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10 Mistakes We All Make Buying Jeans

Top 10 Mistakes We All Make Buying Jeans

A great pair of jeans is a wardrobe essential but many of us find shopping for the perfect pair of jeans an absolute nightmare. In this post, I am going to tell you why and share 7-10 common mistakes that we all often make when it comes to buying jeans. So here are the ten common mistakes to avoid when you’re out searching for a perfect pair of jeans.

Tip #1: Your initial reaction is always right.

Now, trust your instincts because your initial reaction when you are buying jeans is 99.9% right, but often we have to talk ourselves into buying jeans.

We walk out of the change room; they don’t feel right but we try to talk ourselves into them because they are in fashion or perhaps even the shop assistant is telling us they look amazing but if you must do this, it’s highly likely that those jeans are not right today and they will never be right for you.

Tip #2: Pocket size and placement matters when buying jeans.

The size and the placement of the pocket on the jeans is a big factor in how your jeans would actually look on you. Here are a few things to remember when it comes to pocket size and placement;


  • Small pockets will make your butt look bigger
  • Pockets placed too low will make the butt look long.
  • Pockets placed too wide will make your hips look larger.
Top 10 Mistakes We All Make Buying Jeans

Tip #3: The key to a great fit is in the rise.

The rise is basically just the length of the jean from the waistband to the crotch area and the rise determines where the jean sits in relation to your waists. So the higher the rise jean, the higher it will sit above your waist and you get it, the lower the rise; the lower it will sit.

The key with a petite figure is to stare clear of any extremes when it comes to jeans. So nothing too high rise but equally nothing too low rise as well. It’s about finding that middle ground and steering clear of extremes. The jean that is either too high rise or too low rise will completely throw out the balance of a petite body type.

Tip #4: Your neck is a guide to your waist measurement.

Jean sizing differs so much, just like any other fashion item. All brands will fit you differently. Now, if you find yourself in a store and you’re not sure which sizes to take into the changing room with you then this simple trick of measuring the waistband of the jeans around your neck will work every time. I know it sounds crazy, but the measurement of your waist is approximately the same as the measurement around your neck.

So if you’re really not sure which size to take in, just whip the jeans around your neck (I know it looks a little silly but it works), it will help you save a bit of time and it makes it easier for you to take in sizes that will work.

Tip #5: Avoid the dreaded crotch mistake.

One of the worst things that could happen when you are buying jeans or trying on jeans is trying on a pair and you get the dreaded camel toe. It happens and the reason it happens is that we often make what I call the; “The Crotch Mistake” and this quite simply is choosing a pair of jeans where the space between the zipper ending and the crotch is too long.

So what this does is that it draws the eye to that area and just emphasizes it and that’s not where you want the emphasis of your jean to be.

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Tip #6: Dark denim will always make you look leaner.

We all know denim comes in every imaginable wash these days but if your aim is to look slimmer and leaner, then definitely opt for dark denim (I’d even go out on a limb and say that everyone should own a pair of black skinny jeans, they are a great wardrobe staple and can be dressed up, worn more casually and are perfect go-to pants.

Tip #7: Be careful of the wash on jeans.

You also have to be aware of the wash on different jeans. Now a lot of jeans these days have that lighter more or sort of a distressed panel that runs down the center of the legs.

This is always flattering cause what it does is it draws the eye down the body and gives the illusion of length. But I’ve seen these washes where they finish at the knee and all this does, is that it cuts your leg in half and it just gives the illusion of your legs been shorter.

So everything needs to be creating that illusion length and an unbroken line to give the most flattering look. So when you are looking for a pair of distressed denim jeans where the wash is lighter and faded in the areas just be really mindful of what that washer is doing.

You want it to elongate, so you want it long and lean not washing and stopping in places like your knee which will just cut you in half and it’s never flattering.

Tip #8: It’s worth spending a little extra on jeans.

If you’re going through the trouble to try on lots of pairs of jeans, I also think it’s worth spending a little more money, what you will get is a bit of fit and also get longevity.

The denim, the quality of the cotton and the elastane that’s used are better and they will last longer. They will also keep their shape longer and they just look and fit better. So, invest in a little more money, I don’t mean spending a fortune and investing in designer label jeans but just spend as much as you can because you will get a better pair of jeans and you will be happier with them in a long run.

Tip #9: Denim isn’t as hard-wearing as you might think.

We often think denim jeans are super hard-wearing, but they are not as hardy as we think. Most jeans these days have elastane in them, we all like stretch jeans because they are super comfortable but what happens if we put the jeans in a hot dryer, the elastane which is a bit like a plastic fibre melts and that’s why your jeans lose their elasticity and they will be tight and nice when you put them on initially but then they will stretch out after their first couple of hours of wear.

Often, the reason this happens is that you’ve put them in a hot dryer and that elastane just hasn’t stood up to the punishment that the dryer has given it. So essentially, you need to look after your jeans and avoid putting them in a super hot dryer.

Tip #10: It’s okay to break the rules when buying jeans.

It’s also important to remember that we need to break the rules a little when buying jeans and I’ve tried not to put too many rules into this post because I think we get so caught up on what we can and cannot do in a fashion that we block ourselves off to a whole lot of potential possibilities.

As a petite frame, it’s harder to wear boyfriend jeans they swamp you and make a petite frame look shorter. So the moral; is never say never. Don’t be put off by hardened fast fashion rules.

Anyway, that’s it today, I hope you enjoyed this article. If you did, I did love it if you did like and share it. And please subscribe to my blog for more and I look forward to catching on the next one. Bye for now.

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