Find the perfect jeans: a how-to guide

Perfect waistlines, washes, and pockets help

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Modeling the clothes

DREAMING OF THE PERFECT PAIR OF JEANS? Finding the right pair doesn’t have to be a fantasy. The latest washes, waistlines, and fabrics all strive to help you look your best.

If you were one of the thousands of students scurrying through the malls in hopes of finding the perfect pair of jeans for your back-to-school wardrobe, you may have found yourself at American Eagle Outfitters, a leading retailer for jeans. If so, you should be familiar with the question, “How do you like your jeans to fit?”

This summer, American Eagle promoted its jeans by devoting a campaign to finding the perfect jeans for its customers. When it comes to back-to-school shopping, jeans are a must, but finding the perfect fit of jeans can be about as fun as studying for a calculus exam.

Retailers have recognized the struggle of finding the perfect pair of jeans to be so frustrating that in England they have introduced “BodyMetrics.”

BodyMetrics uses a special computer system to view and measure your body in three dimensions. Then, it designs jeans to fit your body at a cost of approximately £250, $348 cdn.

In Canada however, we are accustomed to trial and error. Luckily, solutions exist for women of all shapes and sizes.

For women, when looking for jeans, there are three qualities we search for: the best butt, a taut tummy and a leaner leg. For those searching for denim that does their bottoms justice, there are a few golden rules.

To decrease the size of your bottom, try jeans with back pockets. If you’re hoping to perk up a flatter or smaller butt, stay away from low waistbands and concentrate on finding back pockets that are smaller or sit higher on the bottom.

Also, the amount of stretch in a pair of jeans is key, so check the label. The most flattering jeans are made with one and two per cent spandex.

To give the illusion of a slimmer stomach, it is important to know what rise of jeans work for you. According to Stefano Aldighieri, creative director for Seven for All Mankind jeans, the most flattering waistband for most women falls just on or slightly below the hipbone.

If you are used to jeans with a leaner leg like straight or skinny leg denim, try bootcut denim, which can help balance out a heavier mid-section.

When it comes to jeans, a slight enhancement of your figure could be the confidence booster you have been looking for. We may not all be born with legs like Heidi Klum, but that doesn’t mean we can’t fake it.

The right pair of jeans can add a little length to your legs and create a slimming silhouette; remember the cuffs of your jeans should cover most of your heel in order to display a leaner, longer look. Picking a darker shade of denim can also do the trick.

A survey conducted by Cotton Inc. revealed the average woman has 17 pairs of jeans and wears a pair four times a week. Women love their jeans and with these tips Western’s women will be strutting in style.

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