I am often asked to write posts about wardrobe staples, and I have posted a few times about items that are necessities in wardrobes, but I have never focused solely on how to choose jeans. Denim is integral to a woman’s wardrobe, and there are four types of jeans that every woman should own. Obviously, there are variations to each, but at a basic level, I believe every woman should own a skinny(er) jean, a wider leg jean (look great with heels), a colored jean, and a pair of white jeans. Uh oh, I can already hear it now… the excuses. “I don’t look good in skinny jeans”, “I am too old for colored jeans”. It’s time to take some ownership for your wardrobe and find what works for you. Stop making excuses about why a certain type of denim doesn’t work for you – there are literally hundreds of thousands of styles, colors, materials, prints, and sizes. You can find something that works, it just might take a little patience.
Here are some tips, tricks, do’s and dont’s regarding how to choose jeans and create a successful denim stock for your wardrobe:
- Not comfortable in super tight skinny jeans? Find a pair that is more of a slim cut instead of a super-skinny cut. This will create more balance in your silhouette. Also, size up if you feel uncomfortable. Skinny jeans need not be like glue on our skin.
- Don’t know what color to pick when selecting a colored denim, or feel like you may be too old for a colored pair? Try a deep red. It’s a classic color and pairs really well with navy or white, both of which tend to be timeless when it comes to our wardrobes.
- Skip the embellishments (save the fun for the colored jeans). 5 years ago, whiskering and bedazzled pockets were “in”, but times have changed. A classic pair of jeans looks much more updated and will continue to be in style for years longer than those strangely dyed True Religion jeans.
- Buy one pair of “expensive” jeans. Whether this means a $50 pair of jeans or a $200 pair of jeans, buy one pair that is an investment piece for you. There is definitely a correlation between price and quality when it comes to jeans.