How to shop for: jeans

Let’s talk about jeans…because they can be scary, no matter your age or waist size.

Jeans are a tough. There are thousands of styles out there, and thousands of stores that carry them, but more often than not, you carry a dozen pairs into the dressing room and return the same dozen to the salesperson — going home with nothing but a grimace. Most clients I work with don’t necessarily care about the style – if they find a pair that fits and makes them look good, they’ll take it.

2 keys to finding  jeans that fit:

1. LYCRA IN THE BLEND — very very very important in order for the fit to be flattering and comfortable.

2. Knowing what brand to seek out. Certain brands only cater to the young, rich, and emaciated. Only seek out the brands that offer a true variety of sizes, so you don’t get anxiety over not fitting into a size 8. Oh the horror of being larger than an 8.

Not Your Daughter’s Jeans. Don’t be deterred by the matronly stigma attached to this brand. Yeah, they’re made for ‘women of a certain age’, but these designers actually know what they’re talking about. So suck it up and listen to them. At least try on a pair before you judge.

Calvin Klein. Mr. Klein provides a signature line up to size 12, and then a plus size line up to size 24. The styles are refreshingly current — boyfriend, skinny, flair, straight — and there are lots of washes to choose from — white, black, faded, dark, etc.

Jag Jeans. These are a Karen favorite (my very chic mom). She’s put a lot of hard labor into finding jeans she likes, and so far, Jag is in the lead. The brand comes in long, regular, and petite, and is made of a true cotton and spandex blend to give you some stretch.

All of these jeans are available in most department stores-  namely Nordstrom, which has its own huge denim shop online.


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