I buy all my jeans online. Yep, you heard me. I buy ALL my jeans online. How? Why? Well, I buy my jeans online because:
- Shopping online is less stressful (will get into that later)
- I can usually get a better deal (with all the sales, and with free shipping)
For many people, buying jeans conjures up memories in the dressing room with a million pairs of jeans that don’t fit. So how do you know you have the right size when making purchases with jeans online? Well, I’m going to share with you my secret, and it’s not exactly rocket science.
Know your size
Look in your closet. What size fits you best? It may sound obvious, but it’s the simplest way. If you don’t have any jeans you love, try on jeans from several brands in a local department store or denim bar to get a size range. As you know, not all denim brands fit the same, but at the same time, you’re not going to be a 25 in one brand and a 31 in another. Most premium denim brands do fit true to size. For instance, in most brands I’m a 27, with some, like Paige Denim or Current/Elliott, I’m a 26, yet I love my Goldsign in a 28.
Get sized every now and then
They say in the lingerie industry, get sized for a bra every six months. I could say this is the same for a pair of jeans too, even if you don’t fluctuate in weight. It doesn’t have to be a big song and dance, just every now and then if you’re out shopping take a look at the denim department and try on a pair or two. Sometimes new styles will require you to wear a different size. I almost always go a size down wearing relaxed jeans, and a size up for anything with an extreme low rise or high waist. It’s a personal preference.
Keep in mind…
Sometimes it’s the style, not the brand
If you try on a bunch of boyfriend jeans in one brand, and a bunch of denim leggings in another brand, you can’t compare the sizes. It’s like comparing apples in oranges. If I compare my Current/Elliot Captain Trousers (relaxed fit) to my Charley 5.0 jeggings (tighter than tight) which are both a size 27 it’s not going to give me an accurate reading on what my “size” is. Doesn’t mean I should knock myself down two sizes if I get a pair of Current/Elliot denim leggings, because each style is meant to fit differently.
Find the right online shop
When shopping online in general, it’s always important to find the answers to these questions:
- What is their return policy?
- Do they offer free shipping on returns?
- Do they have user reviews available? (not all sites do this, but for me, it helps!)
Many online retailers do offer this service, but there are some that are final sale only, particularly the sample sale sites. In that case, it’s important to know your size in that particular brand. Else you’ll end up making a trip to the consignment shop!
When in doubt, order a few sizes of the same style
If you have never tried on a certain brand or have doubts which size will fit you best, then the best thing to do is buy multiple sizes. At a shop that offers free shipping and free returns, this is possible. That way you’re certain of getting the right fit.
I used to agonize over buying jeans. It was a nightmare. But now, buying jeans is one of my favorite things to purchase. It’s mostly because of the practice I’ve had buying jeans online that I know what to look for, what I’m getting. Nowadays, it’s much more of a hassle buying jeans in a real store. I like to monitor shops frequently for new styles and it’s not always easy to do in real stores.