Jeans. Jeans. Jeans.
You’d think it wouldn’t be such a tricky article of clothing. You don’t have to go out and buy $200 jeans to look good. There are a lot of places that have great jeans, but not every jean is for every buyer or every body type.
If you have a waist that’s very noticeably smaller than your chest and hips, congratulations – you’ve got an hourglass figure! It is probably the most desirable shape, but it is surprisingly hard to find jeans for that shape. Gap is probably your best bet because they have jeans specifically for curvy figures.
These jeans have a nice amount of stretch in them and usually aren’t nearly as low rise as a lot of jeans on the market. I find that I have to go a size smaller in their curvy jeans, so keep that in mind. Always remember the majority of jeans will stretch out, so when you’re in the dressing room, do some squats or lunges a few times or something like that just to see how much they really do stretch out. You can also do that to check if the jeans are too low. No matter how great they look, don’t ever buy jeans that are too low.
This body type isn’t so hard to find jeans for since, hey, models are skinny. I have a friend who is very slender from many, many years of Kung Fu and she was always convinced, until recently, that she was a size 6. This annoyed me because I’m a size 6/8 and she’s unmistakably smaller than me. I took her to Express and forced her to try on a size 0 and a size 2, and guess what? The girl is a size 0! Craziness.
It was amazing to see what a pair of jeans that were actually her size did for her body. They gave her curves I hadn’t known existed. I definitely suggest Express for you slender ladies. They have lots of different washes and styles that are quite cute, but you can’t buy them off their website, so find a store and go buy them there. Express also has lots of great basics for work and everyday.
You probably have trouble finding jeans that are the right length for you and you likely have some of the same problems as those with an hourglass frame. I suggest Gap again because they provide their jeans in Short, Regular, and Long. I’m 5’8″ and I’ve bought a few of their jeans in Short. If you’re under 5’4″ you’ll most likely have to tailor all of your jeans, which is annoying, but worth it. A lot of stores even offer coupons to tailors if you buy jeans from them. Stores that do that most likely carry designer jeans because they’re cut for 6’2″ models.
You have the exact opposite problem petite women have and probably some long torso issues as well (like myself). If you’re willing to spend more than a hundred dollars, go buy yourself some gorgeous designer jeans at Neiman Marcus or Barney’s because you won’t have to tailor them. I love Joe’s and Free People especially. I have the Muse cut by Joe’s, which is higher waisted and slightly stretchy, so it fits my body perfectly. They’ve got a great selection of jeans.
So, there you are — some lessons on jeans taken from my history of jean troubles.
Caroline’s Favorite Stores :
Don’t forget about thrift stores. If you happen to live in Austin, I suggest Big Bertha’s on South Lamar. You’ll get great conversation from the store’s owner and lots of amazing clothes for haggle-able prices.Powered by Sidelines