The Skinny on Choosing A Great Pair of Jeans

The first part of our closet evaluation exercise is to choose a great pair of jeans. Since this is an essential part of the wardrobe that will be worn in multiple ways, it is no place to scrimp on the budget. As the mother of two teenagers, I understand the value of a dollar. However, the truth is in the price tag. More often than not, lower priced denim does not hold its shape the same way quality denim does. I have a case in point. During my college years, my wardrobe budget was slim to none. I had two toddlers at home and every dollar was managed with a laser like focus. With that being said, I opted for the lesser quality denim and spent the entire time pulling them up. If you fast forward to later in life, I could finally afford to splurge on my wardrobe. It was at that time that I took what I like to call the ultimate denim challenge. I spent half a day in my local shopping mall trying on every brand of jean known to man. It was a painful experience to part with that $98 but I have been a true believer ever since. It is now five years later and those jeans feel just as good when they hit the floor at night as they did when I slip them on in the morning. I would say when you average out their cost per wear I came out like a bandit. Quality is only one factor to consider when making a denim purchase. The other factors all surround your own body image. I challenge everyone to look in the mirror and identify the one thing about your body that you want to celebrate, and the one thing you would like to downplay. That knowledge will be essential when shopping. If you are curvy, one thing to consider is the pocket on a jean. If you want to highlight the rear, choose a pocket with flaps or embellishment. The same theory applies to making a flat bottom look round. A jean with a flap pocket will give the appearance of a rounder shape. If that is an area that you want to downplay however, then go with a fitted pocket with no embellishment.  If you are petite then length is a huge concern. If the jeans are too long then you look shorter than you are. In that instance if you are happy with the fit of the waist take them to a seamstress and have a new hem put on. If they are too short, then you are wearing high-waters, which is not a good look for anyone. Finally, the color of the wash is extremely important. Darker washes make people look slimmer and taller than lighter washes. Darker washes are also more versatile since they can be dressed up with the proper accessories. I have found that on a moderate budget Miss Me jeans provide a great fit for the price. They are sold in waist and length sizes so you get a more custom fit. Another great place to find quality denim in a moderate price range is at Express. They often run buy one get one half off sales. In that case, you could opt for a skinny and a boot cut. I hope this helps as you begin your own ultimate denim challenge. Feel free to post your own results and give a shout out to your favorite denim brand.

Mu ultimate denim challenge winner five years later.


About @mfashforward

I am a fashion obsessed working mom of twin teenagers. I have spent my career in the retail industry dressing others on a daily basis. Now, I must strike a delicate balance by remaining fashion forward and having my teenagers still acknowledge my existence. Follow me on a journey into my fashion world.

Posted on September 7, 2012, in Closet Organization, Fall, Fashion, Fashion Trends, Shopping, Style, Stylist and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

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