With endless styles, fits, and brands to shop from, finding the perfect jeans can sometimes (okay, practically always) be overwhelming. New denim trends — from flares to frayed hems — are constantly dominating street style images and storefront windows season after season, while classics such as skinny jeans and high-waisted styles are always on high rotation. The good news is it has never been easier to find your perfect pair of jeans. Even better news is, we've done all the hard work for you and asked the experts so we can reveal how to shop smarter when it comes to denim, no matter the style.
With buying jeans, one rule should always stick: They should flatter your body. The trick is knowing what exactly you're looking for and knowing how they should sit on your hips, bum, and legs (and you're about to find out). We've asked three industry experts to give us the lowdown on how jeans should fit and some brands to shop to help with finding the best fit.
Keep scrolling to find out how to find your perfect fit, then shop the denim brands you can count on this winter.
"Denim fits really depend on the style, but in general, all jeans should fit snugly around the waist and hips. There shouldn't be any bunching in the front, around the fly, and the waistband shouldn't gape too much at the back. Belts come and go in terms of trend, but as a good rule of thumb, you shouldn't ever need a belt just to keep your jeans on — and if you do, then that's a pretty good sign they don't fit right!
"I also like jeans to fit well through the thigh — again, not so tight that they feel constrictive or like you can't sit down comfortably, but snug enough to feel close to your skin. Obviously, this isn't necessarily the case for mum jeans, straight-leg styles, or boyfriend cuts, but it should ring true for almost every other style."
"My favourite denim brands when it comes to fit are MiH and J Brand. For me, these two brands tend to fit the best through the waist, hip, and thigh — no gaping in the back (which is never a good look), and no muffin-top squeezing either!"
"We think it is always important to be comfortable and feel confident in your jeans. For a pear-shaped body, we recommend a high rise, and for an apple-shaped body, we recommend a relaxed fit. For our Re/Done Levi's, if you like a tight-fitting jean, then it is advisable to go down a size. They are 100 percent cotton, non-stretch vintage denim, so they do give with a bit of wear. For stretch denim, it is usually best to buy your true size."
"Our best-selling jean is the high rise ankle crop. The fit is really great on that style and universally flattering. We offer it in both our Re/Done Levi’s and our Re/Done Originals with stretch."
"Good-quality denim is important for the perfect pair of jeans so they don’t stretch out of shape with wear. If it's a skinny you're after, when you put them on you want to feel snug but not squished in. You want a good retention in your jeans and a buttery hand feel on fabrics.
"As we're seeing the trend move towards the mum jean, to find the perfect fit you'd want to look for something that is high waisted with a tapered leg and 100% cotton, which will give you the perfect vintage look. As this style of denim has no elasticity and is rigid, it's important to try a few sizes on as it may vary from different styles or brands."
"Rolla's Staple range offer good-quality denim at a mid-range price point. And if you want to spend less than $100 on a pair of jeans you can't go past Neon Hart’s range of skinny denim. They're engineered with a super stretch fabric with shape retention and recovery, which gives you a slimming silhouette."