Dudes! We haven’t forgotten you! While we know you’re more likely to be wearing the same raw denim day in and day out until they fall right off your bodies (or you send them in to us for repair), we think it’s a smart idea to have a few crisp new pairs of jeans in your wardrobe in case you have an office party or other social function to attend. Shop our top picks below.
Going denim shopping anytime soon? If you’ve been feeling hesitant because denim shopping can be such an ego-blow, experience from hell, we don’t blame you. But we’re here to make it easier. We’ve got 5 tips from Donna Ida on buying jeans to ruminate over before you head out there into the denim jungle.
1. If jeans go on easily, go down a size. Kicking your way into the legs isn’t unusual.
2. Don’t be afraid to hem cropped jeans. People often think that if cropped jeans aren’t the right length then they’re not the jeans for them, but cropped jeans should be hemmed to fit properly, just like a bootleg or straight leg.
3. When buying jeans with super stretch, look for good quality denim that has great memory. The ‘memory’ is how quickly the denim springs back after wear.
4. When buying jeans with super stretch buy them firm but not overly tight. If you have ‘seam strain’ down the legs, they are possibly too tight and this could damage the stretch.
5. Look for white jeans with faux front pockets. If the style you choose has front pockets you can ask the tailor to remove them for a neater look.
Stay tuned for more tips!
—DT Staff & Donna Ida
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8 is the magic number! This is one tip we stand by with both feet firmly planted, but Lucky Mag is here to reinforce it why we have to be careful how many inches should be accounted for in the rise of your waistband:
“Don’t go too low: Steer clear of jeans with anything less than an eight-inch rise, especially if you don’t have six-pack abs. (The rise, by the way, is the distance from the crotch to the top of the waistband.) If the top button is any lower than three inches below your navel, even the slightest post-lunch tummy pooch can look like a full-fledged muffin top, and who wants that? Well, someone, probably.”
…Well, even if someone does want that, we don’t want that for you. Heed the 8″ rule! And remember, high-rise doesn’t mean high-waisted, to the belly-button. See three of our favorite picks for high-rise jeans below.
Paige Denim High Rise Jeggings ($199) – buy it at Shopbop.
GOLDSIGN Virtual High Rise Skinny Jeans ($234) – buy it at Shopbop.
DL1961 Nina Super High Rise Skinny Jeans ($168) – buy it at Shopbop.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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We think you probably don’t need much persuading when it comes to buying a perfect pair of jeans, but buying two pairs? These days people’s purse strings are tighter than ever, but here’s why it might not be such a bad idea to stock up when you find “the one”:
“When you find a pair of jeans you love, buy two.
Tailor one to wear with flats, and keep the other long enoguh to wear with heels. Here’s why: With heels, your jeans’ hem should just skim the floor—this elongates your legs. But if you wear that same pair with flats, you’ll end up stepping on (and tearing up) the bottoms, and the look will be more schlumpy than chic.” (Via LuckyMag).
We have only two things to say, and we’ll leave the decision making to you. First, you could also cuff your jeans when you wear them with flats. Everyone knows the perfect cuff can be as noteworthy as an accessory on its own. Secondly, if you do tear the hems up, you know where to go for your expert denim repair!
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