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Are you wearing the right jeans?

Find the right jeans for you

I pretty much live in jeans. I’m not exaggerating… I wear jeans five+ days a week. I’ve also dressed dozens of women when I worked as a wardrobe stylist, so I can safely say that when it comes to denim, I know what I’m talking about. That’s why I also know how overwhelming it can be to find the perfect jeans for your body. There are SO many options! But do not worry. If you follow these 10 important tips, I’m sure you’ll find the perfect jeans that fit and flatter your body shape.

If you are looking for cool fashion combos with jeans, be sure to check out this post! You can also view the video version of this post here or at the bottom of this post on YouTube.

#1 | Know your attendance

There are three categories when it comes to the rise of jeans.

– Low-rise – 7”: Low-rise jeans fall well below your belly button and have a shorter zipper. I stopped wearing this style of jeans after I became a mother. Bending over at Costco or the grocery store to show the world your behind…is not a good look.

– Mid-rise waist – 8-9”: Mid-rise jeans sit on your hips and just below your belly button, so you’re always comfortable.

– High turnout – 9″+: high-waisted jeans sit at your belly button or higher, just like the GRLFRND jeans I’m wearing above! The advantage of wearing them is that they hide extra skin around the belly that you don’t want to show. High-rise jeans can help you eliminate the muffin top! Hurrah! If you’re not sure which jeans are the most flattering for you, a high waist is probably the way to go. High-waisted jeans can elongate the legs while creating the illusion of a slimmer waist. I’m a fan!

Most online retailers let you know the rise of the jeans in the product name or description. If you’re going to buy a pair of jeans, take a moment to find out so you don’t have to waste time returning things.

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#2 | Inseam

Whether you’re short or tall, knowing your inseam is important when choosing a pair of jeans. It is difficult to measure your own inseam, so I recommend having someone help you with this. For an accurate measurement, measure from the bottom of your crotch to the bottom of your hem.

You can always strap a pair of jeans that are too long, but if you’re buying specific jeans, such as ankle, bootcut, straight, or flared, you’ll need to measure for each of these lengths. You also want to consider your shoe height. One of the great things about frayed-hem jeans, like the Mother’s flared-hem jeans I’m wearing above, is that you can just cut them yourself without having to take them to a tailor.

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#3 | Small and high back pockets

This is one of the areas we don’t pay much attention to when looking for jeans. This style tip can be divided into two categories:

– High and small pockets: if your pockets are high on your butt, it looks more lifted. And that’s what we all want! Gravity is not our friend.

– Wide set and narrow pockets: if your bum is small, pockets spaced wider apart will provide fullness. For wider buttocks, jeans pockets closer together will narrow your bootie. The pockets should be about 2-3 inches away from the smile of your butt (that’s the bottom of your butt where it meets your legs).

#4 | Pocket Placement

With the wrong jeans, too much space between the pockets can make your butt look wider. A smaller amount of space between the pockets makes your butt look small yet round. Think 2 to 3 inches between pockets.

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#5 | Zipper quality

The industry standard for jeans zippers is the “YKK” zipper. You can look at your pants and jeans and see if it says “YKK”. This may not be a deal breaker when it comes to buying your jeans, but just something to keep in mind when you shop. If a pair of jeans doesn’t have a YKK zipper, the zipper probably isn’t the best quality.

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#6 | Quality stitching

When buying new jeans, turn the jeans inside out and pay attention to the quality of the stitching. The flat felled stitch is most commonly used with jeans. It looks like two railroad tracks at either end of a seam. If a pair of jeans has only one row of stitching, the seam is more likely to fall apart and will not hold its shape well.

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#7 | Zipper length

I got this next style tip from another YouTuber, Alexandra’s Girly Talk. If you have jeans and the length of the zipper is short (there is a lot of space between the bottom of the zipper and the crotch of the jeans), you will get a wedgie effect or cameltoe. I think we’re all familiar with that dreaded style accident. To avoid this, choose jeans with a long zipper length with little space between the end of the zipper and the crotch of the jeans.

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#8 | Fading placement

Fading is when one part of the denim is lighter than another part. Sometimes the fading in the front of the jeans looks like cat whiskers. In this case, the blurring makes that specific part of your body appear larger. But, for example, if you have a lighter faded strip down the middle of your legs… and a darker denim strip outlining it on both legs, that fade can make your legs look smaller. The key is… use your blur strategically. Look at the placement. Is it placed to flatter your body or just the opposite… exaggerating a problem area?
Always remember that blurring should maximize your assets (pun intended!).

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#9 | Dark wash is slimming

This point is worth repeating because it is SO important! If you’re looking for versatile jeans that you can wear all the time, look for:

– A dark wash
– Minimal blur
– Minimal details, if any
– No contrast stitching
– No embroidery
– Free from decorations

You want clean, classic dark-wash jeans that elongate your limbs and slim your body. We should all have a few of these in our closets!

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#10 | Fits and flatters your body

You need to understand which silhouette best suits your body type. Knowing what accentuates your body is key! Don’t fall for the trends. Stick to what works for your body shape. For example, if skinny jeans aren’t your thing because you have a bigger butt, wider hips and thighs, then you don’t need to wear them. Maybe opt for a straight, boot-cut, or flared leg instead. It’s important to understand your body so you can dress in the most flattering way.

Bonus tip | Find the brand for your body type

There are certain designers and brands that design jeans for certain body shapes and heights. Here are links to blog posts I did where I share my favorite brands for long, curvy and petite jeans.

What is your favorite denim line?? Please share it in the comments below. I like Mother, AG and Moussy Vintage.

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