Category: Perfect Fit Guide

Womens Designer Jeans – Pear Body Type

The correct choice in womens designer jeans can truly enhance the pear body type. Well cut jeans can actually mold and lift the rear end, much like a bra.

Goal:

To enhance your upper body and detract attention from your bottom. Within reasonable limits, to mold your hips and rear end with well cut designer’s jeans.

Do’s:

  • Boot-cut and flared legs give a long and lean look, but the gentler flare of the bootcut will serve you better
  • Womens designer jeans in stretch fabrics will make any fit more comfortable
  • Look for dark washes
  • As obvious as this may sound, it is especially important for women with a tummy: buy jeans that are the right size! You do not want to have a “belly spill over”
  • Try to find a pair in which the outseam is brought further to the front. This gives the illusion of a thinner thighs
  • Avoid pockets that sit too low, near the beginning of the butt, as they will shorten the look of your legs
  • Avoid excess fabric in the rear-end area
  • Low rise jeans can help make your rear end appear shorter and your torso longer

Don’ts:

  • Pleats widen the look of hips and thighs
  • Avoid small pockets in rear, as well as pocket-less jeans and pockets placed too wide apart
  • Avoid tight jeans, especially those that are tight at the knees
  • Avoid bundling fabrics at waist
  • Avoid horizontal detailing at hip level, such as contrasting pockets
  • Even if this is the rage in womens designer jeans, avoid washes in the back pocket area, as well as any embellishment
  • Don’t even consider capris (nobody should)

Accessories:

  • Look for Flowing fabrics and blouses with a lot of detailing
  • Long jackets, never to the hip
  • Semi fitted or Tailored tops
  • Jackets should end below the hips
  • Shoulder pads
  • Loose or dropped belts
  • Keep handbags above hip level
  • Look for cowl necks and square necklines
  • Use belt the color of your blouse, narrow and draped
  • Dark colors on bottom and bright colors on top

Finding The Best Fitting Jeans Is Not Only About Size

To find the best fitting jeans, all you need to do is understand some simple rules of composition and visual perception and apply them. The first step to achieving your own personal style is simply wearing clothes that fit (a matter of size). The second step is understanding cut as it relates to your shape (a matter of styling). In short, you’ve got to learn how to dress for your body type, and this is what we are here for.

The magic words here are Balance and Proportion. In our jeans fit guide, a great deal of emphasis will be placed on achieving a longer, leaner look. Remember, this is a cultural bias that changes with time. Be that as it may, let’s use all the tricks at our disposal to achieve this long lean look.

Think of your body as a given, your “canvas”

Anything you put on is like a paint stroke, affecting the balance of the composition. Any detail can attract attention to an area. It can do so in a positive or a negative way. It can accentuate or camouflage. The important thing is to be in control of the composition. It’s a simple process of accentuating the positive and downplaying the problem areas (and yes, we all have them) to achieve a feel of balanced proportions.

Identifying your body type:

Don’t be too critical of yourself. Remember, any idea of “perfect proportions” is not universal by a long shot. Even within our culture, men’s and women’s idea of physical perfection is all over the map. Remember too, that these body types are nothing but a tool to organize our knowledge. You may share characteristics of more than one type. Selecting the best fitting jeans is a matter of making the right choice for your body and style, not about the latest fashions.

The subject of dressing for your body type obviously extends way beyond the world of denim. Understanding and applying these principles is an essential first step in defining your personal fashion style.

Here Are Some Extra Thoughts

  • Don’t take these guides as universal laws
  • Don’t go shopping with a huge “do and don’t” list without understanding the underlying principles
  • Choose which rules you wish to apply, but be conscious of the effects each decision will have
  • If you fall in love with a pair but it just doesn’t fit, be brave, walk away, try on another
  • However, if you’re comfortable showing some “muffin top” (some men prefer not so flat tummies) by all means go for it
  • You should also learn to differentiate between cut and fit in order to select your best fitting jeans.

With a little bit of knowledge, you can camouflage those minor figure problems by choosing the best fitting jeans for your body. Click on the links that correspond to your body type, and a new window will open with suggestions for each classification.

