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Finding the Perfect Jean

Let’s face it, ladies: Jeans can make or break your wardrobe, so it’s essential you find a couple of pairs that fit perfectly. Easier said than done, though, right? Most of us know all too well the defeat of trying on pair after pair, only to leave the dressing room empty handed—and a mountain of jeans for the poor salesperson to put away. Lucky for you, it’s not hopeless. Just follow these easy steps and put your jean woes behind you.

  1. Don’t just buy what's on sale: Okay, we love the idea of a good deal, but if they don’t fit and flatter, you’re just wasting your money. Try to look at jeans as an investment, since a well-made pair can last years. In fact, we’re willing to bet the cheap jeans currently hiding in your closet (that you never wear!) add up to at least one or two quality pairs.

  2. Get the right fit: Yes, this step requires a little trial and error, but it’s well worth your time. Jeans come in many styles, like boot cut, skinny, trouser, and boyfriend, to name a few. Decide which cut works for you, and then stick to it. Once you figure out your signature jean style, it will save you lots of time and heartache in future shopping trips.

  3. Pockets are your friend: A well placed pocket can perform miracles! They can lift your rear, enhance your shape, and even hide some flaws. So it’s important you don’t brush pockets off as a minor design detail. If you have a flatter rear, look for pockets with buttons or flaps to enhance your backside. And if you have wide hips, opt for a flat front pocket, so you don’t add any extra bulk where you don’t want it.

  4. Take them to the tailor: Come to terms with the fact that you may never find a perfect fit straight from the store. As long as your jean fits in the essential places, a tailor can take care of the rest. For example, if you love the fit in the rear and legs, but you have gapping in the waist, take it to the tailor for an easy fix. Also, most of us will need the length hemmed. In fact, if you find a pair of jeans you love, we recommend buying two pairs. Then have the tailor hem one pair for heels, and one pair for flats. This way, you’ll have a great pair of jeans for every look.

  5. Go with a simple wash: A clean, dark wash is always flattering, so this is a safe bet if you’re unsure. Other wash trends seem to come and go, and it’s okay to experiment with trends, as long as you don’t go overboard. Jeans that are overly distressed or pigmented will make you look like a fashion trend victim, not a fashionista.