It’s Friday. Jean day for most of the work force, so let’s stick to that theme for your Fashion Friday post. I had this pair of Micheal Kors jeans that I bought about 6 years ago. They were my fave. They were the right fit out of the dryer, and as they stretched a bit, my ass still looked amazeballs. These are very important things for me. I wore them anytime it was “jean day”. But then it happened. A hole. But not a cute distressed hole. A hole in the crotch. Now, that is just something you can’t fix. It was time to say good bye to the love of my life. Actually, I still have them, and check them from time to time to see if the hole magically fixed itself. Sadly, it has not.
Good jeans are hard to find, so luckily, the folks over at Refinery 29, did the hard work for you, and came up with some ways to figure out if the jeans your staring at in the cold, fluorescent dressing room mirror are going to be The One.
Fashion Friday | How to know if these Jeans are THE Jeans.
1. Check out the initial stretch. You know the jeans that fit like a glove only to have them sink into a sad pair of parachute pants in a matter of hours? It’s tragic. I own a few pairs. (Ahem, Old Navy Rockstar Jeans.) So, when you’re in the fitting room, do a couple of knee bends, suggests Will Redgate, vice president of BlankNYC. Lunges, straddling, squats, “fitting room yoga” will help you see fairly quickly if there is too much stretch. Take a look at the fabric content, too. “Jeans with good old polyester, in addition to spandex, will provide more stretch and, if properly washed, shouldn’t stretch out and still fit just as well,” explains Redgate. You need something that will stretch, but recover. For some awesome suggestions, check out the article- Refinery29.
2. The high rise pants. As we have seen, the waist lines keep getting higher and higher, but you might know from experience that high rise pants in rigid fabrics suck to sit in, and low rise pants can cut into hip bones if the waist line is too tight. All of this really depends on your body shape. I have a short torso, so a high rise pant on me may only be a waist high jean on others. So, how to determine? More squats! (Your ass is going to look great after your 5 minute dressing room workout, btdubs.) But seriously, sit- in the chair, or on the floor (ew), or just take note of where your belly button falls for the most comfortable rise. “A high-rise should hit about an inch below your true waist, or around your belly button. A mid-rise should hit a couple of inches below your belly button, and a low-rise should be no lower than three inches below your belly button,” Adams-Geller explains. (Refinery29)
3. Stiffness. On the opposite spectrum of stretch, you do want some (but not TOO much) stiffness in your denim. Vintage denim is usually 98%-100% denim, but let’s face it. Dungarees are great for coal miners. Not for sitting in bar stools or on the floor of your boyfriends unfurnished apartment. It’s good to have a little give, at least. The best way to do vintage denim is to check out local vintage stores (like my fave local vintage store, Curio Goods). Here someone has already broken your denim in for you. Nice!
4. The trimmings on the tree, the icing on the cake. We’re talking the details, people. Thread, buttons, zippers, tags, etc. In higher end brands, these things should most definitely NOT bother you, and you will most likely notice right away if they do. But just to be on the safe side, SQUAT! No, seriously, move around, do some twists. Make sure you’re not allergic to nickel, too, as some buttons and rivets are made of this metal.
So, next time you need to go jean shopping, bring a water bottle and a yoga mat, because jean buyers remorse is the worst! Happy Friday, Loves!