 

Rectangular: This body type is not common. Shoulders and hips are of equal width, with little waist definition. Bust size is average, rib cage large, waist not marked, flat butt, and thin legs. Tend to gain weight in the abdomen, thighs and love handles, and tend to have a little pot belly.
Pear Shape: Rounded hips with defined waist. Full rounded hips andbottom. Narrow shoulders and small bust. Tend to gain weight in bottom and thighs and are prone to saddle bags while their stomachs remain relatively flat and their waists small. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to camouflage a large rear end.
Hourglass: Balance of curves and angles, straight shoulders, defined waist, curvy bottom. Bust and hips in proper proportions. Shapely legs and usually fine boned. Weight gain is usually in the love handles, stomach and thighs. Even for this “ideal” body type, it’s not easy to find the best fitting jeans, as you will see in the link that follows. Hourglass shaped body
Inverted Triangle: Broad shoulders, medium to full bust, average waist, narrowhips and shapely long legs. Weight gain usually is apparent in the stomach, midsection, breasts and arms. Rear usually remains flat and thighs slender. The best fitting jeans in this case may require handling optical illusions! Inverted triangle body shape
Full Rounded: Round body with fuller shorter waist, wider rib cage, rounded neck and back.  Lower hips and slender legs. A great deal can be done to find the best fitting jeans for an oversized rear end. Full rounded body shape
Diamond: Narrow shoulders, small bust, broad hips generous thighs and slender calves. Diamond shape body type

Go to the links above and follow these simple rules as a first step in learning how to dress for your body type. Don’t forget to also dress for the occasion. Your best fitting jeans, with the right accessories can now go anywhere. To wrap it all up, don’t be shy about adding your own special touch. Jeans allow you to be daring, be creative and dress to enhance your personality.

GENERAL TIPS FOR A LONGER, LEANER LOOK

  • Look for denim with a bit of stretch for better comfort and fit. Stretch can go a long way in helping you find your best fitting jeans.
  • Opt for a relaxed fit–but not too baggy or saggy.
  • Don’t underestimate the trusty 5 pocket classic.
  • Boot-cut and flared jeans give a long and lean look, which is flattering to most women.
  • Ultra-tapered legs should be reserved for the most lean shapes, because they call attention to hips and thighs.
  • If the jeans are a bit loose, try the next smaller size: they may give a bit with use, especially those with some stretch.
  • Cuffs are fun, but should be avoided if you are under 5’5″ tall. They will make your legs look shorter.
  • Except for special cuts, like capris, make sure they are the right length. If they are too short, they make your legs look shorter. Remember, you generally want to accentuate a long lean vertical line.
  • Make sure the hem covers most of your shoe.
  • Pointed dark colored shoes will help accentuate the long line theme.
  • Wear dark colors
  • Remember it’s about shape, not size. Buy the best fitting jeans and the best style for your shape.
  • This is a big one: Be conscious of back pockets: both placement and size have a great effect on how well your rear will look. Avoid tiny pockets as well as pockets that are too far apart, they will make your butt look oversized. Pockets that are situated lower on the jeans make your bottom look higher. Be careful with embellishments and faded finishes in the rear.

Let’s admit it, how good our butt looks is what the search for the best fitting jeans is all about. If you follow our simple rules for dressing for your body type, you should be able to find jeans that will flatten your tummy, make you look slimmer, contour your hips, lift your buttocks, allow you to wear one size smaller, and make you feel younger! Well, maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but……..

It’s crucial that you measure yourself correctly.

Please refer to our article on Jeans Sizes for a thorough coverage of this topic.

If you’re new to the designer jeans world, be cautious about online shopping for your first pair. Spend some time in a store that carries many brands, get to know the differences between them. Don’t worry about trying on too many pairs, they’re used to it. When you feel ready, by all means shop online, and don’t hesitate to return a pair that didn’t fit correctly. Again, the stores are used to this. Remember too that jeans should fit perfectly where you’re largest; they can easily be modified in other parts.

