ouidad Blog February 22, 2010 at 2:47 pm

I love this article! I’m also one of those people who needs to try on 10, 20, 30 pairs of jeans before finding something that actually fits. I think I need to get some dark wash jeans because I love your idea about dressing them up or down.


5 Tamara B. February 23, 2010 at 11:08 pm

I quit buying jeans years ago too frustrating for me but I love your tips.

6 Helen January 25, 2014 at 4:11 am

I have this exact problem… I live in England and am irish with ecudorian/mexican heritage and have latin curves. I can NEVER find jeans to fit. I found the perfect pair in peru a few years back (like u say… lots of lycra!!!) but it seems England do not cater for womanly figures but rather more boyish. When levis brought out curve id I was rather more hopeful but the bold curve is still snug on the hips if they fit my waist and we dont get the supreme curve over here. Im not a larger lady, im a uk 10-12 (us 6) but I am not accomodated for. I think the problem has gotton worse over recent years and I can say that I am pretty much giving up on jeans… unless some one can reccomend some? Thanks for the tips :-)

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