Figure-hugging skinny jeans are an extremely flattering type of jean, but they can also be one of the most challenging to shop for. Unlike when you’re buying a pair of mom jeans or boyfriend jeans, the fit should be close to perfect—it shouldn’t be too tight on the legs or too loose on the hips. With their slim fitting nature, finding the ultimate pair can seem like a daunting task, but you don’t need to go through countless stores or a number of stressful fittings to get the right pair.
More than anything, knowing your size by heart is key to finding the ultimate pair. So before you splurge on a fresh new pair of skinny jeans, here’s why it pays to get your measurements right first time:
1. It won’t take you forever to find the right pair
If you’ve ever gone shopping for skinny jeans, you’ll know that picking the right fit can take hours, resulting in you trying on different sizes. However, this shouldn’t be a problem if you already know your actual measurements. It is important that you know your waist and hip size in inches, and not simply the size you’re used to buying from your favorite brand. Always consider that sizes vary from one store to another, and same applies in terms of the different fashion brands on the consumer market.
From there, fashion site Live About suggests that consumers should check a sizing chart, whether you’re shopping in-store or online. The chart presents international sizing conversions, so you can easily see your measurement’s corresponding size in US, EU, UK, or AU sizes—whichever sizing system the store uses. By doing this, choosing your correct size should be quick and easy!
2. You need to know your size to use the measurement guides
Apart from the sizing chart, another way to help you pick the perfect fit is through a model’s body measurement chart. Take note, however, that this is only applicable when shopping online. Renowned denim label BNY Jeans recommends shoppers to use a model’s measurements as a reference point. Comparing your size to the model’s will give you an idea of whether you need to get a bigger or smaller size
3. The right size will highlight your assets
Sure, skinny jeans are naturally stretchy and conform to your body, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be ill-fitting. For instance, according to women’s site Bustle if the size is a little too big for you, the skinnies tend to have wrinkles facing outward, making them look baggy, not sleek. On the other hand, if it fits snugly against your skin, your skinny jeans should accentuate your curves in all the right places! Their slim fit will naturally hug your legs and hips (and even your bum).
4. Knowing your size is key to avoiding the ‘muffin’ top
If you’ve got a muffin top—a.k.a. the overhanging flesh around your waist—don’t blame your body for that just yet, no matter how healthy you are. Fashion site Who What Wear claims that they can be caused by ill-fitting pants like a pair of too-tight jeans that cut into your sides. If this is the case, take it as a clear sign that you need to size up.
5. You can wear your skinnies from day-to-night
Skinny jeans are the most versatile jean style to own. The slim silhouette is both casual and sleek, and can be dressed up or down for whatever the occasion calls for. With that in mind, an all-around pair of skinnies that feel extremely comfortable will get you through any event the day may have planned for you. Remember that the goal is that you should still be able to sit, walk, and even squat without busting a seam or feeling uncomfortable. So before you spend money on your next pair, be sure to get your measurements right so get the perfect size.
6. An impeccable fit makes you feel extra-confident
Believe it or not, a killer pair of skinny jeans is a true power piece. If they fit your body like a glove, they will instantly make you feel more confident and fearless. In fact, you can even consider them as your casual take on power dressing; if you want to dress to impress on a regular day, all you need is a perfect-fitting pair of skinny jeans!
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