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What Size is right for women's jeans?

No matter what the current trend may be, the hippest pair of jeans won't look good on you if they don't fit. And like all articles of clothing, sizes can vary greatly from designer to designer, which is why it is important to try on jeans if possible. If you're planning on purchasing jeans online, make sure you're familiar with the brand and size differences. Also, keep in mind that many jeans do shrink after washing (100% cotton jeans shrink approximately 2-3 inches), and that some also expand over time, which is why it's important to never tailor your trousers before you wash them at least once.

Jeans should fit snugly between the inseam and waist. Too loose or too tight means you'll end up looking messy, so if you're having trouble, try looking for jeans with a little bit of spandex.

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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 have to expose your rear. If they do, you need a higher cut in the back or a size up. Try a pair of jeans from another brand.
  • Your waist button should snap easily.
  • 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 fit but be comfortable. This is how you should feel all day long.

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