Getting a pair of jeans that fit perfectly can be a huge challenge. Women have done everything from trying on every pair of jeans until there’s that one magical pair that fits to making extensive alterations. The other day, eco-blogger Greta from Greta Guide and FashionMeGreen was telling me everything she went through to get her new jeans to fit just right.
I bought these jeans when I was in London, from Acne. I was with a friend of mine who is a jean genius and he told me to buy jeans a size smaller, but said, “No, that’s too small, I’m not going to be comfortable and I won’t wear them.” He advised that you have to break jeans in so it’s best to buy a smaller size.
The Dryer Trick
I went for the larger size [the size that fit in the shop] and two days later they were saggy in the bum and not what I wanted. I was so bummed, but the same jean genius told me to shrink them, so I washed them inside out in cold water, and stuck them in the dryer on high for an hour. And I swear, they fit better than the small jeans or the original size because they’re now directly in the middle. And they’re so perfect.
Size up or size down?
From this experience, I lucked out, but if I had to do it again, I’d probably buy the jeans that were smaller. Because I think it’s true that you have to stretch jeans to fit by wearing them. If you’ve bought jeans that are too big, you still have the opportunity to shrink them just by sticking them in the dryer.
Get the perfect length
…I took them to my local dry cleaner tailor and had them hemmed to the perfect length , so now they really are the perfect pair of jeans.
Taking getting the perfect length is not as easy as it sounds. With skinny jeans, cigarette cut, straight leg, you don’t really have to choose between hemming for heels or for flats. Most tailors will hem your jeans to hit the back of your heel.
With a jean with any kind of flare, you really have to decide whether you’re going to wear them with heels or flats. I prefer to wear heels with flared jeans because the main benefit of flared jeans is the elongation of the leg. Getting your jeans hemmed really doesn’t cost very much, most dry cleaners can do it for you in a jiffy.