Whether skinny jeans are currently the "trendiest" style on the market or not, we still can’t get seem to enough of them. Yes, yes, we’re totally down with the cooler fashion-girl favorites that are continuously emerging and the new jean trends dominating the runway too, but there’s no denying that it’ll be hard to completely break up with the slim denim that’s paired so perfectly with everything in our closets for so many years.
But let’s face it: The style does come with its leg of problems. It can take years to find the ultimate pair that’s not too tight in the knees, doesn’t sag in the butt, is slimming enough in the calf, but isn’t too tight in the thigh. Are we right? Well, if you’re still searching (and not giving up on skinnies altogether), we’re helping you find the perfect pair. That’s right—we enlisted NYC-based denim aficionado and 3x1 founder Scott Morrison to weigh in on the common problems people have with skinny jeans and offer solutions.
Keep scrolling to check out five expert tips that’ll help you find your true blue (or blues).
The Problem: Too Tight at the Knee
The solution: If you’re feeling like your skinny jeans are a bit too restricting in the knee, look for pencil or straight-leg silhouettes. These cuts tend to be more generous in the knee area and allow for more movement.
The Problem: Saggy at the Waist
The solution: If you tend to find your skinny jeans getting baggy in the waist, look for a style with a two-piece contoured waistband. The two-piece construction is more resistant to stretching out. Another option might be to size down and let the denim stretch to a more comfortable fit after a few wears.
The Problem: Muffin Top
The solution: Low-rise jeans are a thing of the past. Finding nice mid- or high-rise jeans that provide superior coverage to the midsection shouldn’t be difficult any longer. Look for something with a 9- to 11-inch rise.
The Problem: They Make My Butt Look Flat
The solution: If you want to add a little perk to a flat butt, look for a brand that offers five pocket sizes, as opposed to three, which is an industry standard. To flatter every shape and size, 3x1 uses five pocket sizes in its women’s collection. Each pocket is set by hand, chalked into the correct position, and sewn one pocket at a time. Paying close attention to the pockets is key for any butt fit issues you may have.
The Problem: Not Skinny Enough at the Ankle
The solution: Be sure to differentiate the various silhouette offerings, as even half an inch can make a big difference when it comes to leg openings.
What do you think of these skinny-jean hacks? Will you consider any the next time you're denim shopping?
This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated by Anna LaPlaca.
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