We’ve all been there: Around and around a department store looking for the perfect pair of jeans. With so many styles and shapes to choose from, it feels like an endless mission. Luckily, just a little bit of research around the best styles and washes for different body types could go a long way in helping you find the perfect pair of jeans. I’ve done that research for you, so keep reading!
It’s not all that bad
Don’t get so caught up in the search that you forget to have fun. Don’t be scared to try on different styles and sizes, and don’t get disheartened if it doesn’t feel right on you. Keep an open mind and you might even have a bit of a giggle about the experience. Play around with going up or down from your regular size, and see how different fits affect your body type. You could even go all out and bring different styles of shoes with you, to see what your jeans look like in different outfit scenarios.
Who made the jeans doesn’t matter
Time and again, I see people falling Into the trap of focusing on the label rather than on the fit. Fixating too much on the manufacturer might prevent you from seeing the wood for the trees – perhaps the perfect pair of jeans for you is simply the no name brand, and if you want true freedom from the struggle of finding a new pair of jeans, don’t worry about anything other than how they look on you.
Sizing it up
Remember that different clothing manufacturers use different scales when assigning sizes to the garments that they produce. This means that a size 12 from one brand could be a size 10 or 14 in another. Trust me on this one: It’s not you, it’s them. Just because the number varies, doesn’t mean that the pants are suddenly a different size!
Buy for your body
High-waisted styles in a dark color is very beneficial to those with a pear-shaped build. It creates the illusion of a small waist, and will balance your proportions by skimming the fabric over the hips. If there’s one thing to avoid as a pear shaped body type, it is a fading effect over the thighs, as that is a guaranteed way of making them look bigger!
Don’t stress about distress
Distressed jeans have been a fashionable look for many, many years. There is nothing wrong with trying on a pair and seeing how it works for you, but bear a few things in mind: Firstly remember that wherever the jeans are distressed, is where the eye goes! The bottom line is that if you don’t want people to look at a certain area, don’t highlight it by wearing distressed jeans.
It may seem that classic jeans in plain black or blue denim are safer, but don’t be scared to switch it up a bit if you are feeling adventurous. Why not give lighter washes, or even white denim a try if you’re up for something new?