Jeans have been a staple in fashion for years, but even so, you couldn’t wear a pair from 1980 and blend into 2020. Jeans come in many shapes and styles, including bootcut, flare, skinny and straight; no two types are identical.
That being said, it is important to know your jeans so that when you’re at the mall, you can match the jeans you find to your style, size, and current trends if you are interested in matching current trends. It is also vital to know what to look for in a pair of jeans depending on the style. Different styles have different types of fit and other aspects that you need to pay attention to find the jeans of your dreams. We will cover what they look like, how they are worn, and by who and how to buy and fit both skinny and straight leg jeans.
Skinny Fit Jeans
Skinny jeans progressively get smaller from the hip to thigh to lower leg. They usually have elastic woven into them so that they fit tightly, but comfortably. They are also typically high-waisted.
Styling Skinny Jeans
Skinny jeans are relatively poplar with the woman and have been since around 2015. They are widely popular in women’s fashion, although they can be found in men’s fashion, too. Skinny jeans tend to be worn by men who adopt an alternative style. If you’re looking for a safe pair of jeans that will stay in style and be dependable, skinny jeans are for you. Sometimes styled on women with bigger or looser shirts such as large sweatshirts or baggy crop tops, these jeans are seen everywhere and can be worn in semi-professional situations.
Buying Skinny Jeans
When looking to buy skinny jeans, the inseam is the part you should pay the most attention to in jeans. These pants tend to have a lot of elastic, so if they are a little big or a little small, they may not look quite as good, but they will still fit relatively well. Length cannot be changed by elastic, though, so the inseam must be as long as you want. Something else to look at is pockets. These jeans should hug your body, especially your waist, and to cut down on bulk, many producers cut out the pockets. If you don’t care about pockets, this isn’t a big deal, but if pockets are a deal-breaker, make sure you check out those pockets before you commit.
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Elasticity: Pros and Cons
The brand is important in this case. While skinny jeans often fit even if you are slightly outside the measurements for that pair, some companies cut corners with elastic. It can make jeans sag throughout the day, and by the time you get home, you are no longer the put-together woman of the morning, you’re wearing pants about two sizes too big for you. It is where research comes in handy. You have two options. You can buy skinny jeans that are slightly too small. When the elastic stretches, they will be a perfect size, although they might be a little uncomfortable in the morning. If you want jeans that fit perfectly the whole day, though, you will need to research some brands that stock the jeans that you like based on color and size that are made with more quality materials. Unfortunately, these pairs of jeans are typically more expensive than others. Just USA and Levi’s sells jeans that resist stretching.
Slim or Straight-leg Jeans
While skinny jeans have dominated the market for about five years, straight leg jeans have recently reemerged onto the scene. They were popular in the late 80s and 90s but disappeared from the favor of the public in the early 2000s. These jeans are the same width at the thigh as they are at the ankle, give or take some. They have little to no elastic in them.
Styling Slim or Straight leg jeans
Currently, the trend is to wear these jeans as high waisted, but this isn’t always the case, especially with men’s fashion. As they reemerge, they emerge in a variety of ways. One of the most popular trends is the ‘little shirt, big pants’ girl, who styles a small tank or cropped tank top with straight or wide-leg jeans. These jeans are seen as an alternative trend and appear on social media. While skinny jeans are mainly designed for women, straight leg jeans are found in men and women’s fashion. Straight leg jeans in men’s fashion tend to be more casual. They are very traditional– men’s fashion is much less adventurous than women’s fashion. Straight leg jeans never truly disappeared from men’s fashion. Men’s casual almost always includes straight leg jeans.
Buying Slim or Straight Leg Jeans
Unfortunately, these jeans are a little harder to search for online and in-store. There is no elastic, so you must make sure that the waist fits comfortably. It should be firm against your skin, but you should be able to slide one to three fingers under the waistband while you are wearing them. A good rule of thumb is to measure the waist around your neck. If the waist of the pants can wrap around your neck, they should fit around your waist. You also need to keep track of the width of the thighs. Again, they don’t stretch, and these pants are designed to be looser around the thigh. Make sure they fit comfortably around your upper leg. Remember, these aren’t skinny jeans; they shouldn’t cling to your leg as tightly as other styles. Finally, check the length. Length is mostly based on personal preference, so make sure you like how long the pants are.
