As any denim-loving individual knows, finding the perfect pair of jeans is always a bit of a fashion miracle. Plus size denim offerings have seen many improvements in the last several years, so there are lots of fun styles to try, from coated and colored denim, to denim joggers, to retro-inspired bell-bottoms and flares. Still, finding the right options for your unique body and style can take some time and experimentation.
Since there is still a lack of good brick-and-mortar shopping options for plus size women, a great deal of our clothing purchases are necessarily made online. For denim, which is so fit specific and variable, this creates an additional challenge. It’s hard enough finding the perfect jeans when you can try each style on in a dressing room. The difficulty increases exponentially when you’re trying to guess how a style might look and fit when browsing through a brand’s website.
There’s nothing more discouraging than paying hard-earned money on an item that looks great online, only to have it fit poorly or look significantly different when it arrives in the mail. But don’t despair – there are quite a few ways to increase your odds of finding the perfect denim online. You just need a little know-how and a bit of patience to discover your own ideal pair.
Pay Attention To Sizing Charts
In the virtual shopping world, sizing charts are your best friends. Since “standard” clothing sizes vary so much from designer to designer, basing your choice on a rough idea of your own typical pants size is not the best way to insure an excellent fit. Even though sizing charts are not always entirely accurate, they’re still your best indication of a retailer’s typical cut and fit.
Take your measurements at home, or have someone help you. Generally for jeans, you’ll want to know at least the circumference of your hips (taken around the widest part) and natural waist (measured right beneath your belly button). Knowing your inseam (the length from your crotch to the bottom of your feet) is helpful as well. With these measurements in hand, you can compare your numbers to online sizing charts for a more accurate estimate of your correct size in various different denim lines.
Read the reviews
Another excellent resource for getting some extra insight into a particular style or brand is available in the form of user reviews. Many (although not all) major brands include a section for customer comments alongside their online product descriptions, and these reviews can be extremely helpful in deciding whether or not a specific style is what you’re looking for.
Try Different Styles
If you tend to limit yourself to one basic type of denim, dark, fitted, and devoid of any embellishment and are afraid to try other styles that seem less “slimming” or professional, you boxed yourself into a corner with very boring results. Don’t make this mistake. Try on as many different types of jeans as you can, even if you don’t think they’ll work for you.
Never underestimate the power of the perfect details. Little things, like sturdy zippers, hidden elastic panels for a better fit, and just the right amount of stretch can make all the difference between your new favorite pair of jeans and a pair that sits neglected in your closet. Once you’ve taken fit, brand, and style into account, paying attention to the details will ensure you end up with quality, versatile denim you’ll wear again and again.
We have searched and came up with some really amazing plus size denim styles. We will be posting about them tomorrow, so stay tuned! But if you don’t want to wait until tomorrow – well, check out some denim right now here and here!