I would pay $400 for the perfect fitting jeans. Luckily for me, the two pairs that work the best are both reasonably priced. When I turned 13 (I think…) my mom took me to the mall to get designer jeans. This was a big deal, but nothing fit and I ended up with a few pairs of American Eagle jeans that ended up fitting so much better than any of the expensive jeans.
Jean fit is SO personal. Every year it seems like I would have to get new jeans because they just didn’t fit right. I’ve remained the same size and prefer the same styles (versus trends), but my body type growing up would shift every eighteen months or so. (Anyone else like this?!) It seems like my hips are what they’re gonna be and my butt is what it’s gonna be for good.
I’m sharing my two (kind of three….) favorite pairs of jeans that I wear over and over again. Again, I think jeans are super personal so they might not work for you. But if you have a favorite pair, definitely share in a comment– I’d love to hear them and I know other readers will too… and include some kind of body type/why you love them. Maybe you’re petite and never have to alter them, maybe you’ve got a great butt and a smaller waist and don’t have to wear a belt, maybe you’re straight up and down and don’t have to yank the waistline up every five minutes… Share away!
So you know what I’m working with when buying jeans: I’m 5’6″ but my legs are on the shorter side. I would consider my curves normal and not noteworthy. My legs really taper off after my calves and jeans can look baggy and too big around my ankles.
| The hype about Madewell jeans
is not just talk… it’s legitimate. I don’t know what kind of magic they worked into their denim, but I’ve never had an issue with my jeans stretching out. Jeans. That. Don’t. Stretch. Out. Almost too good to be true.
Some notes on the jeans:
– They alter in the stores for free. (Insert praising hands emoji.)
– The waistband is kind of itchy for the first three days. I think it has something to do with the no-stretching-out, but it definitely softens up. Worth getting through those first days!
– Fits very true to size every pair/every style. I wear a 25 at Madewell. When bought my first pair I didn’t try them on in the store and they fit perfectly at home.
| This is where the two-kind-of-three thing comes into play. I love Gap jeans and think you get a lot of bang for your buck. I’ve been wearing the Always Skinny
for about a year now and recently bought the Legging Jean
. If you want a more casual weekend jean, the Always Skinny
is great. For a more skinny jean, tuck into boots during the fall, go with the Legging
Some notes on the jeans:
– I only buy them when they’re on sale. They’re almost always excluded from store-wide sales… but occasionally they have separate denim sales. #score
– The sizing is hit or miss and can vary even between the same style. The key here is to try on like 10 pairs, even if they’re the same style/color/size. They’ll all likely fit differently. Also, on the same token, the sizing online is different than the sizing in stores. I’m a 0 if I order online and a 24 or 25 or 26 if I buy in the store. (In the Legging Jean, I went for the “short” hemline.)
– They stretch out quickly. So buy a size that’s slightly uncomfortable at first knowing it’ll stretch out to perfection.
– The jeans wash amazingly well! Definitely get better with time and every wash.
Okay, your turn! Share your favorite brands/styles and why in a comment!