JEAN BUYING GUDE FOR MEN & WOMEN

Guest Blogger - April Clark, Fashion Aficionado, Beauty, Lifestyle Blogger 

Replacing or adding jeans to your collection can be an overwhelming task.  Getting used to a new pair of jeans takes time, but shopping for your next pair or two doesn’t have to be. Here’s a few tips for buying jeans for both men and women.

FIT

Fit refers to the width of your pant leg. There are a lot of phrases that describe the fit of jeans, like relaxed fit, loose fit or carpenter style, but the most popular jeans can fit into three categories: boot cut, straight leg and skinny.

Men, avoid boot cut jeans always! Boot cut jeans are made to flare at the knee, which makes for a lot of unnecessary bunching and damage to the hem of the jeans.  Boot cut jeans are a looser version of bell bottoms and they only work with a platform or a heel.  If you are looking for a pair of jeans to fit over your boots, try relaxed fit jeans.

Women, due to our curves the fit of jeans can be a daunting; the fit is either is loose in the waist or loose in the legs.  A good rule of thumb when shopping is to use the ‘two finger rule.’ If you can’t fit two fingers in your waistband, then your jeans are too tight. If you can fit more than too fingers than your jeans are too loose.  The rule is: two fingers that fit in your waistband makes the fit just right!

WASH

Washes pertain to the color and shading of jeans. From dark denim, medium, light and white, jeans come in an array of washes and the possibilities can seem endless.

Men, avoid jeans with intense whiskering and fading. A truly good quality pair of jeans will fade and whisker over time, giving it a ‘well-worn’ look.  If you purchase denim with too many fading details by the time the denim is broken in they will look too old and unstructured.  Give your jeans time to ‘break-in’. Stick to darker washes - they fade nicely to a medium wash over time.

Women, there are a lot of options when it comes to washes, but not all washes go well with everything.  Take inventory of what is in your closet before shopping.  For example, grey, white, green, navy and black contrast well with light wash jeans.  If you have a lot of pastel colors or neutral colors, black jeans pair stylishly with these tops. Purchase jeans that will coordinate well with the majority of what you already have.

RISE

The rise of your jeans refers to where they hit on your waist. The key is to be not too low and not too high when you're buying jeans. If they come anywhere near your belly button, the answer is NO. 

Men, it may not need to be said, but it’s pretty standard that mid-rise is your sweet spot. 

Women, mid-rise works well for you too. While trying on a pair that looks mid-rise, it will easily become low-rise when seated. 

SHOPPING GUIDE

Depending on how often you wear jeans will determine not only how many pairs of jeans to purchase but the wash.  Weather you wear jeans every day or just on the weekend be mindful of this shopping list:

Weekend Jean Lover

If you wear mostly business attire during the week and the weekend is the only time you wear jeans, purchase:

Two dark denim jeans in black or navy blue for polished looks

One medium wash pair to for recreation

Jeans All Day Every Day

If you find yourself wearing a pair of jeans every day, purchase:

Three dark denim jeans in black or navy blue for polished looks

Two medium wash pair to for recreation

Shop these retailers for great jeans:

  • Aeropostale
  • American Eagle
  • Banana Republic
  • Belk
  • Belk Men’s Store
  • Buckle
  • GAP
  • Hollister
  • J. Crew
  • Lane Bryant
  • Macys
  • Madewell