Denim was previously my enemy. I could never find a pair of jeans that ‘fitted’ me or I felt fashionable in and I resented my body because I couldn’t fit into the jeans I wanted to.
I was young and disheartened, and was finding it difficult to find jeans that I felt comfortable in.
This was the time in fashion where skinny jeans were considered the only trendy denim to be wearing, but I just couldn’t squeeze myself into the Topshop skinny jeans I so desperately wanted to wear. It was a turning point for me, I realised if I wanted to wear jeans then I would need to broaden my horizons, to experiment with different shapes, styles and washes, and I would have to get over my teenage angst of shopping in ‘uncool’ shops.
Eventually, I started to learn what shapes suited me and which shops I could get them from, but during the period of me experimenting with different shops and styles I found myself developing a list of rules that became my Jean Shopping Commandments. These ‘Commandments’ are a mixture of satirical, serious and sensible advice that I found got me through my shopping sessions. So if these commandments can help anyone else to survive the trauma of jean shopping, then I will be eternally happy!
The Jean Shopping Commandments
The shopping process:
- You will be kind to yourself – your body is the only one you have so don’t hate it for not fitting into that pair of jeans
- You will not get upset – you cannot get upset over an item of clothing not fitting you, walk away, have a glass of wine and go shopping another day
- You will think carefully before committing – If you can’t style the jeans with atleast three pairs of shoes, and five tops then don’t buy them. Jeans are all about versatility, they should be a staple of your wardrobe, so if they only work for one ‘look’ they aren’t worth your money
- You will not jean shop if you are unhappy – you need to be objective about the fit, so shopping when unhappy will not lead to a fulfilling experience. It’s not worth it, go home and have some pizza instead. Leave the jean shopping to another day
- You will listen to yourself – The only thing that matters is how you feel in the jeans, screw what anyone else thinks
- You will not ‘jump’ into jeans – If you have to hold the belt loops of the jeans and jump to get them on then they do not fit you. To fit jeans correctly use the waistband to pull them up as you should do,, if you need the leverage of the belt loops then they are too small for you
- You will try on different styles of jeans – you never know what shape will suit your figure best – if you aren’t already shopping with a specific style in mind then aim to take three different types in with you (this can vary between wash, rise and shape)
- You will check your butt in the mirror – if you don’t like what you see don’t buy them, a good pair of jeans makes you ass look fantastic no matter the style
- You will try on different shapes in the same shop – Even in the same shop the fit is different between a flared and a skinny jean so just because one style of jeans doesn’t fit you doesn’t mean other styles from the same shop won’t look amazing on you – I myself have to buy my skinny jeans from River Island, but my boyfriend jeans and flared jeans come from Lindex and my straight leg jeans are from Next
- You will try on the same style of jeans in different shops – The shape of clothes from some shops will just not suit you. Don’t get disheartened, it’s to do with the body shape and measurements they create their styles on – if you aren’t their shape then don’t stress, you will be the perfect shape in another shop – and it doesn’t mean a certain style won’t fit you at all, you just need to find the right shop for you
- You will not obsess over a number – Ignore the size on the label, go for what feels good on your body and what you feel sexy in – if you look good then they will be asking where the jeans are from not the size you are wearing – and remember that your size might vary across shop and style
- Don’t buy jeans you aren’t 100% sure on – if you do, you sentence them to a life spent in the back of your wardrobe, and no item of clothing deserves to live life like that – let someone else who really likes them buy them
- Don’t be disappointed if the ‘trendy’ jeans don’t suit you – not everything suits everyone, continue shopping and don’t let it get you down
- Don’t turn your nose up at certain shops because they aren’t cool enough – get off your high horse and give their jeans a try, they might be the perfect fit for you
- Don’t go jean shopping with friends or family – Yes going shopping with your girls or your mum is great, but right now you don’t need any extra opinions about which wash or shape is best, jean shopping is hard, don’t make it worse by getting people’s opinions
- Don’t be afraid to experiment with different washes – you won’t know what you like until you try it on
I hope these commandments can help other keen shoppers, but the main thing to remember is don’t hate your body if a pair of jeans doesn’t fit you. It is just an item of clothing, and even if it doesn’t feel like it there are millions of other options out there that you will look fabulous in, fashion is supposed to be fun, so don’t take it too seriously.
And hey if you can’t find any jeans, just wear a skirt 😉