Denim For Days + Finding the Right Pair of Jeans
To tell you the truth, I dread finding a good pair of jeans. As much as I love jeans (you can catch me in jeans most days), I struggle so much with jean shopping. It’s a challenge to find a pair of jeans that fits me around my thighs, ankles, and waist, without being too light in wash (for some reason light washes make me look like I’ve gained way too much weight), or jeans that are super distressed. Anyone else in this boat??
At the beginning of the summer, I decided that investing in a good pair of jeans would probably be worth my while. If you want to know a secret, it’s that when I find one good pair of jeans, I stick with them. I have worn the same pair of jeans (don’t worry I wash them), and in this case, three pairs for about two years. My favorite pair you’ve probably seen around, because they go with everything and can be worn in every season. I even happened to find my favorite pair at TJ Maxx two summers ago for a whopping $16! Thus, since I had good luck with that pair, I’ve had a hard time spending money on jeans that aren’t absolutely wonderful, and I’ve also lucked out with some wonderful pairs from Old Navy. (I should also mention that I wear other pants, and I absolutely have loved this pair and this pair over the years for work. Just know I don’t only wear jeans…hopefully you get my point.)
Why are jeans so hard to find??
I love a good pair of jeans. The kind that are flattering, comfortable, and most definitely allow me to move in without being too constricting. Now when I look for the perfect pair of jeans, I get way too overwhelmed because my indecisiveness doesn’t allow me to find the pair I’d like because of the overwhelming number of options there are.
I think part of the conundrum is that not all jeans are the same. There are so many different styles, fits, washes, and brands that make it a bit of a difficult situation to find pants.
I’ve had the tendency of trying on at least ten pairs of jeans in sizes that weren’t right, and then get overwhelmed at keeping track of jeans. So…I changed my strategy on finding jeans.
Instead of looking for the perfect pair of jeans at one store…I changed my focus. If you’re in the same boat as me, here’s some things you can do to make looking for jeans a whole lot easier.
1 // Choose one store, five pair of jeans at a time.
Instead of listing out all the stores possible to find the perfect pair of jeans, I started to realize that I could limit myself with how many jeans I was going to try on. I’d grab 4 or 5 pairs from the rack (maybe one style in two different sizes as well) and try on just those. Instead of being bogged down with multiple pairs of pants, I could actually take my time without anxiety about finding the perfect pair clouding my judgment.
2 // Don’t be afraid to try something outside of your comfort zone, but be okay with sticking with what you know.
One of the pairs of pants I actually ended up buying and then returning was a high-waisted pant. I loved them in the store, and they looked great with the boyfriend shirt I was wearing at the time, but when I came home and realized that was about the only kind of shirt I would feel comfortable wearing those jeans with, I realized it wasn’t worth it. There have been some styles that I have surprisingly liked over the years, and I laugh because I always try on something new, but inevitably come back to my favorite style: skinny jeans.
3 // It’s okay to invest money in a good pair of jeans.
I finally understood the logic this summer. It’s okay to spend money on a good pair of jeans. Because really, usually the more expensive brands and styles are the ones that will last longer. Spending less than $40 may result in jeans not lasting as long, but a more expensive brand may last longer than the cheaper one. In this case, buying a pair that you know you will wear will actually help in the long run.
With all that being said, here’s a few of my favorite styles that I’ve tried over the past few weeks (months really) as I’ve been looking for a new pair of Jeans.
In the end, I happened to walk in to Nordstrom Rack one evening, and I found such a good pair of pants that were 50% off of ticketed price and fit so well. Nordstrom Rack also had such a good variety of jeans to choose from! These jeans are so comfortable, I love the wash, fit, and they don’t make my legs look bigger than they are. It was certainly a lesson of persistence when I realized all it took was a little bit of patience to find a pair that worked well.
What kind of jeans do you gravitate to? Have you experienced this struggle? (I’m with you if you have!!) What has been a brand or style of jeans you’ve lucked out with?? I’d love to hear!!