I love shopping…but the one thing that I’ve always hated shopping for is jeans!
When I go to the store, I have no problem finding tops and dresses that fit. But when it comes to jeans, it’s a whole other story.
I don’t think I’m alone in this, though–trying on jeans is exhausting, and it can be super frustrating too. I actually hate the feeling of wearing a stiff pair of jeans, especially when the weather is hot (like on a 120 degree summer day here in Phx!).
However, jeans are such an important part of any wardrobe. This is especially the case for me because I’m able to dress casual at work. So, what I wear to work is pretty close to the same as what I wear on the weekends (aka I wear jeans all of the time).
Recently I decided I was done with buying jeans that I end up hating later, so I went on a quest for the perfect pair! Here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind when you’re on the hunt for the perfect jeans:
Fit is huge when looking for a pair of jeans! It’s important to take your body type into consideration and what works for you. This is not to say that there are kinds of jeans that you shouldn’t wear, but never feel like you have to make a certain type of jeans work because they’re ‘trendy.’ Stick to the fit that makes you feel confident and that you know you’ll want to wear time and time again.
Things to consider when it comes to fit:
- The rise of the jeans (low, mid, high, etc.)
- Length (cropped, ankle, long, etc.)
- Tightness/Looseness (skinny, boyfriend, relaxed, flare, etc.)
Remember, it’s all about highlighting your best features!
There are so many different shades of denim out there, so it can be overwhelming when shopping. How do you know what color is right for you?
There’s really no right or wrong answer to this question. However, one thing to consider is what you’ll be pairing the jeans with. Are a lot of the tops you own patterned and busy? Then you might want to choose pairs of jeans that are simple and versatile. Or, do you like to keep it basic when it comes to tops? You might want to purchase jeans that are statement pieces. It’s all about the kind of wardrobe you want to build!
For example, I’ve found that simple is better for me personally. Once upon a time I thought having turquoise jeans was a good idea, but I found that they really didn’t pair well with any of my tops and I ended up only wearing them once. So, just keep your personal style in mind and choose jeans that compliment it.
I’ve definitely learned my lesson when it comes to the quality of the jeans I buy. I consider myself to be a bargain shopper, so in the past I would buy jeans that would fit alright, but were cheap. What I found was that not only were the jeans uncomfortable, but the more and more I washed them, the worse the quality got. So, they would end up sitting in my closet never to be worn again.
After realizing that I had quite the collection of jeans that I never wore, I decided it was time to do something different. So, I went out and invested in several pairs of quality jeans. Don’t get me wrong–I still hunted down deals and got them at Nordstrom Rack, but the quality was so much better. The brand I ended up purchasing was Joe’s Jeans. These jeans retail for up to $200, but I was able to find mine for $70 at Nordstrom Rack. The small jump in price from what I was paying before was totally worth it, because these jeans will last me so much longer!
There are so many fun styles of jeans out there now–ones with embroidery, two-toned jeans, cropped flare jeans, jeans with frayed hems, and more. I’m a fan of all of these styles, but I also know they won’t be trendy forever.
If you want to try out these new styles while also being smart about your wardrobe, try finding more affordable options so you still have room to invest in simple pieces. Just remember that these different styles of jeans will most likely go out of style one day, so you won’t want to look back and regret spending a ton of money on them!
Jeans can range anywhere from $30 to hundreds of dollars. However, a higher price doesn’t always mean higher quality.
A lot of the time when buying expensive jeans, you’re paying for the brand name on the label rather than the quality. So, do your research! Try not to get too caught up in brand names, and instead focus on the material, quality, and fit.
Also, there are a ton of places you can find discounted jeans. Like I mentioned before, Nordstrom Rack has a great selection and you may even be able to snag a pair of designer jeans at places like Last Chance or TJ Maxx. I recommend checking out places like this first and then if you need to, shop at higher end stores.
Building Your Denim Wardrobe
I’m totally guilty of hanging on to clothing items that I just don’t wear anymore. However, this can keep you from seeing what you do have! So, regularly clean out your denim drawer and donate what doesn’t work. This can help you to better see what you have and know what you need next time you go shopping.
Also, when building your denim wardrobe, think about versatility. For example, I have several pairs of different washes of denim, jeans with and without rips, a pair of black jeans, white jeans, and dark green jeans. I’ve found that for me, this is a good selection to pair with my tops, and switching up the jeans I wear can give outfits a whole new look. So, find what works for you and keep versatility in mind so you don’t end up buying several pairs of jeans that almost look exactly the same.
What are your favorite tips for jean shopping? I would love to hear in the comments.
Shop some of my favorite jeans below: