That favorite, perfect-fitting pair of women's jeans is a key wardrobe piece that inspires confidence and peace of mind. However, finding that rare gem can be stressful. Because everyone is unique, it is difficult for a jean based on a generic model to suit everyone's body the same way. But if you take the time to select styles, cuts, and materials that suit your tastes, you can find an excellent pair you'll love to wear for years. Here’s how your favorite pair of jeans should fit.
The ideal pair of jeans should not need a belt. It should fit snugly around the waistline, whether you choose low- or high-rise jeans. The waist should not “bubble” or gap at the top, nor should it be so tight that it pinches your skin or makes you feel uncomfortable. Finding a good fit can be more difficult with low-rise jeans because the waistband is usually wider than more high-waisted cuts. The solution? Shop for your size in jeans with some elastic in the material for more freedom in movement and fit.
Depending on the heaviness of your denim, there are several levels of tightness that can work for you. If you wear the traditional heavy-duty denim without any elastic, then you need something a little looser around the thighs and legs to enable you to move around. Jeans that have some elastic integrated into the denim can achieve a tighter fit, and this is usually associated with skinny jeans that need a snug fit and free movement. When you try on your jeans, sit down, squat, bend over, jump — whatever you normally do to see if the jeans feel good, let you move comfortably, and don’t pinch your skin.
The hips of a jean can be too narrow or wide. This can be frustrating when the jeans fit everywhere else correctly. Depending on your body type, you may want to select jeans with stretch so you feel comfortable no matter what. The material should fit snugly but not be too loose or too tight around the hips so you feel fully supported. Experiment with rises and cuts to find the shape that suits your body the best. Look for attractive, figure-hugging jeans that you can wear with anything from high heels and a blouse to snow boots and a sweater!
Many stores offer jeans in just one uniform length based on an abstract standard model, which causes uniform length jeans to be too short or too long on most women. To get the perfect fit, shop for jeans that offer lengths in tall, petite, and regular. To further customize your selection, order cuffing or hemming on select products. When your jeans fit everywhere else, fixing the length is an easy process and is highly advised to provide the best fit possible.
Further customize your experience by selecting denim of different colors. A pair of black jeans is a versatile item that can blend in during both formal and leisure occasions. Try other colors like red for an extra splash of fun, or pastels to dress up blouses for a springtime brunch.
Sometimes you just need to make a subtle adjustment to make your jeans fit perfectly. A belt can cinch in that extra half-inch you need to feel secure around the waist, and it is a great solution if you don’t want to go out and buy new jeans just because of a small issue. There are also waistband extenders available if you’re in between sizes or have a growing baby belly. If your jeans are slightly too long but not enough to tailor, then a pair of heeled boots can do the trick without needing to hem or cuff too.
Finding a pair of jeans that fits everywhere correctly can seem like you have to wait for the stars to align. But by following these jean fitting tips, you’ll be sure to find your next favorite pair to enjoy throughout the year — and for years to come.