How to Get Your Jeans to Fit Perfectly

Whether it’s a gap at the waist or a slightly baggy butt, finding jeans that fit you perfectly may seem like a nearly impossible task. That’s why we recommend getting your hands on a pair of raw denim ASAP. It’s a great solution if you’ve ever asked how to find the perfect-fitting jeans. Raw denim has not been sanforized (pre-shrunk), so when you shrink them yourself at home, you can mold them exactly to your body. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Once you have purchased your jeans (we recommend buying slightly larger than your usual size since they will shrink), submerge your denim in a tub of warm water for at least an hour. Use full shampoo bottles to hold them down.
  2. Hang the jeans to dry.
  3. While they are somewhat damp, put the jeans on. Wear them as they finish drying, and they will shrink just enough to mold to your body like magic.
  4. Avoid washing them so they can continue to break in and form to your shape as you wear them.

Now that you know how to get the ultimate fit, scroll down to shop our raw-denim picks.

Word around our office is these jeans are incredible.

There’s a reason A.P.C. jeans are the raw-denim standard.

These already look like they would fit perfectly—just imagine how they’ll fit after you soak them.

Meet the jeans you’ll wear for the rest of your life.

Why limit your raw-denim revolution to blue jeans?

All of 3x1’s denim is raw, so shop with abandon.

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This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated by Michelle Scanga.