3 RULES TO FINDING THE PERFECT PAIR OF JEANS

In a world where we can now just swipe right on an app in the hopes of finding our 'soulmate', why is it that what should be such a simple act, like finding a well fitting pair of jeans, is so goddamn difficult?! 

Jeans shopping has always been the bane of my life. Growing up, I remember convincing myself that I loooooved Cargo trousers - which I really didn't - so that I could avoid the ordeal of jeans shopping. Because let's be honest, having to take 30 different styles, sizes and shades into the changing room isn't fun, especially when it manifests into angrily crying in frustration when you can't get that pair of suuuuper skinny jeans over your ankles. Like seriously, who are they made for - daddy long legs?! 

In a bid to dress more like an adult, and less like a teenage boy, I bought every single jean style under the sun and as every teenage girl did, I thought that skinny jeans were holy grail. That love affair went on for many, many years until I decided to pluck up the courage and follow my Insta girl-crushes and pick up a pair of 'boyfriend' jeans from Mango (see photos below) My expectations were low, but I was pleasantly surprised and instantly loved them - they were flattering, easy-to-style and most importantly, didn't cut me in half when I over indulged on that second - third - slither of cake.

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 Whether it’s a gap at the waist or a slightly baggy butt, finding jeans that fit you perfectly may seem like a nearly impossible task but call off the search, here are my go-to rules for finding the perfect pair of jeans for you. 

FOCUS ON THE FIT, NOT THE LABEL

Don't focus on the size on the label and concentrate on how said pair of jeans fit you. It's well known that shops vary in sizing massively - for example, I'm generally a size 10-12 across most high-street stores but in H&M I sometimes struggle to get a size 14 skirt over my phat ass. Don't fret, and definitely don't dwell because at the end of the day, as long as you're happy with what you see in the mirror and the jeans fit you in all the right places, who cares about the size?

DITCH THE CHANGING ROOM

Perfect lighting, angled mirrors... sometimes I genuinely feel like changing rooms could make me look fabulous in a bin-liner. But we all know that in the light of day, a bin-liner ain't so pretty. I refuse to try denim on in a changing room for two reasons; first, it sometimes seems as though the denim actually morphs between the time you leave the store and the time you get home and secondly because trying to pull skinny jeans on in a space that's made for hamsters is virtually impossible if you're not a contortionist. I'd suggest picking up a few pairs, in several sizes and trying them on in your own home - in a space where if all else fails, hopefully a tub of Ben & Jerry's isn't too far away.

IF UNCONFIDENT, GO FOR A DARKER WASH

I think any shade of denim works for any shape, and trust me, you don't have to have a thigh-gap to rock a pair of pale denim but if like me, you're not uber confident in the legs department, darker denim is soooooo much more flattering. Plus, darker denim is so versatile and is great from transitioning your outfit from day-to-night effortlessly.

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xo