I work with denim all day, every day, so I like to think I know a thing or two about this popular choice of fabric. If you don’t know the ins and outs of denim, it can be so hard to find that perfect pair of jeans and you won’t even know why which is why I am going to share some of the secrets with you today.
Most retailers do not use the same spec for every pair of jeans. This basically means if you walk into a store and see a hundred pairs of skinny jeans, not of all those skinny jeans will fit the same, even if they are the same size. This is all comes down to the actual denim base. Some have more stretch than others and different bases work for different styling elements on the jeans. Usually the spec won’t differ too much however when it comes to jeans, especially skinny jeans, that extra centimeter or two on the legs can make a difference to the overall fit of the jean.
SAME BUT DIFFERENT
So you see the exact same pair of jeans in different shades/colours. You try one pair on and decide to grab all the other colours in the same size but when you get home they don’t all fit the same. This is once again because while the style may look and sometimes even feel the same, a different denim base may be used because not every shade of blue can be achieved on the same base.
You don’t have to fork out a fortune to get a good pair of jeans. Believe it or not you can get a really good pair at a reasonable price. Of course, the more expensive jeans could be made on “premium” bases and use the expensive washes but that doesn’t mean that the cheaper jeans are inferior. Trust me when I say there are some great pairs out there that won’t break the bank.
A higher cotton percentage means better quality. If you are willing to spend then a fabric composition of 98% cotton and 2% spandex should be your go-to.
WHAT TO SPEND ON
My advice for buying jeans would be to invest in a great pair of plain-ish blue and black jeans (these are classics) and then buy affordable trend jeans.
The biggest tip I can give you is to try every single pair of jeans on before you buy them. Feel them, pay attention to the stretch and the fit because this is important.
Believe it or not, creating those jeans you see hanging on the rails is an intricate and time consuming process. Watch the below video for some insight into the jean making process. This video shows the manufacturing side of it but before this, there is the whole design side of it.