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.
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