Fashion Fridays With Melanie: Top 5 Tips for Finding the Perfect Pair of Jeans

by Samantha on August 5, 2011

My favorite fashionista, Melanie from Style and Error is back to provide tips for choosing the right pair of jeans. Thanks, Mel!

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Fall is just around the corner, which means the dreaded jeans shopping season has begun.  To help you navigate the plethora of options out there, here are a few simple tips to make shopping for a new pair of blues easier:

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1.     Find your fit. Before you try any jeans on, be honest with your body type. If you’re tall, only look at brands with long inseams, if you have wide hips and a small waist, look for brands that offer a curvy fit to help eliminate gaping (Levi’s CurveID  line is a great option).  Now that you know where you stand, you’re ready for the next step.
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2.     Research. Once you’ve identified your major requirements, check out brands on various websites to see if they cover off your needs, or go to a website like www.zafu.com that does the work for you. Ask friends with similar body types or jeans you love and find out where they got them.

3.     Name your price.  Denim prices can range from $25 to $500+.  And remember, just because they are more expensive doesn’t necessarily make them better. However, higher-priced lines are made with premium denim (usually from Italy or Japan) and often have finer details (single-hand stitching etc.) that increases manufacturing cost and in turn, increases the retail price. Regardless of your price range, you can find a pair of jeans that looks great and suits your budget.

4.     Try, try, and try again. Get to a store, grab a ton of styles to try on (dark washes are universally flattering) and get them in multiple sizes. I like to select a variety of cuts and washes (and brands), take a mountain of them into the change room and try them on until I find a pair I love. Tiring? yes – but it’s worth it in the long run.

5.     Give it the Boot.  At a loss for what style works best for you? Go with a boot cut. It looks good on everyone. The only caveat – whatever pair you go with make sure you find one that makes you feel amazing. After all – that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?

It may be a lot of hard work, but once you find that perfect pair of jeans, you’ll be so glad that you did. 

What is your biggest challenge when shopping for jeans?

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Grumpy Grateful Mom August 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Great tips! I am not a jean shopping fan, but I love to have a new pair that fits right. I like the boot cut too. I've tried those skinny jeans and those are not flattering on me.

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Melanie August 5, 2011 at 9:18 pm

@Grumpy Grateful Mom

Thanks for your comment! Boot cuts are my faves because they look great on every body type. I'm with you though – I don't think anyone likes jean shopping!

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championm2000 August 6, 2011 at 4:15 am

Finding the right color denim and pockets that don't make my butt look weird :-)

I'll be saving this guide for future reference!

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Melanie August 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm

@championm2000
When in doubt, go for a dark wash and avoid small pockets. Look for medium-sized pockets that are not placed far apart.

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