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The perfect pair of jeans has the power to make a woman feel invincible. Unfortunately, most of us hate shopping for denim because we can never find just the right pair. From wash to cut to fit, it can be overwhelming (and time consuming) trying to find a pair that suits you. Here’s a guide to choosing a pair that you will wear for years to come.

Price Point

While you do not need to spend a fortune to look good in a pair of jeans, this is one piece of clothing you should consider splurging on (because trust me, it is worth it). Jeans are one of the few items I always see the difference in when I pay more. Since denim is an essential in every woman’s wardrobe, it makes sense to invest in this staple piece. By purchasing a quality pair, you will not need to buy a new pair of jeans every year; therefore, saving you more time and money in the long run. And I promise, your denim will look just as new as when you bought it.

Wash

Though the darker washes have been on trend for awhile now, don’t forget about the lighter washes. If you are looking for a jean that you can easily dress up or down, darker is the way to go. Darker also creates a slimming effect, which is an added bonus. A lighter wash is better for a relaxed, effortless look. It also looks perfect when combined with a boyfriend cut. Lastly, textured and colored denim are washes/finishes that have made their way into many wardrobes, but are not the everyday pair of jeans we are searching for.

Cut

This is perhaps the most important element when selecting a pair of jeans. Thankfully, there is a cut for every body type.

High-waisted: This cut is ideal for an hourglass/curvy shape, emphasizing the smallest point of your figure.

Straight: Perfect for a petite gal, helping develop width and length to your figure. The straight cut also works well for apple-shapes by drawing the eye off your middle and to your elongated figure.

Boot: Curvy and pear-shapes own the boot cut. This cut helps even out your proportions and is perfect when paired with a heel.

Skinny: If you have an athletic or “boyish” figure, a skinny cut will define your features and eliminate any gapping of fabric another cut would create.

 

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