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The 411 on Denim: Five Tips for Finding Your Perfect Pair of Jeans

How many times have you thought, “I need new jeans!” but then put it off because you dread the thought of shopping for a new pair? With so many styles, washes and fits, denim shopping can seem daunting! To make things easier, we’re sharing our top five tried-and-true rules to keep in mind when looking for the perfect pair of jeans.

1.) Choose a wash that’s best suited for your lifestyle:

Are you a working gal? If you need a pair that’s office-appropriate and would look great with your blazer, go for a darker wash. Darker washes can be dressed up or down and can easily go from day to night.

Are you a mama on the go? If comfy jeans are your daily go-to, opt for lighter or distressed washes, which are perfect for that casual, laid-back look and get even better the more you wear them.

Dojo Trouser $189 | 7 for all Mankind

2.) Buy them a little snug:

You don’t want to buy a pair that’s tight, but they should be comfortably snug when you try them on. All denim expands a little with wear – but a good pair won’t totally stretch out. Many quality denim brands incorporate spandex or Lyrcra in the fabric, which means added elasticity helps soften them to your shape as you wear them (without giving you the dreaded bagging at the knees or seat).

The Looker Skinny $189| Mother Denim

3.) Get the hem right:

Jeans that are too long can ruin your whole look. Having them properly tailored to ensure you get the right length (and avoid bagging/bunching) is key. Pick the shoes you’ll most likely wear with your jeans and bring them with you when getting them hemmed. Make sure you wash your new denim once before you take them to a tailor. (Fun fact: Garys’ offers free hemming with the purchase of any pair of regular-priced denim!).

Runway Flare $180 | Mother Denim

4.) Choose the style that’s most flattering for your body type:

Leg Cut: The skinny jean style is so popular because it’s extremely flattering on many body types (and pairs nicely with those tall boots). But they don’t work well for all body types. If you want a “skinny” look but need a little more room in the calf area, try a straight leg style that hangs a little looser from the knee to the ankle. Boyfriend jeans are basically the opposite of skinny jeans, giving you more room everywhere – they are perfect if you’re going for a casual, comfortable, lived-in look. If you want to give your skinnies or boyfriends a rest and try something new, go for a trouser or flared jean. Both styles have made a huge comeback! Flared jeans are quite elongating, so they can be especially flattering for women with shorter legs and trousers can be a nice leg shape for a woman with curvier hips.

Rise: When choosing denim, the style of the leg isn’t the only thing to consider – the rise (the distance between the middle of the crotch seam and the top of the waistband) is equally important! Your body type, the length of your torso and the look you are trying to achieve should guide you toward the proper rise. Mid-rise tends to be the most common and universally flattering because it generally hits right above the hip bone, preventing any slipping when you sit down or bend at the waist. We aren’t seeing as much of a low-rise these days but this can be more comfortable for a petite frame and can help elongate the midsection. The rise that has made the biggest comeback in the fashion sense is the high-rise; we are seeing this rise styled in a more forward way with tops tucked in to really emphasize the high waist. As for comfort, this rise is best suited for gals with longer torsos and may not be the best option for short-waisted women as it can make the waist appear even shorter.

Josefina Slim Boyfriend on sale now $139.99| 7 For all Mankind

5.) Remember that high-quality denim is worth every penny:

With denim, it’s typically true that you get what you pay for. It’s worth investing in high quality denim instead of spending less on poorer quality jeans that won’t last long or wear well. The “memory” of a quality denim is stronger so you get minimal stretching/bagging. They can be washed and dried while still maintaining their shape and finish, and you can get YEARS of use out of them (and in most cases, they get better after a little wear!). A truly high-quality pair of jeans may come with a higher price tag, but you’ll definitely get your money’s worth!


We hope you’ll find these tips useful when you’re on the hunt for the perfect pair of jeans! Stop by the store to check out our current denim faves!

Here’s to great style!

Karla & The Garys’ Team

  1 comment for “The 411 on Denim: Five Tips for Finding Your Perfect Pair of Jeans

  1. Christy
    February 25, 2016 at 2:27 am

    Love the josefina jeans!! I feel like is wear those everyday!

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