If you’re lucky, you’ve already found that one pair of jeans that fits you just so and makes your butt look amazing. You’ve stocked your closet with at least 10 identical pairs. But for the rest of us, finding the perfect fit of jeans can feel like rocket science. Whether they’re too tight, give you a droopy bum or have a fly that just won’t stay up, there are so many things that can get in the way of finding that magical fit.
Hoping to shed some light on this, we chatted with Jason Trotzuk of FIDELITY to get his take on what makes the perfect pair of jeans.
Have an open mind
You spot Giselle wearing a cute pair of boyfriend jeans, so you head to your local retailer to try and copy her look. But somehow on your body it looks frumpy. Don’t worry, that’s true for us, too. “A lot of people hear about certain styles or brands of jeans and go out in search of exactly that,” Jason tells us. “It’s important to know what you want, but also to have an open mind and be willing to try something different if that doesn’t work out.”
Try on lots of sizes and styles
Last year, you might have been a 12, but this year the 8s seem to be going on much easier. And why the heck do your favourite skinny jeans suddenly look like sausage casings? Trotzuk explains, “your favourite pair of jeans yesterday may not be your favourite pair today, and your favourite pair today may not be your favourite tomorrow.” Instead of getting stuck in a particular size or style, fill that change room up and try on everything, even styles outside of your comfort zone. Because they just might be the ones!
Know your body type
Pears and apples may just be fruit to you, but they’re also a useful way to figure out how to dress your body. “I think a boot cut is great for pears or someone with curves, because it has that flare at the bottom, which really emphasizes the curve,” says Trotzuk. “On the other hand, a straight leg is really good when you have a more boxy shape.”
Pay attention to cut
You know that gap you get at the back of your jeans or the dreaded plumber’s bum? A contoured waist and a relaxed fit through the thighs will rid you of these embarrassments. “We design all of our Fidelity jeans to have a contoured waist, which is curved like an upside down coffee sleeve so that it’s tight at the waist,” Trotzuk says. “Additionally, you want to make sure there’s room through the thigh so you can comfortably sit down and avoid any pulling a the back of the jeans.”
Google may have predicted the death of the skinny, but according to Trotzuk, this cut is still a staple. One thing to note: not all skinny jeans are created equally. “When you’re picking a skinny, it’s really important to make sure you’re buying a good quality denim,” explains Trotzuk. “When the denim isn’t good, you end up with things like a saggy butt, or [it’s] skinny in some places but not in others. So, make sure you go for a quality brand to get that perfect fit.” So much for our $20 faves from Uniqlo…
Try a girlfriend jean
By now, you’ve likely heard of the boyfriend, but what about the girlfriend? “It’s kind of like a relaxed skinny,” explains Trotzuk, which is why it works for pretty much every body type. “If you’re wider in the hips, a boyfriend can be difficult to pull off, but a girlfriend is a bit more fitted so it tends to look good on pears, curvy, boyish, boxy, everyone,” he says.
Keep it simple
Over the last few years, we’ve seen some pretty crazy things happening on jeans. There was the coloured denim craze, printed denim, shredded jeans and the bedazzled look. According to Trotzuk, these are on their way out. “Statement jeans have definitely had a moment,” says Trotzuk. “I think people are now looking for a pair of jeans that goes with the rest of their wardrobe and aren’t the centre of attention.”
But still have fun
Let’s remember for a minute that fashion is supposed to be fun and not all about rules. And Trotzuk agrees. “Right now I’m really into the anti-fit, which is kind of like a boyfriend on the top and skinny at the calves,” he explains. “There are also some cool innovations worth checking out, like knit denim or performance-based denim, which is super stretchy and almost feels like pajamas.” Moral of the story, don’t be afraid to try things out because eventually you’re going to land on something that looks awesome!