Hip to Waist Ratio in Women
Here’s where it gets tricky: hip and waist measurements. If you enjoy high waisted jeans, you will notice that hip and waist measurements are very different, especially in women. Also, the ratio of the hip to waist varies greatly. That is where sewing skills come in handy. If you’re especially good with a sewing machine, it’s okay if the jeans don’t hug your waist, you can adjust them, so they do. If you aren’t so good with a sewing machine, your best bet is to research the fit of different brands. Different brands tend to have a similar fit across all of the jeans that they stock. If you have a particularly defined waist, research brands that cater to hourglass figures like Joe’s Jeans or Levi’s Jeans. If you don’t, there are plenty of other brands that cater to other figures. American Eagle and Ann Taylor are great for people with less definition around the waist. Once you find a brand you like, stick to it. Jeans are expensive, and it is much easier to know what you are dealing with in a pair that you have had before.
Skinny Jeans versus Slim/Straight-leg Jeans
While it seems like all jeans should be bought the same way, there are some really important differences between these two types of jeans. Skinny jeans typically include elastic, which makes fitting them a lot easier. You will rarely have to tailor skinny jeans. Straight jeans do not have elastic in them. You will have to work a lot harder to find a pair of in-store that perfectly fits your body. In addition, these two pairs of jeans are styled very differently. Skinny jeans are worn typically by women and are worn with big shirts or crop tops, but they can also be worn with a button-down shirt in a semi-professional environment. Straight leg jeans are worn by both men and women and styled only in casual outfits. Skinny jeans are also more important to buy from good sources. The elastic makes them prone to sagging, and sometimes they lack pockets. That is not the case with straight leg jeans. Straight leg jeans mainly have issues with waist to hip ratio. Both of these jeans have specific problems that you need to look out for, based on how they are made.
A note on Measurements
You may notice that there are no hard and fast measurements in this article. It is because sizing and measurements vary in every brand of jeans. It is best to rely on fit and feel oversizing and measurements because, especially in women’s fashion, a small in one store can be large in another. Don’t feel constricted by measurements; they are good to base a guess on, but you should always try on jeans before buying them. Remember that your size doesn’t define you. Size is biased by where a brand was founded when a brand was founded and a million other things. Get jeans that fit you, not jeans that fit into a size requirement. That is another reason to find a brand you like and stick with it. Every brand will have different sizing options, so it can be hard to shop blindly in a new store and pick out a perfect pair of jeans. In these cases, measurements hurt more than they help. In terms of sizing, the best advice is to guess and then finetune in the dressing room. Bring in lots of options so you can try on every size that may fit, and you can narrow down preferences. Don’t be discouraged if you are ‘bigger’ than you thought and remember that sizing is arbitrary. If buying online, stick to a brand you know so that you aren’t confused by measurements, and so you don’t buy the wrong size.
To brand or not to brand
Finally, the brand of jeans; does it matter? Yes, and no, it matters when you are trying to find jeans with a specific aspect. If you are looking for a shape of high-waisted jeans that fit you, then yes, the brand is important. Brands are consistent and can help you find jeans that fit you consistently. Remember, the brand shouldn’t make or break your decision, though. It can help you find consistency, but if Levi’s are out of your price range, don’t pinch pennies to buy them just because they are branded with Levi’s tag. What matters is that you find good jeans that fit you. If they are off-brand, name brand, or the most expensive jeans you can buy, you won’t like them if they don’t fit you like a glove, and you will enjoy them if they match your body like a glove. Don’t get hung up on brands, unless you have a hard time finding jeans that fit you well and you have found that a brand is consistently fitting you. That is the only reason to stay loyal to a brand.
Jean shopping is widely feared by many, and there is a good reason why, but you can overcome the fear and the act by following this guide. Whatever style of jeans you like, whether it be skinny, straight, or another style like bootcut, if you do your research and try on every pair thoroughly, you will be able to find a pair that fits you perfectly. If you can’t, well, no better time than the present to pick up a hobby sewing and adjusting clothing. Jokes aside, jean shopping can be frustrating, but pay attention to what matters to you in a garment, and pay attention to length and fit, and you will do fine in finding a pair of jeans. There is a pair out there for you, and you can find it!