The Art of Buying Jeans…

“I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.”  Yves Saint Laurent

Jeans…we love ’em, we live in ’em, we hate trying them on, because we never know if  “these jeans make my bum look big”.    Well, who knew there is actually an “art of buying jeans”? And I am happy to share with you, what I have read and learned.

Courtesy of  The Nest.

What are the key things to consider when buying jeans?
It’s all about fabric quality, fit, and authenticity because you want them to look and feel even better over time. It’s also important to have diversity. You need both a casual, comfortable everyday jean and a dressier, more fitted option.

What are a couple of warning signs that jeans will be low quality?
The most obvious telltale sign is if the wash looks contrived or fake. On the flip side, a sign of quality construction is a high stitch per inch count. The best quality jeans have 11 to 12 stitches per inch, meaning they have one of the highest stitch counts in the industry. This makes the jeans stronger, more durable, and less likely to split at the seams.

What are the biggest buying and wearing mistakes people make with new denim?
Following a trend for the sake of being trendy. You should always keep in mind your individual body type and what silhouette or fit looks best on you. For example, the tapered jean looks amazing on slimmer, taller types, curvier women look better in a straight or a boot-cut fit, and high-waisted options are perfect for someone who is short and wants to appear taller. Trend is irrelevant if the shape isn’t flattering, so go with what looks best on you.  (A  rule that will serve you well in all facets of fashion).  But if you want to buy a new style, consider bringing a friend along and ask for her honest opinion.

What should men keep in mind when they go jeans shopping?
The average man doesn’t want a busy back-pocket logo advertising his jeans. It’s a bit strange for a guy to have a decorative back-pocket. A clean one is ideal for a guy’s guy.  Here is an example of what NOT to do:

If you’re in between sizes, is it better to get the larger or smaller pair?
Go with the tightest fit they feel comfortable with because denim naturally stretches with wear. It’s better to buy snug jeans—they’ll loosen in time. When you wash jeans, they go back to their original fit, but you don’t want to have to wash them with every wear.

Care for your Denim

True denim aficionados never wash their jeans in order to let them wear in and age. The great thing about denim jeans is the more you wear them, the better they get. If things get really “unsanitary”, you can either spray them with Febreze or hand-wash in cold water and then line dry them. It’s always best to hang your jeans when you’re drying them to maintain their original shape and fit; don’t throw them in the dryer.

What should you ask your tailor when you have your jeans altered?

When hemming your jeans, it’s really important that you always ask your tailor to do a “reattached hem.” That way, the stitching in the finished product will look just like the original.

Source:  The Nest

How to Measure

Wearing only your underwear and standing with your feet together, use a tape measure to determine your measurements. It’s important to check the size chart on the product page of each brand you are considering, as sizes and measurements can vary greatly.

Measure your jeans from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the crotch seam to find the rise. Consult the size chart on any brand product page to see where the rise will sit on your torso.

Which Rise is best for you?  Keep in mind you can wear a long cami under a t-shirt, blouse or sweater, so as not to show the ever so unflattering “plumbers crack”.  Even mid-rise jeans these days are much, much lower than jeans I grew up with.  A long neutral or black cami under your top helps ensure modesty.

Low Rise
Waistband sits 2″ or more below navel.

Mid Rise
Waistband sits just below navel.

High Rise
Waistband sits at or above navel.

My Favorite looks with Jeans

If I had to give only one piece of advice to someone regarding jeans, and I’ve mentioned this before…If you find a pair of jeans you love, which fit you well, and look great on you…Buy a 2nd pair!  You will Never regret this, especially when something tragic happens to your favorite pair.  And…wear then intermittently, so both will have the same faded (or non-faded) look.  My favorite brand is Kut from the Kloth, which I find at Nordstrom. 🙂

From: Tim Gunn, A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style

“The basic denim wardrobe requires two fabulous pairs, one for dressing up and one for running around. If you wear jeans every day, of course, your collection should be larger. However, we feel that even the most ardent denim lover does not need more than ten pairs. Keep in mind that the average lifespan of a denim trend is 24 months. So please don’t invest too heavily in the trend of the moment. Considering how expensive designer denim has become, it’s better to fill out our wardrobe with fashion styles – stovepipe, cigarette, cropped – from lower priced lines.”

I BELIEVE I’m going to have a Great Weekend!



“On my best day, I am a seven-point-seven. I could be a hard eight if I felt great. If I went on a good run and had on my best pair of jeans, I could feel right on the money.”  Julie Roberts

One comment

  1. Always a good reminder to dress in what looks good/feels comfortable on YOU!! Oh .. . and always good to see some man candy in their jeans, too!!

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