Denim Guide: 5 Fitting Room Tips to Find the Best Jeans

Posted On Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Filed Under: Deals & Steals, shopping, Style Guide

While I love a good black skinny jean, I absolutely hate shopping for jeans. Well, I’m not a fan of shopping for pants, in general. I always have the issue with them being too long and the waist always gaps. *sigh*
However, I have found a few brands I love {Forever 21, Hudson and Rock & Republic for Kohl’s!}, and if you’re still struggling, here are a few tips to use when shopping for jeans. These are the fitting room do’s and don’ts of denim shopping.

Why I Prefer Forever 21 Jeans Over Designer Denim

Posted On Monday, May 7th, 2012
Filed Under: Deals & Steals, shopping

I’m a little more than half way through my Thrifty Threads 365 challenge and people always ask if I miss shopping for brand new clothes. And I usually say no. Thrift stores have provided me with every item, whether it’s trendy or classic, that I need. But there are some things I’ve been missing: Forever 21 jeans. I can walk past Macy’s, H&M or any boutique with no problem, but Forever 21 tempts me every time. Let me explain…

As much as I love a flirty dress, I adore skinny jeans, especially black ones. They’re a simple canvas you can dress up or down in minutes. And since I love jeans so much, I’ve worn them in a ton of brands, from Seven to Citizens of Humanity to Joe’s and more. But I find they all share the same characteristic: the dreaded crotch rip. You know what I’m talking about. It’s when your jeans start to rip and get frayed from the friction of your thighs.

How to Thrift for Jeans

Posted On Thursday, March 17th, 2011
Filed Under: How To, Looking FLY on a Dime, shopping, Thrift Stores

I’ve offered up thrift shopping tips before {here and here} but thrifting for jeans can be a particularly difficult. Even a thriftaholic like myself gets a bit skittish when it comes to purchasing denim if the store doesn’t have a fitting room. Most people can look at a top or dress and make a fair guesstimate as to whether it’ll fit. But denim isn’t always so easy. Is there stretch? Are they true to fit? The waist looks fine but what about the thigh room? These are all the questions that can make you want to avoid the rack of jeans.

Luckily, here are a few tips I’ve used to fairly gauge if a pair of jeans will work.

Come prepared

If you know you’re on the hunt for another pair of your favorite brand of jeans, have your sizes on hand. You may be a 26 in Joe’s but a 30 in 7 for All Mankind, so know what sizes work for you with specific brands. Or just dip in to a clothing store before you go thrifting and try on some jeans. Make a note of what sizes fit best. If you’re in NYC, the Salvation Army on 46th St. {between 10th and 11th} has a great selection of designer denim. Everything from Siwy to Citizens of Humanity to True Religion.

It’s not all about the waist

Most people look at the waist of the jeans to determine if they’ll fit properly, but this shouldn’t be your only concern. As a general rule, go for the jeans that will fit your hips and thighs. If the waist is a bit big, you can easily get that taken in by your tailor. But if they don’t fit in the thigh region, you’re screwed.

If all else fails…

There are bound to be times when you purchase a pair of jeans you swear will fit, but alas…they don’t. I’ve had this happen more than I care to admit. If you run in to this problem, there’s a solution and it’s actually a quite lucrative one. Start taking pics and post them on eBay, denim sells amazingly well on the site. Don’t waste your money by throwing the jeans in the back of your closet. You can actually make money off of them.

Do you guys have any other tips for thrifting jeans?

Fab Under $50: Trouser Jeans

Posted On Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
Filed Under: Looking FLY on a Dime, trends for less

Though skinnies seem to be the preferred style of many, the trouser jean is just as fly. They have a more sleek, polished look and are flattering on most figures.

The darker washes are even acceptable to wear in some work environments when paired with a blouse or camisole and cardigan. Wear with a pointy toe heel to give the allusion of longer legs.

If you can’t afford Kim Kardashian’s Anlo’s Drew Trouser jeans, the options below are all under $50.

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Levi’s Curve ID Jeans

Posted On Monday, August 23rd, 2010
Filed Under: Looking FLY on a Dime

Last week I was invited to the launch of Levi’s new Curve ID jeans. Like most women, I love my jeans. And like most women, it’s a task finding a pair that actually fits properly.

The Levi’s jeans are designed to fit the curves of a woman’s body. They focus on shape and proportion, rather than just size. After being measured at the waist and hips, a woman is defined as either:

Slight Curve: for the woman whose jeans usually fit in the hips and thighs but are too tight in the waist
Demi Curve: for the woman whose jeans usually fit in the waist, but don’t flatter the figure
Bold Curve: for the woman whose jeans usually fit in the hips and thighs, but gap in the back

I thought I’d fall into the Curve category, but I’m a Demi. I opted for a black skinny jean and after trying two different sizes, I hit the jackpot. I seriously wanted to do a happy dance that I only had to try on two pairs to find the right one. Levi’s was kind enough to give all the ladies in attendance a free pair!

The jeans come in a variety of rinses (gray, black, blues) and style (skinny, straight, boot) and retail for $59.50-$79.50.

Levi’s Curve ID jeans are in select retail locations. Each store carrying the line has fit experts to help determine the best jean for you. Or check out levi.com to learn how to measure yourself at home. All Curve ID jean orders ship for free.

photo credit: Phillip Angert

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