How do you find the right size of jeans??

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    Dec 25, 2011 5:23 PM GMT
    How do you guys find the right jeans for you?
    I believe im a size 31x33 but you cant really find those anywhere, except for Express, but they can be so expensive.
    All of my jeans usually look so saggy on the butt (I have a small butt).
    I cant really find flattering jeans. The back pockets always end up being so far down when the jeans are sitting in the right place. I usually go for low rise too, but that only helps a little.

    What are your issues with jeans, and pants in general??
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    Dec 25, 2011 7:59 PM GMT
    it depends on what type of look you are going for....

    but in my experience, get some jeans where the waist size can give room to one finger.

    also jeans don't come in 33 in length, but they do come in 32 based on your height i would stay with a 31x32.

    also look for heavy material jeans, boot cuts sometimes makes butts look bigger than what they are or you can also go safe in a slim cut jeans.

    just keep shopping around, and don't buy until you are happy.

    a good sales rep will not push the sale ;)

    hope that helps



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    Dec 25, 2011 8:28 PM GMT
    I'm a men's personal shopper at a very popular retail brand and this is what I can tell you about jeans.

    There are three important things to consider when purchasing jeans.

    1. Fit
    I'm not talking about size. The way the jeans are cut are probably the most important aspect of denim. If you have a small butt, try to find a slim jean. Look for key words like "tapered" or "slim through the leg". Low rise or "rests on hips" will work fine too. You might need to buy 32x34 jeans and have them tailored. But if you're buying a high-quality pair of jeans, the tailoring will be worth the investment.

    2. Wash
    The darker the wash, the more formal it is. I prefer raw denim over distressed since raw denim will show signs of wear depending on how you wear them. Jeans that are pre-distressed are fine, but are really intended to look older since the appeal of denim is how it ages and conforms to your body. A very dark, inky denim is my favorite since it looks great with a suit jacket. However, be mindful that dark denim will bleed easily and should be washed a couple of times before you wear them. Wash them inside out so that the jeans don't lose too much dye. If you want to break in your jeans quickly, don't wash them unless absolutely necessary. I wash my jeans every three to four months.

    3. Material
    Good denim will be sturdy and stiff. As you wear it, it will soften due to very small breaks that appear in the fiber. Cheap denim isn't woven well, so will rip or break easily. If the denim becomes fuzzy to the touch after you wear it a few times, it means it's cheap. Always buy 100% cotton denim. If you like to cuff your jeans, try to get selvedge denim.

    There are companies that now allow you to order custom jeans. Check some of them out.
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    Dec 25, 2011 9:20 PM GMT
    bostonxfit saidI'm a men's personal shopper at a very popular retail brand and this is what I can tell you about jeans.

    There are three important things to consider when purchasing jeans.

    1. Fit
    I'm not talking about size. The way the jeans are cut are probably the most important aspect of denim. If you have a small butt, try to find a slim jean. Look for key words like "tapered" or "slim through the leg". Low rise or "rests on hips" will work fine too. You might need to buy 32x34 jeans and have them tailored. But if you're buying a high-quality pair of jeans, the tailoring will be worth the investment.

    2. Wash
    The darker the wash, the more formal it is. I prefer raw denim over distressed since raw denim will show signs of wear depending on how you wear them. Jeans that are pre-distressed are fine, but are really intended to look older since the appeal of denim is how it ages and conforms to your body. A very dark, inky denim is my favorite since it looks great with a suit jacket. However, be mindful that dark denim will bleed easily and should be washed a couple of times before you wear them. Wash them inside out so that the jeans don't lose too much dye. If you want to break in your jeans quickly, don't wash them unless absolutely necessary. I wash my jeans every three to four months.

    3. Material
    Good denim will be sturdy and stiff. As you wear it, it will soften due to very small breaks that appear in the fiber. Cheap denim isn't woven well, so will rip or break easily. If the denim becomes fuzzy to the touch after you wear it a few times, it means it's cheap. Always buy 100% cotton denim. If you like to cuff your jeans, try to get selvedge denim.

    There are companies that now allow you to order custom jeans. Check some of them out.



    I couldn't have said this better than my self... I'll add on my professional experience as an apparel designer.

    To check whether or not the fit is appropriate for you. Put your hand into a fist. Then from the back of the elbow to right till your fist, place your forearm perpendicular to the front circumference of the waist of the denim. the fit should just be a snug. You'll know then know if the size would be too big or small.

    Another method is to wrap it around your neck. The overlap should be max of 2-4 cm for comfortable fit.
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    Dec 25, 2011 9:31 PM GMT
    Do more squats.
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    Dec 25, 2011 9:48 PM GMT
    Wranglers come in 33 length.

    Also, I don't think any type of jeans compliment an ass better than Wranglers.
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    Dec 25, 2011 11:10 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidDo more squats.

