Why is it so difficult finding the perfect pair of jeans? It’s one of the most frustrating things for me to shop for and I know a lot of ladies feel the same way. Today is all about how to find the right pair of jeans to flatter your figure. FYI – I did not plan on doing back to back posts with the same pink and white pairing…it just happened. In case you missed it, see how to style a long cardigan with shorts HERE. Clearly I like this color combo a little too much (lol).
Try on and try on some more
My first advice to finding the perfect pair of jeans is to to try on, try on and then try on some more. The best way to figure out what flatters your body is to simply try on a bunch of different pairs. Nordstrom offers free shipping and free returns ALL THE TIME so there should be no excuse. 🙂
Focus on fit and not the brand
Try focusing on the cut and fit instead of the brand. Obviously if you love a particular brand and you KNOW it fits you well, then great but if you’re still in search of the RIGHT PAIR, the fit is more important than what the label says. I honestly don’t care about the brand or price, as long as it fits and makes me feel good, then I don’t discriminate.
Decide which style suits you
There are so many different styles, cuts and lengths. From boyfriend, crop, bootcut, straight, skinny…there’s a pair of everyone. The hardest part is determining which style suits your figure the best. Currently, I love ankle length (crop) skinny jeans. They seem to work best for my body. I have a couple pairs of boyfriend jeans and a few straight but skinny jeans seem to be my favorite. Keep in mind a lot of ‘crop’ lengths equate to ankle length for petite gals.
Inseam & Rise
Determine what your inseam is. No idea how to figure this out? Measure the seam that runs from the crotch of the pants to the bottom of the pant leg. My ideal inseam for skinny jeans is 26″.
Next is which rise is the most comfortable for you? Rise is the distance from the middle of the crotch seam (right between your legs) to the top of the waistband. There are low rise, mid rise and high rise. Find a pair that you feel most comfortable in and measure the rise. The majority of my jeans are mid rise however I have several high rise pairs that I love. High rise tend to elongate your legs and make you look taller. For petite gals, this is the holy grail (lol).
Color and distressing
What wash do you prefer? Dark, medium, light? I have all three but prefer a dark wash like THESE. Dark washes tend to be more figure flattering and look a little bit dressier however I personally don’t mind going lighter depending on my mood. White jeans will always be a favorite and yes you can wear white after Labor Day.
Holes or no holes? Some cannot stand distressing but I love it. Did you ever think I never in a million years that buying jeans with holes would be a trend? Crazy right? I think when done right with minimal distressing, you can still look classy without going over the top. I have THESE and THESE and they’re both good examples of distressing done right. Here are some of my top picks:
Jacket: Topshop ruffle crop jacket (size US 0) | Denim: Paige Verdugo crop jeans (size 24) | Tee: Caslon pocket tee (xxsp) | Shoes: BP. tale 2 slides | Handbag: Chloe marcie satchel | Sunglasses: Tory Burch (similar HERE) | Hair wand: T3 | Nail polish: Acquarella (similar HERE) | Lipstick: YSL | Cuff: c/o Kendra Scott elton station cuff | Watch: c/o kate spade holland watch
If I had to narrow down my favorite brands of jeans, it would have to be Paige, AG Jeans (super slimming) and Topshop. I started venturing out into Rag & Bone, Free People and 7 for all mankind recently and I’m pleasantly surprised at how well they fit. This goes to show you that you just never know what will look good until you try them on. 🙂
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