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Find your new favorite jeans right now

March 1, 2017, 12:00 am

A good pair of jeans is a necessary staple in every closet. We all need them, but a good pair isn’t easy to find—especially for ladies. Jeans can be unforgiving, and sizing in general is all over the board, which sucks extra when it comes to finding great bottoms. Good jeans can cost a small fortune, and when you do find a pair you really love, you probably can’t fit your hands in the pockets. Am I right? Yes, I am. So, here are some things to look for, and some styles to try on the next time you embark on a denim hunt.

There is no room for argument in my style book—high-waisted is the only way to go. If you want to try a high-rise pair but don’t want to commit to the all-the-way-high look, try mid-rise. Finding your ideal rise is as easy as grabbing a measuring tape. Measure from the middle of the crotch seam to the place you want the top of your waistband to rest. That number is the rise you want. You can find this magic number by looking at the product description if you’re shopping online, or by good old-fashioned measuring in person.

Graze through these popular styles on your next lazy Saturday morning trolling the interwebs.

An everyday look
You won’t find a better pair of high-waisted, wear-everyday jeans than Levi’s Wedgie Fit Jeans ($89.50-$158.) You need this pair right now. They’re between straight-leg and skinny, and are pretty universally flattering. Prepare for a butt lift that will shock you. Yes, that is your butt and it looks good.

The Madewell Perfect Vintage Jean ($128) is a similar cut to the Wedgie Fit and comes in a few colors, plus Madewell denim is soft in a way that usually takes a lot of wear. There’s nothing more tempting than a pair of brand-new jeans that mimics a vintage pair, and you can actually put your hands in the front and back pockets.

A go-to skinny
If you’re looking for a versatile fitted pant, keep two things in mind: stretch and color. The darker-hued the skinnies, the more you can do with them. Dark or black pants have a sleek feel that can be dressed up or down, so you can rock these with everything from a blazer during the workweek to an off-the-shoulder blouse on Sunday. Stretch allows for flexibility and movement in tight pants. Nobody wants to feel packed-in. Try ASOS Ridley High Waist Skinny Jeans ($38-$49), especially in black, for a tailored but wearable pair. They’re really high-waisted and kind of a steal—plus, ASOS offers free returns, so don’t worry if you hate them. Many ladies swear by TopShop denim because they’re cut well, so the seams fall with the natural lines of your bod. A good skinny bet from there is the MOTO Jamie Jeans ($70-$110). They come in a nice indigo and, with a good balance of 92 percent cotton and 8 percent stretch, they won’t stretch out too much.

Comfy and a little baggy
Mom jeans are super-rad. I want to extra-stress this. The implications behind their title makes it easy to be skeptical, but really they’re tight in the butt and hips with relaxed legs, and loose enough to feel comfy. They sit on the line between baggy and fitted in an easy, stylish way. If it’s your first venture into the maternal jean world, try Mango relaxed cropped Mom jeans ($59.99). The cropped length will be a perfect ankle-bearing wear to break into spring, especially with the addition of a sheer pair of socks. This online shop also offers free returns.

If you, like me, are really into pants and high-waisted denim and you happen to have a few spare hundreds lying around, do yourself a favor and nab a pair of Re/done High Rise ($259-$292). You won’t need another pair for years. With plenty of shapes to choose from, Re/done jeans have appeared on supermodels on the cover of Vogue, so you really can wear them anywhere. Made from reconstructed vintage denim, they’ll break in quickly and feel like an old friend in no time.

Online is great, but local is even better. There are a few places you can hit with a good chance of leaving with a new pair of jeans. If you want to stick to a budget and perhaps find a used gem:

Double Take
320 Aztec St., 989-8886

Designer options and a ton of Wranglers.

Ooh La La! Consignments
518 Old Santa Fe Trail, 820-6433

Contemporary pieces, so you may find one of the aforementioned pairs, or something like them.

Or if you’re really needing a spankin’ new pair:

Bodhi Bazaar
DeVargas Center, 564 N Guadalupe St., 982-3880

They carry denim lines like Citizens of Humanity, which aren’t cheap but are real cute.

Cupcake Clothing
322 Montezuma Ave., 988-4744

Lots of skinnies and good sales mean you may luck out.


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