Shopping Tips: Best Jeans for Your Body
Enter Shape's first-ever body shape fashion tips workbook. Our goal this issue is to help you uncover the jeans that fit your body type and style.
Shape staffers -- women of every height and size -- tried on almost 300 pairs from 50 different brands. Here, the results of our tugging, pulling and even doing a few deep knee bends.
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1. Consider buying one size smaller. Jeans can stretch 10 percent after moderate wear, so when trying them on, be sure they hug your body.
2. Here's one of our favorite shopping tips. Buy two pairs. If you find a style you love, buy one and have it hemmed to wear with flats and keep the other long to wear with heels.
3. Choose a zipper over a button fly. It gives a cleaner, smoother look -- no bunching.
4. Bring your favorite belt along when you shop. If you want to wear one, make sure the jean loops fit.
5. Wash and dry your jeans before any alterations. This will ensure that shrinkage is accounted for.
6. Keep the original hem. It may cost more, but for a seamless finish, request that the original hem be put back on.
7. Always wash in cold water. Warm water can cause shrinkage. (Turn them inside out to prevent fading.)
8. Skip fabric softener. It can break down the dye, leading to color loss.
9. Air-dry your jeans. Heat can shrink the fabric.
10. Dry-clean dressy jeans. This will keep the rinse darker and fresher-looking.