Denim Poll: How tight do you buy your jeans?

We’ve all been there. In the dressing room alone with a pile of jeans. Trying on one jean after another, the sizes are all wacky… I’m a size XX in this brand, but that brand’s size wont even go over my ankle. You’ve bought pairs that fit in the dressing room only to stretch out half way through the day, simultaneously giving you muffin top and saggy bottom. You’ve bought pairs that are to tight in the dressing room thinking they’ll stretch and they don’t. Does this only happen to me? Maybe… but I have a feeling it happens to a lot of people.

So how do you do it? Find a brand that fits you and stick with it, sure, but what happens before you find that golden brand of jeans?

When you buy your jeans, how tight do they fit?

In the dressing room, my jeans normally fit....

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  1. May 18, 2010 / 10:03 am

    The trouble with jeans is you have to get the rise and curve of waistband right. Sort that out and all should be well.

  2. May 18, 2010 / 10:08 am

    I voted ‘perfectly’ but I should specify that it really depends on the store and the brand..there’s a really cheap brand sold here in Montreal called USA Denim and they’re these gorgeous jeans that always look great the dark wash fades nicely over time instead of turning ocean blue (ew) but you always have to buy ’em 2 sizes smaller because they will most certainly stretch. For 50$ though… Higher end stuff should fid perfectly & comfortably I think. Anything over 100$ and I expect no misshapeness ..

  3. May 18, 2010 / 10:09 am

    Skin-tight and as thin as possible – WHY do some misguided manufacturers (cannot call them designers, no) make thick waistbands. And my favorite secret weapon – a 6wide black elastic corset belt that keeps everything in the right place and comfy – and keeps the pants from slipping. I hate when I need to tug them back up.

    Let there be skintight forever …

  4. Justine
    May 18, 2010 / 10:39 am

    Tricky! I was always taught to buy them so they fit tight because they always stretch, but I don’t always find that to be true. Plus, I like washing and drying my denim– makes em softer– but that means I try to buy them a little big… All in all though, I will never wear a pair that has become too tight. Comfort is very important!

  5. May 18, 2010 / 11:38 am

    such a cool blog!

  6. May 18, 2010 / 11:45 am

    I do hate buying jeans that fit just right, only to find that they’re a size too big once I’ve worn them twice. Of course, tight to start isn’t so comfy…

  7. May 18, 2010 / 2:49 pm

    I had to swear off Seven’s for all of the reasons you mentioned and then some – buy them just right and 2 hours later: sag city, buy them too tight thinking they’ll stretch – no can do and then with a little sag it gives muffin top a bad name…I could go on.

    As much as I love a premium denim (Current/Elliott has my heart for infinity on those boyfriends), I’m not trapped by label. I have a pair of Lucky’s that are 4 years old, rips in the knees, little boot cut action and they are perfection. Martin+Osa (damn you AE for pulling the plug) makes one of the best skinny’s I’ve ever worn (8 pairs and counting, I believe).

    It’s all about fit and unfortunately it’s like you said – we’re in the fitting room dealing with a conundrum of fits, finishes and sales people telling us all kinds of info. Patience is key in finding your best fit – be true to yourself and what you know about your body.

    Thus ends the longest comment in the history of the blogosphere.

    I xo

  8. Jennine
    May 18, 2010 / 2:52 pm

    ❤ make do…so true, the trick is finding that pair!
    ❤ eliza, so true, it really depends on the maker, and how much that brand tends to strectch. nearly all denim stretches on me, so it’s mostly a matter of gauging how much.
    ❤ madeline, so true, though sometimes they don’t stetch…what is that? are they trying to trick us?
    ❤ jsutine, drying is tricky too, sometimes it’s ok, but sometimes it’s bad news… i have a few pairs i put in the dryer because i like them soft, but not all, some never go in the dryer.
    ❤ kira, thanks!
    ❤ kline..that’s happened to me several times. and not just with jeans!

  9. May 18, 2010 / 3:22 pm

    When I voted I was torn between comfort and perfect because I do like a perfect fit but not so tight it creates a muffin. I’ve found some jeans fit my butt perfectly but are loose around the waist and some do the opposite, they’re perfect around the waist but loose around the butt. Does anyone else have this problem?

  10. May 18, 2010 / 4:47 pm

    Tight, but not so tight they give me flies-eyes!

  11. May 18, 2010 / 5:12 pm

    My biggest pet peeve is when you buy a pair of jeans and they fit “just right” in the dressing room and an hour later they are baggy bummm…….Drives ME CRAZY! So recently unless they are loose fitting denim I buy them really tight and then they stretch just the right amount in about an hour. I NEVER dry my denim either, just air dry, no machines!

  12. May 20, 2010 / 2:42 am

    I don’t wear jeans that often as I have massive traumas finding a pair that fit my bizarrely large hips and short legs!

  13. May 20, 2010 / 2:24 pm

    I’m amazed at how tight some people wear their jeans, especially when it results in a ghastly muffin top. I aim for snug but comfortable. Definitely have to be in the mood for trying on jeans. They fit so differently from brand to brand and from style to style. It’s rarely a quick process!

  14. May 28, 2010 / 10:33 pm

    this is a tough question because it’s not just about the try on fit but how you know they will wear in. short and long term! so depending on the fabric content i buy jeans with different fits. and i hate when i gauge wrong! like with those jeans that actually don’t even fit for 24 hours (usually stretch jeans) and start to bag. ugh! mostly i buy 100% cotton heavy denim jeans. i buy them close fitting, not painfully so, and let them break in.

  15. June 10, 2010 / 2:06 pm

    I think it depends. For stretch jeans I get tighter ones because they get loose after a while. But for normal cotton jeans (that are hard and thick and don’t stretch) I get a “good” fit (a little tight but no muffin top).

    At the moment I <3 Joe's Jeans.

  16. sue
    August 20, 2010 / 7:12 pm

    Where on earth are some of you finding the jeans that are still 100% cotton? I’d die to have a few pair, I tried men’s sizes, but they are cut too straight in the hips.

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