I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my fair share of ill-fitting jeans.
Sometimes it’s too loose, other times it’s too short. Sometimes you want a pair of slim-fitting jeans, but you end up with a pair of leggings instead. Then there are times where you just get the wrong kind of colour wash that doesn’t go with anything.
Buying a pair of jeans isn’t rocket science, but it does require a little bit of know-how. I’m no denim guru, but I think I can safely say that I know how to make jeans look good. Here’s a short guide to help you mend your mistakes, so let’s start making that booty pop!
The most important thing to a pair of jeans is the fit. You know those rappers in the past who wore jeans that dropped below their crotch? Yeah, that’s way too loose.
When it comes to my jeans, I usually don’t use a belt. So I’d recommend looking for something that stays on and snug in all the right places, without any assistance.
My tip is: If you need a belt to help it stay on, then it’s too loose.
That being said, not every guy wants super skinny jeans, or a size that’ll make your love handles ooze out.
When you wear it, try fitting two or three fingers into the waist of the jeans; you should be able to comfortably fit the fingers in. It’s too tight if you can’t do it.
In terms of the thigh and calf area especially, you obviously don’t want it to be too tight. I know it’s quite the fashionable thing these days to own a pair of skinny jeans, but give you and your “little brother” some breathing space.
If you can’t squat down comfortably and it feels like the denim is pulling on your skin, then it’s a no-go.
Girls (and guys) love a good booty, so your butt shouldn’t look like it’s sagging. Make sure to turn around and look in the mirror of the fitting room to see that the jeans are lightly contouring your butt (but not too tightly either!)
I find that the “saggy butt” is the most common mistake of all.
Many of you dudes probably think that it’s okay to wear jeans that are too long for your legs. No, it’s not okay.
Yes, you can roll them up for a cuffed look, but you wouldn’t want to do that all the time. If they’re too long, they create stacks as shown above; not really nice-looking, huh?
Your jeans should fall nicely on the top of your shoe (a half-break), with little stacking. Now that’s when you know a man cares about his pants.
If the pair is too long, get them hemmed. It’s inexpensive, and places like Uniqlo even do it for free if you buy a pair of their jeans.
I think you’ve probably heard this before, but if you don’t have a good pair of jeans yet and want to invest in one, get a dark wash like indigo. It’s a classic that’ll stay forever trendy.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a man or woman – it just looks good.
If you feel like you’re ready to break the norm and want to get a lighter wash, then get a light blue wash.
I would avoid getting a totally white pair because it’s not as easy to wear. Plus, imagine if you get some bolognese sauce on it. Damn.
So where can you get your jeans? If your pocket is feeling a little heavier and you’re willing to spend more, then brands like Nudie Jeans and Acne Studios is something you can take a look at.
If not, there are a ton of affordable brands you can turn to. Levi’s is one of the most recognised denim makers and boast a great selection of jeans at nice prices.
TOPMAN/TOPSHOP and Pull&Bear are also my personal favourites, with a great variety of fits and colours.
With all that said, you should be able to snag yourself a nice fitting pair of jeans. Everyone deserves a comfortable and stylish pair of jeans to get through every single day.
Just remember that it’s like Goldilocks and the Three Bears – everything from the fit to the length has to be just right. Once that’s sorted, then just focus on making your rear end look better. I’ve heard doing more squats in the gym helps.