Ah, the ever elusive search for the perfect pair of jeans. It's an essential item in one's wardrobe - yet one of the most difficult and, in some cases, traumatic items to shop for . . . . Recently, I posed this question to Curvy CEO advertiser Pittsburgh Jeans Company: "Just what should one look for when shopping for jeans?" Here's what they had to say:
- Look for a jean with a contoured waistband that lies flat against your back and does not “buckle” when you sit.
- Try to find a jean with a rear yoke or riser (i.e., the "v-shaped" section at the back of the jeans) that is higher and closer to the waistband...a yoke that is curved (as opposed to straight) is even better. It creates the illusion of "lift" and will perk up your butt!
- Try to find jeans with rear pockets that are sized in proportion to the jean's waist size. (Turns out that many jean companies do not grade their rear pockets “up” in size, which makes the pockets look too small on a larger sized jean.)
- Want to look slimmer? Go for a dark wash that will elongate your silhouette.
- Wanna look taller? Avoid a flared leg, which will hid your feet and make you look shorter.
- MOST IMPORTANT: Look for denim woven with lycra or spandex.
- Finally, if you are shopping online, be sure to read thoroughly the description of the jeans you're thinking of buying (especially info about the fit), know your size and compare the size charts on the site and, if all else fails, order multiple sizes and be ready to return the ones that don't fit.