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right size jeans

Have you ever had the dilemma of not knowing which size jean you should purchase? The size 28 is much more comfortable than the size 27 but you know denim can stretch and you like the thought of wearing a size smaller, let’s face it we all do!

Any good denim expert worth their weight in gold will tell you to “always take the smaller size when you can”. The reason is that denim stretches up to half a size, even if it says otherwise on the label. The waistband and seat is usually the first place to stretch out as that’s where we put most of the pressure on our jeans.

There is nothing worse than spending over $100 /£100 on a pair of jeans that were so comfortable you just had to have them, 3 days later you’re doing the shuffle every time you wear them just to keep them up. If you’re grabbing for a belt you bought them too big.

I have lost sales before by telling my clients to go down a size but I do believe honesty is the best policy. Just yesterday we had a lady who asked three of my colleagues which size should she take, we all said the smaller one as we know she will thank us once she’s worn those  JBrand Ruby High-Rise Cigarette jeans out for the first time.


Wear+ Stretch+Wash+Repeat.

Always check out the fabric content on the label of the jean. It will tell you the percentage of the mix of fabric. So as an example a Paige Transcend jean with 51% Rayon, 33% Cotton, 15% Polyester, 1% Spandex will stretch throughout the day, till you wash it and then it will snap back. So it’s important to take the size smaller for when that jean stretches out.

Whereas a Current Elliott Fling Slim Boyfriend is a 100% cotton. Cotton is a natural fibre that will stretch naturally. Always take the smaller size as cotton tends to grow when it doesn’t have a stretch fabric mixed into the cotton. It will shrink slightly on washing and stretch again when worn.

With Raw Denim the 100% cotton has not been treated at all at the factory. The stretch process is a lot slower as washing should be kept to a minimum of 6 months to get the benefit of breaking in and making these jeans your own. They are a work in progress! Not for the faint-hearted or impulsive.

Never ever put jeans into the tumble dryer it will snap the fibres of the denim and lose its shape.

Here’s what to do:

Still undecided then purchase the smaller size and when you get them home try them on for 10 to 15 mins ( keep the sales tags on) and then you will see if they will loosen up or not. If not take them back within the returns period and exchange for a bigger size. Or if your buying online get both sizes and send one back to the retailer.

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Let me know how you get on!



  1. Do you happen to know if there is a difference in shape retention and durability between the Enigma wash and the other hi-def stretch fabrics? There is a difference in fabric content. Do these fabrics hold up to heavy use, including frequent sitting and bending?
    Also, I was told that I should go with the Caroline instead of the Alana because longer skinny jeans will visually lengthen my legs. Is there any way to style cropped skinnys in such a way that the legs are lengthened even though they are cropped? (please don’t say high heels:)

  2. Thank you for the advice! I noticed you linked to a JBrand jean in a wash called Enigma. It’s hard to decode the JBrand information about the washes. Is enigma in the classification of Hi-def stretch? Do Enigma or Hi-def stretch washes behave like yoga leggings or bag out and shrivel under the seat? Do the photo ready fabrics stretch in all directions? Feel comfortable? Bag out in the seat?


    • Hi Gaia, Thanks for your comment, Enigma is the name of the wash (colour) on this particular jean. Hi-Def is the latest denim technology from J Brand, which stretches 4 ways is the nearest to a yoga pant. The fabric is thicker than a legging or yoga pant so no bagging. Photo Ready is more of a stretch and hold fabric giving an airbrushed look to the wearers legs.
      I hope you got my last reply in your previous comment?

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