It’s much easier to find the best fitting jeans for men. To begin with, men’s jeans come in much fewer variants, as do their bodies. Men are also less conscious of “body defining” styling and are usually satisfied more by comfort. Even so, there is a high demand for men’s designer jeans, even for low rise jeans for men.

Jeans Sizes

Without a little note about jeans sizes and a womans size chart this site wouldn’t be complete.
This is generally not much of an issue for men, especially with traditional cuts and brands like Levis’s, Wrangler and Lee. It’s not unusual for a man to buy the same size jeans (inseam and waist) for years. My husband doesn’t even bother to try them on. Guy’s jeans generally have a looser fit. Now, if you’re into low risers or skinnies, jeans sizes become an isssue, so try them on and test them. You should be able to crouch and do some other routine movements in them without feeling too constrained. I don’t think I can teach guys much here, but as for women’s designer jeans sizes, that’s another story.

Consumer Reports conducted a study on jeans sizes and came up with what, to most of us, should not be totally unexpected conclusions. They tried on 24 women’s and men’s jeans priced between $11 and $50 and came up with the following observations on jeans sizes:

  • A difference of up to 2 inches in waist
  • A difference of up to 1 inch in length

And this is comparing the same style and size of different brands!

Jeans Sizes as a Psychotactic

They concluded that the fit guide of some makers is a little on the generous side, so that we can “fit” into a pair one size smaller than our actual size. The psychological effect is obvious. Who wouldn’t swear that these are the best fitting jeans they have ever owned for their size 10 body, even though they are really size 12!

This creation of “vanity sizes” to flatter the buyer has made jeans sizing even more of a guessing game. No wonder there is an estimated 36% return on clothing due to fit.

There is, however, a method to this madness!

Some experts believe that women shop at fewer stores and buy less clothes than they would if sizing issues were cleared up. Retailers and manufacturers alike have their own reasons for not wanting a “uniform sizing code”, if such a thing were even possible. And that is to perpetuate the mystique of the perfect fit.They believe that a brand’s “sizing” is an integral part of its identity. It distinguishes one designer from the other in the eyes of the consumer. A Lucky Brand jeans fit is very different from a Rock & Republic. They each shoot for a segment of the market that will, when they find them, swear that they are the best jeans ever.

That is the way it should be, just think of how difficult it would be for one brand to satisfy all shapes and sizes, and how dull. That is also why, when we find a brand whose cut, fit and sizing fits us perfectly, we become loyal advocates for his label. The whole sizing mess is unavoidable, creates customer loyalty, and, to my taste anyway, makes searching so much more fun.

My attitude is, “if they fit, great, it doesn’t matter what the tag says”. ( I do, however, love the labels!) You simply cannot tell from the tag if the jeans will fit or not. This is why trying them on is so important, at least until you get to “know” how each designer defines his jeans sizes. If you’re shopping online and have a doubt, ask the retailer for details on how any specific brand is sized. Also make sure that their return policy is fair and hassle free.

We’ve included some sizing charts for specific labels on the following pages:
Antik Jeans,
FrankieB,
Joe’s Jeans,
Lucky Brand,
Rock & Republic Jeans,
7 For All Mankind, and
True Religion.

More will be coming soon.

Measuring Yourself

I’m including the women’s size chart below as a guide, mostly for conversions. As obvious as this may sound, I have to say it: to get the best fit, you have tomeasure yourself correctly:

  • Measure your hips and waist a bit loosely with a flexible measuring tape
  • It’s a lot easier if a friend helps you
  • To measure your hips, circle the tape around the fullest part of your body, between your waist and the top of your thighs
  • Some brands use your low-waist measurement, which is usually a couple of inches greater than your natural waist
  • The actual jeans sizes for most brands will typically be one size higher than what the tape says.
  • Measure your inseam from the crotch down. It’s easier to do this directly on a pair that fits you well.
  • They should fit perfectly where you are the largest. Other measurements can always modified.
  • Refer to the seller’s sizing chart to find the size that is best for you for each specific brand.

You can also save yourself a great deal of time by measuring the main parameters on a pair that fits you well. Do this on a flat surface, carefullly flattening out the pants along the direction that you are measuring.

