Shopping for jeans online that fit well doesn’t have to be complicated. I mean, it’s 2021. Why are women still expected to force their bodies to conform to cultural size norms when brands don’t? Why are we still dealing with such confusing inconsistencies in measurement? And why does the fashion industry ignore the true complexity of women and their bodies?
We have a lot of thoughts on this. Over the years, we’ve bought many different sizes from many different denim brands and returned most of them. That’s why we created Revelle because it should be more than numbers. Your measurements don’t tell you how you’ll feel in a pair of jeans or whether you’ll like how they fit your body. That being said, if you have your heart set on one pair and want to avoid buying three sizes in hopes that ONE will fit (which is an expensive time and money), here are some travel tips—a size chart.
01 Measure your waist and hips
First, find your hips above your hips (between your hips and the bottom of your hip). Now, wrap the measuring tape around, doing your best to keep it against your stomach. Make sure you breathe healthily – don’t hold your breath! It will give you good waist size.
The same general action goes to your hips but a little lower. It is a large part of your body. In the front, the tape should hit the top of your zipper, and in the back, it should just hit the top of your boot.
02 measure your inseam
The inseam is a fun way to define the space from your center. It is the bottom of the leg opening.
03 Once you have all your measurements, look at the online size chart
Yes, they have many types. And yes, we often blow it. But it’s worth it!! For example, Levi’s chart has four columns: jean size (think OO, 4, 5, 6, etc.), jean size (24, 25, 26, 27, etc.), waist in inches, and waist inside. Centimeters. They also have inseam charts and plus-size bottoms. Other cheap boutique store with size charts include all important details you can get by clicking on the link.
04 Check what size the model is wearing
And how tall he is! This way, you’ll have a visual base to work from when measuring your size and the fit of the jeans (i.e., loose, baggy, high-waisted, etc.).
05 Take care of the fabric
Every woman has her unique sense of how she wants her clothes to fit her body – fabric plays a vital role in that. If you want a straight fit (something between denim jeans and leggings), you will want jeans made of more than 100% spandex or elastane from 100% cotton, which is usually vital.
06 Look for the best type of jeans for your body shape
We have below seven of the most popular, but TL; DR, here is the Sparknotes version:
Straight-leg jeans: a good choice for those of us with muscular, athletic thighs and calves because of the extra space in the lower leg.
Slim fit/bootcut jeans: ideal for people who want single-skinned jeans with extra comfort and breathability – especially when you’re on the go.
Skinny jeans: all body shapes can rock skinny Evaless jeans, but if you’re worried about the *only* fit, start with a green wash made of a large fabric, which is usually forgiving.
Boyfriend jeans: if you have strong, broad shoulders and want to add size to your lower half, go for a baggier cut here.
Flared/bell bottoms: if you’re on the petite side and are worried about the width of the fabric with a cut, leave the little flare.
Wide leg: due to their shape, a wide leg tends to distract attention from the hips, so if that’s what you’re looking for, this cut could be for you. And for all our little friends who are afraid of being swallowed by all that fabric, look for the thin letter A.
Mom jeans: if you want to create the impression of curves, mom jeans are for you – although TBH, as long as you’re comfortable with jeans that sit higher on the waist than on the waist, nothing prevents you.