Help me find great jeans!
December 27, 2012 8:35 PM Subscribe
Seriously, how should I be wearing jeans?
posted by carmenghia to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (26 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've been struggling with this for a while. I've tried on, bought and returned more jeans than I care to remember. Nothing seems to fit right. I would really love to wear jeans again.
Some backstory - mid-30's. I'm 5'11" and weigh 165 pounds. I have a 33 1/2 inseam - much of my height is in my torso. I generally wear about a US size 10. (40-31-40) An additional complicating factor is that a good number of years ago, I lost a significant amount of weight (> 130 pounds) and I still have a good deal of loose skin in my stomach area even after maintaining a steady weight for 8 or so years. I also have a pretty flat rear and am fairly small hipped. All my jean issues seem to be around the rise and waist area.
On me, Most 'mid-rise' jeans don't even make it right below the waist - they are more like mid-hip. I've measured my rise that would work for me and its around 12 inches - something most modern jeans do not possess. I've been getting by by wearing ill fitting jeans and I just know there has to be a better way.
I'm looking for help on cut, style and how 'tight' jeans should be. (I seem to experience muffin top due to my loose skin no matter what.) I'm aware I can get jeans tailored and that really isn't the issue here - I need to get the right fit and cut before I make it to that level. I'd like some level of comfort (right now my jeans feel like they are cutting me in half at the crotch and baggy everywhere else!
Any help is appreciated!