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  • Lindy Martinson

Is It The Jeans, or Your Genes?

Shopping for jeans can be a serious struggle. With so many different brands, cuts, and washes, it’s a daunting task to search the store for the pair that is perfect for your body. Jeans are not ‘one size fits all’. Denim can also be expensive, but trust me when I say the $200 pair of jeans that makes you cringe when you look at the tag are actually going to be worth every penny when you find your perfect fit. Why is that? Well, premium denim is made to not stretch out. What you see in the fitting room is what you get after the twentieth wear, unlike that cheaper brand.

I have found the brands and styles what work well with my body type but I wanted to reach more than just those with my tall, thin build. With the help of some of my friends at work this summer, I was able to compare how the same pair of jeans can look completely different on each different body type.

Nicole I Allie I Lyn I Sadie

Meet Sadie. She is thin, petite and wears a size 23 or 24. For her, she struggles finding jeans that fit because many stores do not carry size 23. She is still on the search for her perfect pair but would recommend trying J-Brand. One tip she has for the shorter girl is trying a high waisted jean because it will elongate your body making you appear taller!

Meet Lyn. She is curvy and super short. Lyn is the perfect example of how all denim sizing is not the same, she ranges from a size 30 to 32. For her, she likes to stay clear of jeans because they tend to bunch up around the ankles. To battle the issue with the bunching at the ankles you can either roll the bottom or get the pants hemmed. A good pair of jeans for Lyn would be Good American because they have a high waist and will hug her curves (but will definitely need to be hemmed.

Meet Allie. She is a size 24 or 25. She loves her curves and smaller waist but it definitely makes jean shopping a struggle. Having a bigger butt and athletic build makes it challenging to find a pair that fits in all the right places. Her go-to jeans are AG because of how comfy they are and the great fit.

Meet Nicole. Being 6’0” and wide in the thigh, she struggles to find a full length pair of jeans. Paige Denim are her go-to jeans because they are a high rise, offer lots of stretch, and a long inseam.

So a few take-away’s:

1. Do not be afraid of alterations. A simple hemming of the bottom or take in at the waist can make a world of difference. Stores like Nordstrom offer complimentary hemming on full price jeans, so take advantage of it.

2. Focus on the fit, not the size. Every brand runs a little different and will fit differently depending on how much stretch they offer. With a traditional jean, you might need to size up, and with more stretch, you might have to size down.

3. Be patient. When looking for your perfect pair, allow enough time in the store to try on a lot of styles and brands. You need to get a feel for what you like or dislike. It is a process of elimination, so find a salesperson you like and ask for her help.



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