It should come as no surprise that the United States is the largest denim market in the world, worth $13.7 billion. Jeans are one of those wardrobe staples that everyone seems to own. However, many people don’t know their correct jean size, and often the jeans they do own don’t fit correctly. Here are just a few tips for making sure your denim fits you properly for the next time you’re looking to buy jeans.
- Ignore the number: For women’s clothing, you’ve likely noticed that you tend to be completely different sizes across different brands, even if the clothes fit the same. This is because companies tend to adjust size numbers as a means of getting you to buy their clothes. Knowing roughly what size you should start looking for can help, but don’t let the number on the tag dictate what you buy.
- Look in other sections: For jeans that fit correctly, don’t be afraid to look in the men’s or women’s section. Women tend to find men’s sizing easier to work with, and men sometimes prefer the fit of women’s jeans depending on the style they’re looking for. The only real differences in jeans you’ll find in the other section comes down to the cut and the depth of the pockets.
- Know what you need: Different jeans are designed to fit different needs. For example, rodeo jeans for women are going to be made of thicker denim to stand up to the wear and tear that rodeo Western wear needs to handle. Rather than looking at a standard department store for these jeans, purchase your rodeo ladies jeans from a rodeo shop to make sure you’re getting the quality you need.
- If you don’t love it, keep looking: Don’t always feel pressured to buy the first jeans that you try on that fit well “enough.” If you don’t like how they fit, keep looking; there’s sure to be a pair that fits better.