From what my clients tell me, looking for a new pair of jeans is one of the most stressful shopping experiences we have to endure (it’s probably up there on the stress odometer with buying a wedding gown). There are so many different styles, brands, fits, sizes, washes, to distress or not distress? It’s a total minefield. And I guess because it’s probably the most worn piece in your wardrobe, you want to get it right.
The perfect pair of jeans can make you feel confident, sexy and even improve your mood – that’s right, the perfect pair of jeans can be, yes, I’ll say it, life changing.
Remember the old Levi’s 501s? They were my holy grail. When I put them on, I felt like suddenly I had the perfect canvas to be who I wanted to be – If I wanted rock chick, I’d team them with my rocker chick Kiss diamante’ tee shirt (yes I had an original one given to me by Gene himself) and some stilettos. When I wanted Parisian chic, I would grab my black turtleneck ribbed sweater, beret and slap on some red lipstick, then scream down the road in my beaten-up Fiat 500 whilst listening to Edith Piaf. If I wanted to feel grungy, I’d wear them with my Cyndi Lauper Tee, my Adidas Romes and my freshly permed um… hair. They were always the perfect anchor for my look, and they were built hard to wear and the most expensive piece in my wardrobe – My undying love for them makes me want to relive the dream.
Getting back to the reason for this blog, finding this ‘life changing’ pair of jeans isn’t always easy, because not only do we all come in different shapes and sizes, the perfect pair of jeans must be perfect for our body shape, not to mention our ‘changing’ body shape.
As a Personal Stylist, I have a great deal of experience in perfect jean hunting, so I’ve compiled some tips to help you find yours.
Jeans for comfort
Firstly, if you want COMFORT, the golden rule is denim with stretch and a high rise, which seems to work for most body types and no more muffin top!
Jeans for a smaller butt
The biggest rule to remember is if you want to your bottom to look smaller ALWAYS AND I MEAN ALWAYS, buy jeans with larger pockets that sit slightly lower on your backside. This will conceal anything you don’t want to show and helps with giving you a perkier butt.
Jeans for the petite
If you’re petite, chances are you struggle with length, right?
I’ve found Zara to have the perfect jean for a petite body shape.
Alternatively, opt for a cropped pair in dark washes to elongate your legs.
Find a tailor that knows how to mend jeans if you need to shorten. The best solution is to cut off the original hem and sew it back on so you keep its authenticity.
ASOS and Frame Jeans are also great for this shape.
Jeans for those carrying weight around the tummy and hips
Are you curvy or concerned about a little bit of extra weight around your tummy?
Mid- to high-rise silhouettes, dark washes, and jeans with plenty of stretch are best. They will serve to elongate your legs and streamline your whole look.
Another option is to opt for a straight leg or slight flare, which helps balance out your curves. This is particularly so for a pear shape body.
Jeans for all
Stretchy denim jeans seem to work for most body types, but you should try on different brands to see what works best for you.
Now that you know a little more about finding the perfect pair of jeans, it’s time to start your search.
Go explore and try on as many different fits as you have time for. Often, it’s the fit you think won’t work for you that you end up falling in love with.