Jean Size Chart

Measuring Low Risers

Remember that the rise, or crotch to waist measurement of a standard pair of jeans is 10 to 12 inches. The earlier versions of low rise jeans had a rise of about 7 inches, and the ultra low risers have fallen to 3 or 4 inches in rise. Some Brazilian jeans manufacturers advertise 2 inch zippers (probably a 3 inch rise). Low rise jeans in general should always be much higher in the rear than in the front, for obvious “exposure” reasons. Every brand handles this differently, even from one model to another. A difference of up to 3″ or even 4″ from the front rise to the back rise should not surprise you, especially with the ultra low rise jeans with a 3″ or 4″ front rise.

Hem Mayhem

Shrinkage is usually not a problem as most jeans on the market today are preshrunk, but some may still occur. Just make sure that they have beenpreshrunk. I like buying my jeans an inch longer, they can always be taken in if needed.

With some brands you may not have a choice. Some manufacturers, especially the smaller companies, are making them as long as 34 inches. They are going on the assumption that it’s always possible to have a tailor shorten a pair, and so they cover a wider market with less inventory.

Having the pants hemmed may not be as cheap or as easy as you may think. It could cost you anywhere from $6 to $20, and sometimes it’s impossible to match the original hem. If you ultimately have no way of avoiding this very delicate procedure, wash your jeans before hemming. Put the denim through it’s final shrinkage. It’s also always safer to take off a little bit less than you think is necessary, say one quarter of an inch.

The best length will also depend on the shoes you plan to wear them with, but in general your pants hem should rest comfortably on the top of your shoes.

Be aware that if you take off too much, the knee break will end up too low and just not look right, especially in flared pants. It may also be very difficult to reproduce the frayed edges of the original distressed pair that you paid so much for, but with our guidelines to distressing your own jeans, you can surely come close. I doubt any tailor will venture into these grounds.

What About Tight Jeans?

As you’ll learn in our discussion on cut and fit, “tight jeans” refers to a type of cut, and as such still must achieve the correct fit for your body (assuming you should even consider this cut at all). A tight jeans cut should still satisfy the criteria listed below, in spite of the snug fit. To say it another way, tight jeans should be the right size, they should fit, or they are “too tight”. Remember, one refers to the cut, the other to an unacceptable fit. This may be clearer if you refer to them as “skinnies” instead of tight cut. Ultimately, if the size is right, it’s the magic of stretch denim that makes “tight” and “comfortable” possible, so if you want to join this new trend, make stretch a priority.

There’s no doubt about it, skinny jeans are back, and with a vengeance! The trend is one that emphasizes long, lean and narrow silhouettes (why doesn’t that surprise me?). The deep indigo and black washes seem to be the most popular. The new look is smooth and clean, without fraying or rips. It seems like the straight leg is the prefered cut of the season, but you can make up your own mind. For the right body, skinnies are sexy, and are great for showing off your boots. It’s kind of difficult to tuck in a bootcut leg, which is meant to be worn outside the boots.

How do you know if you’ve gotten the right size?

Your new jeans should:

  • Be just a little bit longer than you need
  • Be the right length for the shoes or boots that you plan to wear them with
  • Not wrinkle or fold excessively, which would indicate a problem area where they are too tight.
  • The zipper, or buttoned fly, should lie flat
  • You should be able to sit down or crouch in them comfortably, without your rear end peeking out.
  • Low risers don’t necessarily have to expose your rear. If they do, you need a higher cut in the back or that pair is too small. Another brand may offer what you need.
  • Your waist button should snap easily (without having to lie down)
  • The pockets should also lie flat. If they don’t, they may not be the right cut for your body type.

Pull them up as high as they go, then crouch in them. How do they feel when you walk around? They should be snug but comfortable. This is how you should feel all day long. After all, what makes jeans so fabulous is their ability to let us look and feel great without sacrificing comfort.

Jeans Sizes and The Best Fitting Jeans

Remember, the first step in your quest for the perfect fitting jeans is to find the right fit, (this is a matter of jeans sizes, not style, cut, latest craze or even the tag). With this info on hand, you can now focus on understanding your body type to find the most flattering styles for you.