(Closed) Buying Jeans–What’s your strategy?! NWR

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Post # 3
4001 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My strategy for jean shopping is to try not to cry in the dressing room.  I really hate it.  I never find a pair that fit me perfectly, its the pear shaped curse.  If they fit me at the waste, they don’t fit my thighs and vice versa.  So annoying!  However, I have found a few pair from 7 for all mankind that work.  Unfortunately they’re hella expensive.  My suggestion is to go to your local Macy’s.  They always have sales.  And look for a pair that stretch.  Stretch is my best friend :).

Good luck!

Post # 4
1057 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Okay, it seems like we have the same body type. I usually have to compromise. I have HUGE LEGS. So, I have to buy jeans that fit well in the legs. But then they’re two size too big in the waist. I usually end up having to dart them or just wear a belt. 

Post # 5
1486 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Yeah, I have to go the the dressing rooms too and try not to dissolve into a frustrated puddly mess.  So, when I find a pair of jeans that fit me well, I pretty much wear them until they disintigrate.  I’m wearing Lee Stretch ones right now, and they’re pretty comfortable, but a little big in the butt.  (I don’t have one!)  I usually shop at JCPenney for jeans, they have those buy one pair, buy a 2nd for a penny sales, and I go then.

Post # 6
2867 posts
Sugar bee

@jennifer_espos:  Same here!

My big thing is my butt and thighs.  I hate it sometimes.

Post # 7
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - The Whitney

I wear the boyfriend jeans from American Eagle. Try to find jeans that are straight or boot cut.

I have never paid full price for their jeans. They are $29.99-$49.99. I always buy them on clearance and I have 2 pairs that I have been wearing since 2006.

Post # 8
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

From years of experience, I know that dark jeans with stretch and a bootcut or flare leg are the most flattering on me. I also have to make sure that the pocket on the butt is just the right size, too big or too small can easily create the wrong shape. It’s actually best if there is no contrast stitching at all. I have a big butt and hips but a tiny tiny waist so I always have to fit my hips then have the jeans taken in at the waist.

Post # 9
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Other than the obvious—- try on a zillion brands! I guess my strategy if I were you would be to buy two types of jeans: work jeans and nice jeans. 

Buy cheapo jeans that you don’t care how they fit as much for work because they’re going to get destroyed anyways. 

For your nice jeans buy them to fit the biggest part of you and get them tailored. If you only wear them for social stuff they’ll last a long time and make you look awesome!

Post # 10
3295 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i know you dont want to hear this… but i always buy silver jeans… they seem to fit me better. butttttttt they do cost like 80 dollars a pop. imo worth it though. theyre much higher quality. 🙂

Post # 11
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I couldn’t wear pants without a tailor!

I have a big butt and thighs so basically I try on what feels like 100 pairs of jeans, find something that fits those to places, and then take them to a tailor so that they fit everywhere else.

I’ve tended to find that straighter legs and a darker wash look best on my so I tend to gravitate towards those.  But buying jeans (or any type of pants for that matter) is certainly a process!

Post # 12
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I recently got a really nice fitting pair of jeans at Ann Taylor LOFT for $50, but I know most pants in there aren’t that affordable. I think it may have just been my lucky day or something. Either way, its worth a try… they fit my butt and thighs really well because they’re not so itty bitty up top like some tend to be.

Post # 13
2588 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I have a big butt, but much slimmer thighs, so finding jeans that fit properly is a nightmare. I’ve been buying jeans in the juniors section (bad, I know) because they’re cheaper, but I’m 21…I think I need to graduate to the women’s section instead of torturing myself because I wear an 11 in teenage girl sizes.

Post # 14
2006 posts
Buzzing bee

I agree with  @FutureKMM, find a good tailor! Most dry cleaning places can at least hem a jean for you for cheap.

I’m kind of the opposite of you, I’m so darn petite that sometimes even the smallest jean in the store won’t fit me :/ I have the shape of a grown woman, my hips are the biggest part of me, but my body is child size. On top of that I’m only 5’0 tall so most jeans are a mile long on me!

Enter the tailor. I can buy jeans that fit me in the hips and thighs and then have them hemmed to fit my height and brought in at the waist. 

My absolute favorite jeans are Lucky Brand and 7 For All Man Kind. These are NOT my work jeans because they are so expensive (okay they become my work jeans once I’ve worn through them so much they aren’t suitable for really going out). However, Lucky makes a “short” jean that fits me perfectly and 7’s are cut like magic (alhtough always too long).

My favorite “cheap” work jeans actually come from Target! At $18-20 a pair I don’t mind not getting a lot of use out of them or them not fitting exactly right.

Post # 15
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I agree with @babyboo! Target has some really decent jeans and a good selection usually.

Post # 16
705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I like Levi if you can find a good fit.  Most of my jeans come from Old Navy, but I also like Gap.  If you don’t mind shelling out $4.99 for the trial membership, you can use ZAFU and they will tell you what the best jeans for your body type is.  I did this a few years ago when it was free and the results were the jeans I was already wearing, which I loved, so it works.

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