It’s a topic I feel strongly about these days – how to know and style jeans that fit well. We all know that denim can be one of our most frustrating purchases. Will they be too tight? Too long? What if they aren’t stretchy enough? Is breaking the bank for an expensive pair of denim worth it? Will they look good on my booty? What happens when you were them once and then they stretch out like crazy? And the list goes on.
I’ve never been a jean snob nor really gave much thought to length, comfort, and overall fit as I have always been more concerned about two things – price and price. It wasn’t until the past couple of years or so when I started to find myself frustrated on how to actually wear the jeans I owned. Most of which were way too long, baggy in the places you didn’t want them to be baggy and the only thing I wanted to wear were tall boots to cover the awkward “do I roll these up? do I roll them under? do I go naked and just forget about jeans altogether??!” And don’t even get me started on the option of getting them shortened or hemmed. Oh hail no, ain’t nobody got time for that. Because hemming hasn’t been an ideal option for me, I’ve had to really look at what makes up a great pair of jeans for me and my body type.
Additionally, start paying attention to the inseam when shopping for jeans. This has been the MOST helpful thing to me in the denim department over the past couple of years. I especially love American Eagle jeans for this reason. They offer x-short, short, regular, long, and x-long on nearly every style of denim that they offer. This literally means that there is a length for everybody [without having to hem anything]! By knowing your inseam, it is going to take the guesswork completely out of how you have to style them every time you go to wear them [which will save you much time and headache]. Your inseam is going to be different from mine, even though we may be the same height. It all has to do with the length of your legs and believe me, owning jeans that are way out of whack lengthwise will deter you from ever wearing them or feeling confident and comfortable in when you do wear them. Here is how you can figure out your preferred inseam:
1. Get out your favorite pair of jeans that you own lengthwise and lay them out flat. If you don’t own a pair of jeans that you feel hit you in the perfect spot [I’d recommend right above the ankle when talking about skinny jeans] fold them up to the preferred spot.
2. Measure from the bottom of the crotch seam down to the ankle seam.
3. This number is your preferred inseam!
And that my friends, is what we’re trying to avoid. Fortunately, not all hope is lost if this happens to you. There are ways to polish up the look or at least make you feel like you don’t have a cat hugging your ankle all day. So what do you do if you already own jeans that are a little too long yet you don’t want to have them shortened by a seamstress? Easy! You have two options – either cuff them up or roll them under. Two years ago I rolled everything under. These days I gravitate towards rolling them up if need be. This is going to be a personal preference – if you prefer a cleaner look I would suggest folding under. When doing this try to keep the height right around your ankle bone as that is typically the most flattering point for your jeans to hit. Also, be sure to of course make sure they are lined up evenly. I typically sit on the ground and put both legs out flat next to each other to compare the length and make sure they are even. Here’s an example of jeans that I rolled under to keep a cleaner look.
AE Ne(X)t Level High-Waisted Jegging // AE Ahhmazingly Soft Plaid Boyfriend Shirt, Orange // AEO V-Cut Bootie
Here are a few tips for selecting your style and fit based on your body shape:
Disclosure: Thank you to American Eagle for partnering on today’s post.