How to Find the Perfect Pair of Jeans

Shopping on a budget
Perfect pair of boot cut jeans

“Let me ask you something, in all the years that you have...undressed in front of a gentleman has he ever asked you to leave? Has he ever walked out and left? No? It's because he doesn't care! He's in a room with a naked girl, he just won the lottery. I am so tired of saying no, waking up in the morning and recalling every single thing I ate the day before, counting every calorie I consumed so I know just how much self loathing to take into the shower. I'm going for it. I have no interest in being obese, I'm just through with the guilt. So this is what I'm going to do, I'm going to finish this pizza, and then we are going to go watch the soccer game, and tomorrow we are going to go on a little date and buy ourselves some bigger jeans.” Elizabeth Gilbert

Have you ever met someone who can wear jeans daily? No? I'm so glad to personally meet you because that describes me wholeheartedly. I love wearing jeans with chic tops, t-shirts, underneath dresses or basically with E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. I'm a fan of the skinny jeans or ripped jeans but I'm growing on the boyfriend style of jeans, more and more. I love fitted and lose fitting jeans. When I was an early teenager and was heavy into the tomboy look, I would rock baggy jeans (backwards like the rap duo, Kris Kross). Then I moved on to the boot cut style and here we are today.....if it's denim, I'm rocking it!

The search begins to find the perfect pair of jeans

Here are a few tips that I use to finding the perfect pair of jeans:

First figure out what style of jeans do you prefer to wear. It can be one style or multiple styles, that's totally up to the fashionista in you and what look you're going for. I've found 25 different styles of jeans here that you can look at to help you decide. I personally love mid high rise jeans. I have wide hips as a skinny-thick gal, so these jeans are highly suggested for my body type. Who remembers that season when we wore all of our jeans cuffed???? Ok, I'm showing my age lol. But, the art of finding the perfect pair of jeans is first identifying the style(s) that you like.

Try on that style in the store. I know we all love the easy, breezy online shopping but, to save you the hassle of returning items, go to your local department store and try on several pair of jeans of that style and BOOM you know what you want to order online or buy it right there in the store. I shop at the thrift store as you know, if you've been following me. At thrift stores, you can get a great pair of jeans from about $4 up to $8........I'm talking name brands too. So imagine a kid at Disney World enjoying that tea cup ride......that's the level of excitement I feel when I'm in the thrift store shopping for jeans. I'm not exaggerating either!

You can find a perfect pair of jeans while thrifting

Make sure the crotch area fits. Nothing looks weird than a nice pair of fitting jeans and the crotch area is too big. DISASTER! If you can grip the crotch area of the jeans, you should probably put them back unless the crotch area is supposed to be big and loose such as in the boyfriend pair of jeans.

You can't go wrong in buying a pair of stretched jeans. On those days when your stomach is bloated or you gained a few pounds from a week of eating unhealthy (we've all done it, don't be ashamed), that extra stretch in the waist area of a pair of jeans is so worth your weight gain blues. I love stretched skinny jeans to wear on the weekends for those quick grocery store runs or while grabbing a cup of coffee in the mornings.

Find a good tailor. No matter how hard we search, sometimes, we can't find that absolute perfect pair of jeans and having a good tailor on standby is great. I've bought the perfect pair of jeans that fit as far as length but the waist area was too big. So I take my jeans to a cleaners that has a tailor on duty and have them do any minor alterations that's needed on the jeans.

After you find the perfect pair of jeans, now it's time to find a cute top and accessories.

Jeans are meant to be fun, worn with a cute top or graphic tee and however you prefer to rock them and that makes you feel great in them. No matter your shape or preference of style, there's a perfect pair of jeans out there for you, you just have to have some patience in finding them.

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New Orleans, LA 70116

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