Look in almost any closet and you will find at least one pair of jeans. Jeans are a wardrobe staple for almost everyone regardless of their age, size, or social status. But there comes a time when that well-loved pair of jeans is beyond wearable and it is time to shop for a new pair. Although shopping for new jeans may be a daunting task, there are some basic guidelines that will simplify the ways in which you shop. Listed below are 9 tips for buying a new pair of jeans.
1. Find the right style for your body type
One of the first steps on the journey to a pair of new jeans is deciding upon a style of jeans. For men, this decision is pretty simple. Men’s jeans generally fall into five style categories: skinny, slim, regular (including boot cut), relaxed, and loose.
But for women, the choices are much more varied. There are high-waisted jeans, boyfriend jeans, cropped or Capri jeans, and jeans with or without pockets and jeans with or without yokes. Although jeans style is a matter of personal taste, knowing the styles that are the most flattering to your body type helps you to rule out the type of jeans you do not want so you can focus on selecting that perfect pair. This article describes the most flattering jeans styles for all body types.
2. Know your weights
In this case, “weight” does not refer to the weight of your body, but rather the weight of the denim fabric from which your jeans are crafted. Generally, denim fabrics come in three weights: light (12 ounces per yard), medium (12 – 16 ounces per yard), and heavy (over 16 ounces per yard). Heavy weight fabrics are more durable but take longer to “break in” while lighter weight denim is ideal for fashion jeans.
3. Consider the occasion
When choosing the perfect pair of jeans, consider the ways in which they will be worn: casual, work, dressy or a combination of the three. Narrowing down the ways in which they’re worn will eliminate needless shopping for jeans you won’t wear. This article describes the type of jeans appropriate for all lifestyles.
4. Don’t Rule Out Alterations
If a perfect fitting pair of jeans seems to be elusive, keep in mind that tailoring is always an option. Lengths can be hemmed and waistbands and legs can be slimmed. For a relatively low cost, a tailor can adjust jeans to a perfect fit.
5. Size Matters
When shopping for a new pair of jeans, size and fit matter. For men, the fit is pretty simple – waist size and inseam. But for women, it is more complex. An average woman can wear a variety of sizes, depending on the brand. “Do not shop by size. Instead, try on each and every pair to determine the perfect fit,” said Sunrise Brands.
6. Think outside the fabric box
Jeans are fabricated from cotton denim fabric. However, there are other fabrics available to consider. Jeans can be crafted from cotton twill, corduroy, cotton/spandex blends, leather, and novelty fabrics such as satin and velvet.
7. Shopping Yoga 101
When trying on jeans, don’t just stand in front of a mirror. Doing a bend/sit test will determine not only if the jeans are comfortable, but also eliminate any chance of exposed underwear or unflattering muffin-tops. Also keep in mind the heel height of the shoe to be worn with the jeans and wear them when shopping.
8. Consider the Essentials
Classic colors for jeans are dark blue, black, and white for spring and summer. Less embellishments equal greater wardrobe versatility. These classic, essential colors and classic styles extend the wearability of your new jeans, thus expanding their longevity.
9. Bypass the label and the price tag
When shopping for new jeans, look for quality such as even stitching, straight seams, and strongly attached buttons or snaps. Do not be swayed by brand name labels or expensive price tags. What matters most is the quality and fit of the jeans. Shop local sales or outlet stores for additional savings.