Denim, the famous blue material out of which jeans are made is a stretchy fabric by its very nature. This is where the store phenomenon comes from: when you try jeans on in the store, they might feel tight and too small, but because of the stretchiness, you will find yourself with a far too large pair of trousers before long, if you buy your jeans a size too big for you!
It’s all in the shape
There are many shapes and sizes when it comes to jeans, but let’s start with the very basics. Straight leg or regular jeans are the most neutral option, and useful if you don’t want to kick off your jeans-wearing endeavour with skinny jeans. Bear in mind that with any pair of jeans, the crotch area will stretch just like the rest of the garment. If there’s one thing you should bear in mind when you buy a pair of jeans is this: Loose fabric (in most cases) is always a massive no no. If it doesn’t start off tight against your skin, you are going to end up with masses of excess fabric hanging around your legs.
When you buy jeans with the looser fit you can easily pair them with fitted tops. Remember – common fashion rules say that if the top is loose, the bottom should be tighter, and vice versa. If you want to look with more structure in spite of your looser jeans, choose an option that allows for less stretch, and cuff it at the bottom.
Give it some structure
Bootcut jeans are another massively popular style. They work very well with flats, heels and boots, and give the wearer an excellent multi-functional silhouette.
Those with a curvy figure might benefit from wearing high-waisted jeans, if wearing something that is current and in fashion is important to you. The higher waist creates the illusion of longer legs and smaller hips. This shape can also help balance out curvy proportions creating a more put-together look.
However, make sure that you never combine the boot cut and high-waisted styles in one pair of jeans. Not only is this look outdated, it can age you quite significantly in your appearance.
What else to bear in mind when buying jeans
The weight of the fabric is important. Heavy denim will be more durable and look better in a neat style, softer denim allows a bit more drape and will be cooler.
Then there is the ever-important colour wash. The wash refers to the intensity of the dye in any given garment. The wash is also what gives jeans their famous worn in look. Some popular styles that create pattern and hue on jeans are acid wash, stone wash and vintage wash.
When it comes to colour dark blue is by far the most versatile as it can be dressed up or down, and can be worn with most items in your existing wardrobe. Remember to factor in the stretch when you buy a new pair of jeans, and rather size down than up when in doubt!