The cold and rainy days of winter are approaching, and this means it’s the perfect time to rug up with a cosy knit and the perfect pair of jeans, so you’ll be ready for those chilly morning coffee dates, or dress them up with boots and a leather jacket for delicious dinners in the city. Finding the perfect pair of jeans online can be scary and with so many styles to choose from, we’ve put together a few tips to help you find the best fit for you.
First you need to decide what style of denim you want to go for. The classic ‘Mum’ jeans? Skinny Jeans? Straight, Crop, or Flare? Think of what you are most comfortable in and what you think looks best on your body. Had a pair of skinny jeans and hated them? Then why not try a straight style, for the slimming look without the extreme fit. Wanting a looser fit that will go with everything in your wardrobe? Try out some Mum jeans, they’ll flatter your waist and hips, but are still loose enough to move and groove around in.
The Mom Jean This style is High Waisted, relaxed through the zipper and legs then tapered at the ankle. It is a flattering jean to all body types that is the perfect amount of 90’s nostalgia and style. Not just worn by Mum’s, these jeans are built for comfort and everyday wear, we think they’re a staple in every wardrobe! Check out some of our Mum Jeans here
Skinny Jeans Often made out of a Cotton/Spandex blend so they stretch and move with your body. Skinny, as the name suggests, the whole way through. You can go for low or high waisted skinny jeans. Black, White, Washed or Blue skinny jeans are a staple in anyone’s closet. With a higher elastic content this style tends to stretch more, the best test for these is to try sitting, if it’s cutting off blood supply when you’re sitting – try a size up!
Wide Leg Jeans Popular in the 90’s and early 2000’s, this style is cut looser through the thigh and can widen as they go from knee to ankle. The cut can vary from a straighter leg or a flare at the bottom. This style of jean has the most comfort and room out of any of the other styles.
Straight Leg Jeans
This style has become popular of late, due to its perfect combination of stylish fit and comfort, the straight leg is slimming and flattering and will never go out of style. A consistent leg width in straight jeans will make them feel snugger around the thighs. With more room around your ankles, straight leg jeans are a classic, comfortable and flattering fit.
Slim Fit Jeans Falling perfectly in between the Straight Leg and Skinny Jeans, these are the perfect pair if you want a fitted but not so skinny feel. The cut is form fitting around the hips and thighs and the leg opening is usually slim and straight but can be tapered.
Flare Jeans Popular in the 70s, trendy now. Usually form fitting through the waist and thigh, flaring out from the knee to the ankle. This retro style is making a comeback and style perfectly with a cute, cropped knit or corduroy jacket. Cropped or full length, everyone needs at least one pair in their wardrobe.
Cropped Jeans Cropped jeans accentuate the slimmest part of the leg, stopping just above the ankle which is very flattering. This type of cut comes in almost every style of jean, also great if you are a bit shorter and find that regular jeans need to be rolled.
Tips and Tricks Finding the right pair starts with your measurements, sometimes it’s best to ignore what size you normally take and take some new measurements, as different brands vary in their fits, and the elastic content of the denim will also affect how it stretches and fits. The measurements you need for jeans are generally your waist, hip and rise. Depending on what style of jean you want you may have to measure your waist at different levels – this will also show you how high to measure the rise.
How to find the right ones
For High Rise Jeans you need to measure at the smallest part of your waist, just above or at your navel.
For Mid Rise Jeans measure around your body just below your navel.
For Low Rise Jeans you will measure 2inches below your navel or at the lowest point you want them to sit.
If you already have a pair of jeans that are your favourite and are looking for a similar style, it may be easier to just measure the jeans! This will give you the exact size you love to wear.
Remember, most denim styles stretch ½ - 1 size depending on how rigid the denim is (more rigid = less stretch).
Once you have your measurements, buying jeans online will be a lot easier for you. Every brand has a size guide to go off and if you’re in doubt, you can always buy two different sizes and return the ones that you don’t like as much!*
*We allow returns within 30 days of delivery, as long as they are unworn, with all tags intact and haven’t been altered in any way. We don’t cover the charge of return shipping. (Does not apply for discounted/sale items), and all returns and exchanges are handled through our returns centre