    Definately! WHen I started out I was a skinyy stick and had no ass either. Now I have a beefy bubble butt that fills out any piar of jeans nicely. Can't say enough good about squats, lunges, and dead lifts. As for the jeans, I just shop around and try them on til I find a maker i like and that ifts comfortably. I revcently had to change from A&F to Express as my thighs got too thick for the A&F jeans and I couldn't sit down in them.
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    Dec 26, 2011 1:23 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidDo more squats.


    Agreed. They'll help you fill out your jeans.

    Does anyone here have experience with Bonobos? They advertise their pants as being for "athletic" butts, and just started selling jeans. I'm wondering if they'll make my butt look as good as they say...
  • Pr0digy

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    Dec 26, 2011 1:26 AM GMT
    Whenever I wanna find the right size of jeans I usually...

    Try them on until i find a pair that fits ;)
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    Dec 26, 2011 12:45 PM GMT
    I like them a little baggy. Nothing like a new pair of washed, button fly, 501 blues!
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    Dec 26, 2011 12:55 PM GMT
    Youngin06 saidHow do you find the right size of jeans??
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    Oh, and jogging pants always fit perfect. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 26, 2011 1:55 PM GMT
    I'll keep the suggestions in mind too haha
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    Dec 26, 2011 2:54 PM GMT
    Begin w/ ur size and decide on a cut. Straight, boot, relaxed or slim aka vintage. Once you narrowed it dwn, decide on a wash. Based on your description id say ur more likely to fit well in a slim, slim str8 or vintage cut jean. If ur in between length sizes always buy them longer wash and dry them so they shrink a bit and then get them tailored to appropriate length. Dark denim is always ur best bet as it los best w/ a dress shoe or a pair of nice sneakers. Always remember washing will shrink ur jeans, u will always get the stretch back in the seat but never the length. U can always pay to have a pair of jeans custom tailored where u pick the wash, color of stitch, pocket size and distress of denim... ur best investment.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 26, 2011 3:02 PM GMT
    You know, I think we can talk "correct measurements", what looks good, cut, style, etc, all day, but in the end, it is what makes you the most comfortable. You probably like certain colors and cuts and looks that others don't.

    I know what I like and what looks good on me. I always experiment...
    and with jeans, not all are cut the same way. I used to wear Levis 505's quite often, but they changed the cut. I wear Levi's 550's, but even they vary, depending on the Levi's label.. and strangely even how tapered the leg is... I never even used to think about that at all.
    Friends of mine wear Wranglers, I have a couple of pair, but the cut is a little off usually and I don't like boot cut (even though I wear boots)...
    So remember, even your style will change over time.

    Spend some time with a good friend on a winter weekend and visit some places and just try on some brands that you have heard about. You know what you like. Practice makes perfect!
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    Dec 26, 2011 5:31 PM GMT
    I wear True Religion exclusively because of the fit. I have a Korean seamstress that customizes the length for me and she's able to replicate the original stitching.
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    Dec 26, 2011 5:32 PM GMT
    You need to buy higher end jeans. Those dont come in a length. Get them hemmed. I have the same issue with jeans not fitting me well. I have no butt and no hips. I just got a pair of APC jeans that seem to fit pretty well.
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    Dec 26, 2011 5:41 PM GMT
    DOMINUS saidI wear True Religion exclusively because of the fit. I have a Korean seamstress that customizes the length for me and she's able to replicate the original stitching.


    This is the key! All too often, the tailoring looks like you have had someone hack at your expensive jeans to shorten or take them in ... spend the bucks on good tailoring if you can't buy off the rack.

    And it is tough because "slim" for one designer is almost "loose" to another. Now with the Levi "super skinny" .. too hard to tell from the rack what will fit! I recently took a dozen pair of Levis into the dressing room in different sizes (29x32 up to 32x34), styles, colors. found one that was perfect ... but did not like the color, so I went back out, found that same pair in a different color denim (darker/sturdier) and DAMN - it fit totally different than the pair I liked in the same style and size!

    Generally, I have found that for the slim / skinny cut, you need to go up in the inseam, or they tend to look like high water pants. And for boot / loose cut, I tend to need a smaller waist size.

    You can't rush buying a good pair of jeans that fit well.
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    Dec 26, 2011 5:47 PM GMT
    Trollileo said
    paulflexes saidOh, and jogging pants always fit perfect. icon_biggrin.gif
    Those aren't jeans...
    Reading and comprehension seems to be a lost art. icon_lol.gif

    Youngin06 said... What are your issues with jeans, and pants in general??
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    Dec 26, 2011 6:00 PM GMT
    finding jeans is awful these days, my go to was always Levis but now they have changed from regular fit to straight fit. The relaxed do work sometimes but even they have problems because they waist sits too low.

    I have big quads and ass but Im short so go with 31-30 relaxed, 32-30 way too big, 31-30 is too tight with the straight fit. It seems like they make jeans for people with no asses and skinny legs.

    Tommy Hilfiger jeans classic arent bad but again Im sort of caught between sizes there with 31-30 a bit too big and I can fit in the 30-30 that are classic relaxed.

    Its just tough and you basically have to try on so many different pairs and do trial and error and it seems like they are always switching up how the jeans fit.