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Lets talk about jeans.
They’ve become a staple in the American wardrobe. They can look dressed up or dressed down. They are suitable for work or play. Everyone has a pair, but because of the fitted nature of the fabric, few people have a pair of jeans that really fit well. Society has largely moved away from tailoring their clothes, and ready-to-wear dominates.
So, how do you get a great fit?
Well, you have to start with a tape measure!
Knowing your waist, hip, and thigh measurements is a great start in your perfect-fit odyssey. Here’s a reference for how to take them accurately: How To Get Yor Body Measurements
Armed with knowledge of what your waist and hip size is, you can determine your size range (every label sizes a bit differently), which will make the hunt less stressful. Consider what you’ll be doing with these glorious jeans: are they a little dressed up, or are they going to be your classic do-anything pair? Consider various brands, and if you can splurge, always pick a brand with superior denim. It sounds silly to spend $200+ on a pair of good quality jeans, but if you do, you’ll enjoy years and years of use. The virtues of high-quality denim are many. To explore this topic more, visit: Shopping for High Quality Denim. Given this information, narrow it down to several brands that you can try on locally (DO NOT shop for jeans online).
When trying jeans on, remember that you can have things taken in, but you cannot make fabric appear out of nowhere. If you have a voluptuous rear, make sure you buy a pair of jeans that will accommodate it. Same goes with those of us who are tall. If you want the perfect fit, you will have to see a tailor, so go into the fitting, knowing that unless you are a fit model, the jeans probably weren’t perfectly made to fit your body! Avoid jeans that pinch or fit too tightly. If you like the general shape, style, and quality of the denim, and there is sufficient fabric to be taken in, you have a winning pair!
Once you have nabbed the fabled pair, unless they fit like a glove, you’ll want to head to a tailor. Don’t pick just anyone to work on your high-end wardrobe investment. Ask well-dressed friends for a reference, or get on the phone with a few prospective tailors and ask a lot of questions. Dry cleaner alterations probably won’t cut it. Go to someone who makes and tailors clothing for a living. There might be a bit of an expense, but often, you can get out of the tailor for $50 with the best fit of your life.
Inevitably, you’re going to get a lot of questions from your friends about where you got your perfect jeans. Share this article with them. 🙂