Laura Puddy

Jeans Shopping Sorted!


Finding and buying the perfect pair of jeans can seem like a daunting task so I’ve complied my top tips on how to shop for jeans.

Where to start … Know what you want from your jeans – are you after a pair that you can wear with anything, to any occasion?  A casual pair?  A pair that hold you in?  Once you know what you want to achieve, it makes the shopping process much easier. 

Combat those woes … If like me, you’re an hourglass or have a more voluptuous butt and hip area, you’ve got to get the hip to waist ratio right for a good fit.  So, your jeans need to be tight enough on the waist yet roomy enough for your hips and bum.  High waisted styles with stretch are perfect for this, they’re cut to sit snug around the waist yet have enough give to accommodate your booty.

Which style?  Flattering on everyone, skinnies are my go-to, whether I’m styling myself or someone else.  From super stretch jeggings or a fitted slim-leg style, skinnies are the perfect base for any look; it’s all about how you style them up and ensuring you pick the right amount of stretch.  Fabric should give enough to accommodate you but also hold you in.

For a real head-turner, flares are a great option and back with a vengeance for SS15!  Better with heels, flares really elongate the legs and are perfect for balancing out your shape.

For a more relaxed look, try boyfriend jeans.  They’re amazing on all body shapes but be aware of the fit, slimmer legs or slightly tapered options are more flattering as opposed to really baggy styles that can add volume.

Styling tips ... Don’t be afraid to customise, whether with a simple knee slash, heavy rips or a turn-up.  Play around with what works for you.

Remember proportions, if you have tight jeans on, you can get away with something less fitted on top and vice versa. 

For flares, try tucked in tops to create a 70s inspired streamlined look.  With skinnies, try a tunic-style top or boyfriend fit t-shirt.

Shopping tips  Don’t worry what the size label says, go for what fits you – there is no standardisation in sizing from shop to shop.

Always try jeans on before you buy.

Be aware that stretch jeans will give so buy them snug.