Choosing flattering jeans is part art and part science. Part what you love and part what loves you. I experienced this firsthand on a recent shopping trip in Chicago with my husband. We had the whole day to browse and shop and eat, and I took full advantage of it, trying on brands that I had been eyeing online but had never tried on, like Frame and Mother.
I kept my list of criteria short: light wash and relaxed fit. That was all. The particulars I left open, and it’s a shopping strategy that has worked well for me that I call focused flexibility. Know your non-negotiables, and then be willing to try a wide variety of styles and sizes to get your best fit.
Here, the pairs I tried on during my marathon shopping day:
And now, the 3 things you need to know before buying your next pair of jeans.
Your Body Type
Before you go through the hassle of trying on multiple pairs that might not even work for your body type, know your most flattering silhouettes so that you can filter through the different styles and avoid dressing room burnout. Here, the best jeans silhouettes by body type.
The right pockets can make or break an otherwise flattering pair of jeans. For most women, sleek simple pockets sized proportionally to the size of your bottom, and set high enough to create some lift, will be most flattering. Women with flatter bums can look for subtle details to add dimension and shape.
Once you’ve chosen your silhouette and the type of pockets that you need, the next step is to decide the level of detail and distressing that you like. A faded but clean jean without rips or tears is the second most versatile, after a dark blue pair. After that, it’s a matter of personal preference whether you like slightly distressed, ripped, or shredded styles.
Most women over 50 prefer no rips and tears, or subtle distressing, but it depends on your personal style and comfort level.
I hope that these examples gave you ideas for choosing your next favorite pair of jeans. Which of these concepts did you find the most helpful? Let me know in the comments!